“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).
Scripture says something about itself. What it reveals speaks clearly of its own worthiness. The Word of God is alive. It breathes powerful truth and life into my tired dry existence–into my heart that is crushed–into my mind upon which the enemy etches lies–into my dry bones which ache for His breath of life. It slices through doubt and speaks faith. It exposes wrong attitudes and desires of my heart. It opens my mind to listen to His instruction and obey His truth. It sets me free from my own conditional attitude, and imparts hope in His promises. The Word brings life to that in me which so desperately needs to soar.
I can trust God's Word in every moment of my life. It is timeless and unchanging–just like Jesus Christ. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I can believe its truthful direction for all the circumstances I face, and for decisions I make. “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my Word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” ( Isaiah 55:10-11, NIV). His Word has a purpose, and it will accomplish its purpose in my life if I will study it and open my heart to its truth.
Not only is the Word of God timeless, it is absolutely trustworthy. It is God's living Word. He breathed it into human writers with the breath of His Holy Spirit. I can stand on what it says. I can believe in its promises. Not only does the Word of God direct me to believe in what it teaches, but that I also respond by applying its truth. Each action in my life should honor its truth. As I study the Word of God, its power to sanctify my life increases. I am changed by its powerful message, and I long to respect and honor its truth by living what it teaches. The Word creates in me a clean heart and renews His right spirit within me. It changes the attitudes and desires of my heart. I can rejoice in what God asks of me, because His Word continually broadens my understanding and changes my heart (Psalm 119:32).
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