Share This Episode
Truth Talk Stu Epperson Logo

Conformed to This World...Or Transformed by His Word

Truth Talk / Stu Epperson
The Truth Network Radio
May 7, 2021 1:00 am

Conformed to This World...Or Transformed by His Word

Truth Talk / Stu Epperson

On-Demand Podcasts NEW!

This broadcaster has 338 podcast archives available on-demand.

Broadcaster's Links

Keep up-to-date with this broadcaster on social media and their website.

May 7, 2021 1:00 am

Stu is at Calvary Baptist Sunday School, talking about how to NOT be conformed to the world, but instead be transformed by the Word of God.



What's Right What's Left
Pastor Ernie Sanders
Core Christianity
Adriel Sanchez and Bill Maier

This is Michael Carbone with the Truth Network were partnering with Bible league international on open the floodgates Bibles for Africa in many parts of countries like Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania and Mozambique as many as 9/10 Christians are denied God's word by corrupt governments majority religions in poverty and remoteness five dollars and the Bible hundred dollars since $2500 sends 100 call 800 yes word that's 800-937-9673 thank you for caring.

Hello this is Matt slick from the match look like podcast right defend the Christian faith and lay out our foundation of the truth of God's word are chosen Truth Network podcast is starting in just a few seconds.

Enjoy it, share it, but most of all, thank you for listening and for choosing The Truth Podcast Network. This is the Truth Network level I right now are you being conformed to this world or are you being transformed by his word, so I tried transformed primarily board to write smaller and is right for con form first three letters of conformist time so last time we talked about how the first three letters of illicit first letters of diet are die course but it was Father's Day. The first letters of fathers that you guys do the math first letters of fuel is fine that you form to this world track through Scripture. Something that is just an powerful my life and this is transforming.

See you guys yesterday with any warranty going from Genesis always in the book.

Today, lastly, last time we talked about diet, how is your diet today want talk about how can we again how can we start talking. How can I get the word of God. So when me, so pardon that it transports my very life after we have church today wanting to go eat some and really what we ate this morning for breakfast. What we did lots of faculties are right you can affect your whole night sleep I would leave her to and really what house you eat what you eat affectionately you are what you eat basically only found that out so I try to avoid fruits and nuts set aside to spiritually the same thing is true, what's coming in is going to be will we what's coming out so we we spent a lot of time on that and we will launch pad is easy you'll chapter 3 were were God says to Ezekiel is God given his egotist. This powerful message. Gifted children of Israel and what is very convicting about this whole book is the first part of the book is a rebuke Israel.

The last part of glory God restored powerful see what what you know so much hope in the end, unlike some the other prophetic books which don't give a lot of hope. Ezekiel gives chapters and shattered hope to come back in time work were God and man reconcile, but Israel is rebellious.

How does God do with rebellion. If someone has an absolute rebellious heart. Someone who knows it. Someone who knows Jesus is the only way to heaven, but they will not bow their knee to God. It will not receive what they know is right. How does God deal with that person very compelling question even for us today. This is this is why God brought Ezekiel, who is going to give parables and stories and illustrations is going to give the given visions in these these colorful illustrations of how Israel's Kennedy judge how Israel how the father's are going to be eating their own signs and cannibalism can be so bad in the land and held all the judgment of God is from this point prior to this point has dealt out Israel's enemies, the Amalekites Moabites. All those guys got return his wrath on his own people because they're so hardhearted. What's worse to not know anything about God and the owners judgment an incident in it but not to follow him or not to know everything about God to know he's right to know your his people and do nothing about it. Never guys are so that's why this book is is is is full of a lot of judgment before that happens, God says to Ezekiel. Look at chapter 3. Verse one. He says he says and he said to me, Son of Man, eat what they'll find us eat this scroll, and go speak to the house of Israel, so I open my mouth and he caused me to eat that school.

Verse three he said me, Son of Man eat and fill my stomach with this scroll that I give the then I did eat it and it was in my mouth like honey for sweetness you have in chapter 2 and chapter 3.

Basically God, sing Ezekiel eat and then speak so has to be received into his heart. It has to be going to his ears and it has to be digested into his body.

Then he speaks it and this is a powerful illustration of God's word.

Ezekiel is so consumed with God's word and you talk you later in the chapter he talks of how God's going to give him bonus is his his audience is going to get harder and harder and harder. This is what I thought about when out with her testimony earlier about going to communist China is audience can get harder and harder harder. But God says is increases I want to make you tougher and tougher and tougher anomaly give you strength, give you the money. Did you resolve to give you strength. The word Ezekiel literally means strengthened by God so will we look at God's word and the power of his word. In the end, and how do I harness that power my life how I did my system. How do I eat the word of God like Ezekiel in what is that look like so let me take you right down the middle and let me ask you where you want to end up on which side of the board you want to be more more conformed to this world, one or more transformed by an endless talk about how that happens. Let's talk about how that happened out of the gate anytime from the beginning of history in the garden, and I want to start with the start with two places kind of his art is art is our is a mark here is a mark here. First John first John chapter 215 through 17th first John 215 to 17 first John was written to believers in his book over and over again.

He is attacking and user PCs addressing there's a bunch of fakes. There's lots of frauds in the church. There's a bunch of false teachers are coming in as much opposers what people it did the Seder Christians, but they really are and he's addressing that and he's he's in chapter 2 talking to them about laying out the world system versus God system and look what he says and in chapter 2 verse 15 says love not the world don't have any kind of affection for desire for the world thinks that world system, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the father's Nottingham priest darker pretty strong statement. Verse 16 all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father but is of the world and the world passes away in the lust of it but he that do with the will of God abides forever so there you have three things in their what are the three components of the world system. He says okay yeah craving the lust of the flesh. Once you guys in the boasting of the or the arrogance of the pride of life. This is kind of the summary lot stuff into these three categories limited lust is lust of flesh and the pride of life.

That's what he lays out in the world. How important is God's word in this process only going to stay because because were here when you look back a few verses you he writes in verse 12.

In chapter 2 I write these things to you little children because your sins are forgiven for his namesake is right. Three categories of people your your babes in Christ are your little children can understand the fact that God has forgiven you work out pointer growth.

I write these things father's because you've known him was from the beginning. I write you young men because you've overcome the wicked one. The look what he says next. He says I write to you, little children still in chapter 2, first John verse 13 because you know the father I've I've written and you father's because you've known him. That is, from the beginning. I have written to you young men because you are strong was next race in the word of God abides in you and you have overcome the wicked one so that little category 16 you overcome the wicked one young man. He says because the word of God by so the question is that is God's word abide in me so that I all over, and I transformed by his work, as these young men were very important in their growth in Christ where they were so conversant in transformed by God's word.

There were growing more more like Christ so and then he goes on in a layout which is laid out so what I want to do is look at the contrast this in Proverbs chapter 7 Proverbs chapter 7 and were look at the two the two biggest figures of the word of God in the whole Bible summarized by two characters first data in the second Proverbs chapter 7 Kelly read all start from the top and read the first few verses from seven Proverbs a is a love letter from a dad to his son and the power of God's word you parents and children. We are to teach God's word to our kids, particularly you that father if we fail, here we feel are we teach our kids. I love to see kids and you will never want to bring her to the class bring okay telling you cannot yard but Britt Great Britain bring your kids. The class this is a family thing and if any kid ever screens her belt is razzle pooh-poohed. I will ask you know what a look at a little you want with your stance, no problem okay because as you know what we gotta teach the Bible.

Our kids know yet we sometimes is this church things a rat race give the right to spread we divide get the kids out here we go in our church is not only did the New Testament altogether. So we need to teach the Bible to our kids. We needed we need to integrate and since about seven wrestlers lately but there's this picture God's word is so real in my life that is naturally just open talk to my we always say don't talk to kids like babies right you got all the education expert all the secular, atheistic top dog education guys will know they say they say, can we talk little girl is a God to do what they say. Don't they say don't do that right basic talking like your goals so they can see one of you want to stimulate that burning you are stealing IQ know you don't want to go down learn that we will bring up your love will spiritually sadly we don't find that we should we should we should raise these kids up in the unit and address them and get understand that love was these godly men coming along teaching the kids so everyone in here for your parent. Pastor welcomed the ministry okay, by the mat look at this is that you see it everywhere in Scripture. So what's in his book not to do my life differently than what God's book says. Got a book I think you know so as always was. Proverbs 7 my son keep my words layout my commitments with keep my commandments and live in my law as the applicant of Zion I so here we have not.

