MAY 3, 2009
“LIVING IN VICTORY”
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ROMANS
The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from
the dead, lives in you. And just as he raised Christ
from the dead, he will give life to your mortal body
by this same Spirit living within you.
INTRO: There is an
attitude that is very destructive, the attitude of
Today we are celebrating two of the
Sacraments of the Church.
Each of these has an important part in helping us to
live a life of victory.
As true Believers, God expects and demands that we
live a life free from sin that will enable us to
draw others to Him.
Too often our Christian walk is one that is filled
with ups and downs.
How do these two Sacraments help us live a life of
It is not the physical act that enables us but
rather the spiritual commitment.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
(KJV) For I have received of the Lord that which
also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the
same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and
when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said,
Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you:
this do in remembrance of me.
After the same manner also he took the cup,
when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new
testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye
drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye
eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the
Lord's death till he come.
The Communion Table speaks to two things that
we as follows of Christ must remember.
THE HUMANITY AND LIFE OF JESUS.
NOTE: To me the bread
speaks of Christ’s humanity and His life as an
example to us.
Jesus took on the form and nature of man for
To know and experience physically what we go
Philippians 2:7 But
made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the
form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of
Hebrews 2:14a Forasmuch
then as the children are partakers of flesh and
blood, he also himself likewise took part of the
Hebrews 2:17 Wherefore
in all things it behoved him to be made like unto
his brethren, that he might be a merciful and
faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to
make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
To know and experience what it is like to be tempted
Hebrews 2:18 For in
that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is
able to succour them that are tempted.
Hebrews 4:15 For we have
not an high priest which cannot be touched with the
feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
To give to us an example how we can live a
victorious Christian life.
1 Peter 2:21 For even
hereunto were ye called: because Christ also
suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye
should follow his steps:
NOTE: Jesus had to take on
human nature in order that He could die.
THE DEITY AND DEATH OF JESUS.
NOTE: Jesus had to be the
Son of God so that His death would be accepted as
the atonement for our sins.
Hebrews 2:9 But we see
Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels
for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and
honour; that he by the grace of God should taste
death for every man.
He was sinless
NOTE: Only a sinless
sacrifice could pay the debt for our sins.
1 Peter 1:18, 19
Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with
corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your
vain conversation received by tradition from your
fathers; but with the precious blood of
Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without
His death was accepted as atonement for our sins.
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I
delivered unto you first of all that which I also
received, how that Christ died for our sins
according to the scriptures;
2 Corinthians 5:15 And
that he died for all, that they which live should
not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him
which died for them, and rose again.
Revelation 5:9 And they
sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the
book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast
slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out
of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and
NOTE: Every time we
partake in Communion we should remember what Christ
has done for us and this should cause us to seek to
live a life that is pleasing to Him.
II. WATER BAPTISM.
NOTE: How does Water
Baptism help us live a life of victory?
Remember it not the physical act but the spiritual
experience that make the difference.
As Communion speaks to us of the life and death of
Christ, Water Baptism speaks of the burial and
resurrection of Christ.
Romans 8:11 (NIV) And if
the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is
living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead
will also give life to your mortal bodies through
his Spirit, who lives in you.
Romans 6:3-6 Know ye
not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus
Christ were baptized into his death?
Therefore we are buried with him by baptism
into death: that like as Christ was raised up from
the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also
should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the
likeness of his death, we shall be also in the
likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that our
old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin
might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not
Water Baptism is a symbol of our death to self and
sin and our resurrection to a victorious Christian
As a True Believer we must constantly seek to live a
life of victory.
We are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ and
raised in the power of the Holy Ghost to walk in
The reason we do not live a victorious Christian
life is that we do not consciously seek it.
The more we consider the life, death and
resurrection of Jesus the more victory we will
experience in our daily walk.
It was through the power of the Holy Spirit that
Jesus was raised from the dead and it’s through the
power of the Holy Spirit that we can live a life of
MAY 10, 2009
“EXPERIENCING MOTHERHOOD WITHIN THE CHURCH”
I SAMUEL 1:20-28
Proverbs 31:30 (NLT)
Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a
woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.
The teachers teaching about magnets. (Our Daily Bread; May 10, 2009)
When you think of a Mother, what comes to your mind?
What are your memories of your mother?
mother does many things for her children, today we
want to consider three and see how the Church
relates to them.
TEACH OR TRAIN
Not all women are physical mothers but they all can be spiritual mothers.
Everyone, both men and women, should seek to
experience motherhood within the Church.
I. A MOTHER LOVES HER
A new commandment I give unto
you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you,
that ye also love one another. By this shall all men
know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one
A mother loves her child no matter what.
