Cuts Like A Knife.
We brought a new chef’s knife from that famous Swedish store the other week, and I can tell you, it is far better than our old knife that was so blunt, it couldn’t slice through a thin fog on a cold, winter’s night without buckling and almost taking the end of a finger off in the process. I find that my faith can become dull and pointless just like my old knife if I don’t keep it sharpened daily by getting into God’s Word.
Hebrews 4:12 talks about the Word of God. ‘The Word of God, you see, is alive and moving; sharper than a double-edged sword; piercing the divide between soul and spirit, joints and marrow; able to judge the thoughts and will of the heart. No creature can hide from God: God sees it all. Everyone and everything exposed, opened for His inspection; and He’s the One we will have to explain ourselves to.’ Alive, moving, piercing soul and spirit. These are the moves of an expert swordsman who requires nothing more than our surrender – daily.
Many times, I’ve come under attack from the enemy and found a scripture that runs across my thoughts to counteract and slice through his lies, this is why we need to discipline ourselves to read God’s Word regularly. Because Satan is relentless, and he will keep bringing his powerless, plastic gun to a double-edged knife fight time and time again. However, God’s Word cuts like a knife.
But it does not just encounter with the enemy that we can use the Word of God to cut like a knife. Bob Goff talks in his book, Everybody Always, about how our faith gets tested which gives us a chance to grow. “Loving people we don’t understand or agree with is just the kind of beautiful, counterintuitive, risky stuff people who are becoming love do.” The double-edged sword that judges our thoughts helps us to love people right where they’re at. Jesus did this perfectly in His short time here on earth because He spent time with God on a daily basis.
Like a skilled surgeon, God slices and dices the lies. Exposing our judgemental attitudes and wrong thinking about the very people we’re supposed to love.
God is passionate about people. And we need to build on the daily discipline of reading God’s Word to figure out why He loves them so much. It’s completely crazy to think that we can slay devils, love the unlovable or bring heaven down to earth without knowing exactly how we’re going to do all that stuff. Unfortunately, some believer’s knives have become rusty and blunt from blaming and complaining about the state of the world. We also need to be careful that we don’t turn the knife on the body of Christ, taking it upon ourselves to divide soul and spirit, joints and marrow until its dismembered parts are wounded too badly to ever return back to the body again. I’m sure those actions grieve the Holy Spirit.
Ephesians 4:15 – 16 reminds to, ‘Instead, by truth spoken in love, we are to grow in every way into Him – the Anointed One, the Head. He joins and holds together the whole body with its ligaments providing the support needed so each part works to its proper design to form a healthy, growing, and mature body that builds itself up in love.’ A blunt knife is far more dangerous than a sharp knife, and we don’t want anyone losing body parts because we haven’t sharpened our thinking on God’s Word.
So, I challenge you to start reading a passage of Scripture often, if you don’t already make it a daily habit, and let God’s Word sharpen those dull edges in your faith walk so you can use that double-edged sword like a pro.