Now that phrase is loaded is pregnant.

God's word to there's two meanings and that the first meaning is the Apple the of term is culture was the most part is I write you mess with that problem. The appellee I was a part. You know, if instantly I don't know is is there is a built-in protective mechanism to protect the size of our day and so the appellee I was that part of United was most you know sensitive and delicate and need to be guarded okay so that's the first picture that he center me take my all my my blog. My word is that most sacred and delicate part really is gotta be treasured and protected and secured second part is object of desire. The second mean that I believe is in appellee I is take my law as the Apple is that crazy.

That's what you desires. The object of your desire that which is you see. And isn't that what is not cut out sick with sin starts with gets into the right, the ID nevertheless the eyes okay so the second thing is first rebind them upon thy fingers know what her fingers a picture here fingers are here. Appellee I find on fingers have to do with our feeling our senses are flash and he saying they know my law buying them upon your fingers reach around and grab them so that your flesh. What is my idea of desire. There, but it has to do with with your your your physical senses, and then finally write them upon the table. The tablet of thine heart. So you have the appellee. I finally fingers in the tablet of the heart to heart man. Hebrews in the Old Testament, and it is in the new carries with it the central part of our whole being that which motivates us are ultimately has doing our attitude, our spirit are our disposition before God and for me to have a haughty heart you have a humble heart, you have a happy heart you have a cheerful heart is a merry heart from 70.2 do is good like a medicine. Actually it's actually you know good medicine. Have a happy heart. Proverbs 17 so also the three pictures there now will you come back to this picture of of Jefferson about what we have here basically in these three least, we ask that you have the object of desire, the obedience of will and the operational part and so that between your this has to do with the object of desire.

This has to do with the obedience of the will and this has to do the right of having a heart has to do with the operation of the heart. Okay, now stay with me is always good fit together. Let's see how this thing is played out and let's see how old Leona only asked the question very in his class how I get this word of God in my system. Transfer my life. This is the diet any other guy, how can I get this in my system is I want to start devouring right now probably good Genesis chapter 3 let's see how we get started.

See how we end up where we are right now let's look at the first Adam Genesis chapter 3.

Real quick look with me. The serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field with the Lord made any set of the woman. Yet God said, you shall not garden will reset on the servant we may even through the trees in the garden but the fruit of the tree is the garden, God has said he shall not, neither shall you touch it, lest you die. Service set in the woman you shall not surely die for God does know that in the day thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and you shall be as God, knowing good and evil. So verse five.

There enemy goes right to this product line, say first that was right near first Avenue saying he felt she was deceived and I can say where is her husband were as a leader in the home or what nowhere to be found right, he went along with it wasn't what he wasn't doing his his duty. So the first Adam and in the New Testament the all is theology. The Bible is clear on this.

Adam and Adam all says in animal die. Romans chapter 5 in Christ remain alive first with his first 50 also is everywhere so what you have is the you will be like God the ultimate on-time right.

You shall not die surely will be like God see this temptation to her is first of all, look out there and desire that things will be like God. We were six when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, was the eyes saw was the flash good or do you ideate right triggered something awry last on this tree.

Pride says you know what I can be like God.

What's God keep me from her eyes as I see that in her fingers going take care you have two solid three she saw that it was good for food.

She saw all manner flesh jumps and the pounding of jobs and organize taste good.

She craves it and all authority be like that's what happened. So is good for food was pleasant, the eyes and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and David under her husband with her, and did eat joy to read the rest of his sad is is a discouraging and the eyes of them both were opened and they knew that they were negative and they sewed fig leaves together and meant to make themselves a friend make themselves closing God walk in the cool of the day they heard the voice of the Lord God walking regarding the quality and Adam and his wife hid themselves in the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden, so this act plunged mankind into sin, and that why the tsunami Genesis 3 why the earthquakes Genesis 3.