A mother loves regardless of looks.
The Church must love others regardless on how the
look, how they dress or the size of their wallet.
James 2:9 (GW)
If you favor one person over
another, you're sinning, and this law convicts you
of being disobedient.
Momma and the White Man
A mother loves regardless of talent.
How often do we acknowledge those who have talents we can see and hear and
ignore those who do not?
1 Corinthians 12:25 (GW)
purpose was that the body should not be divided but
rather that all of its parts should feel the same
concern for each other.
A mother loves regardless of physical or mental
Luke 14:21 (GW)
"The servant went back to report
this to his master. Then the master of the house
became angry. He told his servant, 'Run to every
street and alley in the city! Bring back the poor,
the handicapped, the blind, and the lame.'
Where do the Mermaids Stand.
A mother loves regardless of being good or bad.
NOTE: The Church is to be a hospital for sinners not a museum for saints.
Mark 2:17 (KJV)
When Jesus heard it, he saith
unto them, They that are whole have no need of the
physician, but they that are sick: I came not to
call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
II. A MOTHER SEEKS TO
PROTECT HER CHILDREN.
There has never been a time when our children have been in greater danger
As a mother seeks to protect her children for that which will hurt them,
so the Church must seek to protect from satan and
1 Peter 5:8 (GW)
mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is
prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for
someone to devour.
NOTE: As children are
susceptible to dangers so are we all vulnerable to
satan and sin.
Ezekiel 2:6-8 (GW)
Son of man,
don't be afraid of them or the things they say.
Don't be afraid, even though thorns and thistles are
around you and you live among scorpions. Don't let
the things they say frighten you. Don't be terrified
in their presence, even though they are rebellious
Speak my words to them whether they listen or not,
because they are rebellious.
But you, son of man, listen to what I say.
Don't be rebellious like those rebellious people.
Open your mouth, and eat what I am giving to you."
Ezekiel 3:17-21 (NLT)
"Son of man, I
have appointed you as a watchman for Israel.
Whenever you receive a message from me, pass it on
to the people immediately.
If I warn the wicked, saying, 'You are under
the penalty of death,' but you fail to deliver the
warning, they will die in their sins. And I will
hold you responsible, demanding your blood for
If you warn them and they keep on sinning and refuse
to repent, they will die in their sins. But you will
have saved your life because you did what you were
told to do.
If good people turn bad and don't listen to
my warning, they will die. If you did not warn them
of the consequences, then they will die in their
sins. Their previous good deeds won't help them, and
I will hold you responsible, demanding your blood
But if you warn them and they repent, they
will live, and you will have saved your own life,
often fail to heed the warnings of their mothers, so
will many who hear the warnings against satan and
III. TEACH OR TRAIN HER
One of the most important jobs a mother has is to teach and train her
children in order that they may lead a productive
One of the most important task the Church has is to
instruct and guide Believers in how to live a life
of victory and pleasing to God.
Some of the areas that a mother teaches and trains
her children in are:
Responsibilities within the family
Inter reaction with others.
Some of the areas that the Church teaches the
Knowing and understanding the Word of God.
And that ye may teach the
children of Israel all the statutes which the Lord
hath spoken unto them by the hand of Moses.
How to live a holy life.
1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover as for me, God forbid
that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to
pray for you: but I will teach you the good and the
How to be a productive and supportive member of the
How to conduct ourselves in a way that will attract
others to Christ.
Matthew 5:16 (NLT)
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out
for all to see, so that everyone will praise your
How we should respond to those both within and
without the Church.
Romans 12:18 (NLT)
Do your part
to live in peace with everyone, as much as possible.
1 Thessalonians 5:13 (NLT)
of them and give them your wholehearted love because
of their work. And remember to live peaceably with
Hebrews 12:14 (NLT)
Try to live
in peace with everyone, and seek to live a clean and
holy life, for those who are not holy will not see
Let us all seek to experience Motherhood within the church to not only
those in the church but also to those without.
“WE HAVE NO EXCUSE”
1 Corinthians 1:27, 29
But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty…That no flesh
should glory in his presence.
What is an excuse?
Do you believe in life after death? (Grandmother’s visit)
How often have we sought to find an excuse why we
didn’t do what we were supposed to do?
We will stand before God and have to give answer for
three different questions.
I. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH
God has provided for us the gift of Salvation through His Son, Jesus; what
have we done with this gift?
And Jesus answered and spake
unto them again by parables, and said, “The kingdom
of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a
marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants to
call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they
would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying,
Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared
my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and
all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But
they made light of it, and went their ways, one to
his farm, another to his merchandise: and the
remnant took his servants, and entreated them
spitefully, and slew them.
