1. God’s Voice in His Word


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I’m going to take something for granted tonight and that is that you all want to fine tune into God’s Voice. I’m assuming that is why we are here. If we want to fine tune into God’s voice, we need to make some adjustments, adjust the tuning knob so that we can get a stable communication from God to us. One of those adjustments that you can make is turn off your mobile phone. If your mobile phone is on, you can turn it off, it’s an easy adjustment. This will help you to tune in to what God is saying. Some other adjustments you can make are; Get some good nights sleep. If we are tempted to talk too late, remember that we’re defeating the purpose of being here. We need to have good sleep to be able to tune into what God is saying.

Today subject is in regard to God’s voice in the written word, the Bible. I don’t feel that I need to convince people that God speaks through the Bible. We understand that the Bible’s called the word of God and when you speak you generally use words. But, if you want to fine tune, (this is fine tuning, we’re talking about) into God’s voice through the written word then another adjustment you can make to fine tune your ability to understand God’s word, is stop watching television. You can’t expect to get the same stimulus out of a black and white page, as you do out of the media that is so rampant around today. If that is what our mind is fed upon then when we come to the Bible we will find it difficult to really hone in to the words of Christ and allow them to become livings. So, if you’re interested in fine-tuning into the written word, God’s speaking through the written word, then stop watching television and anything that is acquainted with that whether it will be theater or all those sorts of things.

Another adjustment you can make, that we all can make is to be healthy, because our brain is an organ. Do you think that our health affects our organs? It sure does. We know a bad lifestyle can wreck our kidneys and we get diabetes and all sorts of diseases so we can actually destroy our brains. If the brain which is the hardware if you like is playing up does that affect the software? It sure does. So these are just some very obvious adjustments that need to be made if we want to fine tune and get precise results from God.

Fine Tuning in the Written Word – the Bible

Ezekiel 3:10 Moreover he said unto me, Son of man, all my words that I shall speak unto thee receive in thine heart, and hear with thine ears.

God is speaking through these words and He is saying, if you want to fine tune into the written word these words need to go into your heart, not just into your intellect, not just into your storage of facts that have been collected over the years. God is saying, He wants His words to go right into the heart. That’s the result of fine tuning that we want to achieve that His words go straight into our heart.

It is not enough to have an intellectual knowledge of the truth…. There must be an entrance of the Word into the heart. It must be set home by the power of the Holy Spirit. The will must be brought into harmony with its requirements. Not only the intellect but the heart and conscience must concur in the acceptance of the truth. {TMK 192.3}

It has to go into the heart.

The truth is kept altogether too much in the outer court. Bring it into the inner temple of the soul, enthrone it in the heart, and let it control the life. The word of God should be studied and obeyed, then the heart will find rest and peace and joy, and the aspirations will tend heavenward; but when truth is kept apart from the life, in the outer court, the heart is not warmed with the glowing fire of God’s goodness. {5T 547.1}

Heart – the Seat of Affection

God’s word is to go into our hearts. You might think, okay that seems to be easy but just ponder about that. Is it an easy thing for something to go right into your heart?

That the heart is the seat of the affections. {Signs of the Times, March 3, 1881

Do you have a hard time opening your affections to things outside of yourself? This is where the truth has to go, right into your affections the sit of your affections where the depth of you as a being and your emotional fabric meet. That’s where the truth has to go. Colossians 3:2 tell us where we have to set our affections.

Colossians 3:2
Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.

How many of us have set our affections on something on the earth? You may recall the time when you first found someone, you wanted to marry, did they take your affections? Maybe your affections were poured out upon someone in your youth that you pursued. What’s the result of pouring out your affections on things of the earth especially, when you get utterly disappointed? What has been your experience? When you open your affections to something or someone on the earth, has it damaged you? Has it hurt you? Have you being pained? Has the fabric of your emotions been torn to shreds because you’ve put your affections on the earth?

Maybe you’ve suffered abuse and the affections are absolutely cut to bits. Or you might be a young man who has never been shown respect, or always feeling inadequate. Often we open our affections because we have good hopes that things will be just fine. We want to express our affections to other people, we want to have love. What’s been the result of the hope that someone on this earth will satisfy your affections? What has been the result of that hope?

Proverbs 13:12 Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but [when] the desire cometh, [it is] a tree of life.

