GOD’S WORD IN OUR HEART COMES ALIVE IN OUR LIVES
“God’s word is alive and powerful!” – Hebrews 4:12 –
There is power in the Word of God. It is empowered with His living energy. In the pages of Scripture, we read the story of life… life as God created it… life as God sustains it… life as God will forever reign over it.
All Scripture is inspired by God (2 Timothy 3:16). Its origin is divine… originating in the mind of the all-wise and omniscient One. It is Truth in its purest form. The Holy Spirit gave God’s true and holy words to the authors of Scripture.
God’s Word has been cherished by believers throughout history. We, too, are to treasure it as the very words of God for us personally. By it we learn to grow in His love and grace.
“’Is not My word like fire?’ says the Lord, ‘And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?’” – Jeremiah 23:29
How is God’s Word like fire?
Fire burns away the brush, the chaff in our lives. All wrong thinking, beliefs, ideas, motives are set ablaze as we read God’s Word. All false doctrine is reduced to ashes as we learn to live the Truth (1 Corinthians 3:13).
Fire melts away the dross, the sin in our lives (Zechariah 13:9). When silver is melted and the impurities burned away, it gleams and reflects light. As we become more pure, more Christlike by applying God’s Word to our lives, we better reflect our Savior.
Fire gives light to open our eyes to our own unrighteousness (Romans 3:23). We see how desperately we need a Savior. God’s Word shows us how we are to live. It enlightens our spiritual path (Psalm 119:105). Through it, God reveals His will for our lives.
Fire radiates the warmth of God’s love for us. In God’s Word we discover His undying love and faithfulness. In its richness, we find His comfort and encouragement (Zephaniah 3:17). Our faith is strengthened.
Fire sets a flame in our hearts for God. Through His Word our spiritual zeal is ignited (Jeremiah 20:9). We desire to share all that God has done for us. We long to tell the Good News of salvation in Christ to the lost.
How is God’s Word like a hammer?
A hammer breaks up the hardened, unhumbled heart… a heart hardened by sin. The Truth of God’s Word reveals our need for repentance. Our hearts of stone crumble in the presence of our Redeemer (Ezekiel 36:26).
A hammer shatters all pride and stubbornness. In God’s Word, we see how far we fall short of His holiness and perfection. We read of our humble, loving Savior who was bruised and broken for us. With broken and contrite hearts (Psalm 51:17), we seek to emulate Him.
A hammer smashes the worldliness in our lives. God’s Word shows us how kingdom values contrast with worldly values. It crushes our earthly, temporal desires. We come to live life with God’s perspective… storing up heavenly, eternal treasures (Matthew 6:20).
A hammer destroys the evil in our lives. God’s Word is the sword of the Spirit we use to resist the evil one (Ephesians 6:17). The power of His Word demolishes the strongholds of the enemy (2 Corinthians 10:4). Nothing can stand against His mighty Word.
“My word that comes from My mouth will not return to Me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do.” – Isaiah 55:11
God reveals Himself to us through His Word. His revelations give our finite minds a glimpse into all that is infinite… holy… eternal. We gain not just head knowledge but Spirit wisdom.
Anyone can read the Bible and gain information. Yet only the divine inspiration and revelation of the Holy Spirit can take this information and cause transformation in our lives. We begin to transform into the likeness of Christ from the inside out.
“Blessed are those who hear the word of God and follow it.” – Luke 11:28
In His Word, God not only gives us the guidelines for a life in His favor, protection and blessing. He also promises to come alongside us personally through His Spirit, giving us the power and courage to live out His guidelines in our daily walk. For when God’s mighty Word lives in our hearts, it comes alive in our lives.