God Speaks Through His Word

5 Scriptures regarding what the WORD of GOD does:

Psalm 19:7-11“The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; 9 the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 11 Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them, there is a great reward.”

2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”

Psalm 1 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,  and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore, the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.”

Hebrews 4:12-13 – “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”

1 Peter 1:22-2:3 – “Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;” 24 for “All flesh is like grass  and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” (cf: Isaiah 40:6-8) And this word is the good news that was preached to you. So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it, you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

8 Problems with the Word of God today

  1. People don’t value it
    • Proverbs 4:20-22 “My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body.”
    • The Bible is available on any smartphone, tablet, or computer in 1228 VERSIONS and 895 DIFFERENT LANGUAGES
    • An accurate estimate is that over 5 billion copies of the Bible have been printed.
    • “If you believe what you like in the Gospel, and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself.” – St. Augustine
  2. People don’t read it
    • 1 Timothy 4:13“Until I get there, focus on reading the Scriptures to the church, encouraging the believers, and teaching them.”
  3. People don’t understand it
    • 2 Timothy 2:15“Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.”
    • “The Bible is very easy to understand. But we Christians are a bunch of scheming swindlers. We pretend to be unable to understand it because we know very well that the minute we understand, we are obliged to act accordingly.” – Soren Kierkegaard
    • Luke 24:45“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,”
  4. People don’t meditate upon it
    • Joshua 1:8“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”
  5. People don’t know it
    • Psalm 119:11 “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”
    • Acts 17:11 “Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.”
  6. People don’t follow it
    • Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
    • Psalm 119:9“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word.”
  7. People don’t share it
    • Acts 17:2 “And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures,”
    • Isaiah 55:10-11“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
  8. People don’t teach it
    • Colossians 3:16“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”
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