Sunday, 22 November 2009

Living Words

‘For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.’ Hebrews 4:12

The Bible. How often is it mistakenly viewed as a dusty old rule book? A book often regarded by those who do not follow Jesus as a dead book, written by (very) dead people.

Nestled in our churches’ pews; seemingly untouched but still in great demand on bookshop shelves across the world; carried fearlessly around in Christian circles (and admittedly not as fearlessly around everywhere else). Our copies of God’s word.

Written by an author, with a difference – He is the Word in the pages (John 1:1). And though the men He spoke through are gone (2 Peter 1:21), He is alive!

Therefore, we can know that when we read the Bible God actually speaks to us! The living, the constant, the only true God in a world where we are surrounded by other things clamouring to take His rightful place in our hearts and minds.

The God active in the world today, with active words that cut us to the core when we read or hear them, and convict us: of things we’ve never realised about God, or ourselves, before. Who needs a self-help book?

Our sword, an integral part of our armour God provides us who believe in Him with (Ephesians 6:17). Truth itself, confronting and destroying the lies of the world we face everyday. The truth which sets us free (John 8:31-32). What more could we need?

God longs to speak to us through His word. If He did not want to connect with us on a personal and intimate level, why would He bother? Why would He sent His only perfect Son to die for us when we don’t deserve it? Why would millions suffer willingly since then in Jesus’ name? Why would the Bible have survived for so long, and how come it impacts the lives of so many people today, if it were not true?

Let’s immerse ourselves in God’s word, the truth, and through it grow closer to Jesus as we walk His way and follow Him alone.

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