Effective Bible Study: The Word is Like a Fire

Jeremiah 23:29 NKJV
“Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, “And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?”
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word fire? Warmth? Heat? Danger? What kind of emotion that fire provokes in you? Fire provokes different emotions in people depending on the situation.
God speaks these words to prophets who were claiming to speak for him but they were false prophets. God’s word is not just a regular word, Isaiah says it will accomplish the purpose for which it is sent for.
Why is the word like a fire? The word of God ignites our soul when we interact with it. Man because of sin is lost and dead like dry leaves. When we interact with God’s word, it bring fire into our souls, fire to love life, fire to be hopeful fire to want to experience and know God.
Not only does it ignite our souls, it also purifies us just as the fire is used to purify metals and other things. The Holy Spirit uses the word of God to purify our lives and he directs us in the way we should walk and behave.
As a fire, the word of God also burns our conscience. Just as when you put your hand in the fire it will burn you and leave a mark, The same applies to God’s word, when we interact with it it burns our conscience and leaves a mark so that we know the things that are displeasing to God!
Matthew 5:44 NKJV “[a]But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
This is one good example of a scripture that burns our conscience because what comes naturally to us would be to hate our enemies and curse back those who curse us and plot evil to those who hate us but God tells us differently.
Just like when you interact with fire things change, you cannot genuinely interact with God’s word and your life remains the same because it is like a fire that will burn and cause change.
What is an example of a bible verse that you read and it ignites your soul? What is another example of a bible verse that has burned and changed your conscience? Does the word of God ignite a fire in you to want to tell others about God?