But when the king heard thereof, he was
wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed
those murderers, and burned up their city. Then
saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but
they which were bidden were not worthy.
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as
many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
So those servants went out into the highways,
and gathered together all as many as they found,
both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished
when the king came in to see the guests, he saw
there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and
he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither
not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer
darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of
teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen.”
No one will
have an excuse why the failed to accept Jesus Christ
as their Savior.
For the invisible things of him
from the creation of the world are clearly seen,
being understood by the things that are made, even
his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are
II. HOW HAVE WE TREATED
The proof of our faith is found in our actions.
By this shall all men know that
ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
The authenticity of our faith is not based on how
much we believe but rather how much we do.
If we fail to obey our faith is empty.
Matthew 25:31-46 “When
the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the
holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the
throne of his glory: and before him shall be
gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one
from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from
the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right
hand, but the goats on the left.
Then shall the King say unto them on his
right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit
the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I
was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger,
and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was
sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye
came unto me.
Then shall the righteous answer him, saying,
Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or
thirsty, and gave thee drink?
When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee
in? or naked, and clothed thee?
Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and
came unto thee?
And the King shall answer and say unto them,
Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have
done it unto me.
Then shall he say also unto them on the left
hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting
fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: for I
was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was
thirsty, and ye gave me no drink:
I was a stranger, and ye took me not in:
and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.
Then shall they also answer him, saying,
Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a
stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did
not minister unto thee?
Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I
say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of
the least of these, ye did it not to me.
And these shall go away into everlasting
punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.”
Are we sheep
or are we goats?
James 2:14-17 (NLT)
brothers and sisters, what's the use of saying you
have faith if you don't prove it by your actions?
That kind of faith can't save anyone.
Suppose you see a brother or sister who needs
food or clothing, and you say, "Well, good-bye and
God bless you; stay warm and eat well"—but then you
don't give that person any food or clothing. What
good does that do?
So you see, it isn't enough just to have
faith. Faith that doesn't show itself by good deeds
is no faith at all—it is dead and useless.
How do we react towards those who are in need?
III. HAVE WE DONE WITH WHAT
GOD GAVE US TO DO?
Have we sought to use the talents, time and treasure that God has given us
to further His Kingdom.
kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far
country, who called his own servants, and delivered
unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another
two, and to another one; to every man according to
his several ability; and straightway took his
journey. Then he that had received the five talents
went and traded with the same, and made them other
And likewise he that had received two, he
also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged
in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants
cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came
and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou
deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have
gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good
and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a
few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came
and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two
talents: behold, I have gained two other talents
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and
faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few
things, I will make thee ruler over many things:
enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent
came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an
hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and
gathering where thou hast not strawed: and I was
afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth:
lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou
wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I
reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not
strawed: thou oughtest therefore to have put my
money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I
should have received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give
it unto him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given,
and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath
not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into
outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing
We cannot allow fear to keep us from using our time, talent and treasure
for the cause of Christ.
Time: the women washing Jesus’ feet.
And one of the Pharisees desired
him that he would eat with him. And he went into the
Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat.
And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a
sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the
Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of
ointment, and stood at his feet behind him weeping,
and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe
them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his
feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Talent: Naaman’s wife’s servant girl.
2 Kings 5:2-3
And the Syrians had gone out by
companies, and had brought away captive out of the
land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on
Naaman's wife. And she said unto her mistress, Would
God my lord were with the prophet that is in
Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy.
Treasure: the widow’s mite.
Mark 12:42-43 And there came a certain poor
widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a
And he called unto him his disciples, and
saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this
poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which
have cast into the treasury:
Spirit led Creativity
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
Saturday, May 16 2009
"He gave him the plans of all that the
Spirit had put in his mind for the courts of the
temple of the LORD and all the surrounding rooms,
for the treasuries of the temple of God and for the
treasuries for the dedicated things" (1 Chronicles 28:12).
It is said of George Washington Carver that he got
up early in the morning each day to walk alone and
pray. He asked God how he was to spend his day and
what He wanted to teach him that day. Carver grew up
at the close of the Civil War in a one-room shanty
on the home of Moses Carver- the man who owned his
mother. The Ku Klux Klan had abducted him and his
mother, selling her to new owners. He was later
found and returned to his owner, but his mother was
never seen again.
Carver grew up at the height of racial
discrimination, yet he had overcome all these
obstacles to become one of the most influential men
in the history of the United States.
