“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.”
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
Hebrews 4:12 NLT
More than 100 million Bibles are sold throughout the world every year - making it the top seller every year. In the US 92% of households own at least one copy of the Bible. The average number is three. This includes not only the homes of practicing Christians but hundreds of thousands of atheists as well. Although most Americans own a Bible, (according to 2000 Gallup poll) 59% read it only occasionally. The percentage of Americans who read the Bible at least once a week is only 37%.
As we need to eat food daily so we need to feed on God’s Word every day. Jesus said in Matthew 4. “People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.”
We may own dozens of Bibles, but unless we faithfully read it and apply its truths to our lives, we will miss out on what God desires to accomplish in us. This week’s key verse highlights how incredibly active God’s Word is.
First, God’s Word is ALIVE! It’s not just a historical record of happenings and teachings. It has the living quality of the seed Jesus talked about in Luke 8 when He explained the Parable of the sower. He said, “The seed is God’s word.… And the seeds that fell on the good soil represent honest, good-hearted people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and patiently produce a huge harvest.”
Second, God’s Word is POWERFUL!
The power of God’s spoken word is seen in creation. God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. So it was with all of creation. God said it, and it happened. The power of God’s written word has the ability to change how we think, and therefore how we live. As Paul says in Romans 12 “let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
Third, God’s Word CUTS and EXPOSES. There is no part of our being that the Word of God can not penetrate and lay bare. It has a way of revealing our heart’s hidden motives and convicting us of sin.
Father, thank you for the gift of your Word which feeds, enlightens, and transforms our lives. Grant us victory over the temptation to neglect spending time in it, and putting it into practice.