For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Read and Study The Bible
Have you every wondered how pastors prepare their sermons each week? For most ministers, Bible study is a huge part their vocation. But the responsibility of knowing God’s Word extends beyond the church’s shepherds. So here’s why it’s important for believers to know how to read and study the Bible.
A Great Responsibility
Did you know that one of the most important things you can do as a Christian is to live-out God’s words? That’s why you need to know the basics for great study and application. When you said “yes” to God, you also said “yes” to His Word, committing to “hear and do” His will (James 1:22). And since the Bible is our source of truth and guidance for His plans, it is living in every situation we face.
To Be Fully Alive
Today’s passage says that the Word of God is alive, meaning it is filled with the very breath of God Himself. Think about it — in order to be “alive” you must have breath in your lungs. Job puts it this way, “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4).
You also need breathe in order to speak. Paul says in his second letter to Timothy, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” So, in other words, breath equals life, and the Word of God is alive.
The Bible carries the very life of Jesus because it tells the story of the gospel. It holds the only words that can save, transforming our own souls from death to life. And that’s why it’s important for us to read and study the Bible.
So today, is the Word of God alive in you? How are you speaking His words of life? Take some time now to reflect, praying for the life-giving power of His Spirit to breathe again in you.