When good hopes of a satisfying relationship is shattered. what happens to the heart? It gets sick. When you get sick it’s called a diseases, it’s called heart diseases, you know what heart disease is? It’s called hardening of the arteries. That’s what happens. When hope is differed the heart gets hurt. This is heart diseases and we have done this to cope in life. We’ve had to toughen up and to get a callous upon our affections, because if we didn’t we couldn’t survive on this planet, and so we have learnt something.

Taking God’s work Personal

We have learnt not to take things personally and yet, we often do take it personal then we remind ourselves ‘yes I shouldn’t take it personally just brush it off harden up and move on with life’. That’s what we’ll do to get along. The problem with that is when it comes to God’s word and God’s truth, do you think it’s an easy matter for the truth to go into the seat for your affections when you have to harden your affections when you have learnt not to take things personally. Then when God’s truth comes along, we go ‘ok, fair enough good words but I’m not going to take it personal’ and right their, you find a problem. You find a problem that it’s actually a hard thing to get the truth into the seat of the affections. It is a difficult thing, for the truth to penetrate all those hard experiences of life that we’ve met in various degrees.

God makes a warning when it comes to fine tuning into His written word.

Hebrews 3:7
Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your heart

That’s what God is telling us. Don’t harden your heart. God wants to speak to us personally.

There is danger of not making Christ’s teachings a personal matter, of not receiving them as though they were addressed to us personally. In His words of instruction Jesus means me. {TMK 280.3}

This is the danger. Have you ever sat in a sermon or been reading the Bible or testimonies and thought ‘Ah, this is great for my neighbor he really needs to hear this,’ or ‘this is great for my partner he or she need to hear this.’ Have you ever done that? Are we taking it personally?

There is danger when we hear the words, we like what they have to say, but they not getting into our heart. We think they need to go into our neighbours heart. And right there we are not fine tuning into God’s voice, yes we are tuning in we get the general words, we get the static around it, but we are not fine tuning in order that God’s words will go into my heart not the person next to me. Not the person who I think that needs to go into, forget them, I need to fine tune into God’s voice myself. It has to go into my heart. When I read the Bible, I can’t think ‘yes this is written to the Hebrews, it wasn’t written to me’ Or ‘it was written in the old testament way back then it’s not so applicable today so I can just pick and choose, like a buffet style take what you like, leave what you don’t like.’ That’s not how we are to read God’s word. We need to take what is written for me. As if I was the only being, that Jesus died for.

In His words of instruction Jesus means me. I may appropriate to myself His merits, His death, His cleansing blood, as fully as though there were not another sinner in the world for whom Christ died…. {TMK 280.3}

God’s wants to get very personal with us. Do we like it when people get personal? Sometimes when studying with people I’ve have to touch on very personal issues. I don’t actually like it at all, but they have to be touched upon and when you press those buttons, you can see people don’t like it either. You can just tell in their face, they go ‘oh, this is sore let’s leave that one alone. Let us just burry it under the rubble and just leave it, I can live my life to quite a happy extent without dealing with that sore point.”

God wants to get personal, God’s wants to deal with these damages that we have met in this world and His voice wants to come and speak to us in our inner most affections, to heal us and to give us salvation.

Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble [you], and thereby many be defiled.

As you go through your life, have you have put your affections on an earthly object and has it ever made you bitter, inside? Have you ever become bitter at somebody by how they have dealt with your affections that you have placed in their hand? This bitterness can trouble us in our spiritual walk. It can give us trouble. If it troubles us and we act upon it it can defile many people.

God’s Unconditional Love

Marriages are interesting. I often wonder why God put male and female together in one unit. It’s so bizarre. , We are such different beings, so differently wired, the thoughts are so different. I mean, I know why God did put male and female together because when they can unify and harmonize they are actually a great team. The makeup of the female brain is amazing and most men don’t understand it and we judge things according to our own perception and vice versa.

Men need to be respected, the Bible doesn’t say, wives to love their husbands. Men need respect, unconditional respect. Do you believe in unconditional love? Is that a real thing? Does that mean you love what they do? Does God love us unconditionally? Absolutely, but does He love what we do? No. Can you have unconditional respect? Can you respect somebody and not necessarily respect what they do? Is that possible?