By this act returned from God God and turn thrust return from him and God came looking for man Raquel Adam and so you have a story we have a great prophecy of Genesis 315 I will put enmity between thee and the woman between thy seed and her seed. He shepherds I had thou shalt bruise his heel. Who is that thou was in a bruised his heel. That is the seed of the woman through Eve to the bloodline of man, God would send God would send the redeemer Jesus Christ to look at chapter 4 of Matthew. Let's look at him. Matthew chapter 4 the second Adam, how did he withstand the attack of of Satan of the devil. Chapter 4. Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tested by the devil. And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, he was afterward hungry and when the tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the son of God command these stones be made bread to hear he is hungry and the tempter comes to hear that's ever comes right to him around the side. Second second Avenue attached right of the lust of flesh boom Brad Stone bread your craving your star turn this Brad turned to stone. Bread for yourself.

What did Jesus say how did Jesus addressing it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeded out of the mouth of God. Direct quote from Deuteronomy chapter 8 verse three so Jesus has his will, submissive to the word of God and he has the word of God bound up on his fingers. Now the next when the devil takes into a holy city and set them on the devil. He said if you're the son of God, cast yourself down is written, he shall give his angels charge over eat to concerning the heat in their hands they shall bear the up list at any time.

I thought should be smashed against a stone.

Jesus said in the number seven is written again, thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test. So what temptation Satan says cast yourself down, this presumption of prime is ideally God can take care of the character fell down.

Satan attacks Christ in the air and the pride of life, not on not that far. What he did even saying you should be like God test God.

Again, the devil take take take him to an exceedingly high mountain and showed him all the kings of the world and the glory of them.

He said in the him all these things I will give you if you will fall down and worship me. Then Jesus said unto him be gone. Satan, for it is written, thou shalt worship the Lord thy God in him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and ministered to him so there you have saying saying look with your eyes look at all is the same thing about their chances Christ had not seen the very was in God incarnate willingly aside is no seeing everything at all time to become a man for us. So Satan sees Romy's Europe developer uses only things going on a season as I always so finally these presentations.

I believe they interchangeably there's lots of the tax was attacked by light attacks.

One of these three yeah clearly the eyes here with us winning out your eye Christ. The object of his desire was the word of God is made regarding he had his eye was his desire will note, no wealth or anything contained in noticing like at least three out of this latest reality is, as the lust of the eyes is materialism, the lust of the flesh as immorality in the lust of the pride of life is human, which I thought was a good ways of summarizing those three summarize part of the morality, humanism and material so there you have Jesus Christ, the second Adam, underneath the pressure of the same temptation is the first that. What's the difference size is very effective, very God of God, always a difference how to Eve regarding God's word was their resolve on each part did God's word up by strong young man. Yes, you got a got and ultimately this is true the believer's life.

This is true in the history of mankind over the whole family is ultimately comes down to what might you do God's word. Look at the second Jesus group regarding what God saluted Psalm let's go to Psalm chapter 1 in this this this all goes here. This is the Bible.

It was my first Bible I don't only teach out of it is King James Scofield Bible and I've got all kinds of stuff in your like a repeat of the stuff that I underline.

I was a always a rising senior and I didn't know where I can go to college.

Knowing your seniors like going to church on the sun visor was right got accepted in the state. There are no or tacky knowing and you like to get you where you were going and so it's okay if you like and note November and December January start December March April springlike closet. You know the euro euro asked how I wasn't know what was going on in the basket had some scholarship offers from different schools and but but I just was really struggling with that whole issue so so we don't my parents take me to Christian camp is is is really a couples retreat and I get linked up with this guy named John whose only guy who was just out of college and I was just no definition of a superior and I was really struggling and he just befriended me over.

We had known before, from going to scan for people frenemy and he said Stu naturalist, I was overwhelmed since to your maggots in 2000 he says look you need to memorize Psalm chapter 1 by passing on doodle Scripture memory thing now you know what anything but this is the Bible that I have and this is the message basically from Psalm chapter 1, and so I have got I got a lot of nonaligned would this this song is changed a lot, and even now in the complex. I go back to the song over and over again. I encourage you guys memorize it. Basically that and I last week.

The word Hebrew word I got some stuff here from Psalms and asked the question, does it describe me.

Look at Psalm chapter 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stand us in the way of sinners nor citizens in the seat of the scornful.

