Last evening, in our Truth Therapy Group (TTG), we discussed “what hinders the healing of God’s Word”. TTG was primarily formed to be a support group for individuals battling depression who are not kind to themselves regarding their self-talk, the constant chatter going on within our minds. If we spoke to others in the same manner that we often talk to ourselves, we would have no friends. Our self-talk is full of lies, hurts, and harshness.
Hebrews 4:12 is an ultra-powerful verse in the TTG world, “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 is:
- Living. It is not meant to stay on a printed page but is meant to be applied in our being producing spiritual, abundant life.
- Active. The origin of this word is a Greek word from which we get the word, “energy”. The Word invigorates our lives.
- Sharper than a two-edged sword. Think of a scalpel in a physician’s hand, an instrument used for healing.
- Piercing to the division of soul and of spirit. The Word strongly challenges us to be filled with the Spirit. Once that happens, the fruit of the Holy Spirit impacts, heals and grows the soul (mind, emotions and will).
- Of joints and of marrow…means His Word pierces to the deepest parts of our being.
- Discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. The Word pierces all the way down into your spiritual heart where thoughts and intentions are generated. This is the home of self-talk, the “heart of the matter”. Proverbs 4:23 speaks clearly about this, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”
We must allow God’s word to penetrate to the deepest depths producing a desire to be renewed. Give Him the freedom to recognize the “tumors” of misbeliefs (full of lies) which generate hurtful self-talk. Refuse to let these hurtful thoughts stay in your being keeping you from growing spiritually. Submit to God enabling Him to remove them. This is scary to an individual with negative, deceptive self-talk, but the Bible is clear. Prov. 3:5 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding (untruthful self-talk).” Ungodly self-talk has to go! Once, an individual experiences a successful operation, it is only natural to rejoice (“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”). These 5 R’s can heal hurtful self-talk.
Through the penetrating power of God’s Word, give God access to the deepest parts of your being generating the desire and knowledge to grow and be fruitful. Romans 12:2 gives a life changing exhortation, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Allow God to transform you by “parking yourself” in Hebrews 4:12 giving God access into the “thoughts and intents of your heart”, allowing the 5 R’s to change your life