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Randy Skeete

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Randy Skeete

Evangelist and revivalist from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

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  • February 2, 2013
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4:00 Holy Father in heaven, as I deliver the word to Your people, grant me Your spirit, grant me utterance, I think of Exodus 12:4 when You said to Moses “now therefore go and I will be with thy mouth and teach thee what thou shalt say.” Be with my mouth, be with my mind, teach me what to say, help me to say it clearly, help me to seek Your glory, and nothing else. In Jesus’ name I pray amen.

 

04:30 1 Corinthians 10:1 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.” 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ?” 1 Corinthians 6:16 “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body?” 1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is …” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren…” 2 Peter 3:8 “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” 1 Corinthians 5:6—let’s read the second sentence not the first—“Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” Ephesians 1:15-20 “Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, 16Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers; 17That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him: 18The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of His calling, and what the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. 20Which He wrought in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead…” I want an intelligent, perceptive, pursuant person to tell me what is it I wanted you to observe from all those verses? (God does not want us to be ignorant)—let’s express it positively—God wants us to know and to be wise. 1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God…” 1 Corinthians 6:15 “Know ye not that your bodies are the members of Christ…” 1 Corinthians 6:16 “What? know ye not that he which is joined to an harlot is one body...” 1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God…” 1 Corinthians 10:1 “Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant…” 1 Thessalonians 4:13 “But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep…” The Bible wants us to know. There is no room in God's plan for ignorant people, who have the opportunity to know. John 17:3 “And this is life eternal, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom Thou hast sent.” 2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: 2Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.” Grace and peace be multiplied—give me a synonym for multiplied (increased) (abundance), yes. The Bible says grace and peace are multiplied in our lives through the knowledge of God, and Jesus our Saviour. 2 Peter 1:3 “According as His divine power hath given to us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him that hath called us to glory and virtue.” My friends, my brothers and sisters, an ignorant Christian is a member of the church but not a child of God. And by ignorant I mean someone who refuses to study God's Word. I know most people come to church to hear that they’re nice and God loves them and Jesus loves them and all the angels love them, fine; but you need to hear some harsh things sometimes. Someone who is willingly ignorant of the word of God may be a member of the church but not a child of God. 2 Peter 3:5 “For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old…”—willful, deliberate, intentional ignorance—I am too busyI have no timeI have other responsibilities—the benefits of which seem clearer to me and more obvious than to study Revelation 14:6-12. Ignorance is death. Knowledge received into the life is life. Education p. 126.4 “The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God. This word imparts power, it begets life.” Power to do what? I’ll ask you a question to help you answer this easy question. Are there some sins with which you struggle? Are there some weaknesses with which we struggle? We love God but we struggle? “This word imparts power, it begets life.” What does “beget” mean? to give birth to. “This word imparts power, it begets life. Every command is a promise; accepted by the will”—a conscious choice for God’s word—“received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One”—who is the Infinite One? God—“accepted by the will, received into the soul, it brings with it the life of the Infinite One”—the very life of God is communicated to us through His word, the very life of God—“It transforms the nature and re-creates the soul in the image of God.” {Ed 13:126.4} This word. God’s desire for us is to know. 1 John 5:13 “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” We are suppose to know. Our relationship with God cannot be based on guesswork because there is no peace; there is no sense of security. If you have a boyfriend or a girlfriend and you’re guessing does he love me? Where is your security? You have none because when he is absent, where is he? You want to know that that man/woman loves you with an exclusiveness as if no other woman/man exists on the face of the earth. Now you are secure. And so the Bible says that ye may know and not guess that ye have eternal life. Eternal life is in Christ. 1 John 5:11 “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son”—but where is His Son? (in heaven interceding for sinners) He is conducting His High Priestly ministry, His intercessory work which we need to understand so we can live with confidence spiritually. His Son is human also God but human. Because the Son is also human He cannot be everywhere. Christ cannot be everywhere because He's chosen to keep human form. He still has it. 1 Timothy 2:5 the Bible says “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” There is one mediator the man Jesus—about 25 years after Christ rose up Paul wrote that. Colossians 2:9 “For in Him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.” Christ is still physical. When He rose from the grave, the disciples would not believe He was real and He said in Luke 24:39 (last part:) “for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see Me have.” (Luke 24:39 first part:) “Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see.” (Luke 24:40:) “And when He had thus spoken, he showed them His hands and His feet.” He went up to heaven with flesh and bones, not as a spirit (Luke 24:51) because of that Christ cannot dwell in us in His present condition. He dwells in us in another way. John 15:7 tells us how “If ye abide in Me, and My words abide in you...”—let’s go to earlier verses so we can understand verse 7. John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you…”—that’s the way it functions. Keep this in mind. You need this when you get to verse 7. John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you…” John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me, and I in him...” So we have this expressed again: you in Me and I in you. Verse 7 again: “If ye abide in Me”—Do we have that in verse 4? (Yes.)  Do we have that in verse 5? (Yes.)  “If ye abide in Me and My words abide in you...”— Do we have “My words” in verse 4? (No.) John 15:4 “Abide in Me, and I in you…” John 15:5 “I am the vine, ye are the branches: he that abideth in Me…” which is the same thing as “abide in Me” in verse 4 “and I in him...” So we have verses 4 and 5 “abide in Me and I in you.”  John 15:7 “If ye abide in Me”—yes we have that in verse 4 and in verse 5—“and My words abide in you...”—we do not have that in verse 4 or 5. What do we have in verse 4? “I in you.” And what does “I in you” mean in verse 7? “My words” abide in you. Then how does Christ abide in us? through His word. (Amen!) I am trying to develop in your heart a love for God’s Word and the excitement of Bible study. The thrill of putting 2 + 2 together and coming up with? (22) You get 4 in this world but Bible study gives you 22. John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter that He may abide with you forever…” When you read the Bible look at every word, every phrase, every clause, every sentence put them together brick by brick. John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another”—if I say let me give you another drink it presupposes that you’ve had one before. A sister brought me a drink. Half hour later she brings me another drink.  The first time she could not use the word another but the second time she could. When Jesus says “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter...” Jesus is implying that they had a comforter before this other one. Who was that first comforter? Jesus Christ. There are two words for another in Greek. One means another of the same kind. The other word means another of a different kind. For example, if I had a banana and I said to someone give me another fruit the person could give me an orange and the person would have complied with my request. If I said give me another banana and the person brought me a pineapple then something is wrong. When Jesus said another comforter it is as if He were saying you had one banana we’ll send you another banana. The other comforter that is coming will be just like He—another of the same kind. (Amen!) “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another comforter, that He may abide with you for ever.” In other words, through the spirit of God (that inhabits God’s word) Christ dwells in us. John 14:17 “Even the spirit of Truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: but ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.”—He is getting ready to go but He comes to us through His spirit. He says in John 6:63 “It is the spirit that quickeneth”—quickeneth means give life—“the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” When you receive God’s word by faith you receive the spirit of God and the very life of God! And since “I and my Father are one” (John 10:30) when you receive the spirit of God (because according to Romans 8:9 the spirit of Christ and the spirit of God are the same thing). The spirit of Christ represents Christ. The spirit of God represents God. When you have the spirit of God (which comes with the Word) you have Christ. But when you have Christ you have something else. I hope you believe what you read because this is absolutely mind blowing. If a Christian will simply accept God’s Word and submit to it—all the power that's available to us. John 17:20 “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word; 21That they all may be one; as Thou, Father are in Me”—Jesus says the Father is in Him and He is in the Father—“and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.”

