Hurt But Not Held Back


Step 4 - Wash any fabric, walls, ceilings, or things that retain the smell of smoke.


I’m not sure how many of you have lived with boys, more specifically tween boys. If you haven’t, let me fill you in a bit. Tween boys are sweet, have funny little personalities, and are full of adventure. But somewhere along the way, they begin to stink. It’s shocking that they don’t realize they smell so bad. They have to be told to shower, to use deodorant, and to practice proper hygiene. It isn’t that they like to stink; they are just completely oblivious and need to be guided. Without guidance, they would shower once a week, never brush their teeth, and their foot odor would overtake any room they enter. 


What would happen if we only showered once a week? We’d stink, right? The same is true for us spiritually.


Ephesians talks about how we can be washed and cleansed by God’s Word. By reading scripture often, we allow God’s words to penetrate our minds and permeate our hearts to keep us free from the smell of smoke.


The Word of God has a lot to say about the fiery furnaces we may walk through.


Overwhelmed by discouragement? “Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (NLT)


Overcome with sadness? “God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4 (NLT)


Feeling overwhelmed? “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’” Matthew 11:28-30 (NLT)


Being attacked? “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Exodus 14:14 (NLT)


There is a scripture for everything we face. One practical way to wash yourself with the Word regularly is to find a few scriptures about the peace, joy, comfort, or love you need and write them on index cards. Throughout the day, read the cards to remind yourself of God’s goodness.