Friday, December 11, 2009
How to Make Your Bible Come Alive December 6th 2009 Psalm 119
(page 4) Practice it. Psalm 119:1-5 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart. 3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways. 4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently. 5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
If you want to learn more about the Word of God, then obey the part you know.
Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
Proclaim it. Psalm 119:13 With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth.
Psalm 119:27 Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.
Psalm 119:46 will speak of thy testimonies also before kings, and will not be ashamed.
Psalm 119:172 My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.
The more of the Word of God you give away, the more of it will stick with you.
3. WE MUST APPROPRIATE THE VALUES OF THE WORD OF GOD
The knowledge you have will become transformational.
It will be a source of victory. Psalm 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
It will be a source of growth. Psalm 119:32 I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart.
1 Peter 2:2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
It will be a source of joy. Psalm 119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.
Psalm 119:111 Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
It will be a source of power. Psalm 119:28 My soul melteth for heaviness: strengthen thou me according unto thy word.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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
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How to Make Your Bible Come Alive
December 6th 2009
If we do not know, love, understand, practice and obey the Word of God, we will not be victorious Christians.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he:
Each verse in Psalm 119 deals with the Word of God, to help us to know and understand His Word.
- WE MUST APPRECIATE THE VIRTUES OF THE WORD OF GOD
It is a timeless book.
Psalm 119:89 For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psalm 119:152 Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
1 Peter 1:23 23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. 24 For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 25 But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
It is a truthful book.
Psalm 119:142 Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth.
Psalm 119:151 Thou art near, O LORD; and all thy commandments are truth.
Psalm 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
1 Corinthians 14:37If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord. 38 But if any man be ignorant, let him be ignorant.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
The word "inspiration" "theopneustos", "God breathed".
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.
It is a treasured book.
Psalm 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver.
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psalm 119:127 Therefore I love thy commandments above gold; yea, above fine gold.
2.WE MUST ASSIMILATE THE VITALITY OF THE WORD OF GOD
The Bible is a living book.
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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. – The word "quick" means "alive".
John 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
How do we assimilate the Word of God?
Pray over it. Psalm 119:12 Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes.
Our eyes will be opened. Psalm 119:18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
Our hearts will be stirred. Luke 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
Psalm 119:36 Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness.
Our minds will be enlightened. Psalm 119:73 Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments.
Ponder it. Psalm 119:15 will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.
Psalm 119:147-148 prevented the dawning of the morning, and cried: I hoped in thy word. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night watches, that I might meditate in thy word.
When reading the Bible, remember that it contains many different forms of speech: see poetry as poetry, prophecy as prophecy, precept as precept, promise as promise, and proverb as proverb. The Bible is to be interpreted both figuratively and literally. When you read symbolism in the Bible, find out what the symbol stands for and then literally apply it. Ask these questions when studying the Bible:
Is there a promise to claim?
Is there a lesson to learn?
Is there a blessing to enjoy?
Is there a command to obey?
Is there a sin to avoid?
Is there a new thought to carry with me?
When studying the Scriptures: read it through, think it clear, write it down, pray it in, live it out, and pass it on.
Preserve it. Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:16 I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.
Memorize the Scriptures. Memory comes with concentration, motivation, and use.
RUDYARD KIPLING'S NOVEL "Kim" is the story of an Irish orphan boy brought up in India. To train him for the Secret Service the British army sent him to the home of Lurgan Sahib, a mysterious character skilled in the art of hypnosis. Lurgan put Kim in a trance, gave him an earthen jar and ordered him to throw it on the floor. The jar broke into fifty pieces. 'Look at it,' whispered Lurgan, 'it shall come to life again, piece by piece.' Kim could not turn his head. The jar, smashed before his eyes, seemed to be coming together. 'Look, it's coming to shape,' Lurgan purred. As Kim shook himself, trying to resist the hypnotic spell, his mind took refuge in a truth that he knew ... the multiplication table. 'It's coming into shape,' Lurgan repeated. 'Two times three is six,' Kim said to himself, 'and three times three is nine, and four times three is twelve.' Kim clung desperately to the repetition of what was true. The shadow outline of the jar cleared like a mist lifting. 'Look, it's coming into shape.' 'No, it is smashed,' Kim gasped, free from the spell that had almost engulfed his mind.
