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September 15, 2021 8:00 am
Over fighting studios in Memphis Tennessee. Byron Tyler here with you revolved seeing your global fighting jury World Series this month, the Bible, the book of the ages. I love the series, the great series and in the sermon here how to make your Bible come alive. Part one. You know I had a friend of mine that would teach every single Sunday on obedience and I said you gonna teach that every week and he said, is there anything else and I thought about that riding in April Rogers would say that we should obey the parts of the Bible that we know. And once we do that God will open the door to the next part will there's no magical way carried to understand the Bible. It takes work to understand God's word. We had to work at it like like people work at the golf game right. We have to be intentional.
We have to be directional and we have to chase after the word of God as Dr. Rogers would state is there promise to claim as their lesson to learn will absolutely but we have to know aggressively go after the word of God and digested, and reflect on it and ponder it will. Agent Rogers will remind us today that our great need is to practice what we need to be obedient, you know someone 19 says I will delight myself in your statutes. I will not forget your word deal bountifully with your servant, that I may live and keep your word.
There's a couple things I think we do take notable we go to God's word.
Praying before reading God's word is key, that our eyes will be opened.
Our hearts will be stirred in our minds will be enlightened and something that Adrian Rogers always talked about was a good practice is to have a pen in hand and a notepad. That's right, he would say that the weakest ink is better than the best memory… About this the other day Byron, for believers isn't truly another sermon or lesson or devotion that we need or should we just execute what we already know so we put the practice what God is already instilled in us. That is very sobering for me and I think many listening today. We don't need just a book of facts right when you like change and we help others move until I change yes we do away. Sometimes we don't even need another setting. We need to apply it and live it out will.
Today we want to hear from one of our listeners. We always love this time and we can share from those who take time to send us an email, write us a letter to let us know how this program lobar finding is reaching them spiritually and carry once you let people hear from a listener right now. This is from Facebook says Dr. Rogers was one of the best vessels for the gospel of Jesus Christ, especially in the 20th century. He was such a gifted speaker, teacher and leader of the church you against another affirmation that were doing exactly what God has called us to do. We believe we've got the best message and we believe we've got the best messenger will God's word is the truth that we proclaim your love were fighting in this month of September. We have a special resource through the LWF online store that I encourage your friends to go check out nothing but the truth DVD carry tell us something about this. All this is greatest new project it's actually a documentary film showcasing the teaching and preaching of Adrian Rogers and it has other people as well. Eddie Degarmo, Jennifer Rothchild, Ken Whitten, Johnny Honda me people that we know and love are talking about what is absolute truth that you and I know the truth is the word of God, but to today's society, truth is whatever they wanted to be right.
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It is a wonderful wonderful discipleship to will today's message how to make your Bible come alive. Part one hears Adrian Rogers that if you do not know love, understand, practice and obey the word of God. I can tell you without status that our apology you are not a victorious Christian. So we want to learn today how to study the Bible how to make your Bible come alive how to make it burst of flame in your hand and what were going to say today is going to be taken from this wonderful Psalm Psalm 119 you know knowledge is power in any realm, whether it be in the business realm and athletics in theology. Knowledge is power. If you have knowledge in good things you do good. If you have knowledge in bad things you are a wicked person but powerfully wicked person.
If you have knowledge what we want to do today is to learn how to get the knowledge from the word of God. You know what people need today is truth. Let me read to you a prayer from someone in Kenya and here's the prayer Lord from the cowardice that dares not taste new truth from the laziness that is contended with taproot from the arrogance which thinks it has all truth. Good Lord deliver me. Amen. I hope that you will not have cowardice this morning and be afraid of true that you not have laziness and except taproot are that you will not have arrogance and think that you need no proof friend.
It is knowledge, it is that trans form was signed in the business.
That said, we are not what we think we are what we think we are. That is, you are what you think as a man think it so is he.
That's what the Bible says in Proverbs 23 verse seven. Now if that is true if knowledge is power. We need the knowledge of the word of God.
That spiritual power. We need to be molded, motivated and managed by the word of God and yet many. The Bible remains close a mysterious book and they really give lip service to the Bible, but they really do not understand now, there is no cheap way. There's no lazy way.
There's no magical way to understand the Bible. But it is not impossible as a matter fact it is joyful. It is thrilling.
And so we want to talk to you today about how to understand the word of God. Now this all Psalm 119 is by far the longest Psalm in the Bible and it is what we call an acrostic nine acrostic is something that starts with an arrangement of letters. This acrostic is an acrostic on the Hebrew alphabet, and it is divided up into sections. There are 22 stanzas and it stands that you would know that by reading it in English but each stanza starts with a letter in the Hebrew alphabet and goes through the sections 22 sections and each verse in each of these 22 sections starts with the same letter of the Hebrew alphabet. I know it's great blessing. But anyway, that's true.
