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Category Archives: 020517 It is Written – Holding on to God’s Word

Make God’s Word a Weapon

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Make God’s Word a Weapon

Of all the pieces of the armor the Word instructs us to put on in Ephesians 6, only one of the pieces is actually a weapon. There’s a helmet, a shield, boots and a belt, but the only weapon is the Word of God.

“ABOVE ALL … take the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” Ephesians 6:17 says, “God’s Word is an indispensable weapon” (MSG).

This blog series comes from the story of the “Temptation of Christ” in the wilderness. The devil came to Jesus and tried to get Him off course. Satan tried to trip Jesus up by tempting Him to do things that were not a part of God’s plan.

And every single time Jesus came back with, “It is written!”

Memorize the Word. Eat it. Read it. Love it. Live it.

Say this aloud:  I will accept the Word as it is written. I will obey the Word! I embrace it! I will believe it! With God’s help, I will try my best to live it!

You can listen to the audio message here.

Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

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Make the Word a Growing Part of Your Life

What’s growing in you? Is clear thinking, spiritual passion, a sense of focus and purpose growing in your heart? Or is confusion, dissatisfaction, despair, hopelessness and anger growing in your heart?

As we work God’s Word into the soil of our heart our life will be growing in the right direction.

1 Thessalonians 4:1 says, “Live in order to please God. We ask you and urge you to do this more and more.” (NIV)

How to make the Word a growing part of your life:

  1. Get a translation you like. The Bible was written originally in Hebrew (Old Testament) and Greek (New Testament). Unless you can read Greek and Hebrew you will not be reading it in the original language! The King James Version of the bible is written in 1607 Old English.
  2. Get a good study Bible. Many app’s on our smart phones and devices are free! I like PocketSword but it only works on Apple devices. Another one that is very popular is You-Version.
  3. Get in a small group. When you study the Word with other believers, it will inspire you to go DEEPER. Acts 2 tells us they met daily; they prayed together. They studied the Word together; they fellowship regularly, and they had a vibrant faith that saw unbelievers come to Christ on a regular basis.

Perhaps one reason we are not influencing the culture around us is because we are not being influenced by the Word of God and strengthened by the fellowship of other believers.

If the Word is a growing part of your life, it will be what grows your life!

You can listen to the audio message here.

 

Make the Word the First Part of Your Life

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Make the Word the First Part of Your Life

Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these other things will be added unto you.”

Here’s a good goal to set:

  • 5 Minutes in the Word: “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105).
  • 5 Minutes in Worship: “God is looking for people who worship Him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24).
  • 5 Minutes in Prayer: “Men ought always to pray and never give up” (Luke 18:1).

In this series of blogs we’re answering the question, how do we make sure we are holding on to it?

  1. We have to make it the foundation of our life.
  2. We have to make it the first part of our life.

Watch for #3 in the next blog post.

You can listen to the audio message here.

 

Make the Word the Foundation of Your Life

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Make the Word the Foundation of Your Life

We must understand how incredibly powerful the influence of the world around us is, how it shapes and molds our thinking. Every movie we watch, every newscast we listen to, every Facebook or Twitter post we read, all shape our thoughts and eventually mold our beliefs.

The world Noah lived in was so bad, the Bible says, his soul and mind were greatly disturbed by the things he saw and heard. Noah didn’t have the written Word like we do.

Our first thought on every issue of society ought to be, What does the Word say?

Five weak foundations you want to avoid building your life on:

  • Popular culture – There’s a tremendous amount of pressure today to conform to how everyone around us thinks (what is right or wrong).

Isaiah 5:20 says, “There are those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”

You have to teach yourself to recognize the dysfunctional thinking of our society. The Bible, God’s Word, will help you know the difference!

  • Tradition – This is primarily found in religion devoid of true faith. Amish teach we are saved by our works (good outweighs bad).

Ephesians 2:8 says, “By grace we are saved, through faith. It is not by our works.”

  • Reason

Proverbs 16:25 says, “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.”

  • Feelings

Judges 21:25 says, “People did whatever they felt like doing.”

  • Intellect

1 Corinthians 1:21 says, “In the wisdom of God, the world by wisdom, did not know God.”

We have to make the Word of God the foundation of our life, and not base our beliefs on the influence of the world around us.

You can listen to the complete audio message here. 

 

4 Ways to Hold On to God’s Word

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4 Ways to Hold On to God’s Word

The Apostle Paul warned Pastor Timothy that the day was coming when people in the church will reject the Word. They will attempt to make the Word line up with their life, rather than lining up their life with the Word. They will try to explain away the truth of the Word and reject any Word of rebuke. They’ll endeavor to twist the Word by making it say what they want it to say, not what it actually says.

So to Timothy Paul said, “My dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy” (2 Timothy 4:2-4 NKJV).

While others may reject the Word, how do we make sure we are holding on to it?

Over the next few blogs, I’ll answer that question in more detail, but for now, here’s the points we’ll be covering.

Four Ways to hold on to God’s Word:

  1. Make it the foundation of your life.
  2. Make it the first part of your life.
  3. Make it a growing part of your life.
  4. Make it the weapon of your life.

I hope this blog series will help you grow in your faith and hold fast to God’s Word.

You can listen to the audio message here. 

 

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