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While Billy Graham was a spiritual advisor and counselor to dozens of world leaders, he went to one person for counsel, his wife Ruth. “She is a great student of the Bible. Her life is ruled by the Bible more than any person I’ve ever known,” said the late evangelist. Ruth Bell Graham’s passion for God’s Word helped her speak the truth. For instance, when Billy was under pressure to run for political office, Ruth advised: “When God calls you to be an evangelist, you don’t stoop to be president.”

God’s Word was “alive and active” for the Grahams, and it is just as powerful for you and me. The author of Hebrews says God’s Word is the most powerful tool on the planet. In the first century, a double-edged sword was used for earthly battles, but the author asserts that God’s Word is used for spiritual battles. Notice the way the author uses the characteristics of a sword to highlight the power of Scripture. Spending time in God’s Word allows God’s truth to cut through our defenses and convicts us of even the most hidden sin (v. 12). It “judges the thoughts and attitudes” of our heart (v. 12). The truth of God’s Word reveals what is hidden within us, because “nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” (v. 13).

The good news, or gospel message, is that even though God knows our sinfulness, He sent His Son to bridge the gap. Jesus stands as our great high priest appealing before God the Father on our behalf (v. 14). Because Jesus was tempted in every way, He sympathizes with us in our times of need (v. 15). Therefore, we have no reason not to approach the throne of grace with confidence (v. 16).

>> Ruth Bell Graham called the Bible her rule book, her compass. What is your compass? What helps you navigate your daily decisions? Too often we turn to the daily newscast, a popular author, or even well meaning friends to give advice. Instead, ask God to direct you through the study of His Word.

BY Chris Rappazini

Chris Rappazini is the associate professor and program head of the BA and MA in Pastoral Studies at Moody Bible Institute and Moody Theological Seminary. He is the vice president of the Evangelical Homiletics Society and previously served as the associate minister of preaching and teaching at Southside Christian Church in Spokane, Washington. Chris and his wife, Ashley, and their three children reside in Northwest Indiana.

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