He made many discoveries with the use of peanuts and
sweet potatoes. However, after he recommended
farmers to plant peanuts and sweet potatoes instead
of cotton, he was led into his greatest trial. The
farmers lost even more money due to the lack of
market demand for peanuts and sweet potatoes. Carver
cried out to the Lord, "Mr. Creator, why did You
make the peanut?"
Many years later, he shared that God led him back to
his lab and worked with him to discover some 300
marketable products from the peanut. Likewise, he
made over 100 discoveries from the sweet potato.
These new products created a demand for peanuts and
sweet potatoes, and they were major contributors to
rejuvenating the Southern economy.
As he made new discoveries, he never became
successful monetarily. But during his lifetime, he
overcame great rejection for being black. He was
offered six-figure income opportunities from Henry
Ford, and he became friends with presidents of his
day, yet he knew what God had called him to do.
His epitaph read: "He could have added fortune to
fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and
honor in being helpful to the world."
Like Carver, each of us must connect with our
primary purpose in life. Pray that God allows you to
fully fulfill your purpose.
MAY 24, 2009
“LIVING AT GROUND LEVEL”
we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called
according to his purpose.
The book of Job is filled with questions.
question in the book of Job is not why do the
righteous suffer, but why do the righteous serve
How do we
react when we are blindsided by the storms of life
that seem to have no rhyme or reason?
Living at ground level we are unable to understand
why these things happen.
The story of Job gives us a view that is far above
There is a spiritual battle
going on that we are not aware of.
That Satan seeks to destroy
us by turning us away from following God.
Satan is limited by God in
what he can do against us.
We can be assured that God
is watching us in spite of the circumstances we are
Not all of us face the same kind of storm Job faced,
but we are all tried in the same way he was tried.
There are four questions found within the book of
Job that we must face at sometime in our life.
The story of Job can help us when we are faced these
situations that seek to overwhelm us.
Satan attacked Job on four fronts:
The first question:
God really worth it?
Job was considered a righteous man, not only by man’s standard but also by
Job 1:8 (NLT)
Then the Lord asked Satan, "Have you noticed my
servant Job? He is the finest man in all the earth—a
man of complete integrity. He fears God and will
have nothing to do with evil."
Often when facing life’s storms we question whether
or not it worth serving God.
Psalm 73:13-14 (NLT)
Was it for nothing that I kept my heart pure and
kept myself from doing wrong?
All I get is trouble all day long; every
morning brings me pain.
Job was a very wealthy man but lost
it all in one day.
The second question:
Do we love
God more than the things we posses?
Jesus asked Peter this question:
John 21:15 (NIV)
had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter,
"Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than
"Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you."
Jesus said, "Feed my lambs."
Luke 18:24-25 (NIV)
Jesus looked at him and said, "How hard it is for
the rich to enter the kingdom of God!
Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go
through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to
enter the kingdom of God."
Compare the Rich Young Ruler and Zacchaeus:
Luke 18:18-27 & Luke 19:1-10
The Rich Young Ruler was a Pharisee, Zacchaeus was a
Would we still serve God is we lost everything that
Not only did Job lose all his possessions he also lost his children and
his wife seemed to turn against him.
Job 2:9 (NIV) His wife said to him,
still holding on to your integrity? Curse God and
The third question:
willing to serve God when we must stand alone?
Matthew 10:36-38 (NLT)
Your enemies will be right in your own household!
If you love your father or mother more than
you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if
you love your son or daughter more than me, you are
not worthy of being mine.
If you refuse to take up your cross and
follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.
Job’s friends came and said it was because of Job’s sins that he was
suffering these calamities.
Matthew 5:11 (NIV)
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute
you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you
because of me.”
The fourth question:
willing to serve God even when people accuse us of
things that are not true and question our
relationship with God?
THE SECRET BEHIND JOB’S VICTORY: He had a daily living relationship with God before all this happened.
You may deepen your knowledge of God in a crisis,
but it is a poor time to try to find Him.
The story of Job is filled with many questions that
are not answered.
Deuteronomy 29:29 (NLT)
"There are secret things that belong to the Lord our
God, but the revealed things belong to us and our
descendants forever, so that we may obey these words
of the law.
Too often we struggle trying to find answers to
questions that are only known to God.
Remember the main question found in Job is:
not why do the righteous suffer but rather, why do the righteous serve
One of the great lessons of Job is that not all
suffering is deserved.
Suffering is not always a consequence of direct
personal sin, but it is always the result of living
in a fallen world.
Job’s suffering came not because he was sinful but
because he was righteous.
Another lesson we can learn is that suffering may be
undeserved but it is never purposeless.
John 9:2-3 (NLT)
"Teacher," his disciples asked him, "Why was this
man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or
those of his parents?" "It was not because of his
sins or his parents' sins," Jesus answered. "He was
born blind so the power of God could be seen in him.
Are we willing to suffer that God’s glory might be
Another question we must address: Can we believe and trust in the sovereignty of God?
Can God always be trusted even when we don’t
understand what He is doing?
And we know that all things work together for
good to them that love God, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
CONCLUSION: He had prepared himself for the storms of live by developing a strong
faith in God before the storms hit.
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the
footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst
thou contend with horses? and if in the land of
peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee,
then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
Because we live a ground level we must understand
three things when we are experiencing the storms of
God has a right to do what He does: He is sovereign.
God has a reason for what He does: He is good and wise.
God has a goal in all He does: He is fair and gracious.
MAY 31, 2009
“THE POWER OF GOD’S WORD”
word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
How valuable or important is the Word of God to you?
Many Christians fail to place much or any importance
on the Word of God.
Our attitude towards the Word of God and the value
we place upon it is revealed by how much we read and
apply to our lives.
The Word of God is the greatest tool a Christian has
but unless we know how to use it, it will profit us
There are many functions of the Word of God in the
life of the Believer; one of them is to keep the
Believer from sin.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Sin will keep us for God’s Word and God’s Word will keep us from sin.
There are three things required from us if we are to
use the Word of God to keep us from sin.
We must know the Word of God.
We must believe the Word of God.
We must obey the Word of God.
I. KNOWING GOD’S WORD.
There are three steps in knowing God’s Word.
READING OR HEARING GOD’S
The Jews will read or recite God’s Word out loud.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by
the word of God.
There is no way we can learn the Word of God unless
we spend time in God’s Word.
STUDYING GOD’S WORD.
2 Timothy 2:15
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the
word of truth.
How can we live a life that is pleasing to God if we
don’t know His Word and the way it seeks to guide
Psalm 119:9 (NLT)
How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word and following its rules.
The more we know God’s Word the brighter will be our
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
MEDITATING ON GOD’S WORD.
This book of the law shall not depart out of
thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and
night, that thou mayest observe to do according to
all that is written therein: for then thou shalt
make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins;
let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be
upright, and I shall be innocent from the great
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation
of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my
strength, and my redeemer.
One of the meanings of the Hebrew word meditate, means to mutter.
The question we must ask is, what is God saying in
the passage and how does it affect me?
II. WE MUST BELIEVE GOD’S
Knowing God’s Word is not enough, we must also believe God’s Word.
Unless we believe God’s Word we will not value what
God’s Word teaches.
WE MUST BELIEVE THAT IT
IS GOD’S WORD.
WE MUST BELIEVE THAT WHAT
IS SAYS IT TRUE.
WE MUST BELIEVE THAT IT
IS RELEVANT FOR TODAY.
WE MUST BELIEVE THAT IT
IS SPEAKING TO US.
III. WE MUST OBEY GOD’S
It will do us not good if we know, believe but do not obey.
James 1:22 (NLT)
And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to
listen to. If you don't obey, you are only fooling
Matthew 7:24-27 (NLT)
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is
wise, like a person who builds a house on solid
Though the rain comes in torrents and the
floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that
house, it won't collapse, because it is built on
But anyone who hears my teaching and ignores it is
foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.
When the rains and floods come and the winds
beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty
IV. COMPARING TWO
Adam and Jesus both face temptation, but what made the difference between
Adam’s failure and Jesus victory.
It was not
Adam’s temptation took place in a garden
Jesus’ temptation took place in the desert.
It was not the person:
Adam was created without sin.
Jesus was born without sin.
Jesus did not face temptation as the Son of God but rather as the Son of
Adam was with Eve.
Jesus was alone.
What made the difference?
It was how they used or didn’t use the Word of God.
Adam knew the Word of God.
Lord God took the man, and put him into the Garden
of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying,
Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that
thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
Jesus knew the Word of God
NOTE: Jesus learned the Word of God by reading and studying it as a young man.
Adam & Eve did not believe the Word of God.
Jesus believed the Word of God.
Had Adam & Eve truly believe the Word of God they never would have yielded
to Satan’s temptation.
Adam & Eve disobeyed the Word of God.
Jesus obeyed the Word of God.
The more we know God’s Word, the more we believe God’s Word, the more we
obey God’s Word; the greater will be our victory
All I Really Need To Know I
Learned in Kindergarten; Robert Flughum: Villard
Books, New York. Pg. 83