See how Kim saved himself? He clung to the truths which he knew were true-a simple multiplication table. No matter what illusions threatened to swamp his mind, these things were true and sound; nothing could change them. That is what the Psalmist did, and that is what we must do when our minds are confused and our lives are shattered by suffering and evil, and everything about us seems to challenge all that we have ever believed. We can know and cling to the eternal word of truth. The word will stand by us and give our lives a cohesion and a meaning which no pain and suffering can ever destroy.
C.S. LEWIS WRITES: 'There are many rival directions for living, as the pagan cultures all round us show. The word however is truth and in it we find the real, correct, and stable well-grounded direction for living.'
Psalm 119 is one of the most interesting of all the Psalms. It is by far the longest Psalm, consisting of 176 verses. God is mentioned in every verse. The Psalm is presented in the form of an acrostic. It consists of 22 stanzas, each consisting of 8 verses, and each emphasizing in order, a letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Each verse in each stanza begins with the letter of the of the alphabet to which the stanza is related.
For example, the stanza before us, verses 49-56, is related to the 7th letter of the Hebrew alphabet, which is Zain. Each of the 8 verses in this stanza begin with the letter Zain. No wonder this Psalm has been called, "The Alphabet of Divine Love."
No one knows for sure who wrote this Psalm, yet it obvious that it was written during a time of suffering. The Psalmist mentions his suffering in 66 verses of the Psalm. In our text, in verse 55, he speaks of his suffering as being in the night. The writer of this Psalm in going through one of those "night seasons" of the Christian life. It is a time of darkness in his life. The primary theme of the Psalm is God's Word which is referred to in 173 of its 176 verses. The Psalmist uses eight synonyms for the Word of God:
· Commandment occurs 22 times.
· Judgments - 19 times.
· Law - 25 times.
· Precepts - 21 times.
· Saying - 19 times.
· Statutes - 22 times.
· Testimonies - 9 times.
· Way - 13 times.
· Word - 24 times.
Mike Yaconelli wrote in The Wittenburg Door: "I live in a small, rural community. There are lots of cattle ranches around here, and, every once in a while, a cow wanders off and gets lost ... Ask a rancher how a cow gets lost, and chances are he will reply, 'Well, the cow starts nibbling on that one, and then it nibbles on a tuft of green grass and starts nibbling on that one, and then it nibbles on a tuft of grass right next to a hole in the fence. It then sees another tuft of green grass on the other side of the fence, so it nibbles on that one and then goes on to the next tuft. The next thing you know, the cow has nibbled itself into being lost.'" Christians can nibble themselves away from the fold moving from a tuft of activity here to a tuft of interesting doctrine over there, never noticing how far they have strayed from the truth
The word must be put into practice ... like using an instruction manual. When we have experienced the reality of God's presence, truth, and power in difficult circumstances, we will never forget it. We may read it, learn it, repeat it, and think we have it, and yet it may slip out of our minds; but if it has once given us life or renewed that life, there is no fear of its failing from our recollection. Experience teaches, and teaches effectively. How wonderful to have the word written on our heart with the pen of experience. It allows us to take risks that otherwise might be impossible for us to do. When we see the reality with which we can trust God we are much more confident. 'Consider carefully what you hear...With the measure you use, it will be measured to you-and even more.' (MARK 4:24)
The more you use the word the more powerful it becomes as a life force. The word of God must be second nature to us and it will impact our lives with eternal consequences. The written word will continue to touch lives. It has tremendous power.
