Devotions this week based on the Message: “Counterfeit Gods: Exposing Hidden Idols”
(NOTE: This sermon series and devotional series is based on a book by Tim Keller entitled, Counterfeit Gods.
You may choose to download or purchase the book as a supplement to your worship and devotional emails.)
Have you ever had a surgery?
Most of us have had some sort of surgery or know someone who did. Some surgeries are “routine” others are response to trauma or disease. No matter what the reason, we desire the surgeon to do his work with accuracy and precision. While we are under anesthesia, they work, along with their team, to cut out, fix, or repair bones, tissues and organs to give your body the best chance of healing properly.
Have you ever had spiritual surgery?
My guess is you have never called up your pastor and asked, “I’m having problems with my soul. Can I schedule a surgery for my soul next week?”
I know in almost 25 years of ministry I have never received such a call or email (Maybe I will now!)
Surgery isn’t fun. While you know it is for your good, generally we avoid it as much as possible.
Maybe that’s why we avoid surgery on our soul.
Surgery on our soul isn’t done by the hand of a medically trained physician or even a seminary trained pastor, it is done by the Spirit of God himself, using the scalpel of God’s Word of truth.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
With precision finer than surgical steel, the double-edged sword of the Spirit divides things that seem almost indivisible…soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
The Spirit of God works with such precision that he cuts and works where we would probably not think to look, the thoughts and attitudes of our heart.
We might work to change outward behavior, as other people see that. But, thinking that no one else can know, our thoughts and attitudes remain to ourselves…or so we think.
But they don’t. Any thought or attitude that does not conform to the heart of God, the truth of his Word, or produce the fruit of the Spirit is one that has to be identified, cut out and replaced with a thought or attitude produced by the Spirit of God.
And that’s what we invite him to do this week: Perform spiritual surgery on our thoughts and attitudes that expose the hidden idols of our heart and conform our hearts to thoughts and attitudes only God’s truth can produce.
Apply: What area of your life are you aware that could use some spiritual surgery to cut out the disease of sin and its impact on your soul and replace it with God’s truth. Perhaps journal God’s work on your heart as his Word exposes the hidden idols with in and fills them with the fullness of his truth.
Prayer: Spirit of God, as painful as it is sometime, we welcome the spiritual surgery you perform on our hearts. We trust your precision to cut out what is diseased by sin and heal it with the power of your Word of Truth. AMEN.