“For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires” (Hebrew 4:12, NLT).
Scripture has something to say 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 Satan 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 heart and mind to listen to His instruction and obey His truth. It sets me free from my own analytical reasoning and self-analysis.
The Word of God instructs that I not only believe in what it says, but that I also trust its truthful message by applying it to every aspect of my life. Not only must my action be under its holy guidance, but, most importantly, my motive should be full of integrity. My heart should continuously be purified by the fire of the Holy Spirit so that I will humbly seek His will instead of seeking my own. I respect and honor the Word when I live it, and my heart is changed by its powerful message.
I can trust God's Word in every moment and issue of my life. It is timeless and unchanging, and just like Jesus Christ, His Word is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). I can believe its truthful direction for all the problems that I face, and for the 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. If I will study and open my heart to its truth, then the message of Hebrews 4:12 will flourish in my life.
Not only is the Word timeless; it is absolutely trustworthy. I can stand on what it says. I can believe in its promises. Its truth has been witnessed and shared by those who personally experienced the power of God. It is God's living Word. He breathed it into human writers with the breath of His Holy Spirit. As I study it and seek His truth, He also breathes His life and purpose into me. “Teach me your decrees, O Lord,” the Psalmist wrote. “I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding and I will obey your instructions; I will put them into practice with all my heart. Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found” (Psalm 119:33-35, NLT).