“HOW CAN THE BIBLE HELP OUR WALK WITH GOD?” Conclusion!

Please read Psalm 119:89-112.

IT HELPS ME TO KNOW HOW TO PLEASE GOD VERSES 106-112

Verse 106, “I have sworn.” Perhaps this means no more than that he had renewed his covenant with God; he had bound himself to love and serve him only.

Verse 112, “I have inclined mine heart.” I used the power God gave me, and turned to his testimonies with all mine heart. When we work with God, we can do all things.

Two things we are to pray for in reference to our religious performances:

  • ACCEPTANCE OF THEM

This we must aim at in all we do in faith that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of the Lord. What David earnestly prays for is the acceptance of the free-will-offerings, not of his riches, but of his mouth, his prayers and praises.

  • ASSISTANCE IN THEM

We must be as earnest for the grace of God in us as for the favor of God towards us.

  • IT ENCOURAGES US IN AFFLICTION VERSE 107

Our greatest need in times of trouble is a closer walk with God, because our afflictions will be a gain to us if they are sanctified and given to make us better.

We have a promise that it will be so, because the David said, “according unto thy word.” Our service of the Lord does not screen us from trial, but rather secures us in it.

  • IT KEEPS US IN GOD’S TRUTH VERSE 110

“The wicked have laid a snare for me.

Spurgeon said, Our spiritual life is the scene of constant danger: the believer lives with his life in his hand, and meanwhile all seem plotting to take it from him, by cunning if they cannot by violence. We shall not find it an easy thing to live the life of the faithful. Wicked spirits and wicked men will leave no stone unturned for our destruction. If all other devices fail, and even hidden pits do not succeed, the wicked still persevere in their treacherous endeavours, and, becoming craftier still, they set snares for the victim of their hate.

“Yet I erred not from thy precepts.”

He was not snared, for he kept his eyes open, and kept near his God.  He was not entrapped and robbed, for he followed the King’s highway of holiness, where God secures safety to every traveler. He did not err from the right, and he was not deterred from following it, because he referred to the Lord for guidance, and obtained it. If we err from the precepts, we part with the promises; if we get away from God’s presence, we wander into the wilds where the fowlers freely spread their nets. From this verse let us learn to be on our guard, for we, too, have enemies both crafty and wicked. Hunters set their traps in the animal’s usual runs, and our worst snares are laid in our own ways. By keeping to the ways of the Lord we shall escape the snares of our adversaries, for his ways are safe and free from treachery.”

  • IT GIVES US REJOICING OF HEART VERSE 111

One cannot realize the importance of the Word of God in this life outside of a faithful daily walk with God.

“HOW CAN THE BIBLE HELP IN OUR WALK WITH GOD?”

Psalm 119:89-112

Recently we looked at these verses in our message, “Ten reasons why I believe the Bible is the Word of God.” We now want to take a closer look at several verses.

How can the Bible help me in my Christian walk with God?

THE BIBLE LIGHTS MY PATH TO A GREATER END VERSE 105.

All of us ought to use the Word of God to help us gain greater heights in our walk with God in three ways:

  • In a PRACTICAL way.
  • In a PERSONAL way.
  • In a PERSISTENT (Determined) way.

“Thy word is a lamp.

Proverbs 6:23, “The commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.”

God’s word is a candle that may be held in the hand to give us light in every dark place; and it is a general light shining upon all his works, and upon all our ways.

I like this: the commandment is a lamp, the law is light and reproofs of instruction are the way of life: The lesson is that we cannot see unless we are lightened with God’s Word. It is a practical guide, not a book for my study only, but for my daily walk with God.

“We are walkers through the city of this world, and we are often called to go out into its darkness; let us never venture there without the light giving word, lest we slip with our feet. Each man should use the word of God personally, practically, and habitually, that he may see his way and see what lies in it. When darkness settles down upon all around me, the word of the Lord, like a flaming torch, reveals my way.

