For 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 has something to say about itself. What it reveals speaks clearly of its worthiness. The Word of God is alive. It breathes powerful truth and life into my tired, dry existence—into my heart that breaks—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 the wrong attitudes and desires of my heart. It opens my mind to listen to His instruction and to trust His truth. It sets me free from a heart that judges and puts conditions on love.
The Word of God instructs that I not only believe what it says but that I also trust its message by applying it to my life. My life changes by its powerful message. I can trust God's Word for every moment of my life. Its very nature is timeless! It is unchanging, and just like Jesus Christ, it is the same yesterday, today, and forever. I can believe its direction for all the circumstances I face, and for the decisions I make.
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,” the Word declares, “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 the Holy Spirit reveals it to me when I study and open my heart to its truth.
In the beginning, the Word already existed! Its truth was witnessed and shared by those who God chose to reveal it. Not only does the Word breathe God’s truth, but its power is also absolute. I can stand on what it says. I can believe in its promises. As I study and seek His truth, God also breathes His revealed truth into me, changing the attitudes and desires of my heart.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher