"For the word of God is quick (full of life) and powerful (full of power), and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thought and intents of the heart." (Heb. 4:12) Some of these adjectives could be used in describing "Live Rounds" of ammunition: quick, powerful, piercing, and finally dividing asunder which means complete separation. Effective discernment of God's word separates (1.) Soul from spirit, (2.) joints from marrow, (3.) thoughts from intent. Soulish or sensual life, consist of our five senses: touch, taste, smell, hearing, and seeing. These are the tools of the carnal mind and a natural mind produces natural Christians as opposed to being filled with the mind of Christ. As (11Cor.5:7) states: "We walk by faith, not by sight:" Our natural senses will lie to us every time when it comes to the things of the spirit. So it takes the opposite of natural senses to please God. "For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." (Heb. 5:13-14)

                In this period of transition that God's true ministry is declaring, the focus must now be on exercising the senses of the spiritual mind, piercing, dividing, and separating the natural senses from the spiritual. Just as Elisha prayed in (11 Kings 6:17) "Lord open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man: and he saw and behold the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha." The truth is : "they that be with us are more than they that be with them." (11Kings 6:16) Jesus said: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." When you exercise your spiritual senses you develop an inner ear, this is how we must perceive God.

                This sword of the Lord also separates between joints and marrow of the bone. The Amplified Bible states of the marrow: "it is the deepest parts of our nature." It takes healthy bone marrow to ensure healthy blood cells. The scripture teaches us that our life is in the blood. I may live without a certain joint, however I can't live without marrow. I live in the natural but reality lies in the spiritual. As important as the marrow is to the natural body, so is the spirit vital to the living body of Christ. "That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit is spirit." (St. Jn. 3:6)

                Likewise, this two-edged sword separates thoughts from intents. Thoughts by themselves cannot do a whole lot of damage. Every one of us have had times we could not seem to shut down our thought system. Our thoughts just ran wild, however, God has given us the power to simply put the thought out of our mind. The danger comes when we incubate the thought, sit on the thought, won't let it go until we create an intent. When a thought is changed to an intent, that's when we begin to act on it. It may be good, or it may be evil, I'm convinced an evil intent takes a lot more thought than its counterpart. And so the writer of Romans declares: God shall render to every man according to his deeds. (Actions)

                With this in mind, we come to a great challenge within the body of Christ. A careful study of Paul's teaching reveals two kinds of "word"; "dead letter" as opposed to "living revelation". "Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament: not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. (11Cor.3:7) "A ministration of death." The book of Galations brings more clarity in saying: "the law is not of faith", and also says: "the curse of the law". So the sword of the spirit, called a two edged sword must cut coming and going. As Paul instructed his son in the gospel, Timothy, "rightly dividing" the word of truth. this sword becomes a mighty weapon in the hand of the believer. For what has been taught by man that opposes spirit, must be pruned away. Such things as Law, commandments of men, and many pagan traditions.

                The passion of Jesus was to bring a total end to the Old Covenant with it's old mindset, and bring in a "new and living way". (Heb.10:20) Jesus said in St. Jn.6:63: "it is the spirit that quickened (giveth life);the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you , they are spirit, and they are life.

                In closing, I would like to encourage everyone to allow God's word to transform our minds by His word to become a living, breathing revelation. A revelation is an unveiling of God's life and truth. "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel (true church) after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws(word) into their mind, and write them in their hearts:.."(Heb.8:10) Before a word becomes a revelation, it is covered by a veil, until our heart turns to the Lord. When there's harmony between our heart and God's heart, the Veil is taken away and the dead letter becomes alive with possibility. Just like the men on the Emmaus Road in (Luke 24:32)"...Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures." The passion that comes from a living word brings with it power. The same power that came on the day of Pentecost, power to transpose the word of God into "live ammunition" for healing, for deliverance, and for the joy of the Lord which is our strength.


                                                                                          Written by Elmer Hart


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