John 17:23 “I in them, and Thou in Me…”—if the Father is in Christ and Christ is in us through the Word, who is in us? [the Father and the Son, their Spirit]. When we accept God’s word by faith and we receive it into the life we have the Father and the Son [their Spirit]—they represent all the power of heaven. What problem do I have that can stand up to that power? When you receive God’s Word do you understand the power you have received? [John 17:23  “I in them, and Thou in Me that they may be made perfect in One; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.”] If you want to learn about the Father and the Son study that glorious connection in the book of John. John is so different it is not considered one of the synoptic Gospels. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John see things alike but John wants to present Jesus Christ as absolutely divine—He is God—therefore He’s all that you need. When Christ was tempted in the wilderness Matthew 4: 1 “Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2And when he had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was afterward an hungered. 3And when the tempter came to Him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that theses stones be made bread.”—that’s the devil’s word. Matthew 4: 4 “But He answered and said, It is written”— if it is written that cuts out uncertainty, doubt, hearsay, rumor—“it is written man shall not live by bread alone”—He did not say man shall not live by bread at all. The Lord knows we have to eat, drink—“man shall not live by bread alone”—bread, physical food is not a priority—“but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” What did Jesus mean by that? by every word—is the word fornication in the Bible? is adultery in the Bible? Are we suppose to live by those words? What does the Bible mean man shall live by every word? The Bible is a fascinating book and I love it above all the books combined and Ellen White said we should. Matthew 4:4 “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” [A sister comes up and recites the 66 books of the Bible while people look for the Bible text] Galatians 5:14 [first part] “For all the law is fulfilled in one word…” We want to understand what Jesus meant when He said “man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word” did He mean every individual word? “For all the law is fulfilled in one word” what is that one word? Galatians 5:14 [last part] “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” How many words are those? (7) The Bible calls that “one word.” Let us go to Hebrews 12:26 “Whose voice then shook the earth: but now He hath promised, saying”—count the words that he is saying—“Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven.” How many words are those? (12) Hebrews 12:27 “And this word, Yet once more”—what is Paul referring to? The 12 words mentioned in verse 26 but he does not repeat all the words. He just uses the first few words—“Yet once more”—to represent the 12. Here again we have an instance where “word” refers to a statement. Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.” What was the “idle word” Christ was referring to? Matthew 12:22 “Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and He healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw. 23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David? 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub…”—how many words? (10) That’s what Christ is referring to in verse 36 “every idol word.” That statement they made (in verse 24) that God is using the power of satan to cast out demons. A whole statement is called a word. Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.” Let’s read where the heavens were made, the Bible says “by the word of the Lord.” Genesis 1:6 And God said, Let-there-be-a-firmament-in-the-midst-of-the-waters… (11) That’s “the word” that created the heavens. Often in the Bible “word” refers to a statement. Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Let’s look at some instances where every word proceeded “right out of the mouth of God.” Matthew 3:16-17 “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and He saw the spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: 17And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” God spoke to the Son and to those who were around. That can’t be to what Jesus is referring to but those words came right out of the mouth of the Father. John 12:27 “Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour. 28Father, glorify Thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” That's right out of the mouth of God, is that what Christ was referring to? Matthew 17:5 this is at the mount of transfiguration: “While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.”—again we have words right from the mouth of God. But God only spoke to Peter, James and John who were on the mount of transfiguration. Jesus heard, Moses heard, Elias heard. That can’t be what He is referring to. What other occasions were there when words came right out of the mouth of God? 1 John 2:4 “He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” Keep that in your mind as we read 1 John 2:5 “4He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5But whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him.” What is “word” in verse 5 referring to? (His Commandments) The commandments mentioned in verse 4. John 14:15—you know it very well—it is a Seventh-day Adventist verse—we love to use it—“If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” The only way to show love to God is to obey Him. And He has given us that way. If you have someone you love and it is his birthday and he likes cologne, don’t bring him broccoli. Bring him his cologne. If the lady likes flowers, bring her flowers; don’t bring her a scrub brush. Bring her flowers, that’s what she likes. God says this is what I like: obedience (amen). “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” John 14:21 “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me: and he that loveth Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him. 22Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that Thou wilt manifest Thyself unto us, and not unto the world?  23Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My words: and My Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him”—“words” in verse 23 is referring to the commandments. Sometimes “word” or “words” refers to the commandments. Let me show you something else. Go to Matthew 4:4 “But He answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Deuteronomy book five, the law repeated, it’s not God speaking this time but Moses recalling the law. Deuteronomy 8:3 “And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that He might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live.” This is from where Jesus quoted. Matthew 4:7 “Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.” Deuteronomy 6:16 “Ye shall not tempt the Lord our God, as ye tempted Him in Massah”—this is where Jesus quoted from for the second temptation. Matthew 4:10 this is the third temptation—the devil offers Him all the kingdoms of the world and the glory. “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve.” Deuteronomy 6:13 “Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve Him…”—which is what Jesus quoted from with a little interpretation. You’ll observe that the responses of Jesus Christ always came from one book. They all came from the book of Deuteronomy and they all came from the chapters between chapter 6 and 8. This is important. The book of Deuteronomy may be divided into 3 major sections. Deuteronomy 1:1 – 4:43 covers a brief review of God’s dealing with Israel—they were in trouble, God got them out. It ends with an appeal: avoid idolatry and obey the living God. That’s the 1st section: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 4:43. The 2nd section Deuteronomy 4:44 – 26:19 deals with moral and civil statutes and laws. The 3rd section is from Deuteronomy 27:1 – 31:30 deals with the blessings of obedience and curses of disobedience. Then we have the death of Moses in Deuteronomy 34, blessings on the tribes in Deuteronomy 33, Song of Moses in Deuteronomy 32. The 3 major sections: Deuteronomy 1:1 – 4:43, Deuteronomy 4:44 – 26:19, Deuteronomy 27:1 – 31:30. The largest section is Deuteronomy 4:44 – 26:19 you can find this laid out in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia which is the leading in that field of Bible study. That large section is subdivided into smaller sections: Deuteronomy 5 – 11 and Deuteronomy 12 – 26. Deuteronomy 12 – 26 deals with the priest, the king, the prophet, the tithe, worship, how to conduct your private life and your social life, and the three feasts. Deuteronomy 5 – 11 only deals with the 10 Commandments. They are given in Deuteronomy 5 and commented on from Deuteronomy 6 – Deuteronomy 11. The responses of Jesus came from that section that only deals with the 10 Commandments. When Jesus said ‘man shall not live by bread alone but by every word’ He was referring to the 10 Commandments. Spiritual Gifts Volume lV p. 150.1 “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God.’ Christ refers to His Father’s law the Word of God spoken from Sinai are the conditions of life. When Jesus said ‘man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word’ He meant every commandment that God spoke.” So Jesus, the loving Jesus, says ‘man’ that includes everybody. Including whom? (Jesus) Including Jesus. He was a man and still is. He is saying that is how I live. That’s how everyone else should live by every command that comes from the mouth of God. How are you living? Do not answer me. Question # 2, did you enjoy this study? (Yes.) Isn’t the Bible sweet? (Yes!) Do you know God wants to reveal His will as you study? How many of you are engaged to somebody? How many of you have a boyfriend or girlfriend? Don’t you wish sometimes you could read that person’s mind? Why did he do that? I wonder what he’s thinking? The Bible gives us a mind reading strategy. Manuscript Releases Volume X p. 141 “The mind of God can be known only through His word.” You want to read God’s mind? Desire of Ages p. 19.2 “By coming to dwell with us, Jesus was to reveal God both to men and to angles. He was the Word of God,–God's thought made audible.” {DA 19.2} You want to read God’s mind? Study the Bible! When you study the Bible you are studying the mind of God. In that activity your mind comes into contact with God’s mind. That does not lower God’s mind, it elevates yours. (Amen!) Councils for the Church 207.6 Ellen White writes “As a means of intellectual training, the Bible is more effective than any other book, or all other books combined” {CCh 37:207.6} Your text book, Encyclopedia Britannica, Encyclopedia Covina–the Bible is more effective than all of them combined. So when we don't study God’s word, we hurt ourselves. Let me talk to the students. Some students, many of them, maybe most take time from the study of God's word to study their math, their history or whatever else they need to study for a degree that prepares them for a job, not eternal life. We take time from life to study for a degree that promises no life. Let me show you how you’re hurting yourself. Mind, Character and Personality volume l, p.34.2 “As in the case of Daniel, in exact proportion as the spiritual character is developed, the intellectual capabilities are increased.” {1MCP 4:34.2} Someone put that in modern English in Covina or Ontario English: As you grow in the knowledge of God’s word you also grow in intellectual power. When you disregard God's word to go study your math, you hurt yourself. Another quotation that is related: Christ’s Object Lessons  p. 125.3 “If the follower of Christ will believe His word and practice it”–another word for practice it (obey)–“If the follower of Christ will believe His word and practice it, there is no science in the natural world he will not be able to grasp and appreciate.” {COL 11:125.3} Having a problem with physics? Go open God’s word. Losing your life over chemistry? Go to God's word. Your health is declining because of biology? Go to God’s word. If you study the word and believe it, it will give to you a capacity to understand the things of God. And science is the things of God. When we ignore God’s word we deprive ourselves of intellectual development. And which person with common sense wants to deprive him/her self?