“HOW THE BIBLE AFFECTS US” PART 2.

Psalm 119:25-40.
 
Proverbs 4:23, “Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.” But look at verses 20-22, “My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.”
 
Read Matthew 12:34-37.
 
One of David’s mighty men “clave his hand to the sword.” Hezekiah clave to The Lord.
 
We need to cleave to His Word and hide it in the heart, “for out of the heart are the issues (boundaries, outgoing of life.”
 
In these verses we as David can learn several important lessons:
 
I. THE BIBLE WILL REVIVE YOUR SOUL VERSE 25.
 
A. It brings zeal back into your life. God knows we need it.
B. It stirs your soul with fire.
 
II. THE BIBLE WILL RESTORE YOUR INNER STRENGTH VERSE 28.
 
A. It will remove the lying spirit verse 29a.
B. It will reestablish your inner values.
 
III. THE BIBLE REINFORCES (GUIDES) IN ALL TRUTH VERSE 30.
 
A. You cannot be separated from truth, why? I am stuck to, to catch, to follow close, to be joined together verse 31a.
B. It keeps you from shameful sin verse 31b.
 
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“HOW THE BIBLE AFFECTS US!”

Psalm 119:25-40, verses 33-40 text.
 
It is my belief that every Christian must understand these principles.
 
Spurgeon said that this one chapter equally excels in breath of thought, depth of meaning, height of fervor as any 22 Psalms. It is alphabetical in style and I have always believed that its author is David, because it has his style.
 
This song has the letter ‘D’ and it sings of depression, but in the spirit of devotion, determination and dependence. Each letter has eight verses times twenty-two = 176 total verses.
 
Look at verse 25: cleaveth – Hebrew: joined, adhered to, glued to and hold fast to. Dust – Hebrew: Earth or worldly things. Quicken – Hebrew: Save me alive or restore me to life. Quicken occurs nine times and only in Psalm 119. The Psalmist recognizes that the only way for him to enlarge his heart (verse 32) is through the Word of God.
 
His sense of devotion, determination and dependence leads him to pray verses 33-40 our text verses.
 
We have said much about the Word of God in recent weeks and the fact that you will never be a good Christian if you are not in the Book. We said that everything God does all He does through His Word. God always does everything by His Word. You will have to do it that way as well.
 
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“THE MEANING OF WICKEDNESS” CONCLUSION!

Review Saturday’s lesson.

Some of the character traits of wickedness include:

A. Abominable– Revelation 21:8, But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

B. Destructive– Isaiah 59:7, “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.

C. Boastful– Psalm 10:4, The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts.”

D. Blinded– 2 Corinthians 4:4, In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”

E. Covetous– Romans 1:29, “Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,”

F. Blasphemes– Luke 22:65, “And many other things blasphemously spake they against him.”

G. Deceitful– Roman 3:13, Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:”

III. The Application 

I found that Jeremiah faced a wicked and rebellious people in 2:19, Thine own wickedness shall correct thee, and thy backslidings shall reprove thee: know therefore and see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast forsaken the Lord thy God, and that my fear is not in thee, saith the Lord God of hosts.”

He reprimands them for Idolatry and wickedness in verse 7, And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination.”

“THE MEANING OF WICKEDNESS!”

There are many different words in the English language that most people do not want to be reminded of. Wickedness is one of those words, especially when it refers to us personally. However, I think we need occasional reminders as we see our culture making some drastic changes.
 
Definition
The state of being wicked is a mental and absolute disregard for justice, righteousness, truth, honor, virtue. It is both evil in thought and daily living. It is a total disrespect, which leads to depravity; sinfulness and even the committing of crimes.
 
There are many words given to “wickedness” in both the Old and the New Testaments. The wickedness of pride and vanity often lead to it.
Scripture References
 
The first occasion “wickedness” is in Genesis 6:5. The first time in the New Testament is found in Matthew 22:18. And the last in the New Testament is found in 1 John 5:19, “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.”
 
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“THREE DRIVING FORCES” CONCLUSION!

Review Romans 12:1-21.
The important question today: “WHAT SHOULD MAKE THAT FORCE FOR US?”
 
I. APPRECIATION FOR SALVATION AND SERVICE.
 
Make much of salvation, for the call of God, for His guidance, and for meeting our daily needs, etc.
 
II. AGREEMENT TO THE SCRIPTURE.
 
That is, follow Him, tithe, obey in all things, and pray over all things.
 
III. AWARENESS TO THE THINGS OF GOD.
 
All of you know this story, but I love to tell it:
 
Notre Dame Football star George Gipp could do it all — run, pass, and punt with unparalleled skill. The 1920 season established the Gipp as a football immortal. But on December 14, 1920, young George Gipp died of pneumonia. But thanks to football legend — and a movie in which former president Ronald Reagan portrayed Gipp — the story of George Gipp lived on. On November 10, 1928, Notre Dame and Army were tied at halftime. Notre Dame Coach Knute Rockne, himself a legend, told of being at the dying Gipp’s bedside. Rockne recalled how Gipp feebly said, “Sometime, Rock, when the team is up against it, when things are going wrong and the breaks are beating the boys — tell them to go in there with all they’ve got and win just one for the Gipper.” They did. Today in the Word
 
Let’s do it one more time for our God! “Only one life, twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last.” The shortness of life, and to give account:
 
Men are hell-bound sinners and only salvation and sacrifice can change them.
 
Remember Paul’s THREE DRIVING FORCES:
 
1. The Love of Christ constrained him.
 
2. His faith empowered him.
 
3. God’s grace enabled him.
 
May 2019 be the year when we all do it one more time for Jesus.

“THREE DRIVING FORCES” PART 3

Read Romans 12:1-21 again, if time.

Let me say that this is not a motivating message as such. In this message we want to simply look at some of the driving forces in the life of Paul.

There are four duties given in chapter twelve:

A. Our duty to God verses 1-2.
B. Our duty to ourselves verses 3-9.
C. Our duty to others verses 10-13.
D. Our duty to the warfare verses 14-21.

Paul’s three great motivating driving forces are:

• The Love of Christ constrained him. The motive for dedication is love.

• His faith empowered him. The Holy Spirit gave him the power to live for Christ.

• God’s grace enabled him. He does not say, “I command you,” but “I beseech you.”

Four of the greatest forces in life and our service to God in a more practical way are:

• To please God.
• To win souls.
• To endure in the battle.
• To do the will of God.

TOMMORROW: “WHAT SHOULD MAKE THAT FORCE FOR US?”

“THREE DRIVING FORCES” PART 2

Read Romans 12:1-2.
 
God had shown them great compassion in giving His Son to die, in pardoning their sins, and this was the reason why they should devote themselves to God.
 
“That ye present”
The word used commonly symbolizes bringing and presenting an animal or other sacrifice before an altar.
 
It implies that it was a free and voluntary offering. Salvation is free; and the act of devoting ourselves to God is one of the most-free acts we could ever make.
 
“Your bodies.”
The entire bodies of animals were offered as a sacrifice. Paul is saying the entire animal was devoted; and evidently meant the same for them to present yourselves, your entire person, to the service of God.
 
“A living sacrifice.”
A sacrifice is an offering made to God as atonement for sin; or any offering made to him and His service as an expression of thanksgiving and respect.
 
In other words, it implies that he who offers it presents it entirely, releases all claim or right to it, and leaves it in the hands and for the honour of God.
 
In the case of an animal, it was slain, and the blood offered. In the case of any other offering, such as the firstfruits, etc., it was set apart to the service of God; and he who offered it released all claims on it, and submitted it to God, to be used at His will.
 
This is the offering Paul beseeches them to make; that is to devote themselves to God, as if they no longer had any claim on themselves; to be used by him; to suffer and bear all that God might allow; and to give Him honor in any way He might require. This by the way is the nature of true faith and Christianity.
 
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