In Heb. 4:12, God says the Bible has inherent power. God says the words in the Bible are alive and powerful. God says the words in the Bible are able to cut into our soul and spirit (the non-material part of our human make-up).
Through our soul and spirit we connect with God and please Him or displease Him.
Our soul belongs to God (Ezekiel 18:3-4). Our soul is dead or alive spiritually depending on what we do with Jesus (James 1:21; Eph. 2:1-10; John 3:1-16)
The terms heart, and mind when used metaphorically are located in our human spirit (the part of us we cannot see with the physical eyes).
The Holy Spirit is to rule over our human spirit so we bring glory to God in our bodies or our physical actions (I Cor. 6:19-20; Eph. 5:18-21; Rom. 12:1-2).
In Heb. 4:12. God says the Bible judges the thoughts and intentions of our hearts. The Bible exposes God's our motives and what we are thinking. The Bible also challenges us and changes our thinking and then our lifestyles (Rom. 12:2).
The Bible is life-changer.
No wonder people who want to do their "own thing" do not want the Bible in their personal equation.
Christians, just as the gospel message has power, so the Word of God has power.
Learn to speak God's word in your personal situation (use promises and principles from the Word).
Learn to also speak God's Word in the lives of others. You do not always have to mention the verse reference, just focus on communicating the living and powerful truth from God, Himself (the Word).
Saint's, let us keep our confidence in, and stick to our book, the Bible.
God Bless you today,
Pastor B Kennedy (MZO)