I must admit that when I read the words of Hebrews 4:12 that I’m often reminded of some movie with someone going up to some monster and seeing that it isn’t moving, so they get closer and closer until they are right at the supposed corpse, when all of a sudden the body begins to move and the person turns to run shouting as they go, “It’s alive, It’s alive.” Look at the actual words that the Holy Spirit had the writer of Hebrews to put down. “For the word of God is alive 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. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.” (Hebrews 4:12-13)
When you read the Bible, how do you think of the message of God that is revealed? Do you read it as though it were simply the tired writings of an old book, written by someone who lived almost 2,000 years ago, who obviously had no idea how things would be in our time? Do you think of the words of Scripture as something that was once vital and important but that the time has passed when it was really powerful and meaningful to the readers? How do you see the words of Scripture? It is certain that many people see the same words in very different ways. But, no matter how we may see the words of Scripture, here is the way God intended us to see them. Instead of Scripture just being an old book telling what God’s people used to think, God intends for us to see and understand that his word is ALIVE AND ACTIVE. The Bible is unique among all the books ever written. Perhaps the reason the Bible is so often printed and bound differently than any other book, is an effort even by the publisher to demonstrate that it isn’t just another book. I love books. I try to make it a practice to read two to three different books each week of my life. To say that I love books is a huge understatement. But there isn’t any other book that I read like the Bible. Instead of reading it and putting it on the shelf with all the others I read it time and again, always searching to find God’s message for life that I haven’t seen before or that might help another person I’m striving to help along the way.
I need always to be storing God’s word in my heart so that I can call it up at the point I need the message I’m struggling for whenever needed. When Jesus faced Satan on the battle field of temptation after he had been fasting for forty days, it is important to notice that he faced every temptation with a verse from Old Testament Scripture to put the devil to flight. Now, please understand, he wasn’t using Scripture as some magic cross to hold up to run Satan away like someone in a movie running the witches away. Scripture made the difference because Satan knew that Jesus was fully devoted to living by what Scripture said. It therefore took on the power to run the devil away when Jesus said, “It is written” and turned to God’s words from Deuteronomy.
Are you struggling with some moral problem? Are you having trouble breaking loose from some addiction in your life? Is depression haunting you each day? Are you drawn over and over again to some porn site that you promised yourself you wouldn’t turn to again? Has anger taken over in your heart so that you can never simply relax and let something go? Let me plead with you to do something that you never stop doing for the rest of your life. You can’t turn away from one addiction in life without filling your life with something else that takes over like an addiction. So devote yourself to the reading, studying and absorbing God’s word, with the full intention of not only reading it but living by what you learn. God’s word is alive and active. It is the medicine that can drive your sins right out of your life. It is shaper than any double-edged sword. Imagine picking up a sword that has been prepared for battle. It is so sharp that you know that the slightest mishap can lead to a limb being removed or an injury that might be beyond repair. God said, the word was so sharp it can divide soul and spirit. It can separate joint and marrow. It can discern or judge the very thoughts and attitudes of the heart. So take the powerful medicine of God’s word into your heart and life every day. When faced with temptation to look at or participate in something you know is wrong and is destructive to your life, pick up God’s word and begin to read and prayerfully apply what you read to your life. Begin reading from the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John to learn well the story of Jesus and His life on this earth. Learn of His devotion to you and His willingness to pay the ransom for your sins so you can be freed from sin and Satan and live for God today. Read the story of Jesus over and over again. Don’t stop there but by all means keep going back to learn more of His life, His love and His sacrifice for you and your sins.
God knows you so well that nothing is covered from his sight. Everything about you is laid bare before His eyes and we will give account to him of our life. God’s knowledge of us and all about our trials, temptations and problems is the reason His word is so powerful to help us in all our difficulties. He made us. He doesn’t need to google your problems. He knows your thoughts and challenges from beginning to end. So, His word is there to help you in every problem.
Will you join me in the commitment to go every day to His word to study, read, learn and apply His word to your life all the time? There isn’t a single problem in the universe that is somehow a new challenge to God, Christ or the Holy Spirit. He understands and He is there to help all the time. How amazing can you get! If you will join me in that commitment please let me know. I’ll pray for you and you can pray for me and God will help us all.