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September 16, 2021 8:00 am
Why is it so important to have a knowledge of the word of God. Listen to Adrian Rogers's call to 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 many of his congregation.
The Bible remains close a mysterious book and they really lipservice to the Bible really do not understand wealth and worth finding is just heard from Pastor teacher and author Adrian Rogers. We need to be molded, motivated and managed by the word of God.
We want to have spiritual power yet for many. The Bible remains a closed book is no magical way to understand the Bible.
It takes work joy. Really work to understand the word of God.
Psalm 119 gives us a glimpse of that work.
If you have your Bible turn there now as Adrian Rogers reveals how to make your Bible come alive. I want to things and maybe some subsets out of these three things is that if you will know these things. I can promise you, and I prayed over this.
If you are really three things I can promise you that the Bible will burst the flame in your heart and your mind and in your life. Number one, you must appreciate the virtues of the word of God.
If you don't appreciate the purchase of the word of God or not you have any desire to learn it on the many people do not understand the great value the great virtue and the word of God. You must have an appreciation for what 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 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 number two. It is a truthful book you have. It is a truthful book you will in verse 142 by righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and bylaw is the roof and in a world that has lost its appreciation for truth, you can say without stutter and stammer that the Bible is true.
The Bible is a timeless book, the Bible is a global and the Bible therefore should be a treasured book like you be willing verse 72 of the same thing. He says here the law by mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver. I wonder if I distribute boats 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 God 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 to 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 word quick 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 as 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 unto you, they are spirit and they are life see the Bible is the Bible pulsates with life. That is the reason I'm saying that not only must you appreciate that you must assimilate it. You don't just read the cookbook you eat the meal if you don't assimilate it no matter how much appreciated. What good is it going to do you now how do you assimilate the word of God that you can write these first things that number one right down and pray over it, pray over look, if you will, in verse 12 of this chapter. Now blessed art thou, Lord. Teach me by statute to pray that God be my teacher would ask God to teach you when you pray over what will happen. Number one, your eyes will be opened looking willing 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 has to 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, the law and the prophets, and then here's a great verse in Luke 24 verse 45 it says, then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures when you like for God to do that for you. Pray over and I'm telling you when you pray over first lawyer eyes will be opened and the number to your heart will be stirred look in verse 36 of the same chapter. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies and not the covetousness. If you have a desire for the word of God.
God please incline my heart my heart my eyes my heart and then focus when your eyes open your heart is stirred in your mind is going to be enlightened. Look at you with number 73 of the same song by hands have made me and fashioned me, give me understanding that I may learn thy commandments, how often and sermon preparation about put my pencil down by about my head and say, oh my God make understand this.me understanding all of this is under the heading.
We must pray over when we pray for in our eyes are open heart is move our mind is enlightened understand the word of God so now were talking now about how to simulate it number one you pray over number two.
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Look, if you will, in verse 15 of the same Psalm I will meditate in thy precepts BC that look to be willing verse 147 of the same Psalm I prevented the dawning of the morning and cried and I hope in thy word, that is, I got up early in the morning and I trusted in your word that is I had a quiet time like you will in 148 mine eyes prevent the night watches that I might meditate in my word is it takes time. If you have to rise in our early do it.
You have to stay up an hour late. Do it do it with a pen in your hand.
Take a pen to see if you don't know what it tells me you're not expecting to receive anything if you are expecting to receive something you get ready to write about.
