While doing my morning devotional today, I came across this verse in 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 spirits, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” I was very moved by this, and thought it was so powerful. One of the questions in my devotional (Discovering God’s Will for your Life, a Women of Faith study guide) was how can the word of God, which was written apply to today? The Bible still applies to situations we encounter today. We can look to verses to guide our actions as Christians. It teaches us the virtues we should have. It guides us in how to think, act, and changes our spirits from within, helping us turn away from our sinful natures and towards the One who offers salvation for us all. The Bible commentary I am using broke down Hebrews 4:12 by saying that the word of God is the measuring stick Christ will use at the judgement, and references 2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.” It goes on to say that God’s message is alive and active, it penetrates the innermost parts of a person. The Bible also distingueshes what is natural (“soul”) and what is spiritual (“spirits”), as well as the thoughts (reflections) and intents (insights) of a person. The word of God exposes the natural and spiritual motivations of a believer’s heart. The word is still active and living today, thousands of years after it was written. The Bible will penetrate your mind, body, and spirit and the more you read and grow spiritually the more you will become changed for the better. I pray that this message speaks to you in some way today. I pray that as you read this, you will become thirsty for the word of God, just like I am. I pray we will continue to grow spiritually so that we may bring others to the kingdom of Christ. How can I pray for you today?