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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.

Only the Bible Has the Power to Transform My Life

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Only the Bible Has the Power to Transform My Life

This is the last of our blog series – “Why You Can Trust the Bible.” I hope you’ve enjoyed what I’ve shared and grown in faith as you’ve read the blogs.

At the end of the day, all of us have to answer this one question:

What will be the final authority in my life?

Will you choose the truth of the Word of God or the opinion of the world?

I chose a long time ago to build my life on the truth of God’s Word. And here’s one more reason why I trust in the Word of God:

Only the Bible has the power to transform my life.

There’s a reason the Bible is the most despised, derided, denied, disputed, dissected, debated, outlawed and destroyed book ever!

IT HAS POWER! Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it IS THE POWER OF GOD…”

One woman shared her story with us:

Lakeview is literally the only family I have. My dad was a drug dealer and my mother died of an overdose. The devil is real and is working hard to destroy people. Yesterday, a guy at work overdosed on heroin and I could barely keep him awake and alive until the ambulance got there. He had that same “death color” my mom had when I found her.

On a positive note – I literally get so excited thinking about coming to church on Sundays that I can’t sleep some Saturdays nights. I wish I could go to church all week and feel the way the I feel while in worship service.

Thanks for everything Pastor Ron. Lakeview has been amazing to me and my family. You have literally saved my life and we haven’t even met.  

With Love and Sincerity,

How many of you know, we didn’t change her. God’s Word did!

Jesus said in John 8:31, “If you hold on to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will SET YOU FREE!” (NIV).

 

The Bible Has Survived All Attacks of Man

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The Bible Has Survived All Attacks of Man

Mythical books like Homer’s Odyssey are never banded and burned. Why is that? Because they’re never seen as a threat.

And yet over the millenniums man has systematically tried to destroy the Bible. It’s exactly why we found the Dead Sea scrolls. They were hidden away in sealed jars, preserved from those who sought to destroy it forever.

Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away,” (Matthew 24:35 NIV).

When the communist took over China the first thing they did was to try and destroy the Bible. They burned them in city squares. Many of the Chinese believers took their Bibles and carefully buried them in their back yards.

You can trust the Bible because it has survived all attacks of man.

When Castro took over Cuba, the first thing he did was to confiscate the Bibles, shut down the churches, and imprisoned all the pastors. I spoke with a Cuban pastor when I visited Cuba. He told me that the day he was arrested, as he was being brought into the prison with a large group of pastors, it came to him to hide his New Testament Bible under a tree. Every so often he’d go out and dig it up. He had to read it to stay sane! So do we!

In 1750’s the French philosopher Voltaire declared, “Within 100 years the Bible will be forgotten.” When he died, Voltaire’s home was eventually bought and turned into the French Bible Society!

The most popular books in the world over the last 50 years are The Davinci Code (57 million sold), Lord of the Rings (103 millon sold), Harry Potter series (400 million), The Works of Mao Tse-tung (820 million).

Do you have any guess on how many Bibles have been printed and sold? Four billion! Yes, I said 4 billion!

“All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the Word of the Lord endures forever” (1 Peter 1:24-25 NIV).

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

 

The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

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The Bible Is Prophetically Precise

There are over 300 prophecies regarding Jesus written anywhere from 400 to 1500 years before His birth. They all came to pass:

  • The place of his birth was prophesied 750 years before it happened. Micah wrote; “Out of you Bethlehem will come the ruler of Israel, whose coming is from ancient days” (Micha 5:2)
  • His crucifixion was prophesied by His great, great … great grandfather, David in Psalm 22. The detail is staggering.

And the craziest thing is that David wrote this prophesy 300 years before crucifixions even existed!

The Bible is not only historically accurate, but it is also prophetically precise.

The 40 men who wrote the Bible lived in more than a dozen countries on three continents, covering a span of 1600 years. Think about this. Writing independently of each other without the benefit of Facebook, Twitter or emails, they each prophesied about the coming Messiah Jesus Christ – and every prophecy came to pass.

Josh McDowell, in his book, Evidence That Demands a Verdict says the probability of that happening randomly is like taking 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They’d cover the face of the state two feet deep. Then mark one (just one) of the silver dollars (with a sharpie or something) and stir the silver dollars all over the state. “Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would’ve had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom.”

In a previous blog in this series, you read Peter’s own claim of reliability based on his own eyewitness account. In that same chapter, he went on to say that the Old Testament carried the same reliability as Peter’s writings.

“So we regard the words of the prophets as confirmed beyond all doubt. You’re doing well by paying attention to their words. First, you must understand this: No prophecy in Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation. No prophecy ever originated from humans. Instead, it was given by the Holy Spirit as humans spoke under God’s direction” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

More than 3/4 of biblical prophecy has already been fulfilled with absolute accuracy. That means 1/4 of the prophecies have not yet happened. I assure you, the prophecies which have not yet been fulfilled with most certainly be fulfilled in God’s time.

The Bible is prophetically precise.

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

 

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.

 

God’s Word Confronts My Sin

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God’s Word Confronts My Sin

The Word of God is powerful and alive.

I’ll never forget the day when my daughter, Desirée called and said, “Daddy, God has called me to be an English Comp professor. Words are important Dad. Did you know that the world was created by words?”

Before there was a world, there was The Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.[1]

In your mind, never minimize the Word. In your heart, never take it for granted. In your day-to-day life, never dismiss it. God’s Word is powerful. It has life-changing energy.

The Word of God confronts my sin.

We don’t like to think about or even admit our sins, but the Bible has a wonderful way of confronting the sin in our life.

For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.”[2]

I had a visitor in my first pastorate in DeKalb, Illinois who told me, “You were like a surgeon today. You carefully and tenderly cut my heart.”

I didn’t do it, the Word of God did it!

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

 

[1] John 1:1-3 NIV

[2] Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT

Take the Christian Faith as Your Shield

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Take the Christian Faith as Your Shield

“In addition to all these, take the Christian faith as your shield. With it you can put out all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”[1]

I was privileged to go to Rome in August. We went to the prison Paul was in while waiting to be executed. I stood on the stones where Paul stood. Paul was on death row in Rome. At the end of Paul’s life, as he sat on death row waiting his execution he said in the last chapter he ever wrote, “I have fought a good fight, I finished my race, but greatest of all, I have kept the faith.”[2]

Corrie ten Boom lost her father and sister in a concentration camp. She got out on a technicality and spent the rest of her life telling people about the love of God. She said, “No matter how deep and dark the hell is, the love of God is greater than all that darkness.”

That’s her faith that shielded and protected her.

Relentless, unwavering faith in God will carry you through every battle!

Listen to the complete message here.

[1] Ephesians 6:16 GW

[2] 1 Timothy 4:7

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