The sharpness of the Word cuts through to the bone and penetrates deep into the inner recesses of our spiritual being. The Word of God stops at nothing until it brings all sin into the open. It judges our thoughts, our intentions, and our secret motivations. It seeks to cut out the sins that are rotting our souls.

But just as a surgeon would not cut into a body without closing the open wound, the Bible works the same way. While it may be painful to have the Word lay us bare and cut us to our core, it finishes the job by healing and restoring us. After we face the conviction of our sin, the Word blesses and strengthens us. We find grace and forgiveness in the Word of God.

The Word of God revives us. It teaches us; it brings us joy. We can trust that everything we read is right and true and just. The Word of God is more precious than gold and sweeter than honey. We may feel pain from the surgeon’s incision, but the benefits of being restored to health outweigh any temporary struggle. And when we appreciate the work of the surgeon, we can joyfully anticipate the lessons and Truths that His Word brings.

But being convicted by God’s Word through the Holy Spirit is only the first step. When we are confronted by our misguided beliefs or hidden sins, we must change our ways. “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says” (James 1:22).

What has God shown you in the Scripture recently that you have tried to ignore? Have you been cut by the double-edged sword but refuse to receive the healing?

Prayer: God, thank You for the healing power of Your Word. Help me to respond in obedience when Your Word reveals things that I need to change so that I might be healed. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“I said, ‘Have mercy on me, Lord; heal me, for I have sinned against you’” (Psalm 41:4).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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