October 4th, 2017 — DEVOTE

As many of you know, I love my Bible reading time. I might be dogged tired in the morning because I stayed up way too late the night before, but I pop up early in the morning because I know I get to spend quality time in the Word. Here’s the gem I read this morning…
“What God has said isn’t only alive and active! It is sharper than any double-edged sword. His word can cut through our spirits and souls and through our joints and marrow, until it discovers the desires and thoughts of our hearts. Nothing is hidden from God! He sees through everything, and we will have to tell Him the truth.” Hebrews 4:12-13 CEV

Isn’t that awesome! The Word of God, our Bible does all that. No other book ever written does all that, because the written “Word of God” is exactly that, “the Word of God.”

The person who wrote these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, tells us the Bible is “alive.” The Word of God isn’t some lifeless, dormant, passive literature. No, no, no! This Word is interactive, alive, aggressive. It’s not only living, it’s also life-giving.

The second quality the writer tells us is that the Bible is “active!” The Greek word he used is the same word we have in English for energy. So the Word is powerful! It’s energizing! That little battery bunny has nothing compared to the Word. This Word is able to act and produce all God has purposed it to accomplish. As soon as I say that, I’m reminded of another Bible verse, Isaiah 55:11 which says…
“That’s how it is with My words. They don’t return to Me without doing everything I send them to do.” (CEV)

There’s a third property this Word has – it’s “sharper than any double-edged sword.” Though we don’t walk around wearing a double-edged sword like they used to back in the day, a double-edged sword should paint a picture in our minds of the awesome work the Word of God can accomplish. God’s Word can pierce or penetrate deeply into our thoughts and spirit. The Word of God can cut through our conscience and open us up displaying all our wicked and deceitful ways. This double-edged sword exhorts, rebukes, corrects and instructs all who are open to it.

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Yup! You guess it! Read your Bible. But don’t just read it, allow its power to work in you, through you and for you. The devil doesn’t care if you read your Bible. He doesn’t care if you study your Bible. He doesn’t even care if you memorize your Bible. What he doesn’t want you to do and what bothers him the most is when you apply what you read in your Bible to your life. Don’t just read your Bible – live it!

Let Your Word work through me and revitalize my life. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausenll