God’s Transformational Word
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Let us lift up praise to our Lord and God this morning. Let us bring our hearts before Him in reverent worship. Let us seek His truth and desire to leave with a greater understanding of His ways and how we might walk more closely with Him. Let us offer a sacrifice of praise this morning.
Psalm 86: 8-13 8 Among the gods there is none like you, Lord; no deeds can compare with yours.
9 All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, Lord; they will bring glory to your name. 10 For
you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. 11 Teach me your way, LORD,
that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever. 13
For great is your love toward me;
When you were little how did you determine what was true? Who told you what is true, what to believe and follow?
More then likely your parents or maybe grandparents or whoever was raising you. When we’re very little our whole
world as we know it revolves around those closest to us and how they are shaping us. They are our source of truth,
what is right and wrong, what is good and bad and who to follow.
Were you ever shocked to find out the truth you knew was not everyone else’s truth as you went to school or over
to a friend’s house? You would quickly see how many different “truths” there were and that was a relative term.
Like that some people make spaghetti sauce from a box-I don’t even know if that’s a thing anymore but I remember
eating at a friend’s house in grade school and wondered why was their sauce so different then my mom’s sauce?
Then I saw a box sitting out and thought what is that? How do you make spaghetti from a box? No offense if you
do-it just blew my mind!
Or maybe the “truth” that your purple corduroy purple pants that you were told were very stylish,,,didn’t really
seem to be accurate as you looked around the playground and saw no other purple corduroy pants.
Or that girls don’t ever belch…tell that to the girl who let an awful one go right by my ear in elementary school. It
still haunts me. Apparently, she hadn’t heard that truth.
As I grew a little older and we moved to Rio, I also learned the truth that being a female cop was a pretty rare thing
once you left Madison, or other larger cities. For most of my life, that is who my mom was and it was my truth-men
and women served all shifts, all positions as cops. But it was not an understood or even accepted truth for many
around here in the late 80’s.
Maybe for some who were shifted into mom and dad living in different homes it was learning what is a truth in one
home is not necessarily a truth in the other home. That could be really confusing for kids and is today no doubt as
parents share custody-unless the parents are highly focused on communication and committing to shared beliefs in
raising their children. When it’s not-who do you listen to? Whose truth wins out?
Maybe it was learning that not all homes are fighting all the time. Maybe you experienced and learned some homes
were not loud but peaceful, and they spoke kindly to one another or offered encouraging words and that was
something you never knew….or maybe you were on the flip side and one of your friends experienced what you had
in that loving environment and saw a whole new truth revealed. There was a different way people lived and treated
The point is when we are young, we are heavily influenced and shaped by those who are closest to us and
what they teach us in word and actions become our truth. Our world is very small. As we begin to venture out
into the world through school, with friends, through sports and other interests, maybe with jobs…we begin to see
and experience things beyond what we knew to be true. Some of it is good and some of it is not good for us at all.
It can be confusing to sort through, overwhelming and exhausting at times.
Who are we to listen to? What is true-really? What is good?
I mean even parents who are truly committed to offering a loving, safe and encouraging environment for your
children, isn’t that overwhelming at times to try to figure out what is good in all areas of their lives? It’s a lot of
pressure to raise children, especially if you are feeling like you have to define all these truths on your own. We can
try and we do, but we run out of understanding. We run out of know how. We have questions come up we have no
idea how to answer or deal with.
Who defines what is good? Just look around in our culture today and you will find endless definitions of “good.”
Thankfully, as believers we don’t have to define “good” on our own. We have God, our Creator, our Father, and
Teacher to show us what is good, according to His standards, not an ever-changing worldly standard.
A ruler asked Jesus how he could inherit eternal life and he called Jesus, Good Teacher.
Luke 18: 18-19 18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 19 “Why do you
call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Jesus was making it clear goodness is only found in God, so we must look to Him to learn what is good and
what is truth as He defines it.
The awesome thing is we have an open invitation to learn of His truth as we come to know Jesus.
Jesus says this to be so in John 14:6, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life! No one comes to the Father
except through Me.”
So in this final message in this series, let’s hear the great importance of the Word of God as our Truth-as our guiding light, as our anchor to keep us from being pulled in all directions, as our hope to be secure in.
The more we read, the more we discuss it, the more we press into it, the greater truth will be revealed. This is God’s heart for us- to come to the fullness of Christ in us. We do this by coming to know and live by His Truth as He would have
us know it.
We’re going to look at the apostle Paul’s words to his mentor and son in the faith, Timothy. He taught Timothy all
that had been made known to him both in word and through his actions. He was imparting a message of
encouragement and steadfastness to younger Timothy. He was letting him know there will tough days ahead, that
he would be tested greatly and to remain in the truth that he knew and was convinced of in his heart. We all need
this word of encouragement and reminder because we too are being tested.
The days are hard. I pray we all have the Word as our foundation and anchor to run to and stand in as our truth.
2 Timothy 3: 10-17 NASB
10 Now you followed my teaching, conduct, purpose, faith, patience, love, perseverance, 11 persecutions, and sufferings, such as happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, and at Lystra; what persecutions I endured, and out of them all the Lord rescued me! 12 Indeed, all who want to live in a godly way in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. 13 But evil people and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. 14 You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them, 15 and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is inspired by God and beneficial for teaching, for rebuke, for correction, for training in
righteousness; 17 so that the man or woman of God may be fully capable, equipped for every good work.
1. Timeless Standard
God’s Word is Truth. It is ageless and has always existed. Remember in John 1, “In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God and the Word was God.”
His Word is not a trend or a fad-here today or gone tomorrow, it is eternal.
The Word has always been and will always be. It has been around in our recordings for thousands of years. The
principles have remained the same-His law and His ways. How people have chosen to interpret it across the
generations has varied but He gave it to His people with the intent that it be what determines culture-not having
culture determine what of His Word we adhere to or not.
God is the source of wisdom. It is God who gives wisdom, in greater measure to those who seek to grow in
Proverbs 2:6 For the LORD gives wisdom; From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.
Our standard comes from God for He is the source of knowledge and understanding.
When we don’t know how to answer those questions from our children, or help them through a difficult time as they are growing up, or how to reach our spouse who seems very distant, or how to comfort our aging parents and remove fear of all they are losing, or why we are enduring such a difficult trial…. From His mouth comes knowledge and
We find our answers in His Word, as we invite the Spirit to give us understanding.
Proverbs 8 teaches us about wisdom-in fact many of the proverbs talk about the importance of gaining the
wisdom of God and making that our greatest treasure above silver and gold (our bank accounts), above our
titles and status, above our appearance and how we look to others- get wisdom because wisdom will be your
safeguard. Wisdom will protect you. Wisdom will bring you favor. Wisdom will bring you prosperity and
peace. Here is what we learn about wisdom:
Proverbs 8: 22-23 22 “The LORD created me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old.
23 From eternity I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth.
There is no greater source of wisdom to turn to and seek to gain then that of the Word of God.
Psalm 119:142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, And Your Law is truth.
There are many brilliant people in this world and we can surely learn much from others-and I do, as I’m sure
you do too. I love to learn from others and glean from their brilliance, but we must have a foundation of
wisdom to discern all that we are learning from others. We need a measure and a standard. God’s Word is that
standard that is relevant for every generation and every age.
2. Sorts Out Confusion
With all these varying truths we have discovered in our lives, so many people speaking into us and at us, social
media being blasted at us, the news-it’s a lot of voices all shouting and it can get really confusing. Who do we listen
We all need one voice to listen to as an anchor to the many voices that will be speaking as we go throughout our
lives. Hopefully, we are blessed with many voices that affirm the One True Voice that we come to know. But we
also know there will be many who won’t. Their words will cut us, confuse us, cause us to doubt, cause us to
question who we are, cause us to question life even and we need that anchor to measure all that we hear against. If
we don’t have that, we are lost like a ship out to sea.
A woman in one of my small groups was saying she learned from a pilot when the clouds are thick they cannot look
out their windshield-because they won’t see but it can also make them sick so they are trained to focus on their
instrument panel and let the instruments solely be their guide. God’s Word is our instrument panel for life-all of
life’s questions and difficulties. We need to train ourselves to tune in, focus on it and come to understand it more
and more as we walk with Him.
Psalm 119:130 The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Notice the words, the unfolding of Your words…. This implies we will not know in one sitting or in one
period of time. This teaches us we have to keep coming back and trust God will continue to reveal more and
more as we are ready and committed to knowing His truth.
Jesus told His disciples “I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when he, the
Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth.” John 16: 12-14.
We have to bring a humble heart admitting we don’t have full understanding and a teachable spirit saying Lord
show me what is good, show me what is true and a willingness then to accept and follow what He says, for He
is good. He alone defines what is good.
Proverbs 9: 8-10 8 Do not rebuke a scoffer, or he will hate you; Rebuke a wise person and he will love you.
9 Give instruction to a wise person and he will become still wiser; Teach a righteous person and he
will increase his insight. 10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy
One is understanding.
Part of why we might remain confused is because we don’t really want to change our views; we don’t really
want to know truth as God wants us to know it because then it will change our world and how we have to
operate in our world. But if we can remember God is love, He is good, He is sovereign, it is He who created the
world, not the world who created Him, then we can find willingness to say, I want to understand as You would
have me know it Lord. Show me and grant me greater understanding. We can learn to trust that even if His
truth is different then what we knew truth to be or want it to be, it is so because He knows what is best.
God promises in Psalm 32:8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with
my loving eye on you.
1 Corinthians 2:13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom.
Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.
This is encouragement for us because as we read words penned by Paul and others in the new testament for
how we are to live as children of God and build His church-we can trust this is not just a group of guys getting
together to determine how things should be. It is revelation knowledge given to them by God so we might
follow after His heart.
3. Examines Our Heart
One of the hardest, most wonderful things about reading and meditating upon the Word of God is how He convicts
our hearts. His Word will instantly stop us in our self-justifying tracks and say hold up… what’s your motive here.
Who is getting the glory when you are acting this way? How are you emulating my heart, remember you are made
in My image. How are you loving others as I love them?
Proverbs 21:2 People may be right in their own eyes, but the LORD examines their heart.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates
even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
This can be painful to walk through at times because His Word will cause us to look at ourselves in ways we
don’t want to, to see the darkness that lurks within our heart, the evil within us towards others and calls us to
live better, free from that, to let that self die and grab hold of the life we have in Christ.
You see we must always remember; God’s greatest concern and purpose is for us to be made holy as He is
holy. His Word is the lamp unto our feet that shows us the path to holiness.
John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.
Conclusion: God’s Word is Truth and the standard by which to measure all things. His Word sorts out deception,
lies and schemes of the enemy. It gives us direction to keep us from harm and show us the way to life abundant in
Christ. His Word transforms our heart to the likeness of God.
Let’s pray. May this be our morning prayer as we meet God in His Word. Psalm 143:8 8 Let the morning bring me
word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my
Father God, we thank You that You have set a standard of truth for all generations to follow-that is relevant in every age for You God are pure, holy, good and love. In You there is no darkness, only light. Your Word is our measure to discern all other information by, to guide us in our decisions, to keep us safe from harm, to fill us with hope and to teach us how to live life abundant through Your Son, Jesus Christ. Sanctify us more and more in Your truth Lord. Purify our hearts. Enlighten us with the light of life. Help us to read, meditate and speak Your Word of Truth over our lives and let us encourage others with Your Truth also, in love, as You do for us. We bless Your holy name Jesus. We exalt Lord on High. We commit our hearts to follow You and live according to Your Word of Truth. Teach us Your ways and grant us a teachable spirit that we are willing to learn and receive. In Your name Jesus we pray. Amen.
Final Blessing: Psalm 121: 7-8 The LORD will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;
the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.