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28 POIÊMA, GOD’S WORKMANSHIP Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Because His thoughts are not our thoughts, and His ways are not our ways, we must be ready to renew our thoughts with His thoughts, and replace our ways with His ways. We must be willing to challenge and cut away false teachings, inaccurate knowledge, entrenched belief systems, cultural prejudices, and humanistic rationalisations so that we can agree and assimilate with the Word of truth. Otherwise, we will invalidate the power of God represented by His Word (Mark 7:13). 5. We must recognise that God’s revelation of Himself demands our faith and obedience in response. Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. James 2:20-22 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; If we do not approach the Word of God with proactive faith and explicit obedience, the Word of God will not profit us, thus leading us to accumulate dead facts
IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD 29 rather than living knowledge. Dead facts puff up and make arrogant, but living knowledge builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1-3). In summary, the Word is God; the Word is the language of God; the Word is transcendently holy; the Word reveals God; the Word is the Spirit of truth; the Word is to be revered; the Word demands faith; the Word demands walking in the truth of the Word. Once we are ready to say, “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your name” (Psalms 86:11), we are ready to move forward. DECEPTION OF THE SERPENT Because the Word of God encapsulates God, the unfolding of the Word will reveal the essence of God encapsulated in that Word (Psalms 119:130). Therefore, when God sends of Himself through His Word, His Word will not return to Him empty without accomplishing what He desires, and without succeeding in the matter for which He sends it (Isaiah 55:10-11). For this reason, the devil will always seek to disrupt the communication process, cast doubt on the validity, and corrupt the understanding, of the Word. Luke 8:11-15, 18 (LEB) Now the parable means this: the seed is the word of God, and those beside the path are the ones who have heard. Then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they may not believe and be saved. And those on the rock are those who receive the word with joy when they hear it, and these do not have enough root, who believe for a time and in a time of testing fall away. And the seed that fell into the thorn plants—these are the ones who hear and as they go along are