Tuesday, June 11, 2019
20. Growing in Prayer – The Learning Tree – (2) God’s Word Sharper than a Two-Edge Sword
“12For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.” --Hebrews 4:12
Yes, the Word of God is like a two-edged sword. Ask anyone who has repented and fallen before the Cross of Jesus and asked for forgiveness of their sins. I have and it was very painful; God’s Word cut me to the quick. My soul was penetrated to “both joints and marrow.” As it says in Romans 3:22-24, “....since all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God...."
Jack Hayford wrote in a study article, “The absolute authority of the Bible over our lives is based in our conviction that this Book does not merely contain the Word of God, but that it is the Word of God in its sum and in its parts.” The mature Christian believes Psalm 19:7, “The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless) restoring and refreshing the soul; The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.”
Anyone from the 1960s now understand the profound societal change. Our country changed from the Gospel of Jesus Christ to “every man did what was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6). II Timothy 4:3-4 says, “…. they will turn their ears away from the truth…...” We believe the truth is in God’s Word.
We have often wondered when Jesus said, “When the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). Will He?
From an article by Billy Graham long ago, “A revival among Christians could change the whole process of history and reverse the immoral tide.”
We cannot help thinking our enemy (devil, Satan, or whatever you call this fallen angel) is rejoicing that he has us fighting and falling away from the Word of God.
I am one of the fortunate ones; I was raised in a loving home with loving parents and a loving older brother. They lived God’s Word and I wrote in my Bible beside Proverbs 17:27, “My Daddy.” It says, “He who has knowledge spares his words; and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit.”
The only way we can stabilize ourselves and this Nation is to receive God’s Word. God gave us His Great Commandment in Deuteronomy 6:5 and He went on to say, “These Words, which I (God) am commanding you today, shall be written on your heart and mind. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children….” (Deuteronomy 6:6-8).
Let us pray that the mature Christian (Luke 8:15) will rise and proclaim (loud and clear) the Word of God, and those who defile the truth of HIS Word (Titus 1:15) will hear the call of God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.