Jeremiah 1:1-9, 2 Timothy 3:14-17.
2 Timothy 3:16 has been called the golden text of His Word. We don’t sort of have the Word of God, we Have the Word of God today.
We are not like some scientist waiting for a radio signal from space or heaven. We have His Word.
You may read the Bible, obey it, even teach it to others, but how do you know the Bible is true? How would you defend its truthfulness to an unbeliever?
First of all, we cannot prove to anyone that the Bible is true. Only the Holy Spirit can do that as He moves in the heart of a person who desires to know and do God’s will John 7:17.
From a human perspective we do have reason to trust:
I. THE BIBLE IS HISTORICALLY ACCURATE.
The writers of the Bible were honest, sane, sincere men who in many cases were eyewitnesses to what they recorded.
Their careful attention to detail show their sincerity and concern about details of the Bible. Luke 1:1-4.
The historical and geographical information that the Bible presents has been confirmed by other documents and archeological discoveries.
Not to mention the many prophecies in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in great detail in the New Testament. Isaiah 52:13-53:12, Matthew 8:16-17, 27:30-31.
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Read Jeremiah 37:16-21.
Yesterday we saw. I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.
Just as God gave His word in Jeremiah’s day He is speaking to America today. I believe we need to heed to the warnings, and do something in this generation to save the next one.
II. THE WORD OF WARNING.
Proverbs 29:1, “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”
God’s message today is still “stop or perish.” “Prepare to meet thy God.”
III. THE WORD OF JUDGMENT.
Is there any word from the Lord? There is! THE WORD – JUDGMENT!
Judas repented, but it was too late. The people in Noah’s day had to face it, but it was too late. The men of Sodom ignored the revelation of warning.
I can recall another man in the New Testament who ignored the revelation built his house upon the sand. When the storm came it was too late.
Will America listen in this culture? Is it too late for America? Can you imagine what it will be like for those who ignore His REVLATION and WARNING?
God’s people must awake out of sleep, trim their lamps, and let their light begin to shine. God is still looking for faithful dedicated people who will stand in the gap to make up the hedge.
We need to say, “Oh God make this the year of repentance and revival in America. Make this the year of turning and of harvest in America. Make this the year of coming back to the original founding fathers of America.”
Jeremiah 37:1-21, verses 16-21 text.
Verse two tells us that some people would not hearken to the word of the Lord.
There is one thing men of God in pulpits across America need to realize is that the people of God still will not listen. And the lost are comfortable in the social religious activities. People today are no more interested in hearing the word of God than they were thousands of years ago.
I do not have the answer but I do know that if the people of God will not listen and refuse to follow the word of the Lord they will turn to their own wicked devices.
With the unrest we have in our society today it would seem wise for people to listen to God and to the voice of God’s man.
I would not want to live in this ungodly world without the Lord. I would not want to face terrorists and cold blooded killers without the protective Hand of God.
There are THREE THINGS that stand out in this chapter, and in our text that I would like to call your attention to.
I. THE WORD OF REVELATION.
The word revelation means to uncover something that had been hidden. Is there any word from the Lord? There is! It is the WORD OF REVELATION.
God never does His work without first revealing His will and purpose for doing that which has to be done. The Bible is full of examples of this truth:
Please read Proverbs 3:1-10 again.
Review the past two lessons if time permits.
God will guide us, but we must follow HIS direction. It is vain for us to pray for His leading and then go our own way.
I. THE NEED OF HIS GUIDANCE, FAITH
II. THE NATURE OF HIS GUIDANCE, TRUST
III. THE METHOD OF HIS GUIDANCE. THE HOLY SPIRIT!
A. He will often use our own conscience as a guide.
He is no less divine because He is the author of our new nature. But it is easily corrupted with the old nature, so we need the Holy Spirit to purify, enlighten and strengthen our conscience.
B. Through inspired teaching and preaching of the Word of God.
God guides one man through His message to another. Prophets and apostles were messengers of divine guidance.
We need His divine teaching and guidance, because we cannot always trust the conscience.
God’s Word is a “lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.”
C. Through circumstances led by Him.
He closes some ways, only to open another path in His providence. It is His providence that led you here today. He supplied the Way – Jesus – YOU MUST CHOOSE OR REJECT HIM.