“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword—piercing right through to a separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 TLV)
I have treasured Your word in my heart, so I might not sin against You. (Psalm 119:11 TLV)
To walk in victory, we must be people of the Word. We must read it, study it, and conform our lives to it. The Word is living and active; most of us are more familiar with “quick and powerful sharper than any twoedged sword.”
“The word twoedged is literally rendered as “two mouthed.” This may be because the Word of God was first spoken by God but must afterwards be spoken by a person to release the power of the sword of the Spirit. (Eph. 6:17). The word piercing refers to “going through.” The dividing of soul and spirit reveals that Scripture seperates the carnal mind from the spiritual mind, and the joints and marrow remind us that the Word of God reaches into the innermost parts of the human being. All humans have thoughts, but also have intents that emerge from the heart. Intents refers to the ability to think about or consider a certain action. The Bible can discern and dissect both thoughts and intents. Nothing can be hidden from Christ or God’s written Word (v.13).1”
The Bible is not an ordinary book of words on pages; it is a living book that has the power to convict, correct, change, and transform. Ephesians 4:23-24 AMPC “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind [having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude], 24 And put on the new nature (the regenerate self) created in God’s image, [Godlike] in true righteousness and holiness.” We can only be constantly renewed in the spirit of our minds by continually being in the Word. Notice it said the spirit of your mind. Everything is connected to our spirit man, everything in the natural flows from the spiritual; we must be spiritually minded first. The life of faith is a spirit-minded life. This is why so many of us don’t have victory; this is why we can start strong in faith and pitter out after three weeks of not getting an answer; we aren’t spiritually-minded. It’s easy to get our eyes off the Word and onto circumstances, but that will weaken our faith.
Proverbs 18:14 AMPC “The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear?”
We need to develop our faith and see the Word as living and active in every life situation. The Scripture contains wisdom and insight for our problems. The Word can give you a way out of trouble, and it is your way of escaping from temptation. At each lure, Christ used the sword of the Spirit to defeat the enemy. And when the enemy twisted a portion of the Psalms, Jesus was ready for that too.
We’ve got to know the Word, and we need to understand the devil knows it better than we do, he knows how to get a preacher to twist the Scripture to cause doubt and unbelief to enter our minds, and he knows what buttons to push in each of our lives to get us to question a promise from the Lord. Paul said in Ephesians chapter six, “when you’ve done all to stand, stand therefore.” We already have the victory; it’s up to us to enforce it when the temptation comes.
The Word is our power, but the only way the power will produce is when we speak it. When the Bible says to meditate, it means to ponder by talking to yourself2. We’ve got to speak the Word for the Word to work. Some people have taken the speaking thing too far, but the Bible tells you why that doesn’t work; James said, “you ask and don’t receive because you ask for selfish reasons3.” Don’t let someone’s abuse of a truth steal the truth from you. Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and we need to speak life.
It’s time to get serious about the power of the Word in our life. Cut out TV if you have to and get in the Word of God. Faith only comes through the Word, and we can’t live off of having read through the Bible five years ago. We must daily feed on the Word of God for it to strengthen us.
Proverbs 4:20-22 AMPC “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. 21 Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh.”
Joshua 1:8 NLT “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
The law of God is His Torah, teaching, or instruction. The law is a blessing and a roadmap. The enemy wants us to see the law as a negative, but it is a blessing for those who obey it. Blessings flow from obedience; when we walk in the ways of God, the light of God shines on our path. Let the Word of God transform you today.
- Note on Hebrews 4:12-13, Perry Stone Hebraic Prophetic Study Bible New Testament
- Strong’s Concordance, Meditate in Joshua 1:8 and Psalm 1:2 (H#1897) *In Psalm 119 it is (H#7878) means to converse with oneself, and hence aloud. To declare, pray, speak, and talk with.
- James 4:3