You say well I'll remember how to do, but the weakest think is better than the best memory you simply get a pad and you open the Bible, you pray you Palmer and you get ready for God to speak to you when you read the Bible you sanctify common sense jump into the middle of the chapter the middle of the book somewhere, no plan, no rhyme or reason. Can you see the Bible is like any other book has all kinds of forms of speech you see poetry as poetry. You see prophecy as prophecy. You see precepts as preset you see promise as promise. See Robert as proper. For example, if you try to turn the Proverbs and the promises you lose your alleged of the Proverbs are not promises there. Proverbs what is a proper proverb is a general principle generally applied brings a general result. For example in the book of Proverbs are ways to be healthy, wealthy and wise but you you all those things and get my truck very well. They more electable. It is certainly not very healthy and you want to wise a look both ways. What I'm trying to say is this proverb is good, but don't try to turn the Proverbs in the promises like in the Bible and look at these is this a preset business of prophecy is. This poetry is this prose is this proverb is this promise hey folks did you know that God gave you a mind that God doesn't zap you with knowledge you have the mind of Christ.
Use your mind as you study the Bible ponder the Bible. Sometimes he blessed is the Bible to be interpreted literally or figuratively.
Have you ever heard that you will know the answer, yes, it is to be interpreted figuratively and literally all at the same time. For example, the Bible is full of symbols in the book of Revelation, the devil is symbolized, the devil is symbolized as a Dragon Dragon. He has a tail so long that he sweeps 1/3 of the stars from heaven. You tell me if there's a Dragon with a tail long enough to sweep down all the stars of heaven.
Some billions of light years away is pretty big Dragon based on method, the stars of the fallen angels that fell and that that symbolism is full of symbolism Bible school symbolism but to find out what the symbol stands for. You literally believe it. Don't say Lester symbolism. There is no doubt, that symbolism there is a missing yellow arches as McDonald's right now. If you see those yellow arches would you say all electors assemble is no McDonald's restaurant no such thing as Hamburg and say that that's just assembly find out what the symbol stands for when you literally apply what I'm trying to say is when you get the word of God to pray over it. Ponder two began to ask God to teach if I give you this before but I want to give you six questions you asked me six questions. Number one is there a promise to claim they're looking at a passage is there promise to claim number two.
Is there a lesson to learn. Number three is there a blessing to in joy. Number four is there a command to obey number five is there a sin to avoid number six is there a new thought. The carry with me. Are you preparing Sunday school lesson get any passage of Scripture any passage just look at and just asked those questions and you got your lesson I promise.
Just sex sample questions as you will hear pray over. Can you settle God, open my eyes said dear God, my heart God gave me understanding and then you look at the word of God and you ponder it and you think about it and you got a pen to write these things down you read through you think it clear you write it down you pray and you and you pass it on, and it's yours. You pray over number two you ponder it number three you preserve it you preserve it. Look, if you will hear in verse 11 were back in our Psalm again look at will. In verse 11.
By word have I hid in my that I might not sin against the likely will, in verse 16. I will delight myself in my statutes, I will not forget by word that means that you preserve it you hide it down in your heart you can remember far more than you think you can remember, don't tell me you can't remember. You could not function if you could remember things. I went with function by memory and memory, those with concentration, memory comes with motivation, memory comes with use. Your mind is a marvel, and you can remember far more than you think you can remember as you preserve the word of God when women go all they want to buy pretty boxes my wife has this a love affair with little boxes, little boxes and sometimes people bring from overseas boxes and sometimes they know that intricately carved in May they may have a Jules and so forth. On the outside of the UC musical boxes that they surround, and you see a beautiful box like you say, what a marvelous little box look inside you what's inside rubber bands. Jim clips toothpicks old breath mint inside a beautiful box. Your mind is like that.
It's just what God gave you when God gave your mind and so you can't meditate on the word of God… There are. Your mind is like a garden never knows how much easier it is to grow weeds and flowers and vegetables well when Adam fell, his mind became a garden we can in order for your mind to preserve the word of God. You got to cultivate your mind you have to weed the garden that makes not only must you preserve it you must. Here's the fourth thing you must practice it likely will the first four verses Psalm 119. Blessed are the undefiled in the way and the law of the Lord Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and they seek him with a whole heart. They also do no iniquity. They walk in his ways. God has commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently call it my ways were directed to keep thy statutes is not enough to recite the promises without obeying the commandments simple secret you want to learn more the word of God and obey the part you know that is so simple.
