Hebrews 4:12 – “For the word of God is living 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.”
When was the last time the Bible stepped on your toes? Does it ever?
We are none perfect (Romans 3:23). We mess up and often times, we fail to confess those sins to our Holy Father. Sometimes it takes a good swift kick in the hind quarters to get us to see our mistake. Remember, we dislike very strongly admitting that we are wrong.
Where is that good swift kick going to come from? Well, sometimes it comes from a friend or loved one pointing out our mistake. Sometimes it comes from the convicting power of the Holy Spirit moving in our lives. Sometimes it comes from sitting in a church service that we may feel has been specially designed to make us feel miserable from the weight of guilt. And sometimes it comes from just reading the word of God. But that means that you have to put forth effort and actually take the time to read it.
The word of God should step on our toes. It should make us stop and think. It should make us desire to do better. For lands sake, it is ALIVE! Living means moving. Living means affecting change. Living means active. And this isn’t some blob moving about our lives, it is a sword. A sword can be used for protection. A sword can be used for offensive measures. It can be used to provide sustenance. It can be used to prune. So many ways to use a sword. All of which can be applied to the life of a follower of Christ. But what good is a sword if it is under the bed or in a closet. It’s effectiveness is only as good as it’s visibility. You have to have it close to you and know how to use it. And that only comes with practice.
So my challenge to you, dear princess, is to get your sword ready. Get it ready for whatever the Master has in store for you. Let it step on your toes and purify your heart. Let God use it to prune you and to make your beauty grow. Let God provide you with the sustenance that you need to grow. But here is the main idea: use it. Read your Bible. Study your Bible. Know your Bible. Have such a relationship with it that when you are trying to call to mind a verse that you may not know the book, chapter or verse but that you know exactly where it is at on the page.