By Patrick Hawthorne
“For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” (Hebrews 4:12 NKJV)
We’ve read this verse… We’ve heard this verse… We are convinced we have a good understanding of this verse, but do we really? Some might be thinking, “Yeah, I have a good handle on this verse. I know the Word of God, His holy Word, is living and powerful.” Well, there is a little more to it than that. Let me explain.
The Word of God, given to us by way of His Holy Scriptures, is alive, not in the sense that it is being continually edited or updated but in the fact that it can never die. It is as infinite as the One who spoke it. It is powerful! To that we do not deny. We sing of this power, yearn for this power, and seek after this power. Yet, this power seems to elude us.
The problem that I see, which I believe the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to, is that we have taken this verse partially out of context. When reading Hebrews chapter four in its context, it refers to a spoken promise made by God. In this case, it was about entering into His rest.
This was a vow; an uttered promise that God made that has been extended to us, the Body. Now, look again at verse twelve and read it in the context of a spoken promise. “For the Word (the uttered promises) of God is living and powerful (effectual as in achieving results)…”
Do you see it? This verse is not referring to the Bible but the spoken promise of God that is recorded in the Bible. Our Heavenly Father’s spoken words, as recorded in the Bible, are living and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword… In other words, they carry as much relevance today as they did when it was first recorded. What does this mean for you and for me?
When God makes a promise, that promise is kept no matter how long it takes. Therefore, if His promises never fail we have a right, as born again children of our Heavenly Father, to take hold of those promises and to boldly stand on them. Now, caution must be used that we don’t try to lay hold of promises that were not meant for the Church. However, if it was made to the Church (the Body of Christ) it is ours.
19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me, Silvanus, and Timothy—was not Yes and No, but in Him was Yes. 20 For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.
(2 Corinthians 1:19-20 NKJV underline/bold mine)
But here is where the problem comes in. Religion has taught us the “Que sera, sera,” – whatever ever will be will be – attitude that God will do whatever He wants and that we simply need to pray “Thy will be done.” No wonder we are not walking in His power. We are waiting for Him to move when He is waiting on us to move, to boldly proclaim His promises in faith. Yet, instead of wielding this mighty sword of faith, we make excuses for why nothing is happening.
The sad news is that we, the Church, are as guilty of turning a deaf ear towards God’s Word, through unbelief and doubt, as the Israelite’s were when they wandered the desert for forty years. For all the promises, the uttered assurances of God, are YES and AMEN! If we stick to His promises we have the assurance that our prayers will be answered according to His promises. Standing on the promises of God is not always easy and not always fun. God never promised it would be easy. However, He did give us a huge sword to wield. So, what are you waiting for? Get to swinging. Be blessed.