The Bible says to him that have shall be given. The rich get richer the more you obey, the more you learn, keep the word of God, you say well, a lot of Bible I don't understand what Mark Twain is reported to said is reported as it is not that part of the Bible that I don't understand gives me so much trouble spot.
I do understand now listen, there may be mysteries and things you understand about the third tone left some beast in Revelation but I tell you, you can understand the Bible says love one another.
Tension you can understand when the Bible gives you clear and plain commandments. And if you will begin to keep these the word of God. It will become real to you. Next you must you must claimant this is the fifth of these things you do if you were going to assimilate like it will in verse 13 with my lips and I declared all the judgments of my mouth with my lips. Like in verse 27 make me understand the way Bible precepts, so shall I of thy wondrous works like you will in verse 46. I will speak of my testimony.
Also, before kings and will not be ashamed what you will, in verse 172 of this same Psalm here my tongue to speak of a byword for all I commandments are righteous. You see Gina way. Let the word of God being your mouth constantly in your mouth starting your heart show in your life. So in the world.
The more the word of God you give away the more it will stick to you.
Now here. I've got to move to the final thing. What we said is this you must appreciate the virtues of the word of God. Number two, you must assimilate the vitality of the word of God, and number three. It is been that you can appropriate values of the word of God that is that this knowledge that you have is going to become a transformation. I'm just to give you the outline. I can fill in the points I you just right now number one to be a source of victory verse 45. Just as Jesus overcame Satan in the wilderness with the word you will overcome. It will be a source of growth. Verse 32 bit zone that has gone to so we get my physical live.
I can hardly get out of bed I just don't want to work on this so we must abide with you been a Dr. areata disease function lab's restaurant I go to on Sunday sometime is not raining and I I get a meal there. That's all eight. That's all you need is goal this restaurant on Sunday and you get a meal there. If it's not raining as I initially this all this is is just to whet your appetite.
If you learn how to feed yourself the word of God going to grow. The Bible says that as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that you may grow thereby it's a source of growth. It's a source of joy versus 54 and 111 these things. I spoke to David. Your joy might be full.
It's a source of power word of God is quick, and powerful. It's a source of guidance verse 105 byword is a lamp to my pen in the light of my feet.
The word of God. The word of God. It will give you all of these things you will enjoy. You will power you want victory you want to be able to overcome.
You want these wonderful things you can appropriate them but you can only appropriate that Matthew assimilate them and you can only assimilate them if you appreciate and I'm promising you that if you do that it will be transformational in your life that could we just sum up the Bible right now for those of you who are not Christians, or maybe never been say that I just give you the Bible is shorthand. The Bible addresses one problem. That problem is sin. The Bible has one villain and that Dylan is the devil. The Bible has one hero and his name is Jesus. The Bible has one purpose and that is the glory of God. Do you know Jesus. Do you see this book is a two edge sword. If it doesn't cut to heal you. It will cut the slave you to savor of life and the life or death under their God wants me to tell you something today. This will come right out of this book for God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever that means you, that whosoever that means in believes in him trust in him will not perish, they will not die. Go to that have everlasting life is what we sang, you know Jesus. What an important question to in today's lesson. Do you know Jesus would you like to put your trust in him fully today. Pray something like this with me right now from your heart of God in heaven. I know I've sinned against you. You are holy.
I am not. I cannot live a sinless life but Jesus did and I put my full trust and hope and faith in what he did for me on the cross come into my life right now, change me from the inside out.
I believe your son died in my place, and rose again to new life and I ask you for that in my life right now. I submit to you. I trust in you in Jesus name, amen. If you placed your faith in Jesus just now with a prayer like that. Let us celebrate with you and help you dig into God's word were discovered.
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Thank you for studying in God's word with us today as you read Scripture dwell on these six questions is there a promise to claim.
Is there a lesson to learn.
Is there a blessing to ensure is there a command to obey. Is there a sin to avoid.
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