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November 25, 2020 7:00 pm
BJU Chancellor Dr. Bob Jones III preaches to the student body from James 1:21-27.
Welcome to The Daily Platform from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. The school was founded in 1927 by the evangelist Dr. Bob Jones Senior's intent was to make a school where Christ would be the center of everything, so he established daily chapel services today. That tradition continues with fervent biblical preaching from the University Chapel platform today speaker is Dr. Bob Jones the third, the Chancellor of the University is also the grandson of the founder of the school. The title of his message is prioritize your soul health.
Would you open your Bible's plays James chapter 1 James chapter 1. Would you please turn. I want you to notice before I read this passage, to whom it is addressed you'll find in verse 16, verses 16 and verse 19 he addresses beloved brethren. This is written to believers if you're not a believer in some of you are not.
This would not be for you but this is for you who really know Christ and he wrote with tenderness to those though he was saying some very difficult hard things to them in the past, as it were going to read but he loved them, and because he loved them.
He said the things that were hard but needed to be heard. So I began reading in verse 21 to the end of the chapter. Wherefore, Leah part or that could be translated cast-off cast-off all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness superfluity of naughtiness is abounding.
Prevailing evil in the heart and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving, or diluting your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word and not endure.
He is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass 40, beholding himself, and goeth his way, straightway forget what manner of man he was. But whoso Lucas into the perfect law of liberty, and continue with therein, he being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work.
This man shall be blessed in his deed. If any man among you seem to be religious bride is not his tongue but deceives his own heart this man's religion is vain, pure religion and undefiled before God and the father is this, visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world, particularly through verse 25 we have instruction that is for those who prioritize their soul health do you prioritize your soul health. Many of you prioritize your physical health your careful about your eating habits. That's good and you're careful to exercise that's good to your careful about your your mind's health and far.
As far as your studies are concerned, you study diligently. You do your research urgently and carefully and thoroughly in your prepared and you discipline yourself to have a healthy academic pursuit. That's good, but I wonder how many here who are dearly beloved are careful to prioritize your soul health at the end of verse 21. It speaks of the engrafted word, which is able to save your soul. The word that promotes the good soul health is the same word that engenders saving health saving faith. It brought you to the knowledge of Christ the entrance of God's word gave light to your sold and reveal the darkness of your God separated heart brought you to the knowledge of his loving grace, and you were transferred from darkness into light from the natural into the supernatural life lived by the Spirit of God dwells in you to save your souls could also be translated to do your soul good to make it whole. So the same word that saves your soul is the word that nurtures your soul has the same power for both. Some of you came under great conviction when you got saved and heard the word of God and quicken your soul and made you aware of your separation from God in the power of the blood to bring you into believing faith and become a child of God. But maybe you're not so careful to realize how powerful the word of God is in its sanctifying power to make you like Christ. I think if we understand what these first two or three verses in particular mean. Maybe I should illustrated this way. I like pictures. Pictures help me to conceptualize and the maybe you're that way as well. I'd like you to picture an earthen flowerpot, a reddish-brown flowerpot, you probably have them somewhere around your house. Most all of you. Not anything too valuable, but I also want you to visualize that pot as representing your life. Okay, the reddish-brown pot is your life. I want you to see some dark potting soil and that pot let that represent your heart.
The inner part of your life and that I think most of you know what saran wrap is our that clingy filming stuff that causes you sometimes causes me sometimes almost lose my sanctification when I pull it off the role and gets all wadded up before I can stretch the I see you've been there and had to visualize saran wrap if you will, and see it stretched tight across the mouth of that pot and then on top of the saran wrap. I would like you to see a bunch of seeds just sitting there not able to germinate.
Not able to do any good to accomplish the purpose of their existence. There just sitting on the top of the saran wrap they can't get into the soil into the heart, so keep that image in mind if you will, and I think it will help us to understand what this passage is really telling us some years ago I was talking to a pastor friend of mine BJ Grant and he was lamenting the fact that he had a Sunday school class of 21 to 28-year-olds, half of them had graduated from secular schools and had come to the knowledge of Christ as students in those schools or shortly following their graduation. They were eager for the word. They were urgent in their pursuit of Christ in godliness. They had lots of questions they were seeking answers they were followers of Christ.
The other half of that class had gone to Bible college and he said to his lament that many of them were very dull toward the things of God. Very disinterested set there in class but not with any kind of energized souls didn't participate in anything in their lives were indicative as he knew their lives to be strangers to the life that are deemed person should have. For some of you Bible classes in chapel and church are not priorities you endure them because you have to stay here. It's a requirement. If that is your attitude when you leave here church will probably be somewhere in the road recesses of your life. There's an imperviousness to what the word of God can do for you. There's a saran wrap the seeds that your are sown in your life in chapel and Bible classes in churches that you attend on Sunday. The seeds just lie on the top of the pot.
They don't get in the soil.
They don't do you any good. Your life is not changed in any way by them as a matter of fact, not only are you just disinterested in what is necessary to get the seeds into your life. Some of you go out of your way to be sure the seeds don't possibly get in your life because while they are being sown in your own your phones, your other and your other devices, and whatever is taking place. There is far more important to you than any seeds that are being sown. There's a resistance even not just disinterested but a resistance to the seeds that are being so so why this imperviousness what's going on what is described in verse 21 Leah part cast off the field in his cast off what the saran wrap represents get it out of the way so the seeds can get into the heart and do some good cast it off, and he describes what it is to be cast off filthiness say wait a minute I am pretty decent. I don't think I would call myself filthy will that's what the writer here calls Cindy's not speaking of some deep dark but you and I might consider really really really awful Senate suggests any sin. You see when we flatter ourselves. We all do into thinking that there is some basic goodness underlying us and if you know we can go astray a little bit. We're not really all we ought to be, but yet were saved and where we pretty good and pretty occasionally involved in the things of God and that's not how God sees it where only enter we all out as far as he's concerned, I don't mean outside of Christ, I mean outside of the ability of the word of God to do us any good. Leah part of the filthiness casted off. If we ever realized how ugly we were to God we couldn't stand ourselves. It would be good to come to that place frequently because it only magnifies the grace of God and his love for us.