“A light unto my path.” It is a lamp by night, a light by day, and a delight at all times. David guided his own steps by it, and also saw the difficulties of his road by its beams.  He who walks in darkness is sure, sooner or later, to stumble; while he who walks by the light of day, or by the lamp of night, stumbleth not, but keeps his uprightness.” Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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“LET THE WORD OF GOD TAKE ITS COURSE!” Conclusion!

The gospel would spread more quickly around the world if all the obstacles were removed; and this should be their constant prayer.

FOR THE WORD TO BE GLORIFIED

As it is with you. It is evident that Paul met with some obstacles in preaching the gospel on his missionary journeys.

Anatoli Shcharansky, a dissident Soviet Jew, kissed his wife goodbye as she left Russia for freedom in Israel. His parting words to her were, “I’ll see you soon in Jerusalem.” But Anatoli was detained and finally imprisoned. Their reunion in Jerusalem would not only be postponed, it might never occur. During long years in Russian prisons and work camps Anatoli was stripped of his personal belongings. His only possession was a miniature copy of the Psalms. Once during his imprisonment, his refusal to release the book to the authorities cost him 130 days in solitary confinement. Finally, twelve years after parting with his wife, he was offered freedom. In February 1986, as the world watched, Shcharansky was allowed to walk away from Russian guards toward those who would take him to Jerusalem. But in the final moments of captivity, the guards tried again to confiscate the Psalms book. Anatoli threw himself face down in the snow and refused to walk on to freedom without it. Those words had kept him alive during imprisonment. He would not go on to freedom without them. Discipleship Journal, Issue # 43 (1988), p. 24.

It is said that when the famous missionary, Dr. David Livingstone, started his trek across Africa he had 73 books in 3 packs, weighing 180 pounds. After the party had gone 300 miles, Livingstone was obliged to throw away some of the books because of the fatigue of those carrying his baggage. As he continued on his journey his library grew less and less, until he had but one book left–his Bible. Today in the Word, April 1989, p. 28.

Let me say in closing that many do not believe the gospel, and no wonder if they show hatred in their attempt to oppose it. The evil of sin is the greatest evil, but there are other evils we need to be protected from, and we are encouraged to depend upon the grace of God.

It is our sin that leads to misery and then we place our affections upon wrong things; which means that there is not a true love for God, and faith in Jesus Christ is without hope or patience.

If by the grace of God we have been given enough faith then we ought to earnestly pray that God will enable us to love and obey God and His commands while patiently waiting for Christ’s return.

Also, if by the special grace of God, we have that faith which many do not have, we should earnestly pray that we might be enabled, without hesitation to love God, and practice the patience of Christ.

“LET THE WORD OF GOD RUN ITS COURSE!” Part 2

Please read Thessalonians 3:1-7 again.

This entire chapter is made up of exhortations and directions in regard to the performance of various Christian duties mainly:

FOR THE SUCCESS IN THEIR WALK

That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified,

This was the thing that Paul was most concerned about. He was more concerned that God’s name might be sanctified, His kingdom advanced, and His will done, than he was about his own daily bread.

He desired that the word of the Lord might run its course and that it might be grounded, and that it might go forward and not backward. All the forces of hell were then, and still are, more or less, raised and mustered to oppose the Word of the Lord, to hinder its success.

So, we should pray that oppositions may be removed, so that the gospel may have free course to the ears, the hearts, and the consciences of men, that it may be glorified in the conviction and conversion of sinners.

  • Paul asks their prayers verses 1-2.

He desires for them to pray particularly that the true gospel might prosper, and that in preaching the gospel, he might be delivered from the opposition of unreasonable and wicked men.

  • He expresses confidence that God would incline them to do what was right.
  • Paul also prays that God would keep their hearts in His love, and in patient waiting for the Saviour, verses 3-5.

FOR SUCCESS IN THE WORD

That is, the gospel run free course. The idea is that it might face no hindrance, but that it might be preached without opposition. The gospel would spread more quickly around the world if all the obstacles were removed; and this should be their constant prayer.

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“LET THE WORD OF GOD RUN ITS COURSE!”