When a person is not respected in your mind, if you don’t respect somebody it will come out just in the way you talk with them that you don’t respect them. Men need respect that is a big element in the male makeup. If the female doesn’t give the male respect, it wounds the male, he gets a root of bitterness and acts upon that bitterness and doesn’t show love to the wife. Then the wife doesn’t get the love, and then doesn’t respect the husband, then when the husband doesn’t get the respect he doesn’t love and many people end of being defiled, because someone has hung on to a root of bitterness. Someone has been damaged inside and not had the gospel of Christ to heal them, before they treat someone else. Then children come into the family, the children suffer under the treatment the husband and wife give each other, and it eventually comes out in the children. They grow up damaged, marry and then the whole problem is perpetuated into a terrible society that we actually live in today. It all started, because the root of bitterness is not dealt with through Jesus Christ.

And so the Bible says, that we need to be careful lest a root of bitterness springing up trouble us, and there by trouble many other people.

The Balm of Gilead

So if you want to fine tuning to God’s voice, God’s word, God’s written word deals with your affections and can heal them. This is what the Bible calls the balm of Gilead. Now, when probation closes we can read in Jeremiah 8. The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and the people who are expecting to be saved aren’t saved.

Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 [Is there] no balm in Gilead; [is there] no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Do you want a healthier heart? Then you need God’s word, you need the balm of Gilead. When Joseph as a young lad was sold Into slavery do you think he had reasons to be very bitter? Do you think that his affections for his family, for his brethren were shattered? His emotional life would have been torn. But do you know who was actually traveling with Joseph? When Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelite, do you know what was traveling with Joseph? The balm of Gilead. The Bible says in Genesis 37, that the Ishmaelite which came from Gilead were bringing balm to Egypt, and Joseph was there with them.

Joseph has with every reason to be bitter. People can have reasons to be bitter. Joseph had reasons to be bitter. But what did Joseph do? Jesus Christ is the balm of Gilead and while the physical balm of Gilead was with Joseph, Jesus Christ was going to heal his heart. You know the story of Joseph, was his wound healed? When he saw his brothers he loved them. He didn’t have bitterness toward them. He loved them, and wanted to save them. He could have killed them all but he didn’t do that. The balm of Gilead was with Joseph when he was taken.

God has provided a balm for every wound. There is a balm in Gilead, there is a physician there. Will you not now as never before study the Scriptures? Seek the Lord for wisdom in every emergency. In every trial plead with Jesus to show you a way out of your troubles, then your eyes will be opened to behold the remedy and to apply to your case the healing promises that have been recorded in His Word. {2SM 273.3}

Do you want to fine tune into God’s word? Then if you are going to fine tune into God’s words you will need to take God words and to apply to those sore points of your life, those that you want to deny are there., The ones that you want to cover up, those sore points in your life God’s word needs to deal with.

There is a balm in Gilead. What do you do? Study your scripture personally. You will behold the remedy and you will be able to apply to your case the healing promises of God’s word.

The Healing Promises

Psalms 34:17 [The righteous] cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. 18 The LORD [is] nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. 19 Many [are] the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivered him out of them all.

Have you had a broken heart? Have your affections that you have given to somebody or something been broken. That’s what a broken heart is – the seat of your affections. The Lord is nigh unto such people, the Lord is very close to people that have had or have a broken heart. God has provided a balm for soul, there is a balm in Gilead, there is a physician there. Will you not now as never before study the scriptures? How does this book supply my broken heart with a remedy?

Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

This word ‘comfort’ means to be comfortable. When you apply balm, doesn’t make you comfortable? Does it ease the pain? That’s what it does. Where does the comfort come from? It says the comfort of the scriptures. Have you found your comfort in the Bible? Have you found that in the gospel of Christ there is a solace to all your pain? We want to know, how it is that we can do this because if we’ll find it, if we’ll come to the Bible not to debate with the church down the road or the people that come knocking at my door that doesn’t do it. It’s not to try and prove what other people need to hear that doesn’t do it. I need to take the word personally. These is something that has to be searched for. We all can find our bibles they are generally somewhere handy, if we’re reading it regularly. But to find the answers in the Bible is another thing.

Jeremiah 15:16 Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O LORD God of hosts.

Have you ever experienced that? Where you have searched the scriptures personally, with a personal issue, and you have found His words to you personally for that situation, and it became the joy and rejoicing of your heart. The heart that was once broken now rejoices and sings. Why; because God’s word hits those affections that were bruised and wounded. Because they were found indicates that we need to search the scriptures for in them you think you have eternal life, but they are they which testify of me, Jesus says.

