The Words of Life (part two)

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Every thing is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable. Hebrews 4:12-13

All words are powerful, they can wound and cut at the very heart of who we are. Words have the power to connect us or divide us, to lift us up or tear us down. The written word can carry new ideas across time and space, shaping and reshaping the human experience. But, the Word of God is alive and powerful. Alive here, in the original language is zoe means life force and the word powerful is the Greek word energeo, together they describe a living energy. The Word of God is living and powerful beyond just the words on the page, but the energy behind them. This makes sense, if you think about creation… Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Gen. 1:1). The Word of God has creative power, to create from nothing, to shape and reshape the human heart and experience.

Often as I face challenges, I will read the Word to my own heart, asking the Father to make His truth real in my life. As I approach the Word I pray expecting that this powerful Word will shape and recreate my heart and mind. When have you been touched by this living and active Word in your life lately? How have your motives been revealed leaving nothing hidden? When my heart is cold toward the Word and the sentences lay flat along the page, it is time to consider my relationship to the Words of Life. The Word of God is His message to my life and it comes with life giving power to affect change both in and through my heart. Am I reading it as a powerful life giving message… am I reading it at all? Or do I have a “been there, done that” attitude toward His Word. Skimming over the familiar passages rather than reading and re-reading them and savoring them for their wonder. Take a moment to simply stop and pray about your current relationship to this miraculous Word… and by extension to His own Heart.

4 thoughts on “The Words of Life (part two)

  1. Yes. The Words have remained flat on the page. I have not been pondering and savoring the life that Jesus wants to pour into me. I love your comment on we can discuss and not necessarily feel comfortable. There is a tolerance and acceptance forced upon us on many issues on a political agenda. That takes our focus off of God. Your post is so well written. I love you my friend. God Bless you. I need to say so often. It only takes one generation to forget God.

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    1. It is so easy to slip away from the words of life. They are sharp and difficult at times… But where else will we find hope, and courage for the day? Where else will we see our selves as we truly are? We’re else will we see Jesus?

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  2. Thank you for your constant and faithful teaching in a way that is relateable and thought provoking!

    This was so timely for me…as one who came to love Jesus at a young age, it is easy to struggle with “flat words” and “been there, done that” verses…passages….chapters….books…you get the idea 😉 For me, it’s a matter of my heart…if I choose to read the Word out of a sense of duty or obligation or to simply put a check mark in a book or on a page, for me, that is in vain and does not prosper or produce much fruit in my life. When I hunger and desire and long to understand and learn and dig and teach…my what a difference! As of late, He has renewed a right spirit within me and I am holding on tight to Him as He carries me and leads me in all things! 💜

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    1. I agree, it’s so easy to skim the surface. This weekend, I heard a scribe (yes, a real scribe) talk about the process of transcribing the Word. He said first, breathe and then settle your heart before Your God. Then he recommended writing it out slowly phrase by phrase. Taking time to savor the text as you write. This was such a beautiful reminder to me of how simple disciplines can help me break through the surface. Thank you or your thoughts on this.

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