2 Thessalonians 2:11-3:7, Verse 1, “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you:”

The word have in the Greek means to run.

Ephesians 6:19, “And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.”

Colossians 4:3, “Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:”

Meditate on verses from chapters two and three.

Having challenged the Thessalonians in the Word of God in chapter two, he now adds that they pray for the increase of the Gospel, for the safety of the faithful servants, and that it not be hindered by opposition which might prevent success. That the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified: here is a figure of speech taken from a waterway, where the current flows freely, without interruption or obstruction.

Which leads us to the question: when may the word of God be said to have free course? The obvious answer is: when it is freely preached, practiced and a willingness to pay the price.

In the year A.D. 303, the Roman Emperor Diocletian issued a decree that he hoped would extinguish the spreading flames of Christianity. One of his primary objectives was the seizure and destruction of the Christian Scriptures. Later that year, officials enforced the decree in North Africa. One of the targets was Felix, Bishop of Tibjuca, a village near Carthage. The mayor of the town ordered Felix to hand over his Scriptures. Though some judges were willing to accept scraps of parchment, Felix refused to surrender the Word of God at the insistence of mere men. Resolutely, he resisted compromise. Roman authorities finally shipped Felix to Italy where he paid for his stubbornness with his life. On August 30, as the record puts it, “with pious obstinacy,” he laid down his life rather than surrender his Gospels. Christian Theology in Plain Language, page 41.

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“TEN REASONS WHY I KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!” Conclusion!

Please read Psalm 119:89-112 again.

BECAUSE OF ITS CARE AND COPY!

Monks would copy Septuagint with much care and time.

  • Preserved throughout history.
  • Proclaimed by the blood of the saints.
  • Promises fulfilled by the Father.

BECAUSE OF ITS AMAZING CIRCULATION!

  • Amazing in its prominence.
  • Amazing in its popularity.
  • The Bible is still the World’s best seller.

BECAUSE OF ITS UNIVERSAL APPEAL!

  • It appeals to all languages and nations.
  • It appeals to all backgrounds.

BECAUSE OF ITS ABSOLUTE HONESTY!

Look at David and Solomon…etc.

  • The purity of God’s Word.
  • The integrity of God’s Holiness.

BECAUSE OF ITS POWER TO SAVE!

  • Power to save the simple and intelligent.
  • Power to save the poor and rich.

Have you read it? Is the Bible the most important book to you?

Do you have a passion for the Bible?

What you do with the Bible will without question determine what God will do for and through you. Remember to make much of the Bible and God will make much of you.

“TEN REASON WHY I KNOW THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD!”

Psalm 119:89-112

Think about these great verses and then meditate as to what the Bible means to you personally. When was the last time you gave thought as to the value of the Bible? I am not asking whether you thought to bring it to church, but have you thought about the Word of God. What meaning does it have in your life? What value would you place on your Bible? Is it an old Book with some good philosophical ideals or is it a Book of survival to you? Have you ever thought about your belief about the Bible? How do you know that God has spoken through the Bible?

Let me give you ten reasons why I know the Bible is the Word of God:

BECAUSE OF ITS AMAZING UNITY!

  • Sixty-six Books, and written by 40 different individuals.
  • One in unity with the other which makes the Bible is the only Book that makes sense.

BECAUSE OF ITS INDESTRUCTIBILITY!

  • Emperors and others have tried to destroy it from the very beginning.
  • Fools have tried to discredit the Bible. Ingersoll, Payne, etc.)
  • In AD 303 Diocletion ordered, “Get rid of all the manuscripts.”
  • In 313 Constantine asked, “are there any left” as many as 50 were found.

BECAUSE OF ITS HISTORICAL ACCURACY!

  • Accurate in history.
  • Accurate in character.

BECAUSE OF ITS SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY!

The Bible is not a Book of Science, but all it says is true.

Isaiah 40:22, “It is he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:”

BECAUSE OF ITS PROPHETIC ACCURACY!

  • The prophecies fore-told by the prophets.
  • The prophecies fulfilled as spoken.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!