Friday, April 09, 2010

Living & Active Word (Hebrews 4:12)

Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”

How do you view Scripture? Do you view it like the author of Hebrews does? Let’s consider this verse and let it shape the way we approach the Word. The Word is from God, Lord Most High. It is living and active and has a real affect on the life of the reader. It is sharp and penetrating and separates truth from error and right from wrong. It is discerning and evaluates our motives and out thoughts.

The Bible is not like all the other books on our bookshelves. Does Shakespeare make claims like this? Does Mark Twain describe his works like this? The Bible makes unique and powerful claims regarding its purpose and nature because it is unique.

The Bible isn’t an irrelevant, old book written in the first century A.D. It is alive and has a purpose for shaping our lives today. The Holy Spirit uses it to reach our hearts and our thoughts. We can discern God's will for our lives. It is active, meant to be active, and forever will be active in the heart of a genuine Christian.

Let’s daily read our Bibles with anticipation that God will shape us through His Word.

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