“HOW CAN THE BIBLE HELP OUR WALK WITH GOD?” PART 2.

Psalm 119:89-112

WE SAID, I. THE BIBLE LIGHTS MY PATH!

And 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

II. IT HELPS ME TO KNOW HOW TO PLEASE GOD VERSES 106, 108, 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 here taught to pray for, in reference to our religious performances:

  1. 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. The calves of our lips(Hosea 14:2), the fruit of our lips(Hebrews 1:14), these are the spiritual offerings which all Christians must offer to God; and they must be free-will-offerings, and we must offer them abundantly and cheerfully, and it is this willing mind that is accepted. The more willingness in the service of God the more pleasing it is to Him.” Matthew Henry Commentary.

    2. ASSISTANCE IN THEM.

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

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

Please carefully study Psalm 119:89-112 carefully.

So, how can the Bible help me in my Christian walk with God?

I. 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:

  1. In a PRACTICAL way.
  2. In a PERSONAL way.
  3. 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 which 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; and 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. We said it is a practical guide, not a book for my study only, but for my daily walk.

“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.” Treasury of David by Spurgeon.

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“HOW CAN I KNOW GOD BETTER?” CONCLUSION!

Read Philippians 3:1-10.

Take time to be Holy; go to bed and get up in an attitude of prayer, and then He will reveal Himself to you.

I. KNOW THE WORD OF GOD BETTER.
II. CULTIVATE YOUR PRAYER LIFE.

III. WATCH YOURSELF IN SIN!

He will never leave you if you sin, but hide His face from you. Isaiah 59:1-2, “Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.”

It is the little foxes: the little foxes of envy, jealousy and hatred. If there is sin, there is really no need to pray.
Psalm 66:18, “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:”

Someone said, “You need to clean up your own door step before you come to mine.”

IV. TELL OTHERS ABOUT JESUS IF YOU WANT TO KNOW HIM BETTER!

Go into all the world and preach the gospel is a command to all of us. You and I were saved to work. We were not saved by works, but we are to work after salvation. We were saved to tell the story and be sold out for him.
It is not an easy road to follow Him, but what a blessing to know Him better.

V. EXPERIENCE SOME OF HIS SUFFERINGS.

The Bible calls it, “the fellowship of His sufferings.”

“Are we willing to be hated by the world, as He was? If so, it is evidence that we love Him; if not so, and we are just seeking the crown of glory, it is doubtful whether we have ever known anything of the nature of true faith and suffering.” Barnes Notes

VI. WATCH FOR HIS COMING Acts 1:6-11.

He will come the same way He went: personally, visibly, in the twinkling of an eye, and on the Mount of Olives. He may come today, or He may not come for fifty years or more; but, we are to watch for His coming. Are you watching?

“HOW CAN I KNOW GOD BETTER” PART 2.

Read Philippians 3:1-10

You make much of the Word of God and God will make much of you. When you and I learn the Book, we’ll know more about Jesus, the rock of ages; the Bright and Morning Star. Take Jesus out of this Book and its empty.

I. KNOW THE WORD OF GOD BETTER.

II. CULTIVATE YOUR SECRET PRAYER LIFE.

Brother Roloff used to say, “No prayer is prayer until the Holy Spirit begins to pray.” You’ll be surprised at the sin of prayerlessness among Christian people.

A son asked his Dad, “Is God dead?” The father replied, “no son He is very much alive, why?’ The son replied, “well Dad, how come I don’t see you talking to Him anymore?” We get too busy and then forget to pray.

We are not saved by giving our hearts to Jesus or making some kind of a commitment, but by believing on Him who died for our sin. We need to say, “Lord, forgive me for forgetting.”

Moses had a secret prayer life until his face shone.

Jacob was alone with God and his name was changed to Israel.

David Brainerd prayed till he changed the American Indian.

Jesus prayed until He gave it all.

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“HOW CAN I KNOW HIM BETTER?”

Please read Philippians 3:1-10.

We must be grounded in the Word of God to keep us from every cult and wind of doctrine. Saul, a once bitter enemy of Jesus Christ did what he thought was the will of God. Then he was struck by Jesus on the road to Damascus Acts 8:1-4, 9:1-18.

Paul finds himself asking, “is this the Son of God…the Messiah, or do we look for another.”

Paul was able to point to a spot where he was changed from nature to grace and made a child of God. Can you and I point to the spot where we were saved? I believe Paul is saying, “oh that I might know Him better.”

How can we know Him better?

I. KNOW THE WORD OF GOD BETTER!

Learn to preach the gospel and learn the Word of God. We need the Word of God, not a good feeling, though the Word will make us feel good. Think of it, God laid all my sin on Jesus and that ought to make me feel good. The moment you and I believe on Jesus, we are headed for heaven.

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“HOLY IS THE LORD” CONCLUSION!

Read Psalm 46 again.
 
We said that, “God is Right in His Righteousness” and “Just in His Justice,” now:
 
III. HE IS TERRIFIC IN HIS TRUTHFULNESS.
 
Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?”
 
John 17:3, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
 
IV. HE IS FIXED IN HIS FAITHFULNESS.
 
A. His faithfulness is everlasting Psalm 119:90.
B.     “         established in Heaven Psalm 89:2.
C.     “         enduring (never fails) Psalm 89:33.
D.     “         endless Psalm 36:6.
E.     “         external, all around us. Lamentations 3:23.
F.     “         exceptional Psalm 89:8 “O LORD God of hosts, who is a strong LORD like unto  
                   thee? or to thy faithfulness round about thee?”
 
His faithfulness is greater than:
 
1. Abraham Galatians 3:9.
2. Joseph Genesis 39:22-23.
3. Moses Numbers 12:7.
4. John the Baptist Luke 3:7-19.
5. Paul Acts 17:16-17.
 
Holy is the Lord!

“HOLY IS THE LORD!”

Read Psalm 46.

We are here taught,

  1. To take comfort in God when things look threatening verses 1-5.
  2. To point out the great things he has produced for his church against its enemy’s verses 6-9.
  3. To reassure us that God will glorify Himself verses 10-11.

It is said of Martin Luther that, when he heard any discouraging news, he would say, “Come let us sing the forty- sixth psalm.”

There is not much for us to depend upon in this life BUT GOD…because:

I. HE IS RIGHT IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.

Genesis 18:25 “That be far from thee to do after this manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked: and that the righteous should be as the wicked, that be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”

Jesus prayed in John 17:25, “O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee, but I have known Thee…and these have known that Thou hast sent me.”

In Genesis 18:25, “Abraham pleading with the righteous Father.”

II. HE IS JUST IN HIS JUSTICE.

2 Corinthians 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.”=

Revelation 20:13 “And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.”

“THE JUSTICE OF GOD is that essential attribute which makes his nature and his ways perfect Deuteronomy 32:4; Psalm 89:14. The justice of God could not leave the world without laws, and cannot fail to vindicate them by executing their penalties; and as all mankind perpetually break them, every human soul is under condemnation, and must perish, unless spared through the accepted ransom, the blood of Christ.” American Tract Society Dictionary.

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