November 19, 2022
- Pastor Karrie Landsverk
- Thanksgiving Series
- Deuteronomy 28:13
- Deuteronomy 29:29
- Deuteronomy 30:19
- Exodus 34: 6-7
- Hebrews 1: 3
- Isaiah 55: 2-3
- Isaiah 57:15
- John 1: 1-5
- John 1: 14-18
- John 6: 63
- Proverbs 4: 20-22
- Abundant Life
- Christ in us
- Divine Love
- Divine Truth
- Eternal Life
- Everlasting Father
- Following God
- Forgiveness of Sin
- Free From Our Past
- God in Truth
- God's Love
- God's Promises
- God's Word
- His Truth
- Knowing God
- Living Gospel Church
His Mighty Word
Sunday, November 20, 2022
How many of you are grateful for God’s Word today?
Every one of us here has access to His Word in a multitude of ways. Just coming off of our visit with Gideon, Ken Manthey, we hear of so many people who are overwhelmed with joy to have a copy of God’s Word in their hands. We hear testimonies from those who were about to take their lives out of sheer hopelessness and a great cloud of
darkness over them, but God’s Word was given to them by someone or they came across it in a hotel room and His Word breathed life and hope into them.
I pray we always have a heart that rejoices in hearing and reading God’s Word.
But I would venture to guess there have been times in your life, you haven’t thought much about God’s Word, didn’t care to read it, didn’t pay much attention to it, and certainly didn’t thank God for the access we have to it.
Can you remember such a time? I can. We didn’t grow up reading the Bible or even talking about the Bible and the truths within it. We certainly had morals and knew right from wrong, but I didn’t know what the Bible was really all about. It was a great big book that I didn’t understand and never thought much about. I was ignorant of the most amazing gift we have been given- most of our family was- and I had no idea that within these pages I would discover a most awesome God, a loving Father, a Wonderful Counselor, a Healer, a Savior, and the sweetest friend I’ll ever know.
What I didn’t know but would discover, was the Word is a person, and that person loves me beyond my understanding and desires a relationship with me. That person gave His life for me and shed His blood in my place, so my debt for my sin was paid in full and canceled out before our Holy God. Incredible! That person is all-powerful and overcame death and the grave and is my resurrected Savior, alive and well, reigning supreme for all eternity, and because He lives, I too live anew in Him! That person I was before coming to know Him and receive Him as my Savior, is gone and I am a new creation made in His image, to reflect His love and light in this world.
I learned in His Word that all my mistakes and shortcomings are forgiven and covered in His grace. I don’t live in guilt and shame for things I wished I never did or said- I live in the freedom that came through His death and resurrection. Through His spotless bloodshed that washes away my sin.
As a believer, we know these things in our heads, but it’s only when let these truths penetrate our hearts and ponder the magnitude of what all this means in our lives, that we come to a place of rejoicing over His Word and seeing it as the treasure it is!
Reading the Word of God has become for me like the most exciting treasure hunt I could ever go on because He is always revealing something new, a different nugget of truth, a new perspective of who He is, and who I am as a child of God, a new understanding of how to step into the freedom we are promised, a greater awareness of cultural context and a deepening of my love for God. The more I read, the more I want to read and know. This is a growing hunger within my spirit to draw closer to the One who is the Word.
This is what God desires for all of us as His children-that we hunger after His Word, we search through it like a treasure we want to discover, and we desire to know Him more as He makes Himself known to us. This month in November and giving thanks, may a spark ignite in our hearts, and may we fan the flame in our hearts to desire
God’s Word even more and see it for what it is our life source.
You have heard this Scripture many times over most likely. Listen today with fresh ears and let our hearts receive a fresh infilling from the Holy Spirit regarding the Word of God, which is our Word of Life.
John 1: 1-5, 14-18 NIV
In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John testified concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”) 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.
Jesus Christ is the Word. The Word is a person who is alive and dwells in us. When we are reading God’s Word, we are hearing from a living person, speaking to us and transforming us. It is not a storybook from ancient days that is irrelevant to
today. These are truths spoken by our Creator that stand for all time and are the basis for which we live, move, and have our being. When we have questions-we come to His Word. When we are confused, we come to His Word. When we are stuck, we come to His Word. Eternal truths are revealed and point us in the direction we should go.
There are three points I want to emphasize about the Word today.
- Breathes Life Have there been times you have either read or heard the Word of God and nothing resonated with you? Did it fall flat? In fact, you don’t even recall what you read when you finished a paragraph? Probably we all have if we’re being honest. This most likely happens when we are reading His Word as a
checklist of what all good Christians should do, or because someone told us to do it, but we don’t engage our hearts or ask the Spirit to manifest these truths into our minds and hearts. We read but we don’t gain divine revelation. We read, but we don’t receive.
Then there are times when our hearts have been prepared when we invite the Spirit to move in us and we ask God for divine understanding and it’s like a floodgate of truth is opened and we see things differently, we think
differently, and we feel more alive. We feel this way because we have just breathed in the Word of Life.
John 6:63 NIV 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.
The Bible, the Word of God, is our life source and fills us with life that comes from Him when we call upon the Holy Spirit to move in us. We can pray to be enlightened with the light of life and the Spirit will breathe on us through the Word and bring life to our dry bones. God calls us into His Word, to eat of it, to take it in as nourishment, and says as we do it will be the richest of foods we’ll ever dine on.
Isaiah 55: 2-3 NIV Listen, listen to me and eat what is good, and you will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; listen, that you may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David.
God says come to Me, listen to what I have to say, listen to what I will teach you, and receive what I will show you so you might live. He confirms this with a promise of the same covenant with us as we follow Him, that He made with David- His faithful love poured out into our lives.
Proverbs 4: 20-22 NIV 20 My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words. 21 Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; 22 for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
We are to keep His Word in our hearts-why- because in our hearts is where we experience transformation. Rivers of living water will flow from his heart. (John 7:38) Transformation will not happen solely if we keep His Word in our heads. We might feel obligated to follow His ways to some degree, but it’s our heart that drives
our actions. It’s in our heart God wants His Word sealed so we can experience what life abundant in Christ truly means.
- Reflects Him The Word, the Bible, reflects God and shows us who He is.
Have you ever been surprised to see a side of God you did not know about until you read that portion of Scripture, or had someone show you a whole different perspective? I had such a limited understanding of God so it has been
an amazing journey to see the depths of who our God is! Maybe you are someone who only saw God as someone of wrath and judgment-not kind or loving. Maybe you didn’t know how personal He is-you felt He was unapproachable. Maybe that is all you heard growing up and you
were afraid of Him. Maybe you have only heard of God as loving and forgiving and therefore have a hard time understanding why harsh things happen in our world-why there is judgment if He is so loving. The beautiful thing about His Word is God shows us exactly who He is, in the fullness He desires to make known to us as we seek to know Him more. Let’s look at a few examples we discover in His Word. Exodus 34: 6-7 NKJV 6 And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity
and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.”
So this Scripture gives us a pretty full depiction of God and why He is God and we are not. First, He is God-He tells us this, then we see His heart and His amazing grace and kindness to us-all humanity. We see His purposes and
His faithful promises. We see we can believe His Word because what He says, will prevail. We also see He is holy and cannot tolerate sin and that sin will be judged and dealt with. He is just and we must remember that. We can’t
disregard His ways and do whatever we want and foolishly think there won’t be any consequences or punishment. We also learn here that our sin tendencies get passed down from generation to generation. Not the guilt of our ancestors, but the same tendencies towards sin is passed down. His Word tells us this as a warning, so we might know this and pray against this iniquity within our families. We don’t have to just accept it and let it destroy us because we have a merciful, gracious, loving God abounding in goodness and truth and willing to forgive! His Word gives us information, truth, and a way to be free from our sins. His Word gives us the invitation to come to
our holy God to receive forgiveness and redemption. It’s beautiful.
Isaiah 57:15 NIV For this is what the high and exalted One says—he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.
In this Scripture, we have affirmed by God that He is holy, high, and exalted above all. This is how we are to revere Him as the exalted One. He lives in the high and holy place but we also see He chooses to dwell with the lowly in
spirit or the humble in heart. Why? So He can revive the spirit and revive the heart! What an awesome God we serve! He loves us and He desires for us to live fully in Him! So He makes His home in our hearts so He might show us how to live to the fullest.
In this third example, we learn that Jesus, the Son of God is the exact representation of God Himself in the flesh so we might see and know God. Did you know that or think about that much growing up? Or did you see them as completely different beings? One a God of wrath. One a God of love. Look at what His Word teaches us.
Hebrews 1:3 NIV 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.
Everything we read about Jesus while He walked the earth reveals to us who God is, for He is God in the flesh and He only spoke and did the things the Father showed Him. The more we read His Word, the more we study Jesus the Son of God, and the more we come to see and know God Almighty. This is why I can call Him the sweetest friend I’ll ever know because He has become that to me. I have invited Him into my heart and let Him show me who He is to me. And He faithfully does so.
- Reveals Truth-that Sets us Free! He tells us how to deal with this in His Word so we might come under His blessing. Because of His Word, we don’t have to live in ignorance just accepting whatever life throws at us. We don’t have to live in bondage to sin. We don’t have to give in to temptations. We don’t have to live under a cloud of darkness. We don’t have to merely exist or get by. Because of Jesus, who is the Word, we can live life abundantly in Him! And He shows us how!
Look at these promises spoken to all who follow God:
Deuteronomy 28:13 NIV 13 The LORD will make you the head, not the tail. If you pay attention to the commands of the LORD your God that I give you this day and carefully follow them, you will always be at the top, never at the bottom.
This is a powerful promise and truth. Notice it is conditional. All of God’s blessings are conditional which is why it’s so important for us to read His Word and in prayer ask for God to enlighten us to understand His ways. If we follow His commands, if we yield to Him, and let His Spirit guide us, we will always be at the top, never at the bottom. So when we find ourselves at the bottom, or we’re the tail, not the head, in aspects of our lives, we would be wise to reflect and ask God to show us where we are not following Him. “Where have I gone off on my own, where have I disobeyed-show me to so I can return to You.”
Deuteronomy 29: 29 NIV 29 The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law. A promise-what God reveals to us and makes known to us belongs to us and not only us, but our children-forever. These truths can’t be taken from us. They are ours forever. The responsibility, however, is for us read His Word so
we come to know and understand what is truly ours as a redeemed child of God. Then speak these promises over our lives and that of our children. That is the power of His Word-to speak it by faith and manifest these promises into our lives. It is by faith, these promises are fulfilled in our lives.
Our God is holy, righteous, just, loving, gracious, and merciful. He is wonderful beyond our imagination in every way. In His supremacy, He places before all mankind a choice-oh that we might hear His heart and choose wisely.
Deuteronomy 30:19 NIV 19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.
Let us choose life abundant in Christ! Let us eat of His Word that is life. Let us see it for the treasure it is.
Conclusion: Jesus is the Word. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Let us remain in Him, following Him, and living
set free in His truth and light. Let us thank God for His Mighty Word who breathes life into us! Let us also speak His Word of
life into others and bless them. Our words are powerful also -so let us choose them wisely.
Final Blessing: Colossians 3: 16-17 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. And
whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus,