• Reasons of knowing God’s Word
Previously we talked about the mission of Jesus. We talked about the reasons Jesus came to the earth. He not only came to seek the lost, He also came to save the lost. Another reason He came to our world was to understand what we go through and due to those reasons we have assurance of salvation when we come to Him and we also have assurance that He is coming one day to claim all those who allowed Him into their lives. Now where do we go from here? There can be many things to talk about after this, but today I want to share with you a message that can allow you to grow closer to God. The last message was for those who did not know Jesus as their Savior, but this message is now to help those new believers in Jesus to grow in Him. This message is also for all of you who have already trusted in Jesus to guide your life. So today I want the new believers as well as the older ones to pay close attention to the topic today.
Now in order to be well equipped against the evil in the world we need to know God’s Word. In order to overcome the problems we face we need to know what the Bible says. In order to stand against our archenemy, Satan, we need to trust and know the Living Word of God. Amen? Now how do we begin? How do we start to know God’s Word? Well first, you have to read His Word, the Bible. When we take time to read the Bible we learn amazing things. We learn ways to live a life worth living. We learn how to deal with the problems of this world. We understand God’s promises for His Children. However, some might disagree with me. Why do we need to know God’s Word? Well that’s simple. God’s Word shows us some very important things! So today I will be sharing with you some reasons for knowing God’s Word.
2 Timothy 3:14-15
14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.
*I encourage each and every one of you to read the Bible. The Bible is not only full of wisdom and knowledge for day to day life, but also has many other interesting sections filled with adventure, action, history, romance, and so one. The Bible is one big book full of dozens of books ranging from different genres and all the stories located in the Bible are not based on true stories…..they are true stories. All those stories you read in the Bible actually happened. Well except for the parables, those stories were meant to teach something, but Jesus did say those parables.
Now I ask, how many of you were brought up in a church? I believe quite a few of you have been. So you might have already known that God’s Word is full of wonderful stories, but now since you’ve recently allowed Jesus into your life you can see how those stories can be applied to your life. You will learn that those stories don’t just cause you to awe at the adventures of God’s people or cling to the romance located in the pages, but now you will also see that those incidents can be applied to your life. If you notice from beginning to end the Bible has one main theme, your salvation through Jesus Christ in bringing glory to God. God created the universe and us in it so that we could have a relationship with Him, but mankind chose to rebel and through Adam and Eve sin came into the world. Now it doesn’t just end there. God wanted to restore our relationship with Him so He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for us in order to restore the relationship between God and Man. Through Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross we know we are saved by His blood. How do I know that? Well the Bible clearly states that once I come to Jesus, He will hold me in His hands and He shall never let me go! Amen. My eternal life is assured through Jesus Christ and yours is too! “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and the Father are one."- John 10: 28-30.The Holy Bible will help you to increase in your faith and through that you will know that you are eternally saved. Knowing God’s Word makes us wise for salvation. The Bible points out time after time that all are in need of a Savior because we’ve all committed offenses toward God. How do you think I know that? I learned it by reading the Bible. How else would I be able to point you into the right direction if I didn’t read God’s Word?
11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
*The writer of this verse in the Bible understood something important. He knew what was required to live a great life. He realized the Bible was not just a book, not even just a holy Book. The writer knew that this Book was the best book. He knew this book was special. The psalmist must have been going through a hard time. He could have been looking all around the earth to find the answers he needed, but he couldn’t find them. Then most likely he was on the verge of giving up, but suddenly a thought came into his head and he began to read God’s Word. He read and read and then realized the answers to overcoming sin was right in the Holy Bible. After discovering the answers he must have exclaimed, “Your word have I hidden in my heart that I might not sin against you!” We have to realize the same the psalmist did. Once we realize that sin is no good for us we can understand that we need to try our best not to sin. Knowing God’s Word keeps us away from sin. When we are doing the things God wants us to do we don’t even need to worry about sinning. When we grab the Holy Bible and begin reading we won’t think about reading perverted magazines or erotic books, watching pornography or ungodly movies, or doing things we shouldn’t, and so on. When we read the Bible we will be focused on God and His Word. Did you know God’s Word helps know how to live the right way? And as we continue to read God’s Word we learn and grow more and more.
1 Peter 2:2
1 Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind. 2 Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation,
*Once we try our best not to sin we will begin to grow spiritually. The Bible is like a table filled with all the best foods. All the food on that table is delicious. One day you might decide to drink some freshly squeezed orange juice and eat a BLT sandwich. Another day you might decide to eat a gourmet fish glazed in cheese sauce or a honey ham with mash potatoes on the side. Well, it’s the same with the Bible. One day you might read Judges and another day a part of the gospel of Matthew. Through reading the Holy Scripture you are feeding your spirit. And the more you read the more your spirit will be filled. It’s says in God’s Word, “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. – Deuteronomy 8:3” We do not only live by eating our daily bread (meaning the food we eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner, plus snacks), but we also live by feeding our spirit with the words revealed to us by God, the Holy Bible. We need to read God’s Word in order to grow spiritually. Without God you are spiritually dead. Now you say…”Hey wait a second what about all those shamans, witch doctors, religious leaders and so on?” Well, they aren’t spiritually alive. They might believe they are, but in reality they are not. You see, we are all born spiritually dead, but once we come to know Jesus He places life into us! “"I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.” –John 5:24. We need to read God’s Word in order to grow spiritually.
Joshua 1: 7-9
7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go."
* After we read God’s Word we begin to grow in spirit and as we grow spiritually it begins to show physically. We will learn how to live the life worth living. We will learn how to live a successful Christian life for the Lord, but what does the Word of God say we must do in order to live a successful life? “Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” We must not let God’s Word depart from our mouths. We cannot allow it to depart from our lives. We need to read God’s Word and then shall our lives be prosperous and successful in God’s name and for His glory. When good things come our way we will learn to shout for joy! When the bad times come we will know how to face them and we will praise God for His strength in our weakness. We will feel loved with our friend’s and family’s company. We will laugh at the thoughts of the crazy stuff we’ve done. Joy, true joy comes from God. We will enjoy true happiness that only God can provide. We will never be alone! God promises to be with us! Now an enjoyable life also comes through prayer. We need to read God’s Word and pray to our Father in heaven. Now how do I know all of this to be true? – It is written in the word of God.
For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
*God’s Word is founded on truth, proclaimed through truth and filled with truth. God’s Word is the only absolute source of truth. People might gasp at the sound of that sentence and reply, “How do you know? I know the Bible is true not only because I believe it, but also because it is precise (definite or exact in statement). We can look at a few fast and great points to show that the Bible is true and unerring.
• Historical evidence supports the Bible-
No one in all of history has been able to find a historical error anywhere in the Bible.
• Archaeological evidence supports the Bible-
Out of all of the archaeological discoveries in the Middle East not one has been able to prove the Bible wrong. As more and more archaeological discoveries are found they actually prove the Bible’s authenticity.
• Fulfilled prophecies prove the Bible to be true-
All the fulfilled prophecies surely prove the Bible’s truthfulness. The prophecy mentioned in Micah of the Messiah being born in Bethlehem came true. In the book of Zechariah (in 11:12,13) we see it talks about the Messiah being betrayed for 30 pieces of silver. Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of silver (in Matthew 26:15). Another important prophecy mentioned in Psalms chapter 22 speaks about the Messiah and how He would be pierced in His hands and feet. This prophecy was written 800 years before the method of crucifixion was ever used as a way of punishment. Jesus Christ was pierce on His hand and feet 800 years after the writing of this prophecy. Coincidence? I think not! So what does that say about the prophecy that have yet take place?
(These three points were found in the book –One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven by Mark Cahill.)
Those points alone show the truth behind the Holy Bible and God’s Word will gives record of the Beginning of Time and mentions what will occur at the End of Time and yet God’s Word will last forever!
1 Peter 1:13-25
13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. 14 As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 15 But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; 16 for it is written: "Be holy, because I am holy." 17 Since you call on a Father who judges each man's work impartially, live your lives as strangers here in reverent fear. 18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect. 20 He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake. 21 Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God. 22 Now that you have purified yourselves by obeying the truth so that you have sincere love for your brothers, love one another deeply, from the heart. 23 For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For, "All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, 25 but the word of the Lord stands forever." And this is the word that was preached to you.
* I encourage you all once again to read God’s Word every opportunity you have. We don’t realize how important and how special the Holy Bible really is. Within its pages it has the very words spoken by God and written down by man. God’s Word is so amazing. His Word is perfect just as He is perfect. We often take for granted the countless times and opportunities we have to read His Word. Often times we might question, “If I can read the Bible at any time why bother trying reading it a lot?” Well, I recently saw a picture on the internet that said… If this is last time you would ever be able to hold the Holy Bible in your hands, how much would you read before letting it go? What if the last time we read our Bible recently was the LAST time we would ever be able to hold the Bible? Some of you might shrug and say oh well, big deal. Well, this question isn’t for you. This question is for those people, those image-bearers of God, who want to have a closer and better relationship with God. Next time you pick up your Bible thank God that you can read His Word. Cherish your Holy Bible. Read your Bibles, grow more spiritually, thank God for all the promises, those beautiful promises, He made to us, and learn how to live a life worth living by going deeper into God’s Word. Amen.