There are many ways God speaks. One of the most important ways is through His Word. It is living. It is the same and yet it is not a book that we read once and know it completely. Each time we read, even if it’s the same passage, we get more understanding.
“For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts,” (Hebrews 4:12 NIV).
Full of energy
The Bible is the very Word of God. It’s His story, but it is also our story. It begins with pure energy at Creation. God created the world from His energy. God holds the universe together with His energy. God even holds our bodies together with His energy.
God inspired the Bible with that same kind of energy. It’s hard to understand how human beings over thousands of years of time could write the Word of God and have it remain a cohesive, timeless book of wisdom.
To say the Word of God pierces more sharply that a two-edged sword is an understatement. Have you ever been reading the Bible and in a passage that you’ve read a thousand times, one word jumps out at you and you feel like you’ve never seen that before in that passage?
All of a sudden the meaning strikes you with such force that you can hardly stand it. You finally get it. Usually for me it’s the exact answer I’ve needed to a problem or issue I’m going through.
Sometimes reading the Bible is like reading your own story. You see yourself in the words and they invade every cell in your body. It seeps into cracks and crevices that you didn’t even know existed in you.
That Scripture you just read searches until it discovers the exact core of your being, where the part that is fully you and the part that is fully God meet. In that moment, you stand completely undone before the all-knowing God of the universe.
All of the secrets you have kept bottled up inside you for years lie exposed before the God of the universe. He wrote about you and your issue thousands of years ago.
He saw you then. He knows you now. He knew what you would need on this very day. Our true thoughts, those secret motives of our heart have been revealed and we will never be the same again all because of some words in an ancient book. Ah, but they aren’t just any words, now are they?
I was in college before I really began to read the Bible from cover to cover. I was fortunate to go to a Christian college. It was in a Bible study group that we were challenged to read the Bible through. It seemed like a good idea so I started reading every day.
At first it was just to get the job done, but the more I read the more God’s light began shining on certain Scriptures. It really did feel like God had a flashlight and would focus it right on the passage I needed.
Even though I wanted to read ahead to get in my chapters for the day, I couldn’t. I would have to linger there, look them up in other translations and ponder the words until they became a part of me.
Many times the words grabbed hold of me so much that I could not get away from them for weeks. Not only would they capture me, they would make me do something with the new insights I received, like change my life or at least realize I needed to change.
One day, I was reading through James. The first passage that stopped me dead in my tracks was a passage I had read often. “ Let no one say when he is tempted, ‘I am being tempted by God; for God cannot be tempted by evil, and He Himself does not tempt anyone. But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren,” (James 1:13-16 NASB).
It was like I had been wearing blinders all my life and they finally fell off. I saw for the first time how this passage related to me and what it meant. God doesn’t tempt me to overeat. I tempt myself by getting caught up in what I want, my own selfish desires.
By this time I understood that for me overeating might be sin. It knew it certainly did not take much for my temptation to morph into sin. What I didn’t understand very well at that time, which was in the 1970s, was that this particular sin could lead to physical death for me.
The last warning in that passage, then, is telling me not to fool myself. Interesting that is how The Passion Translation states that particular verse today.
I Have a Problem
By the time I was in college, I knew I had a problem with food. However, my poverty level and the fact that I was saving money by not eating in the cafeteria helped keep my weight down.
Comfort foods and care packages from home were always on my mind. Any time there was a potluck dinner at church I was there like any starving college student only I knew my desires went deeper than just that.
Reading My Mail
It was exactly like God was reading my mail. I saw my name written all over those verses. Reading on I came to James 4:1-3 which really struck home with me in a similar way.
The verses spoke to me clearly about my not so hidden desires for foods, especially comfort foods and junk food. The source of battle that raged inside me concerning the fact that I wanted to eat all the things I knew I shouldn’t was that I wanted those foods more than anything.
I would do anything to get them. Why? Because they gave me pleasure. They didn’t help me. They didn’t make me healthier. They were just something I wanted. Something I lived for.
Seeing My Problem
These two instances were the first times I remember seeing my problem or situation written in between the lines of Scripture. It was like God was filling in the blanks for me. It was not an experience I ever forgot.
As a matter of fact, I count it as one of the first times I was able to connect the dots between what God wanted for my life and my issues with food. It started a conviction process that would continue for years.
That penetrating energy of the Scripture never went away once it grabbed hold of me. Even though I didn’t change, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that God had something more in store for me than just eating whatever I wanted whenever I wanted it.
For the next 30 years every time I walked into the sanctuary of a church, I felt conviction regarding my food issues. However, I still wasn’t ready to repent of what I was doing. To repent would mean I would have to turn around and go the other way. I wasn’t quite ready to do that.
Repentance day was coming, though. God had spoken and He would not stop speaking to me until I surrendered to Him because at 430 pounds I was headed quickly towards an early death. When I finally did surrender completely, God gave me the strength to lose over 250 pounds.
Many today are living right where I was living. If that’s you, you don’t have to stay in that exhausting place. God is ready to help you walk out of your issue and into the freedom to follow Him to transformed living.
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