“For the Word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing of soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Heb. 4:12, NIV).
The word of God knows no boundaries. It is not limited by culture, race, time, generations, or gender. It cannot be stopped. Jesus said heaven and earth will pass away but His word will never pass away.
Sometimes the mistake made with the Word of God is simply to make theological structures or statements. The real work of the word of God is to bring transformation, repentance, and mercy to the hearts and lives of people. The Word of God makes no apologies and does not change because of people’s attitudes. It actually seeks to alter people’s mind-set.
The word of God is so powerful that it can discern between what is soul and what is spirit. The soul is your will, emotions, and mind. The soul is not bad, it just has to be going in the right direction. Man has no way to discern himself except that the word of God cuts into his soul and exposes him. The will of man can be so selfish that he is blinded by his true motivations. People can be perceived as doing good things and not really see what is motivating them. People can even deceive themselves into thinking they are good and therefore godly. However, what is good is not always God. What God considers good and what we consider good are two different ideas. Only God’s word can open a person up and divide between what is really just their “self-life” and what is God’s spirit at work.
The great thing is that God is merciful. He is working with us by His spirit and His word to bring forth transformation in our lives. He is not bending and changing for us but He has a strong, firm word that will revolutionize us. For instance, we do not have to let our emotions rule us. Our emotions are given to us by God to express, verbalize, and define how we feel. However, emotions with no center or foundation to anchor them can create a sensitive, sensuous, excitable, “drama queen.” Emotions left with no center can also create a high strung, tempermental, “hot-head” or a disheartened, sad, melancholy individual. The Word of God can bring all of this into check. The word is active and vigorous and can bring stability or it can lift up and encourage. It can knock “the self” out of us and put us in Christ.
In conclusion, how do we treat this word of God? Is it just a promise we tape to the refrigerator? Is it something that just comes to help us out and give us everything we want or is it a change agent? The latter is true. Therefore, we must not try to fit the word of God into our lives. We must fit our lives into the word of God.
God bless you and may you have good reading, meditation, and powerful life changing experiences in the living word of God!
Thu, January 12, 2012
by Clifton Briscoe