God's Word Restores The Soul

Hebrews 4:2-13
2 For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them:
but the word preached did not profit them,
not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
3 For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said,
As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest:
although the works were finished from the foundation of the world.
4 For he spake in a certain place of the seventh day on this wise,
And God did rest the seventh day from all his works.
5 And in this place again, If they shall enter into my rest.
6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein,
and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:
7 Again, he limfiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time;
as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.
8 For if Jesus had given them rest,
then would he not afterward have spoken of another day.
9 There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God.
10 For he that is entered into his rest,
he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his.
11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,
lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, 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 thoughts and intents of the heart.
13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight:
but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

About Studying the Scriptures
There are some great resources available, such as Concordances, Lexicons and other research materials to help us rightly divide the accuracy of God's Word, and develop a deeper understanding of the scriptures. You will find some of these available to view or download on the Bible Reference Page. 

Knowledge of the Word is an ongoing education which we continuously learn and apply. We are all a work in progress. Knowing this, we can be tender, kind and patient with one another as we learn and apply new truths. We grow and learn, and we do so together. As we consistently apply the Word we've accurately learned, we grow spiritually. 

There's no judgement here, no pride, no arrogance. I approach God's mighty Word with meekness and humility, seeking to learn the truth, rather than to prove what I already think. I set my preconceived ideas and opinions to the side, and let God's Word speak. My motivation is love for God and others, and a longing to know Him better, in word and in deed.

I've witnessed people apply the Word in instruction, reproof and correction with such a motive of love that the one who has been corrected does not even realize they have been corrected. The only destruction I desire to intentionally bring about with God's Word is that of our adversary and his devices.
Studying and applying God's Word brings great rest to the soul. 

The link below provides one illustration of how rightly dividing and studying the Scriptures has brought great healing in my life.
Thy Word Is Life 

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