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SEE TO IT THAT NO ONE TAKES YOU CAPTIVE THROUGH PHILOSOPHY AND EMPTY DECEPTION, ACCORDING TO THE TRADITION OF MEN….

 
 

                           What Does God Say?

TEXT: Heb. 1:1-2

INTRODUCTION:

 
A. THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS STATEMENTGOD IS SPEAKING!!
 
B. WE SHOULD BE INTERESTED IN WHAT GOD SAYS.
 
1. Too often we act without consulting God.
 
2. This can be disastrous. As history points out very clearly.
 
C. WE WANT TO FOCUS ON
 
THE IMPORTANCE OF WHAT GOD SAYS.
I. FIRST, WHERE DOES GOD SPEAK?
 
A. HE SPEAKS THROUGH HIS SON (Heb. 1:1-2; John 14:6).
 
B. JESUS SPEAKS THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT
 
(John 16:13; 1 Cor. 2:10-12).
 
C. THE HOLY SPIRIT MOVED THE APOSTLES TO
 
1. Speak (1 Cor. 2:13).
 
2. Write (Eph. 3:3-5; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).
 
3. Theirs is the word of God (Gal. 1:11-12; Luke 10:16).
 
D. TO REJECT THE SCRIPTURES IS TO REJECT GOD!
II. GOD’S WORD IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE:
 
A. IT’S THE TRUTH (John 17:17; 8:31-32).
 
B. IT IS DIRECTED TOWARD OUR MOST BASIC NEED.
 
1. All things that pertain to LIFE (2 Pet. 1:3).
 
2. The Perfect Law (James 1:25).
 
C. IT IS OUR SOURCE OF UNITY (Eph. 4:4-6).
 
1. United in what we teach and our perspectives (1 Cor. 1:10).
 
2. United in goals and efforts (Phil. 1:27).
 
3. Who causes division? (1 Cor. 4:6-7).
 
D. IT IS GOD’S POWER TO SAVE US FROM SIN (Rom. 1:16; Acts 11:14).
 
E. IT IS OUR SOURCE OF ETERNAL LIFE (1 John 2:15-17).
 
F. THROUGH IT WE HAVE FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD.
 
1. The apostles preached that we might have fellowship (1 John 1:3-4).
 
2. We are called to be partakers of the Divine Nature through revealed
 
knowledge (2 Pet. 1:3-4).
 
3. We must walk in the light (1 John 1:6-7).
 
4. What if we step out into the shadows? (2 John 9).
III. WE MUST HAVE SCRIPTURAL AUTHORITY FOR ALL WE DO.
 
A. Gal. 1:6-9; Rev. 22:18-19.
 
B. WE MUST TRY OURSELVES (2 Cor. 13:5).
 
C. HOW? (Rom. 10:17; 14:23).

CONCLUSION:

 
A. NOT ENOUGH RELIANCE ON WHAT GOD SAYS. SUBJECTIVISM IS NOT THE ANSWER MY FRIEND. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT YOU OR I FEEL. 
 
B. WE NEED TO GET BACK (Jer. 6:16).
 
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Posted by on August 11, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE EAR

“A  BIBLICAL  LOOK  AT  THE  EAR”