He sees us ugly and filthy all the time.
It is only his blood covers the field is only as he looks at Christ in whom we live. But he doesn't see our filthiness, but he sees the spotless Lamb of God, his son, that hides us from the wrath of God.
He saw all of that in Christ.
20 offered him for our filthiness are crimes if you will, before God we will never magnify the grace of God as we should will never be praising him for our salvation is you should if we're not constantly aware of how much we owe him because of how awful the price was that had to be paid for the awfulness of us so he said get rid of the filth and the bounding prevalent sin.
The dirtiness that's always there and is abounding always keep a short account of God, don't let those things lie there and rob you of the power of the word of God to do your soul good cast off the prevailing filth and abounding evil casted off.
When was the last time you did that when was the last time you acted in repentance when the sermon was preached in the word of God pointed his finger right your heart and you cried out for his mercy's forgiveness. When was the last time you can remember that happening and you did business with God after hearing a message that the Holy Spirit spoke to you through. Well, that depends on when was the last time you took the saran wrap off so the word of God could do you good.
If we're going to keep this kind of relationship that allows the word of God to always find access to our heart before to cast off the filthiness and the abounding prevailing evil were going to have to live pretty carefully in a world that abounds it evil that prevails in evil that's hard to do after work at it. We have to avoid the influencing effects of prevailing evil and filth. That's all around us. We can't allow ourselves to be subjected to those influencing factors like the big screen in the little screen that is so often dominated by lustful scenes in the wrong music choices. The lyrics of which are so often filled with lurid vulgarities and depravity. If we allow ourselves access to the filth and the prevailing evil. We're going to be subjected to it been conquered by his only people who want the influence of the word of God to do its work in our hearts to do our souls a good to have healthy cells that avoid those corrupting influences that are readily available if we desire them for our lives. So what we desire. The most we we can't desire the word of God, and desire. The saran wrap. It's going to keep the word of God off of our hearts. First Peter two says lay aside those things, put them away just like this passage tells us let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.
Let it return to our God.
We are told in Isaiah 55 so I have to Leah part and then we have to receive something. Look again at verse 21. Receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Sometimes the saran wrap on our lives can just be our arrogance.
The opposite of meekness.
I'm afraid there's an I'm afraid there is something that happens to all of us at one time or another. I'm always ashamed of it when it happens to me. I'm sure it happens to you as well.
We sit in the service we or somebody preaching a message.
We compare the preacher with other preachers. We know we compare the messages with other messages we may have heard on that subject and were like an Olympic judge of the ice skating or gymnastics or whatever we hold up a card to register the level of our approval might be up to or might be an eight or nine or 10 until we become critics we become judges of the messenger and so the word the message that we should be letting an art is somehow layered away from our heart by the lack of meekness. The saran wrap that kept the word of God that day from coming to our hearts.
We are to receive it with meekness and were received with implantation with the engrafted word.
Somebody said Bible study today has taken on an almost recreational tone was. I mean I get means that people who attend Bible studies many times have no intention of taking the Bible into their lives for the purpose of obeying it are following. It is there. Yet, as their authority and for the guy to be their guide and for their decision-making and their practices are just there because the kind of like to hear something interesting new and maybe even something they want to controvert question disputes show their lack of meekness. If you will. We are deluded if we think that just hearing the word of God, even giving it a respectful hearing without our cell phones just distracting us even giving it a respectful hearing is all we are required to do when we hearing nowhere did let it be implanted in the soil we do let it be received with meekness not to be its instructor, but to let it instruct us and we are to receive it with results look at the last verse 21 is able to say or to make you whole in your soul make you whole make you well restore to help you.
That's why God wants us to keep the saran wrap off the filthiness and the abounding prevailing evil because his word is water and food. It is blessing. I beg you not to neglect your souls good health by allowing prevailing evil and filth sins that are unconfessed to stay up on the mouth of your life. The top of the pot and receive so much of the seed that you hear constantly around here, but you don't want to receive it because you enjoy the filthiness and the prevailing evil yesterday had a phone call from a man who was a member of the staff here long ago in 25 or 30 years ago by falsifying a report about an incident that costs the school tens of thousands of dollars.
He got himself off the hook for all these 25 years. His soul has been burdening him. He's lived in torment, he wanted to save face.
He didn't want to say he lie did wrong and that saran wrap stayed on the top of his life for all those years he called yesterday and he went wept and wept. So please forgive me. Of course we do course, I'm glad for this day. It's a glad day for you. You're doing your soul good today and now the blessings of God can come and follow into your life.
Had a big smile on my face and my heart is tears dried up. I could tell the sunshine of God within his heart by the words he spoke, you can know that to help. You want to father I pray that some seed that was sewn today will be able to enter some heart by the confession of sin the casting off of it, that soul might be in good health. Again, in Jesus name, amen. Since tomorrow is Thanksgiving we thought you would like to hear the hymn we gather together a traditional Thanksgiving him. It's 1/16 century Dutch folksong and was translated into English by Theodore Baker in 1894.
Here's the Bob Jones University orchestra performing we gather together you been listening to The Daily Platform. I'm Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University and I invite you to join us at our beautiful campus in Greenville, South Carolina to see how you can be prepared academically and spiritually to serve the Lord through one of our more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs.
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