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The Word is Alive

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For the word of God is alive and active.

Hebrews 4:12

Have you noticed sometimes when you reread a scripture you find a new understanding? Scripture tells us the Word is alive. For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

Hebrews 4:11 states the Word is alive, but what makes it alive? The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2:14) This verse tells us that we understand the things of God through the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. (1 Corinthians 2:11)

What do we hear through the Holy Spirit? But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, (John 16:13) The Holy Spirit only speaks what he hears from our Lord and when we read the Word, the Lord will speak to us through the Spirit.

How do we hear the Lord speaking to us? Our thoughts are spiritual coming from our spiritual soul. Our thoughts are revealed to the Lord through the Spirit, and we receive his thoughts through the Spirit. We learn to recognize which thoughts are coming from us, and which thoughts are coming from the Lord. This is sometimes easy and sometimes difficult. It’s easier when a thought clearly comes to mind that is different than our current thoughts. The more we read the Word, learning the language of God, the better we communicate with God.

The more we serve the Lord, being a witness for Christ, the more we experience Christ in our lives and the more Christ-like we become. This brings us closer to the Lord, we become more dependent on the Lord and we learn to give him control. This opens our heart and mind to seek the Lord with all heart, and the Word becomes more alive and his thoughts are easier to recognize. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. (Jeremiah 29:13)

Today commune with the Lord and ask him to speak to you. When you are in conversation with someone today, ask the Lord to guide your words. The more we ask the Lord into our current situation, the more we will hear voice. I hear the Lord’s voice most when I am teaching a Bible class and ask him for guidance. Today read the Word and discern how to bring God’s love and truth to others through the scripture you are reading. Then seek to hear the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, help me to hear your voice, to recognize your thoughts through the Spirit. Guide me today through the Spirit, so I can reveal your wisdom, your confidence, and your heart of love. Let people see Christ in me, especially my family. Today when I read your Word, help me to receive it alive. In Jesus name, Amen