Monday, October 27, 2014

Fenelon: God speaking within

Monday, October 27, 2014
    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.
    —Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)
    Let us recognize, then, the fact that God is incessantly speaking in us. He speaks in the impenitent also, but, stunned by the noise of the world and their passions, they cannot hear Him; the interior voice is to them a fable. He speaks in awakened sinners; they are sensible of remorse of conscience, which is the voice of God reproaching them inwardly for their sins. When they are deeply moved, they have no difficulty in understanding about this interior voice, for it is it that pierces them so sharply. It is in them that two-edged sword of which Paul speaks as piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit.
    ... François Fénelon (1651-1715), Spiritual Progress: or, Instructions in the Divine Life of the Soul, New York: M. W. Dodd, 1853, p. 91-92 (see the book)
    See also Heb. 4:12; 1 Kings 19:11-12; Ps. 119:130; Eccl. 12:11; Isa. 55:10-11; Jer. 17:10; Matt. 13:18-23; Rom. 1:16; 2 Cor. 10:4-5; Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 2:13; 1 Pet. 1:23; Rev. 1:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, Your word is a reproach to my life.
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