Many people have risked their lives to own a copy of the word that we take so much for granted. In the 1930's Stalin ordered a purge of all Bibles and all believers. In Stavropol, Russia this order was carried out with a vengeance. Thousands of Bibles were confiscated and multitudes of believers were sent to - prison camps - where most died for being enemies of the state. Last year a team of Christians were working in the city. When they had difficulty getting Bibles shipped from Moscow, someone mentioned the existence of a warehouse outside of town where these confiscated Bibles had been stored since Stalin's day.
After much prayer by the team, one member finally got up the courage to go to the warehouse and ask the officials if the Bibles were still there. Sure enough, they were. Then the officials said the Bibles could be distributed to the people of Stavropol. The next day the team returned with a truck and several Russian people to help load the Bibles. One helper was a young man-a skeptical, hostile, agnostic student, who had come only for the day's wages. As they were loading Bibles, one team member noticed that the young man had disappeared. Eventually they found him in a corner of the warehouse, weeping.
He had slipped away, hoping to quietly take a Bible for himself. What he found shook him to the core. The inside page of the Bible he picked up had the handwritten signature of his own grandmother. It had been her personal Bible! Out of the thousands of Bibles still left in that warehouse, he stole the one belonging to his grandmother - a woman persecuted for her faith all her life.
The word has eternal consequences. Just as the grandmother was transformed through the word, so was the grandson. Transformation is possible for all of us and will continue as the Holy Spirit speaks to us.
Martin Luther wrote 60,000 pages yet hoped "all my books would disappear and the Holy Scriptures alone be read." "The Bible is alive, it speaks to me, it has feet, it runs to me; it has hands it lays hold of me." "A simple layman armed with Scripture is to be believed above a pope or cardinal without it."
Plato. . . compares men who have never tried to face the truth to prisoners in a deep underground cavern, who have been so chained. . . that they cannot turn their heads. In front of them is the rocky wall of their prisonhouse. Behind them and above them is a causeway, on which fires are burning, and along this causeway pass wayfarers singing and conversing and bearing burdens, whose shadows are thrown by the firelight on the cavern wall, and whose voices are reflected back from it. The imprisoned denizens of the dark cave, seeing only these flickering shadows, take them for substance and realities; and hearing only these vague echoes, take them for songs and voices.
Imprisoned in self-chosen darkness, steeped in emptinesses, how few among living men even care for that wisdom which consists in seeing the things that are, and seeing them as they arel Let a man but once catch a glimpse of the true light and he learns utterly to despise the dim rushlight of this world's tinseled stage. Let one ray out of eternity shine down upon him, and for him the world and the things of the world shrivel into insignificance.
Matthew 17 Beholding His Glory
After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother John, and led them up on a high mountain by themselves.
2 He was transformed in front of them, and His face shone like the sun. Even His clothes became as white as the light.
3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him.
4 Then Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it's good for us to be here! If You want, I will make three tabernacles here: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah."
5 While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud covered them, and a voice from the cloud said: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him. Listen to Him!
6 When the disciples heard it, they fell facedown and were terrified.
7 Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, "Get up; don't be afraid."
8 When they looked up they saw no one except Him—Jesus alone.
9 As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, "Don't tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead."
The purpose of the transfiguration was to reveal to the disciples the glory of Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:16 For we did not follow cleverly contrived myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ; instead, we were eyewitnesses of His majesty. 17 For when He received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory: This is My beloved Son. I take delight in Him!18 And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain. 19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed.
Peter had just confessed Jesus as the Christ the son of the living God, and He had promised to reveal His glory to the disciples.
Matthew 16: 27For the Son of Man is going to come with His angels in the glory of His Father, and then He will reward each according to what he has done. 28 • I assure you: There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom."
Here was a foreshadowing of the Glory of the Son when He would come in Glory in His kingdom. . The word translated "kingdom" can be translated "royal majesty" or "kingly splendor". One scholar (William Hendriksen) translates it "His royal dignity". It seems obvious that He was referring to Peter, James, and John and what they saw on the Mount of Transfiguration. Jesus was not referring to the actual establishment of his kingdom; He was referring to the royal splendor and glory of the King. He was referring to what they would see that is recorded in 17:2. What they saw was a foretaste of His glory that will be seen when He bodily returns and establishes His kingdom.