So this basically you could say it's verse one separated from the world. The man is not in the counseling and guidance is that we spent a lot of time at the is he keeps getting worse versus Danny first walking, then your standing in your sittings. You're more more more immersed into the world system, verse two. This is the contrast but his delight in Hebrew that word is K fats, which means pleasure. It means desire, it means something that I value means something that I just actually love and want it means something that I purposeful. His delight is in the law of the Lord and in his law doth he meditate day and night verse three he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water to bring forth its fruit in season's leave also shall not wither whatsoever you do it shall prosper. Verse four the ungodly are not sober like the chakras, the wind drives away.

Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in judgment, nor sinners in the coronation of the righteous for the Lord. Note the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly, shall perish. His delight is in law or verse two in his law that he meditate in Hebrew culture were meditate as allowing the anyone have any idea understand farm cows. Dear anyone grow a farm near Halley stumps is gone. Okay what is it mean to cut a wise counselor to talk about that okay this is that this is the you know what he just said this is North Carolina far more right here K just articulated to us the etymology of the word meditate okay because what that word if you go back. The word is illuminate means to keep bringing it back over and over. Did what he saying is God's word is so rich and so powerful and so just everything you need and it that you are to bring it back over and over and over again his delight is in the law of the Lord in his law that he meditate day and night. Joshua just wanted to go to the land before all this stuff happens. One of those victorious times in Israel's history. It's all right there on the heels of Joshua 18 where he says this book of the law. Joshua you're going in the land. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.

Interesting member the words mouth every Ezekiel taken in your mouth and eat it but thou shalt meditate on it, meditate, ruminate over and over again. Keep bringing back up day and night, that thou may just observe to do according to all that is written therein because first you gotta meditate on it before you can obey it becomes a part of managing your system and you want to obey it because it is. It's there, but then you will have success. He says basically manual your way will prosper. Joshua 18 so you have this picture Scripture no what you have in someone you have basically your separated from the word world your saturated with the world word you're situated by the water in your saved from the wrath to see how I have my original King James Bible right here separated from the world saturated with the work with the word situated by the water and saved from the wrath that is God's pouring his word and so that someone I want to close with Psalm chapter 40. This is this is my new favorite personal Bible Psalm chapter 4 encourage you to memorize Psalm problem. I encourage you memorize Psalm one and it was noticed Psalm chapter 40 were quick Psalm chapter 40 in Psalm chapter 40 you have you have the I believe the ultimate picture.

Sometimes we would to God's word is another academic thing is nothing.

This is this right here, God is given to use the sword of the Spirit of God is given this word to you to transform your life member. Romans 12 to be not conformed this role be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

So how I combat materialism, immorality and monism.

How I combat the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life, how I combat seeing the tree craving the sin and wanting to be like God wanted to do my own thing, how I combat how to become like Christ to who took every every blow of Satan.

He knocked it off, the word of God in any deflected it any any charge, any any sense that the enemy running. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. The deck and what Jesus did exactly were called to do so. Look at Psalm 40 were to close this verse. Psalm 40 list only go down to verse seven and eight is a great Psalm encourage you to read the whole thing spend some time the Psalm is weak is powerful, but look at verse verse seven. The Psalm is one of those is a dual meaning as it has it has some eschatology and it is prophetic. It speaks directly to David, but also speaking of Christ because we haven't repeated in Hebrews chapter 10 when he was talking about the ultimate sacrifice on the sacrifice of lambs is enough talk about Christ." This song David was speaking foretelling what Christ would be as a sacrifice so this is a picture of Christ. But this is a picture of of the life that he is given us. Look at verse six, sacrifice and offering thou does not desire my ears. Thou hast open burnt offering and sin offering.

Thou hast not required verse seven. Then said I low I come in the volume of the book it is written of me.

Verse eight this is the this is the old. This is my prayer for the Christian life. My prayer for you, I delight to do thy will, oh my God that first date David saying I don't what you delighted.

I delight to do thy will. Okay now look the second part of verse you can't divorce these two concepts. What is God's will. I like to do the will of God. Now what will I do Jonathan I my soul is everything you and I cut all will start right that education with with what I delight no indication what to do right look. The second part of verse I delight to do thy will or might my God J thy law is written, my heart see their dialogue is with in my heart. So there is an internalization of God's word into the heart that transforms the heart, the mind so everything into doing his will.

So back to question number one in my transform eyes were for my being conformed to this world.

This is good Truth Network

Get The Truth Mobile App and Listen to your Favorite Station Anytime