The Discipline Of God's Word
INTRODUCTION: It would be difficult to decide between prayer and study of God's Word as to which one is more important. Both of these disciplines are critical in establishing and maintaining an intimate personal relationship with God. They are the two daily disciplines which provide the foundation- for every other area of our Christian walk. When they are present or weak, then we are vulnerable to defeat and compromise.
First Scripture - minister fear than comfort
Common denominator of those who fall away
- apathy or rejection of God's word
- Deut. 6:6-9
- Matt. 4
- II Thess. 2:1-12
- in accordance with Satan's activity
- all deception
- did not love the truth
THE MODEL OF JESUS
Luke 2:47 - At the age of twelve, Jesus was aggressively learning the Scriptures.
Luke 4 - The basis for Jesus' victory over Satan was His knowledge and ry of Scripture.
Mark 12:34 - Jesus' understanding of the Scriptures gave Him a basis of true authority in teaching the people as well as the ability to detect and refute false religions.
Matthew 4:4 - Jesus prioritized knowing every detail of God's word above eating for physical nourishment. (John4 - Jesus demonstrates this same priority in doing God's will before He cared for His own needs.)
John 5:30 - Jesus based every action, word and deed in His life by God's word. He initiated nothing apart from God's objective and subjective guidance.
I. The Power of God's Word
Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and (is) a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (KJV)
Living - you read it and it reads you - powerful in our lives!
The Power of: spiritual surgery - standard of truth and total security!
II Timothy 3:16 - All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and train ...
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