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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.

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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. 

 

Nothing in the Bible Has Ever Proved False

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Nothing in the Bible Has Ever Proved False

We are continuing our blog series, How Can You Trust the Bible? Today let’s look at the third reason historians have declared the Bible to be historically accurate.

In Luke 4, Jesus went to “the synagogue in Nazareth and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, He stood up to read.” That scroll was a copy of a copy of a copy.

Any historical work that existed before the printing press in 1500 A.D. had to be copied by hand. There had to be documented proof that the copy was made accurately, or it could not be trusted and found reliable.

In the Carthage scriptorium, scribes worked all day, hunched over, copying page after page. They had proof pages and proofed every letter in every line. If there was one error they had bury it! No doubt there were hundreds of carefully copied scrolls of Isaiah, Jeremiah, and the prophets used in all the synagogues throughout Israel. They trusted the accuracy of the scribes.

The third reason historians have declared the Bible to be historically accurate is that nothing in the Bible has ever proven to be false.

In my next blogs, I’ll share how the Bible is prophetically precise – another reason you can trust the Bible.

You can listen to this message here in on Lakeview’s podcast.

 

Obey the Bible’s Instruction

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Obey the Bible’s Instruction

It’s easy to hear the Word. It’s not as easy to weave it into the everyday fabric of our life and thought. But, if you want to build your life on God’s Word then you must obey its instruction.

Jesus told a story about two men. Both had consistent exposure to the Word. Both heard the sermons and read the books. But only one put the truths he learned into practice in his everyday life.

One day the inevitable storms of life came to both men. The outcome was so different.

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.[1]

The other man fell apart and GREAT was the fall of his house!

The Apostle James wrote about being not only a hearer of the Word but a doer of the Word.

We can’t just hear it. It’s vital that we DO IT!

Most scholars believe that James was one of the brothers of Jesus. James did not become a follower of his older brother, Jesus until after the resurrection when Jesus appeared to James in His resurrected body.  No doubt in the early years James heard the Word taught by Jesus many times. But he did not internalize the Word or put it into practice.

First, we must accept the authority of the Word, second, we must then begin to practice it, and third, we must learn to self-feed.

Don’t miss the next blog coming up in just a few days about the importance of learning to self-feed.

To listen to this entire message via podcast, click here.

[1] Matthew 7:24-25 NIV

 

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