Hebrews 4:12 (AMP) 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.
In January, I had a minor outpatient procedure. A routine surgery that would only require a few hours of my time and a couple days rest…or at least that’s what the normal outcome should be. However, two weeks later, I was not experiencing the “normal” outcome expected. I was exhausted. Barely able to function. Each day new bruising seemed to be forming. Three weeks to the day of surgery, while driving to work something went terribly wrong. First, it was uncomfortable. Then it became obvious medical intervention was needed. Thankfully my doctor was on call and told me to come to his office immediately. Within a couple hours, I was back in surgery for internal bleeding. After this surgery, though weak from blood loss – I felt noticeably different. As if on cue, my energy came back. No pain or soreness. The outcome I originally expected was now what I was experiencing. No one could tell from the outside that something was wrong on the inside. Thankfully my skilled surgeon knew exactly what to do.
A couple of days ago, Hebrews 4:12 came up as the verse of the day in a Bible application that I use. It resonated in me. Raised in the Southern Baptist church, I am a “Word” girl if you will. Growing in my faith, it is the seed and fertilizer to my faith. Hope anchors my soul yet it is God’s Word that secures it there. The Word is a wonderful love story of God’s Unfailing and Overwhelming Love. The Word of God is alive. It is active. Full of power designed to be operative, energizing, and effective. It is “sharper than any two-edged sword penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit which represents the whole person – body, mind and spirit. (Insert screeching brakes.) Now that doesn’t sound pleasant, no surgical procedure is pleasant. Before the first procedure, I was a nervous wreck. Anxious and shaking though still in capable and caring hands. The Word of God is designed like a scalpel. Sharp and precise designed to but through bones and marrow to the deepest parts of our nature. It exposes and judges the very thoughts and intentions of our heart.
In The Everyday Life Bible (Amplified) it says, “it is sharper than any two-edged sword penetrating to the dividing line of the “breath of life” (soul) and (the immortal) spirit.” God has placed His Spirit inside of you. However, there is a process to releasing His Purpose and Plan for you that requires the work of His Word in us. The Word of God should cut me. Exposing the things inside of me that are terminal to the life that God has prepared for me. It should amputate the sin that keeps me from a closer and more intimate relationship with God firmly establishing righteousness in my life. It should excise the hurts that create hard places allowing our heart to bleed again. Jesus is the Great Physician. He is the Word. The Word must in us must be allowed to work through us. It must be read, studied, and meditated upon. Humanity is immersed in a culture of profound darkness. Violence is common place and used for entertainment to the point many are desensitized. As the Word of God cuts through our old nature, it allows our new nature or the new creation to take over. Suddenly, the things thought to be normal become offensive to our very soul. New growth in Jesus Christ until the sharp edge of His Word are applied to careful pruning.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (AMP) Therefore if anyone is in Christ [that is, grafted in, joined to Him by faith in Him as Savior], he is a new creature [reborn and renewed by the Holy Spirit]; the old things [the previous moral and spiritual condition] have passed away. Behold, new things have come [because spiritual awakening brings a new life].
Ephesians 2:10 (AMP) For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us].
The new creature and new things are all part of the workmanship of Jesus Christ. He takes the details of our life and works them for our good. (Romans 8:28) To trust the Lord means to trust His Word. His Word must become the scalpel that cuts through us in the hands of the Great Physician. To read it will never be enough. I read about the procedure before undergoing it. I did some research beyond the information provided in the consultation. I wanted to be fully aware of what the risks and benefits would be because once I went under general anesthesia – there was no turning back. I wonder what might happen if as believers, we approached our relationship with Christ as other things in this world. We read contracts to the letter. We seek legal counsel if unsure. We go to doctors for health and medical issues. We talk to other people and find professional help when it is out of our context. Yet, the Living God has laid out the secret to abundant life – gave His Son so we could have it – placing the Power of His Name in written form in our hands but it is ignored as old-fashioned and obsolete. I assure you friend, the Word of God is alive. It is powerful. It will cut those who get too close. It will indeed change us from the inside out. But isn’t that what we desired all along? A better life. A good outcome. To become a new creation. To experience new things. To become the Masterpiece that God has promised…in His Word.
Psalm 139:23-24 (AMP) Search me [thoroughly], O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there is any wicked or hurtful way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way.