–because everyone wants to present him/her self as smart. But never say you're smart if you cannot say I take time for God’s word. To neglect the word of God is to neglect life. “The words that I speak unto you they are spirit and they are life”–eternal life! Whose life?  the life of God because only that life can conquer sin. I told you Thursday night to take 10 minutes in the morning and take 10 minutes at night. Take a passage think about it. Let me expand on that then I’ll let you go. John 1:1 “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” You take that and read it 10 times, literally. How long does it take to read that 10 times? You pray first of course, then you start to think Father, what is that saying? “In the beginning was the word and the word was with God and the word was God.” You think, you ask question # 1 what is that verse saying? You think and wait for the Spirit to show you then or later on. You think. Remember Psalm 1:1 “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law”–which sometimes means all His word–“doth he meditate day and night.” You’re thinking day and night. You can think of God while you do your work day and night. What it is saying? Having asked that question you ask is it saying something to me personally? The # 1 reason for Bible study is to find out what God wants you to do, not to win an argument. The # 1 reason for Bible study is to discover God’s will for your life, not to go win an argument or convert your mother-in-law. God’s will for your life, that’s # 1. The more you and I live within God’s will, the more effective we can be to others. The next question is: Is this text revealing to me a sin I need to confess? Or is it revealing to me a duty I need to perform? The next question you could ask: Do I love this text so much I’d like to memorize it? Another question: How does this verse help me understand another verse? So when you get down to verse 14 “and the word was made flesh” John 1:14 helps you understand that “the word” in John 1:1 is Christ who created and came. Another question you may ask: Father, what is there in this passage I can use to encourage a depressed person? You just can’t keep the light, it must shine. What is in it that I can use? When you study with questions in your mind, the study becomes active because you’re searching for the answer as you read. You’re searching, the mind is alert. When you just read with no questions to answer you go to sleep reading. Sleeping with your eyes opened. So ask questions, “Adam, where art thou?” “Who told you that thou wast naked?” “Hast thou eaten of the tree?” (Genesis 3:9, 11) –our God is a God of questions. That is what I am suggesting to you. 10 minutes. A young man came to me this morning Pastor, I am so happywhy? –I did what you said. I read and I just felt so much better. The Bible affects all ages. The Bible is not just for old people. It’s for anybody. Notice John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever” –black, white, brown, short, tall, young, old, rich, poor, educated, ignorant–“whosoever believeth”–I have never seen a ‘youth’ sermon in the Bible–I’ve never seen a ‘singles’ sermon–I’ve never seen (you name the category to which we break ourselves) a ‘divorcee’ sermon–all I find is the gospel. In John 6 when Jesus preached the gospel and they were in the wilderness and they had no food. The disciples brought food from whom? (a little boy) we can’t believe he was the only little boy listening to Christ. There must have been children all over who were listening. One of the prophecies in the last days is that “he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers” (Malachi 4:6). The Bible says that in the last days all ages will come together. These divisions we have are artificial and are not Biblical! (amen) You have the youth against the old and the old against the young and the tall against the short and the good-looking against the rest... no, no, no! When we have the One and the selfsame Spirit, all ages are united; all economic backgrounds are united; all educational achievements are united; and that’s when the world marvels–cannot understand! How is it that a Ph. D. and a janitor function like that? And the Latino and the black and the you name all the groups–Inuit and African Americans, Asians, Anglos–the word of God is what unites. Ellen White says “it is the truth that makes men one and breaks down national prejudices.” The truth–not Operation Push–the truth. And so today I recommend to you the Word of God. I want my conscience clear when I leave. This is your life, study it, practice it, obey it. If you do what I just recommended the Word will change you. Psalm 119:9 “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to Thy word.” The Word of God in you! Christ Object Lessons p. 100.1 “Sanctify them through Thy truth, Thy word is truth. The Scriptures are the great agency in the transformation of character. If studied and obeyed”–until I die I will preach obey because when God came to Adam he said did you do what I told you not to do? did you disobey?–“if studied and obeyed the word of God works in the heart”–why in the heart? out of the heart comes good or evil–‘subduing’–subduing is to bring under control, put in a headlock–‘every unholy attribute.’ You have plans for tonight after sunset? If you read the Word of God first, it may change those plans. If you’ll take some time for God's Word just before the sun sets and you read and say Lord, speak to me you may be convicted to change the plans you have for tonight. You know how strange it is for Adventists to discuss our Bible study on Saturday night? what’s wrong with you? are you a fanatic? we go to the mall on Saturday night–we play games on Saturday night–we do everything on Saturday night but a Bible study on Saturday night? what’s wrong with you? No, nothing’s wrong with that person. The person just has spiritual taste. (Amen.) The closer we come to Christ, the more we want His Word and nothing else. (Amen!) How many of you made a commitment on Thursday night to spend ten minutes in God’s Word? may I see your hands? How many of you forgot to do it? raise that guilty hand. God forgives; so do I. Try again. 10 measly minutes tonight before you sleep give that to God. And fall asleep with the Word of God as the last thing on your mind. Not some show you saw– but the Word. First thing in the morning bathe your mind in the Word then go face the world. What’s the point? You face the world for half the day and then you study the Bible at 1:00 after satan has you limping you open the Bible at 1 p.m? Study it first! Then go face him. (Amen!) How many of you will do that tonight? 10 measly minutes… Make God’s Word your chief menu choice breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Memorize some Bible passages. The reason Christians don’t memorize Bible verses are for two reasons. They have no desire because they don’t appreciate the value. When you go to the gas station and you buy gas and you pay and the change is a penny what do you do? Most gas stations have a little container. What do you do with the penny? You walk down the street and you see a penny, do you pick it up? Not if people are watching, no. But if you realized that’s the first penny ever minted in the U.S.A. now that’s not a penny, that’s millions of dollars, you pick it up because now you are familiar with the value. Christians don’t see the value so they don’t memorize the Word of God and they don’t have the desire. When they were building the tower of Babel, Genesis 11:4, “And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. 5And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” What is God saying? These people are so determined to build this tower; the only power that can stop them is Me. Now if you want to memorize scripture and you are really determined, nothing can stop you. You know your telephone numbers, you memorized them. You know how to get from this church to your house, you memorized that. Ladies you know where everything is in the kitchen, knife, fork, spatula, whatever, you know exactly where everything is, you memorized it. You can close your eyes and walk through your house. Exercise, spend some of that mental power–on the word of God. I recommend the King James Version.  Pray first and don’t memorize isolated verses. Memorize a chapter. A chapter is one verse at a time. The world was built one day at a time, brick by brick; one verse at a time. There is a young lady in Kenya she wrote me. I didn’t know who she was. In 3 years I’ve seen her once. She writes me all the time. When she first began I told her memorize scripture–no, I can’t. I can’t–Sister, just try, memorize–o.k.–I gave her 3 John (14 verses). She got to verse 5 she e-mailed me: I am so excited! I know the first 5 verses! She finished 3 John. I gave her 2 John, then Revelation 15, Psalm 51, Isaiah 53, Isaiah 58, Psalm 34, Psalm 32, John 14, all of them she just knocks them out. I said Sister, you need a greater challenge. I gave her the book of Jonah. She memorized the entire book of Jonah in 3 weeks. I gave her another assignment (I forgot what it is) and she is working on it now. Now she is aware of what she can do and there is no going back for her. She told me my life has changed completely so that my friends want to know what is wrong with me. People always want to know what’s wrong when you get closer to God. She said, All I do is go about my business all through the day and I memorize, think of what I’ve memorized, and pray. I recite and memorize all day! My life has changed! Let’s pray.

 

1:10:04 Father in heaven, I didn’t mean to speak so long. I hope I said something worthwhile for Your glory and for the blessing of Your people. Dear God in heaven, do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. The carnal nature hates truth. It hates truth. But Father, we are Your children so we are suppose to be spiritual. We must worship You in spirit and in truth. The truth must be studied. Give us dear God, a love for Your Word because the Word will change us. As Your servant Ellen White wrote in Education p. 126.4 “The creative energy that called the worlds into existence is in the word of God.” {Ed 13:126.4} That power is released through faith. Father, put that love in our hearts for the Word and hatred for the world. So we can say as Jesus said to the disciples in John 4:32 “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.” And that was the Gospel He was preaching to that woman. Please Father, bless every man, woman, boy, and girl. Draw us close to Your bosom, dear Father. Help us to understand salvation is a personal relationship between You and the individual. Forgive our sins, bless this church, bless the leadership, dear God. Give us a burden to do Your work that through our efforts, energized by Your power many may come to know Christ. Father, it is still sabbath, keep us conscious of that, that our behaviour and our speech may reflect the fact that we respect Your holy day and the holy God of that day. Hear this humble prayer. Save us when You come. In Jesus’ name we pray. Let all God’s people say amen and amen.

 

 

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