Luke 9: 26 For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and that of the Father and the holy angels. 27 I tell you the truth: there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God." 28 About eight days after these words, He took along Peter, John, and James, and went up on the mountain to pray. 29 As He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothes became dazzling white. 30 Suddenly, two men were talking with Him—Moses and Elijah. 31 They appeared in glory and were speaking of His death, which He was about to accomplish in Jerusalem.
When they looked up they saw no one except Him—Jesus alone.
Hebrews 12:2 keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of God's throne.
John declared John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
- Be Assured By His Glory
2 Peter 1: 18 And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; 19 So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed.
Transfigured – "metamorphoomai"
Philippians 2:68 (NASB) " 6 who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality
with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant,
made in the likeness of men. 8 Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by
becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross."
John 17:5 (NKJV) "And now, O Father, glorify Me together with Yourself, with the glory which I had with You before the world was."
John 17:24 (NKJV) "Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they may behold My glory which You have given Me; for You loved Me before the foundation of the world."
Christ, by highest heaven adored, Christ, the everlasting Lord:
Late in time, behold Him come, Offspring of the virgin's womb.
Veiled in flesh the Godhead see,
Hail the incarnate Deity!
Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV) "who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high."
". Look again at verse two and see the brightness and the light (read verse 2). Some have compared this to when Moses face glowed after He had been on the mountain with God.
Exodus 34:(NKJV) " 29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses' hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him. 30 So when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone, and they were afraid to come near him."
Moses was reflecting the glory of God, but Jesus was radiating the glory of God. The source of the light on Moses was outside of him. The source of the light from Jesus was inside Him. This "transfiguration" was a tremendous display of His deity to His inner-circle of disciples. In the coming days when the Son of God would be crucified and buried, they would need this experience to fall back on to affirm that He was indeed God in flesh.
John 1:14 (NKJV) "And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth."
Where did they behold His glory? On that mountain! As awesome as that experience was, think what it will be like when He comes again.
Matthew 16:27a (NKJV) "For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father…"
Matthew 25:31 (NKJV) "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory."
The Presence of Moses and Elijah (17:34) The Old Testament was often called "The Law and the Prophets" Moses represented the law and Elijah was probably the most prominent of the prophets. The testimony here is that all the law and the prophets point to Jesus. He is the fulfillment of the law and the prophesies. These two Old Testament characters also gave evidence to these three disciples that Jesus was who He said He was. They were there to honor Jesus, not as equals. From Luke's account, we learn what Moses and Elijah were talking to Jesus about. Luke 9:31 (NKJV) "who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem."
The word translated "decease" is the word "Exodus". They were not just admiring His glory; they were talking to Him about His death on the cross that was coming. Just as the Moses led Exodus in the Old Testament led those in bondage out of Egypt into the promised land, Jesus' death and resurrection would free many captives taking them to freedom from sin and ultimately to heaven.
This bright cloud was called by the Jews the Shekinah glory cloud. Throughout the Old Testament, it symbolized God's manifest presence with his people. The Queen of England has several residences, but the royal standard flies over the place where she is in residence. This Shekinah cloud was almost like the royal standard that showed where God's manifest presence was abiding. This cloud was first mentioned in Exodus when it appeared in order to lead the Israelites in their Exodus from Egypt (Exodus 13:21-22). It was probably this cloud that descended on Mt. Sinai when God was giving Moses the law. When the tabernacle was finished, it was this cloud that filled it so that even Moses could not go in. It was likely this same cloud that filled the temple at the dedication by Solomon (1 Kings 8:10). It is possibly this cloud that would come to envelop Jesus as He ascended to heaven after His resurrection (Acts 1:9). In verse 6 we find that the disciples were terrified by this visible manifestation of the presence of God. This is the common response in Scripture to being in the very presence of God.