That is true and that you would understand that there is a psychological arrangement here and the writer of this hundred 19 Psalm is writing to give us some statements about the word of God. The entire song minibuses well over 100 verse six.
Each of these verses is dealing with the word of God to help us to know and understand the word of God now will tell you three things and maybe some subsets under these three things that I want three things that if you will do these things. I can promise you, and I prayed over this. I thought over this if you these three things I can promise you that the Bible will burst the flame in your heart in your mind and in your life. Number one, you must appreciate the virtues of the word of God. If you don't appreciate the virtues of the word of God you're not you have any desire to learn it on the many people do not understand the great value the great virtue in the word of God. You must have an appreciation for the word of God. Why should you appreciate the word of God number one because it is a timeless book, but that in your notes a timeless book. Look, if you will. Now in verse 89. For example, in this song he says here in verse 89 for ever. Lord, listen for the Lord thy word is set in heaven, that is, the Bible is not the Book-of-the-Month. It is not the book of the year. It is the book of pages. It is an unchanging like if you will, in verse one, 52, in the same Psalm concerning thy testimonies. I have known of all that thou hast founded them while forever God says that settlement had I found it forever. Look, if you will, in verse 160 by word is true from the be caddying to see other books come and go. The Bible is here to stay. It is founded in heaven thousands of years of past since the Bible was written. Empires have risen and fallen men gone from the scene civilizations had changed and re-change science is pushing back the frontiers of knowledge.
Yet the Bible stand. There have been emperors who have decreed the extermination of the Bible. There are plenty of atheist to laugh at the Bible and have a rail that it.
There are agnostics who cynically sneer at the Bible there are liberals who have moved heaven and earth to remove the miracles from the Bible. There are many materialist who just simply ignore the Bible but the Bible stands there are radicals and cultists right evil one ways. I know the Bible's word of God. It stood up on the somewhat shoddy preaching. Dr. Robert G. Lee, a great man said this and I quote him now.
Speaking of the Bible.
He says all of its enemies had not torn one whole limits will investor list: one flower from its wonderful garden nor diluted one drop of honey from its abundant hive broken one string on its thousand string heart the ground one sweet word and infidelity is to simply say what God says about itself forever Lord thy word is settled in heaven. Just as an ancillary verse from the New Testament, but first Peter chapter 1 verse 25 but the word of the Lord, and do it forever.
The Bible is timeless.
The Bible is the Bible is indestructible. So were talking of the virtues of the word of God, that you must appreciate it's a timeless book number two is a truthful book you have. It is a truthful book like if you will, in verse 142 by righteousness is in everlasting righteousness, and dialogue is the roof look if you will in a 151 thou art, miracle Lord, and all thy commandments are proof.
Look, if you will, in verse 160 by where is from the beginning pilot as Jesus. What is truth. Jesus said in John chapter 17. Speaking to the father by word is true, and in a world that has lost its appreciation for truth, you can say without stutter and stammer that the Bible is true that we have some theological experts to think they ought to re-examine the Bible far as I'm concerned will to re-examine them. I'm serious all kinds of attacks on the Bible today. There's just a sheer frontal attack of liberalism the liberals who deny there is an attack from the rear, which is perhaps more insidious, and they're talking about their experiences. All of the time and they say well I know what I feel or what I think and sometimes I'll even argue with you and this and I don't care what the Bible says that limited what I experience. Paul had to deal with some of those in Corinth, Paul said to them, and put this verse down first Corinthians 14 verses 37 and 38. If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual let him egg knowledge that the things that I write and you are the commandments of the Lord. There were some who had gotten off into charismatic hocus-pocus in car and they go wild about tongues and prophecies and visions and ecstasies and Paul tried to set them in order and they were saying. Let me tell you all what a spiritual man I am me tell you brother Paul. I have a gift of prophecy pulses. If you think your problem if you think your spirit, then you will acknowledge what I say is the word of God and then he says something almost human.
He said that any man being relating to this destroying the shoulders. Evidently he met some of these people at you and I meet around there. Listen folks, there are people want to bring the Bible under their experience. I say there is a follow attack of the Bible by those who rail against it and denied.
There is an attack from the rear by those who want to substitute the experience for the word of God. And then there is an attack from the flank from the side.
These are they who don't necessarily deny the Bible, but they kinda want to replace it because they want to prop it up with psychology and with philosophy and these other things, as if the Bible itself is not good enough friend. The Bible is true and if you're looking for truth. You can find it in the Bible and why is this, but this verse down second Timothy chapter 3 verse 16 and says this all Scripture. Listen all Scripture all the writing is given by inspiration of God, that word inspiration is usually once in the Bible.
But what a magnificent word. It is pneumocystis… It means literally. It is God breathed the PO meaning God moves this meaning the breath of God. If we were to pronounce it as it is written which say is this like a pneumatic pneumonia.