  • The organ of hearing.
    Job 13:1 Lo, mine eye hath seen all this, mine ear hath heard and understood it.
    Job 29:11 When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me:
  • Capable of trying and distinguishing words.
    Job 12:11 Doth not the ear try words? and the mouth taste his meat?
  • GOD
    • Made.
      Proverbs 20:12 The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them.
    • Planted.
      Psalms 94:9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?
    • Opens.
      Job 33:16 Then he openeth the ears of men, and sealeth their instruction,
      Job 36:10 He openeth also their ear to discipline, and commandeth that they return from iniquity.
    • Judicially closes.
      Isaiah 6:10 Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
      Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.
  • Christ opens.
    Isaiah 35:5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
    Isaiah 43:8 Bring forth the blind people that have eyes, and the deaf that have ears.
    Isaiah 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
  • Instruction received through.
    Isaiah 30:21 And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
  • That hears and receives the word of God, blessed.
    Exodus 15:26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
    Matthew 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
  • SHOULD
    • Seek knowledge.
      Proverbs 18:15 The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge; and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
    • Be bowed down to instructions.
      Proverbs 5:1 My son, attend unto my wisdom, and bow thine ear to my understanding:
    • Be inclined to wisdom.
      Proverbs 2:2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
    • Be given to the law of God.
      Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.
    • Receive the word of God.
      Jeremiah 9:20 Yet hear the word of the LORD, O ye women, and let your ear receive the word of his mouth, and teach your daughters wailing, and every one her neighbour lamentation.
    • Hear and obey reproof.
      Proverbs 15:31 The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise.
      Proverbs 25:12 As an earring of gold, and an ornament of fine gold, so is a wise reprover upon an obedient ear.
  • Not satisfied with earthly things.
    Ecclesiastes 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
  • OF THE WICKED
    • Uncircumcised.
      Jeremiah 6:10 To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear? behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken: behold, the word of the LORD is unto them a reproach; they have no delight in it.
      Acts 7:51 Ye stiffnecked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, ye do always resist the Holy Ghost: as your fathers did, so do ye.
    • Itching.
      2 Timothy 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
    • Not inclined to hear God.
      Jeremiah 7:24 But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart, and went backward, and not forward.
      Jeremiah 35:15 I have sent also unto you all my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, Return ye now every man from his evil way, and amend your doings, and go not after other gods to serve them, and ye shall dwell in the land which I have given to you and to your fathers: but ye have not inclined your ear, nor hearkened unto me.
    • Turned away from God’s law.
      Proverbs 28:9 He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.
    • Stopped against God’s word.
      Psalms 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
      Zechariah 7:11 But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear.
  • Not to be stopped at cry of the poor.
    Proverbs 21:13 Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.
  • BLOOD PUT ON THE RIGHT EAR OF
    • Priests at consecration.
      Exodus 29:20 Then shalt thou kill the ram, and take of his blood, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of Aaron, and upon the tip of the right ear of his sons, and upon the thumb of their right hand, and upon the great toe of their right foot, and sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about.
      Leviticus 8:23 And he slew it; and Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron’s right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
    • The healed leper in cleansing him.
      Leviticus 14:14 And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
  • Often adorned with rings.
    Ezekiel 16:12 And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
    Hosea 2:13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD.
  • Of servants who refused to leave their masters, bored to the door.
    Exodus 21:6 Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an aul; and he shall serve him for ever.
    Deuteronomy 15:17 Then thou shalt take an aul, and thrust it through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for ever. And also unto thy maidservant thou shalt do likewise.
 
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Posted by on March 1, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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THE “god” OF THIS WORLD HAS BLINDED THE MINDS OF….!! II COR 4:4

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT SATAN’S INFLUENCE!!

Intro.

1. Without God’s word, man would be lost without a compass and drowning without a lifeline! (Jer. 10:23) Psa. 119:57-64

2. In our conflict with the devil we have been given the sword of the Spirit, Eph. 6:17 (2 Cor. 10:3-5); Heb. 4:12.

3. Satan is faced with the problem of what to do about the word of God. Consider what he has done and what he will do (2 Cor. 2:11)…

I. DENY AND DOUBT IT, Gen. 3:1-6.

A.  Denial and Doubt Lead to Disobedience.

1.  Deny its warnings of sin, its plan of salvation, its rebukes of error, 2 Tim. 3:16-17; cf. Acts 13:44-45.

2.  Deny its inspiration, its accuracy and its relevance.

3.  Doubt its commands, promises and warnings.

4.  By uniting the word of God with faith, Satan’s scheme will fail in your life! Heb. 4:2

II. TRY TO GET YOU TO “LOSE” IT, 2 Kgs. 22:8, 11, 13.

A.  Through Worldliness.

1.  cf. 55 yrs. under Manasseh, 2 Kgs. 21:9.

2.  Person steeped in worldliness has little use for the word of God because it condemns his lifestyle, Jno. 3:19-21; Gal. 5:19-21.

B.  Through Compromise, cf. Rev. 2:14-16.

1.  Compromising with religious error and immorality of the world causes God’s word to be “lost” in people’s lives.

2.  The word of God destroys compromises, Rev. 2:16.

C.  Through Neglect, 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 5:11-12; 2 Pet. 3:16-18.

1.  Without reading, studying, meditating – Will not obey it!

2.  Word of God is also neglected in the pulpit and in Bible classes; in decisions (personal, family, business and recreational).

III. MAKE IT VOID THROUGH THE TRADITIONS OF MEN, Matt. 15:1-9.

A.  By Convincing us that our Opinions are Equal to God’s Will, Col. 2:8, 20-23; 3:16; Gal. 1:8-9.

B.  By False Teachers, 2 Pet. 2:1-2 (Matt. 7:15-16).

1.  Test everything! 1 Jno. 4:1, 6; 1 Ths. 5:21-22; Acts 17:11

2.  Accept truth and reject error, 1 Ths. 2:13; 2 Tim. 1:13.

3.  False teachers not only introduce error, they may also leave out what ought to be taught, cf. Acts 20:20, 27.

a.  Men-pleasers teach what people want, not what they need (2 Tim. 4:3-4).

b.  What kind of teacher are you content with?

IV. CROWD IT OUT OF OUR LIVES, Lk. 8:14.

A.  Through the Cares of the World, Materialism and Desiring Other Things (Mk. 4:19).

1.  Priorities and desires set our pattern of how we use (or fail to use) the word of God, Lk. 8:14.

2.  Our lives ought to revolve around God’s word, Deut. 6:6-9.

3.  We get so busy with everything but God’s word. Stewardship of our time (priorities, things that last), Matt. 6:33.

B.  Through a Hardened Heart, Matt. 13:13-15 (cf. 13:19, 23).

C.  Through Hypocrisy: “Say and Do Not”, Matt. 23:2-3; Lk. 6:46; Jas. 2:14.

Conclusion

1.  The devil wants people to think the word of God is a dead letter:

a.  That is what the lives of many “believers” convey!

b.  Yet: Heb. 4:12; 1 Pet. 1:22-25.

2.  Through the power of the Lord you can defeat Satan by never: denying and doubting God’s word, “losing” it; making it void through error, or crowding it out of your life.

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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“BLESSED IS HE WHO READS AND THOSE WHO HEAR THE WORDS OF THIS PROPHECY….REV 1:3

“THY WORD HAVE I HID IN MY HEART…. PSALM 119:11

     We should read the Bible from cover to cover. We should want to know what the Lord said.
Many of us, while acknowledging that the Bible is the word of God, have not read it in its entirety. We have been hindered from reading the Bible completely for several reasons. It is my hope and prayer that we would be rid of all obstacles to the hearing and reading of God’s word.
We must realize that the Lord expects us to read all the Bible. The Lord said on one occasion, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God‘” (Matthew 4:4). Not live by some words,  but by every word  of God. Thus we need to read every word  of God. We need to be like the Bereans who “received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).
These Scriptures should dispel the idea that we need only read some of the scriptures. This notion would cause us to be judges of what in the Bible was important. But “every word of God is pure” (Proverbs 30:5).
Then, we may make ourselves a promise to read all the Bible, but it does not get done. But other things are getting done. Television shows are watched, other books and magazines are read, and our time is spent on other things. If this happens, then we simply have not made the precious words of our Creator a priority. Whatever is most important should be done first.
But isn’t understanding the Bible important? But can you understand what you have not read? Paul, commenting on what he wrote, said,”By which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ” (Ephesians 3:3-4). If we are not careful, we may get the idea that our understanding comes from something or someone else apart from our reading God’s word, which would be contrary to what the Bible says. In order to enter the house of understanding, we must go through the door of reading or hearing the word for ourselves. Thus, Timothy was told to “give attention to reading” (I Timothy 4:13).
When Jesus was confronted with a question, He showed where we should seek answers for spiritual inquiry.  “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?  He said to him,  What is written in the law? What is your reading of it?” (Luke 10:25-26).
Let us also notice that Jesus did not refer the questioner to his own dreams for an answer (see Jeremiah 23:28). Jesus did not suggest the man’s own opinions as a source for the answer to his question. Proverbs 3:5-6 teaches us to trust the Lord, which is to trust what He says in His word. In this way our steps are guided as we follow God’s Word.  “Your word is a lamp to my feet. And a light to my path”  (Psalms 119:104).
To this question, Jesus did not appeal to other non-Biblical religious writings. Let other books be read, but do not use them as a substitute for the reading of the Bible. And never believe that the reading of the Bible is incomplete without these other books.
There may be many of us who agree that all the Bible should be regularly read. We might say, “I read the Bible every day, but I simply have not read it all.” If I believe that I can seriously read the Bible for several years and not complete it, I have one or both of two problems. Either I am reading the same passages of scriptures, thus not “adding to my  faith virtue, to virtue knowledge” (II Peter 1:5) or I am not reading as much as I think I am.
There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible. If I read 4 chapters of the Bible every day starting January 1, I would have read the entire Bible by October 26. If I can read the whole Bible in as short a time as a year by reading as few scriptures as four chapters a day, it should become clear that within 10 or 15 years I ought to have read all the Bible, God’s Holy Word.
Any of us who go a lifetime without reading all of the Bible while believing we are working toward that goal are not spending as much time in God’s Word as we have made ourselves believe.
I am not contending that we read the whole Bible only one time. Rather, we must make the reading of the whole Bible a regular part of our lives. If we do not read the entire Bible for ourselves, then we have only the opinions of others and they are doing our thinking for us.
Lets let our attitude be that of David writing in Psalm 119. “Therefore I love your commandments more than gold, yes, than fine gold” (vs 127).  “How sweet are your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth” (vs. 103).  “Oh how I love Your law  It is my meditation all the day” (vs. 97). If we truly are “those who hunger and thirst for righteousness” (Matthew 5:6), then we will read the Bible from cover to cover
Blessed is he who reads …”  (Revelation 1:3).

 
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Posted by on December 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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MORE LESSONS TO CONSIDER; A STUDY THAT IS SO POWERFUL FOR THE CHRISTIAN

The Powerful Word of God!!

INTRO:

1.  If our word expresses who and what we are, how much more does the word of God do so of Him?

2.  God’s word is not bound (restrained), 2 Tim 2:9 (Isa 55:11).

3.  God’s word is a powerful instrument, Heb 4:12.

a.  Word of Christ is powerful (Lk 4:32, 36; 5:1).

b.  Those who hear and keep God’s word are blessed (Lk 11:28).

4.  Why we must know God’s word, Psa 119:1-8: Blessed and undefiled (1-2), avoid sin and no shame (3-6), praise God (7), obey God (8).

5.  The power of God’s word compels responses of trust and obedience in us.

I.  GOD’S WORD: A CREATIVE FORCE.

A.  The Physical World, Heb 11:3; 2 Pet 3:5; Gen 1:3, 6; Psa 33:4-9.

B.  Man’s Spiritual Life, Matt 4:4.

1.  Power to produce faith, Rom 10:17.

2.  Power to save, Rom 1:16; Jno 8:31-32, 51; 17:17; Acts 13:26; 2 Cor 5:19; Eph 1:13; 5:26; Jas 1:18, 21; 1 Pet 1:22-23.

II.  GOD’S WORD: A SUSTAINING FORCE.

A.  The Physical World, Heb 1:3 (preservation); 2 Pet 3:7 (Psa 147:15-18).

B.  Man’s Spiritual Life, 2 Pet 1:3; Matt 13:23.

1.  Spiritual growth, 1 Pet 2:2.

2.  Protection against evil, Eph 6:17; 1 Jno 2:14.

3.  Instruction in righteousness, 2 Tim 3:16-17; 2:15.

4.  Hope and grace, Col 1:5-6.

III.  GOD’S WORD: A JUDGING FORCE.

A.  The Physical World, cf. 2 Pet 3:7, 10, 12.

B.  Our Life on Earth, Jno 12:48; Rev 20:12.

1.  Our words, Matt 12:36-37.

2.  Our thoughts and motives, 1 Cor 4:5.

3.  Our actions, 2 Cor 5:10.

4.  Our religious beliefs and practices, 2 Tim 4:1-4.

 

IV. PRACTICAL RESULTS OF HONORING THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD (what we will do when we honor God’s word):

A.  Spend Time with God’s Word, Psa 119:97; 1:2.

B.  Use God’s Word Every Day in your Life, Psa 119:104-105, 133.

C.  Share God’s Word with Others, Mk 16:15.

Conclusion

1.  God is active in the world and in your life through His powerful word:

a.  In the world: God is holding all things together, and offering salvation to a lost world through faith that will obey the word of Jesus Christ.

b.  In you: As you obey God’s word, Phil 2:12-13.

2.  Man’s word has no power to create or save. All of our judgments will be judged by the One who judges all.

3.  We must conform to His word; Live under its power and receive its blessings.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

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