Wield Your Sword!
Hebrews 4:12 Amplified Bible
“For 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.”
When was the last time you picked up your Bible and read it?
The scripture above is quite clear on what it is the word of God does and the importance it plays in every believer’s life. Do you believe that the word of God is important?
It is more important than most of us realize.
Is the word of God, “living and active and full of power [making it operative, energizing and effective]”?
When I read that verse, something leapt in my spirit. A sense of excitement and assurance. I know there are many times when I am reading scripture that I find principles in the midst of the words that I recognize are playing out in my life now. It’s as if God is speaking directly into my spirit saying “see Daughter, My hand is at work here, let go of your fear and your concerns, I have you, safe in the palm of My hand.”
The last part of the verse is this beautiful metaphor comparing the word of God to a two-edged sword. Not just any sword, but one that “penetrates and divides the soul and the spirit [the completeness of a person]”.
Has scripture ever divided your soul and spirit?
What is the difference, you ask? Your soul is made up of: your mind, your will (heart) & your emotions and your spirit is that life force that God breathed into you at the moment of conception. I can honestly tell you that the words of God have divided my soul and spirit more times than I can count. It’s part of the way He prunes you and develops your character, making you more and more like Him in thought, word and action.
Psalm 119:105 reveals scripture as being a lamp for your feet and a light to your path. Add that to the dividing of soul and spirit, and a really solid picture of the process God uses for your good and His glory begins to unfold.
But the revelations do not stop there, the verse moves on to “and of both joints and marrow (the deepest part of our nature)”.
How deeply do you allow God in to your soul and spirit?
For me, worship is the key. Spending time in praise and worship, tunes my soul and spirit into the same frequency as God and brings me into a place where I can hear His voice and even see Him in open visions. It’s amazing!
Focus and stillness are also keys. Once I am tuned in, then I must focus my mind on Him. That means bringing all my stray thoughts captive and bringing them into obedience to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5). I must also learn to sit in His presence and be still and know that He alone is God. (Palm 46:10).
Can you focus and bring yourself to stillness? If not, practice…and keep practicing until it becomes second nature and you don’t even have to think about it. Start with 5 minutes and work up until time become irrelevant.
You may find the last part of this verse a bit uncomfortable: “exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.” Yes, I know, I cringed too. But it’s the truth. The LIGHT exposes dark things, but the good news is you can repent and ask God to change your heart and your thoughts. He grants us much mercy and grace when we come to Him in humility and repentance. His Love knows no bounds and His delight in you is such that He sings over you. (Zephaniah 3:17).
So, remember to put on your holy armour every day and wield your sword. (Ephesians 6). It is the two-edged sword of his written word (Logos) and His revelatory word (Rhema) spoken through the still small voice of Holy Spirit.