We don't say pure ammonia was a pneumonia but it actually has to do with the breath we say a pneumatic tire Windows AP pneumatic tire, but what he saying is he'll finish this I feelthat is, it is the breath of God, what you hearing. Right now you're hearing the breath I am speaking cancel my long hair my diaphragm my rib cage is forcing the lungs not to expel the air bear is coming up out of my throat over my Linux is causing my vocal cords to vibrate and my tongue and my teeth and my lips are making sounds and what you are hearing right now is the breath. Now what the Bible says all Scripture is the breath God breeze read what Jesus said in Matthew chapter 4 verse four man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word I listen to this next phrase by every word that proceeded out of the mouth. He was told about the Bible.
He was talking about and he says that every word that proceeds from the mouth of it is not simply that God breathed into the Scriptures, God breathed the Scriptures out. Yes he used human penman. Yes, there was Isaiah, Jeremiah, yes, there was Matthew and Paul.
Yes, there was Mark but these men were the pigment of God.
These men were the voice of God as God is speaking holy men of God spake as they removed the Bible says by the Holy Ghost, and therefore the Bible is true because a God of truth cannot speak, say, men listen, if you pick up just the Old Testament you will find phrases like this the word of the Lord are the word of God, our God spake the Lord said, you will find that phrase 3808 time God said the Lord came in to meet 3800 times. If the Bible is not the very word of God is the biggest bundle of lies that it ever come the planet or know it is true, absolutely. Listen what my saying the Bible is a timeless book, the Bible is a global and the Bible therefore should be a treasured book let you be willing verse 72 of the same thing.
He says here the law of my mouth is better and to me than thousands of gold and silver.
I wonder if that is true view. I'm okay, truth, God is listening me right now God knows that is absolutely true with me if you were to heat this side of this platform.
I mean, he picked with gold, silver, rubies, diamonds, bonds, stocks went from floor to ceiling and only here, but the word of God and said you can have one on the other. You cannot have both.
I would not have to take. I would choose the I think about it would be a given luck if you will end verse 103. How sweet is my words and my taste sweeter than honey to my mouth like you be willing verse 127. Therefore, I love I commandments above goal J above find the goal is to be a treasured book, the saints, and the heroes of their hand upon the word of God as they walked through the chilly waters of the river bed and the martyrs who died for the witness of Jesus Christ that held the Bible to their bosom as the creeping flames would come around their feet all their church God. They never question that they argued very little about it. They preached that they proclaimed it, they pronounce that they all like white, they love that they believe that they practice that they trusted it. They open they claimed it constantly belie the Bible is treasured pneumonia for a long time, Jesus loves me this I know for the Bible tells me so, Jesus loves me yes I know will tells me so I'm a victorious Christian life. If you do not love this book that it is like treasure.
Suppose that would be very treasure in your backyard you go down the hardware store and get displayed. If you don't have one, folks, I'm telling you this is God's treasure book. It is a timeless book. It is a truthful book. It is a treasured book. So the first point is you must you must appreciate the virtue of the word of God, you must appreciate the branches of a workout because if you don't have any desire to understand that here's the second thing, not only must you appreciate the virtues of the word of God. You must similarly by talent. The word of God. I chose the word vitality on purpose because the word vitality means all malice in the Bible is a living book Hebrews 412 put it in your margin. The word of God is quick, and powerful. The workweek means alive.
It is the word we get our word zoom from zoology from it is a land and in our case, alive is what we get our energy from his living is energetic.
Jesus in John chapter 6 was speaking to some unbelievers and he said to them, and to his disciples listen to it in John chapter 6 verse 63 the words that I speak in the they are spirit and they are life see the Bible is the Bible pulsates with life that that's the reason I'm saying that not only must appreciate that you must assimilate. Don't just read the cookbook you eat the meal if you don't assimilate it no matter how much you appreciate it. What good is it going to do you now how do you assimilate the word of God did Japan like these first things that number one right down to pray over it, pray over luck if you will, in verse 12 of this chapter. Now blessed art thou, Lord.
Teach me by statute to ever pray that God be my teacher would ask God to teach you when you pray over it. What will happen. Number one, your eyes will be opened look if you will, in verse 18, open thou mine eyes that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law, God will open your eyes their scales over your eyes until God takes the scales off so you can read this book, you may have 20/20 vision. But God hast open your eyes to behold wondrous things in my law.
Remember that the 24th chapter of Luke after his resurrection, Jesus walking with those two disciples on the road to Emmaus and the Bible says he began to talk to them about the Old Testament law and the prophets, and then there's a great verse in Luke 24 verse 45 it says, then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. Would you like for God to do that for you and will your part to this important message coming up tomorrow today. If you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus. We loved offering insightful resource on our website.
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