Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
Sometimes, it is difficult to weigh out the evidence of situations and circumstances to discern the truth. Courtrooms fill, dockets are bursting with cases needing trial. In some cases, it may be that it is all but lost until a crucial piece of evidence is brought forth.
For the child of God, we are given a weapon far more significant than any other to discern the truth.
For the lost soul, it may be the punishment of sins in a real place called Hell that breaks through the cloud of religious confusion.
For the one in bondage to a crippling sin, it may be the cleansing power of the Word of God that breaks the chains and sets them free.
John 8:31-32 “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Jesus is that truth that can set every man free.
John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
When you are set free through the saving power by the Word of God, you are free indeed!
John 8:36 “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”
Today”s passage is familiar to many. We have read it, heard teaching and preaching on the many subjects about it.
But, when was the last time the truth of the Word of God pierced us?
When was our soul wracked with conviction over something God revealed to us, personally, in His Word? If, as this verse in Hebrews tells us, that the Word of God pierces us when was the last time for you?
If we answer honestly, it may have been some time, or it may have been as recent as this morning. If we read our Bibles daily, we should expect that the power mentioned to pierce us is present to reach deeply.
I will be a bit transparent here and say that I have had times when I have finished my Bible reading for the day, and nothing has stirred within me. Nothing convicted us. Nothing worthy of praise, prayer, or confession. Silence. Deadness.
It is in those times I have learned that my Heavenly Father is at the ready to give me what it is I need for the day. It may be that I have not prepared my heart to receive it.
Isaiah 59:1-2 “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”
The presence of sin in my life gums up the whole process.
Confession and repentance are what will remedy the situation and restore the relationship and fellowship to once again allow the Word of God to minister to my heart and life.
Sometimes, it our obedience to what we hear that will help or hinder the piercing of God’s Word.
Often, there are things in this life we avoid. Conviction and confrontation are two such things.
We must confront our sinfulness to allow God to face us in an area He desires to deal with us. It may be that God wants something to be cast out of our life, and we are beholding to it. It may not even be sinful in and of itself.
But, when God asks us to remove it so we can grow, it becomes a matter of disobedience when we refuse.
If we allow the silence, the deadness, and the lack of piercing of God’s Word to continue, we will grow cold and distant. We will leave off reading, prayer, and most things spiritual because we are unwilling to take a personal inventory before approaching our daily devotion.
Two questions to ask:
- “Heavenly Father, is there anything that stands between us that would hinder you from working in my life or from me hearing your Word today?”
- “As I am your child, would you pierce me through with your Word about a truth I need to learn, a lesson I am refusing to engage or holding on to fear, worry, or doubt that is keeping me from growing as would please You?”
Asking these questions AND waiting for an answer is key to beginning our devotional time every day.
The Father waits for us to come to Him. He desires to fellowship, teach, and grow His children into the image of His dear Son.
He is the Potter, and we are the clay.
We must be moldable in His hands.
So, while the result of this process yields such beautiful fruit, we cannot skip the step of our submission and obedience to what it is we hear. It is in the hearing that faith can operate.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
As we spoke about yesterday, don’t let your heart become hard to the movement of God in our lives.
Hebrews 3:15 “While it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts, as in the provocation.”