For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
The Word of God gets to the real issues. It cuts through our layers of lies and excuses. It gets to the real truth. It is sharp enough to lay open what needs to be known. It is powerful enough to change everything. It does this because it is the Word of God. God is truth. His Word is truth.
A Christian cannot have a casual attitude about the Bible. We must be a people who are all about the Word. We don't worship scripture. We worship the God revealed there. And if we want to see our Savior, we really have to go there. That is why a regular habit of time in the scripture is absolutely essential and non-negotiable for the believer. It nourishes us.
It is also the tool that God uses to get to us. It opens us up. It is the scalpel in the hands of the Great Physician. It shows us where we need to change AND it shows us how we need to change. It dissects our diseased souls and forces us to confront our wrong thinking, attitudes, choices, and actions. It always exposes what needs to change, but never in a way that leads to death. It may be painful to undergo its plunging revelations about us, but it is always good in the end when we obey and follow its directions. We come out of the "surgery" much healthier than we were before we let God's truth cut into us.
- Prepare your minds for action.
1 Peter 1:13