When we read the Word of God, we are reading more than nice words, more than nice little stories with moral endings, and much more than man’s rationalized thoughts and ideas. This book–the Bible is different from any book you might have on your shelf–in many ways.
We, of course, understand that the Word of God reveals to us who God is, who we are, and God’s plan for man and for all of His creation. In addition to these awesome and powerful truths which we cling to for dear life, there are other attributes of the Word of God which are also so very thrilling.
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).
The Word of God is a living entity. How about that? And it can cut through and get to the bottom of things. It can uncover what appears concealed. It can search out the secrets in the heart of man, penetrating so deep as to get to the very end of a matter. It can alter things too, and transform things–like the human heart, for example.
The Word of God is equipped with divine power to accomplish the result for which it was intended (see Isaiah 55:11). Referred to as the sword of the Spirit in Ephesians 6, it is part of the armor of God. It is part of our protective equipment as we stand “against the wiles of the devil.”
An ability to quote [the Word of God] on proper occasions, and especially in times of temptation and trial has a wonderful tendency to cut in pieces the snares of the adversary (Clark’s Commentary on the Bible, regarding Ephesians 6:17).
Let’s see how this works–how speaking God’s word can rescue us out of threatening situations. First, let’s look at an instance involving Jesus in Matthew 4.
When Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, and after He had fasted forty days and forty nights and was hungry, the devil came to Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”
Jesus did not fall for the devil’s scheme. He did not begin to question His own identity as we might have been persuaded to do under similar circumstances. But Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'” The devil, persistent as he is, tried to tempt Jesus two more times while He was in the wilderness. Each time Jesus responded with God’s word. Then, we are told, the devil left him.
Now let’s look at how Eve responded to a similar temptation in the Garden. We read in Genesis 2:16-17, God told Adam that he could eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he ate of the forbidden tree, God assured him, he would surely die.
But then the serpent came along to stir up trouble. Going straight to Eve, he lied to her so as to convince her to disobey God’s word. And what did Eve do? Rather than holding fast to God’s word and confessing it, as Jesus had done when He was confronted by Satan in the wilderness, Eve considered the lie and gave in. The rest is history (you can read the full account in Genesis 3). If Eve had continued to say what God said, she most likely would have run the serpent away.
So let us all begin to realize that the Word of God is not an ordinary word. it is alive; it is Spirit; it is full of power; it is able to destroy the works of the enemy. And speaking such a powerful word makes things happen.
I hope you are inspired by this (as I am myself). We need to talk more about it.