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 NIV
I had a vision of a beautiful sword which was stuck in the ground. The area around the sword was full of leaves and darkness.
I carried a much smaller sword, more like a dagger. I heard God say to me to pick up the large sword in the ground. Tried as I may, I could not.
I cried out in anguish and asked why I could not. The Lord gently said, “You can’t pick the sword up in your own power. You need the Holy Spirit’s power and the Word of God inside you.”
So, I prayed and asked for the power of the Spirit to fill me and give me the strength to pick up the sword.
I then, in the power of the Spirit, lifted the sword out of the ground. It was stunning with beautiful gems encased on the handles. There were delicate inscriptions down the length of the sword.
The Lord clearly told me to be ready. This was the sword of the Spirit and I was to use it in battle. He told me I needed to hide the Words he says in my heart. He told me the sword was very powerful.
I read that the word of God is sharper than any two-edged sword. I heard the Spirit speak to my heart to pray the word of God over myself, family, the church, world events, etc. The word of God is powerful and can penetrate the heart of man. The power of the Holy Spirit makes the word come alive. The only way to carry the sword is through the power of the Holy Spirit and hiding God’s word in my heart. Otherwise, it is too heavy and burdensome.
The Amplified version of Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is living and active and full of power [making it operative, energising, and effective]. It is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating as far as the division of the soul and spirit [the completeness of a person], and of both joints and marrow [the deepest parts of our nature]. Exposing and judging the very thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
The word of God is simply the word God speaks. Anything that God says penetrates the heart. Have you ever listened to a sermon and felt like someone saw the real you or stepped on your toes? It wasn’t the minister who did this, it was the Word of God.
Whenever the Word of God is spoken power is released. God spoke the world into being by his Word. God’s word does not return void but accomplishes what it sets out to do (see Isaiah 55:11). God’s word endures forever (Isaiah 40:8). Christ will return with a sharp, doubled edged sword (the word) coming out of his mouth (Revelation 1:16). He will strike down the nations and rule them from the sharp sword (the word) coming out of his mouth (Revelation 19:15).
Jesus is the very Word of God (John 1:1; Revelation 19:13). When we are born again, the word changes us and fills us with his Spirit (John 3:34; 1 Peter 1:23; 1 Thessalonians 2:13). The word is used in battle against Satan and his demons (Ephesians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 10:4). And by his word, Jesus will war against them when he returns (Revelation 2:16).
Because of the power his word has, I believe we need to pray his word. Lysa Terkeurst says, “When we pray the Word of God, we pray the Will of God.” She also says in her devotional book, Embraced, “When God’s Word gets inside us, it becomes the new way we process life. It rearranges our thoughts, our motives, our needs, and our desires. Our soul was tailormade to be filled with God and His truth; therefore, it seeps into every part of us and fills us completely.”
God’s word has the power, through the Holy Spirit, to change lives and situations. His word reaches down into the deepest part of us, the marrow inside of our bones! It reveals the true intentions of not just our actions but our thoughts. His word sends the enemy fleeing! This is the reason we need to always have the Sword of the Spirit (the word of God) as part of our daily armour (Ephesians 6:17).
Don’t just read the word or study it. Memorise the word. Write it down. After having this vision, I was really convicted about praying the word over everything. I struggle with memorising due to brain fog with illness, however, I have a notebook in which I write scriptures in to pray. I have different colours for them. I have one colour for praise, another for confession, and another for every day prayers. Whatever is the most helpful to you is good. Just do it.
Praying the word releases God’s power into ourselves, our family, our situations, everything we pray for. His word is powerful. Don’t go without it!
Prayer: God, your word is power. It penetrates deep into my soul and spirit. Your word sees everything about me, my intentions, my thoughts, my actions. Your word changes me. Sometimes it steps on my feet and I don’t like it. However, I know the words are from you and I need to hear what you are saying. Help me to pray your word each day. Help me to memorise and learn it. Help me to live it in my daily life. Thank you, Jesus, for being the Word of God. Thank you, Holy Spirit, for empowering me and making the word come to life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.