In Genesis chapter two we read, "then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.". The ruach or breath of God is what brings to life the man. When something is God-breathed it is alive! Do you think of the Scriptures as alive? It is through the Scriptures that we encounter the living God. In Isaiah, the prophet speaking on behalf of God says, "For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return there until they have watered the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and succeed in the thing for which I sent it."
The Scripture is alive with God-breathed purpose and can change hearts and minds. The Scripture is alive with God-breathed possibilities and purposes. When you and I read or hear the Scripture we are encountering the living Word, which is Jesus Christ, and one cannot encounter the living Lord without coming away changed in some way.
Martin Luther spoke of the Bible as being alive..."it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands, it lays ahold of me." Next time you read or hear the Scriptures be prepared to come away a changed person...that is the promise.