“For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing, and effective]; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the [a]breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature], exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.” (Heb. 4:12, AMP)

A steady diet of taking in the Word of God brings discipline to our lives. The Word settles into the heart and is stored there, ready to be Holy Spirit administered when spirit-led responses are needed. Disciplined lives mean we are able to conform to God’s plan rather than waffling to another system or source so that whatever the need, an outcome consistent with our Bible-covenant revealed in God’s written Word is our expectation.

We must have this discipline for personal faith to be strong—full of true spiritual strength and able to offer Bible-sized results. Worldview followers of every imaginable persuasion give one hundred percent to their cause, but our leaders too often ask too little of us; instead of lifestyle excellence as agents of divine help for the world around us, the impression we give is comme ci, comme ca . . . lukewarm.

It takes time, study, and purposeful research in God’s Word to build mature faith: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17).

Amen.