The Prophesy about Elijah (17:1013)
Malachi 4:(NKJV) " 5 Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. 6 And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
I want to close by focusing on the last two words that God spoke from the cloud on the mountain in verse 5, "Hear Him!" The way that we hear Him today is through what He has already said in the Bible. It may not be accompanied by the Shekinah cloud or the appearance of Moses and Elijah, but it is just as much God speaking as it was on that mountain. In fact in some ways, what we have is better.
2 Peter 1:19 (ESV) "And we have something more sure, the prophetic word, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."
"I do not know any truth in the Bible that is more relevant for believers in our day, since we live in an age when people appeal to their experience as the only sure measure of anything, not realizing that our experiences can be wrong or misleading. We hear people justifying all types of unbiblical teaching or behaviour, by words such as, 'God told me this is all right' or 'I feel at peace with what I'm doing'. But here is Peter – a prominent apostle of the Lord, a man who had a visual experience of Christ's transfiguration as well as having heard an audible word of God from heaven, experiences confirmed as true by the other apostles who were with him at the time – speaking of God's revelation in the Bible as being 'more certain' even than his exceptional experience. He does it to remind us that we must evaluate our experiences by the Bible's teaching, rather than the other way around."
James Montgomery Boice
Lk.9:32 tells us that as Jesus prayed, "Peter and those with him were heavy with sleep." They almost slept through the Transfiguration! I used to worry if someone nodded off while I preached but then I realized that the disciples went to sleep on Jesus, Moses and Elijah!
2. Be Transformed by His Grace
1.YOU MUST RECOGNISE HIM AS GOD.
2 Cor 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.
JOH 5:22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. (NIV)
1JO 4:15 If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. (NIV)
2.YOU MUST RESPECT HIM AS GOD.
A.Let Him Cut Across Your Agenda
MAT 17:4 Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here. If you wish, I will put up three shelters - one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." (NIV)
B.Let Him Dictate Your Priorities
The divine inflexible holiness. There was a gifted young artist who in wartime was billeted as a soldier in a hut in France with a score of other men. Some of them had placarded on the walls of their hut pictures of a coarse and offensive kind. The young artist was a Christian, and he hated it. He was in a dilemma. He knew that mere protesting would achieve nothing. But one night, when the hut was quiet and his companions asleep, he got out a candle and a pencil and a bit of paper about the size of a postcard, and began to draw the head of Jesus Christ. He had sometimes tried to paint a picture of Christ before, and always he knew he had failed. But now he tried again. When it was finished, he put it on the wall above his own bed. He wondered what the others would say in the morning when they saw it. Morning came, and they saw it. Nothing was said at all. But within a week every other picture had somehow vanished from the walls, and only that face of Christ remained. The other things just could not live beside it. It is thus that in Jesus the divine holiness confronts us. There is nothing so cleansing and strengthening, so sure a defence in the day of danger, as one steady look at the face of Jesus. There are some things that just cannot happen when He is there. Jesus, Master, I have seen Thy face, and I know I have seen the holiness of God.
And if it is thus that the divine holiness encounters us, is the same not also true of the divine mercy? We sometimes find it difficult to believe God can forgive us, so deeply are we implicated in the sinfulness of humanity, so mixed with earth our most celestial motives. How can forgiving love get through? If indeed it could have been that Jesus were here today, if this could have been not a church in Edinburgh but the beach at Capernaum and we could have heard Him saying, as He said of old, 'I love you and am your Friend for ever—rise up and follow' Me'; if we could have climbed Calvary and heard Him cry 'Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do'—do you not think that would have changed our thoughts of God? Well, He is here, and He is saying it; and can you doubt the heart of God when you are looking at the face of Jesus?
C.Let Him Become The Focus Of Your Worship
3.YOU MUST REJOICE IN HIS GRACE
A.Praise The Lord For His Grace
JOH 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
B.Praise The Lord For His Love
C.T.Studd : "If Jesus Christ be God, and He died for me, then no sacrifice is too great for me to make for Him."
C.Praise The Lord With Your Life
ROM 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices..