“Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”
I was soul winning with one of the men from my church when I came across an individual who was of a religion that most people would consider antagonistic toward believers. I talked to this individual for a few minutes, and then I asked him whether he knew if he would spend an eternity in Heaven. As I expected, he began to talk about his religion, but my response was not to argue with him but was simply to get a verse of Scripture spoken to him before I left.
When I left that man’s apartment, the man who was with me said that he has never seen anyone deal with these people like I did. I didn’t quite understand what he meant, so I asked him to explain. He told me that he was used to people just giving a tract and moving on, but he was amazed that I stopped and talked to this gentleman for a while and even tried to get the Gospel to him. I told this man that my purpose was not to argue with this individual, but to at least get a verse of Scripture spoken because God’s Word would do more in the heart of that individual than anything I could say.
My friend, God’s Word is more powerful than any reasoning or intellect of your own. God’s Word will do more in the hearts of those who are antagonistic towards God than any act or intellectual reasoning that you can muster. This is what the verse above is teaching when it says, “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” God is saying that His Word can burn through the thickest facade and break the most hardened heart.
If there is one thing I wish I could get across to every believer is that it is not in them and what they can do that changes the hearts of people, but it is in the power of God’s Word that changes the heart. Hebrews 4:12 reminds us, “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.” What you may use to try to get through the most hardened heart will fail, but God’s Word is the only tool that can pierce through anything and do its work in the hardened heart of the one who hears it spoken.
Isaiah 55:11 says, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” The answer to getting through to the heart of any person is to speak God’s Word. A person may be able to resist what you say, but they cannot stop God’s Word that is spoken. It is not how good of a debater you are that changes people who believe differently, but it is how powerful God’s Word is that changes the hardened heart.
Let me challenge you to stop trying to convince yourself that it is up to you to get people saved, or it is up to you to make sure they believe differently. Let me encourage you to simply let God’s Word do its work in the heart of individuals, and the only way that will happen is if you speak God’s Word. It is not how eloquent you are; it is how powerful God’s Word is to the heart that tries to resist it. You can take much pressure off yourself when you speak to the backslidden or the sinner with a hardened heart if you realize that all you have to do is speak God’s Word and let His Word do its work in their heart.