Because everyone has different needs and have different hurts and characteristics it’s hard for me to give an illustration how to find in the scriptures a balm for your pain. So lets look at Jesus and what the words of the Bible did to Him and how the words of scripture came into the heart of Christ and became the rejoicing of His heart, and how they supported Him in all His pain because I guarantee you that you have never had more pain than Christ? Christ has your pain and more. How did Christ deal with the scriptures and to apply them to His experience? This is what we are going to look at. We just read the word there needs to be an extensive searching of the scriptures for this to actually happen.

Let’s go through the life of Christ as briefly as we can but to get the point of how we can fine tune into God’s written word so that it will come into my heart and do it’s work?

From the earliest times the faithful in Israel had given much care to the education of the youth. The Lord had directed that even from babyhood the children should be taught of His goodness and His greatness, especially as revealed in His law, and shown in the history of Israel. Song and prayer and lessons from the Scriptures were to be adapted to the opening mind. Fathers and mothers were to instruct their children that the law of God is an expression of His character, and that as they received the principles of the law into the heart, the image of God was traced on mind and soul. Much of the teaching was oral; but the youth also learned to read the Hebrew writings; and the parchment rolls of the Old Testament Scriptures were open to their study. {DA 69.2}

This is what the faithful did in Israel. This is what the Jewish teachers were doing and in contrast, but the Jewish teachers gave their attention to matters of ceremony. The mind was crowded with material that was worthless to the learner, and that would not be recognized in the higher school of the course above. The experience which is obtained through a personal acceptance of God’s word had no place in the educational system. Here are two very vast ways of educating in the time of Christ. There were the schools of the prophet’s run by the Rabbis and the Pharisees and then there were the faithful people in Israel teaching their own children. In the schools of the educational system the experience which is obtained through a personal acceptance of God’s word had no place. In other words they learnt all about the Bible but they were taught ‘don’t take it personal..’ That’s what they were taught. On the other hand, the faithful in Israel taught the exact opposite – to take God’s word personally. Unfortunately that’s what the colleges in the theology departments do today; they read the word as it was for them back then and not so applicable to us today. Yes, it was written back then but we read that what was written afore time was written for our learning; that we, not them, can have comfort of the scriptures. That is why it was written., In some ways the scripture is more applicable to us than to them. Just like letters to the Laodiceans in Revelation, is more applicable to us than to them. We need to take it more personally than they did.

The child Jesus did not receive instructions in the synagogue school. His mother was His first human teacher. From her lips and from the scrolls of the prophets He learned of heavenly things, the very words that He Himself had spoken to Moses for Israel He was ever taught at His mother’s knee. As He advanced from childhood to youth, He did not seek the school of rabbis He needed not the education to be obtained from such sources for God was His instructor. Since He gained knowledge as we may do, His intimate acquaintance with the scriptures show how diligently His early life was given to the study of God’s word. So, was Jesus acquainted with the scriptures? Was He acquainted with history? Jesus was acquainted with history and the scriptures; we want to bear this in mind.

Jesus has been educated. He is very knowledgeable in the scriptures and now He comes to the Passover experience.

For the first time the child Jesus looked upon the temple. He saw the white-robed priests performing their solemn ministry. He beheld the bleeding victim upon the altar of sacrifice. With the worshipers He bowed in prayer, while the cloud of incense ascended before God. He witnessed the impressive rites of the paschal service. Day by day He saw their meaning more clearly. Every act seemed to be bound up with His own life. New impulses were awakening within Him. Silent and absorbed, He seemed to be studying out a great problem. The mystery of His mission was opening to the Saviour. {DA 78.1}

We all need purpose in our lives and there are many people, many young people that don’t have any purpose they don’t see the mission of their lives. If you want a mission in your life study the Bible personally, study the prophecies and you’ll identify what your duty is today. As Christ is looking at these prophecies, He is taking them personally and as a young lad, 12 years old, He starts to see where His life will be going. Not all at once but day by day, it unfolds clearer and clearer as He is engrossed with reading it in connection with Him personally.

Jesus comes to the school of the rabbis and He sits and talks with them and asks them questions because Christ is really wanting to learn to search the scriptures to put things together., The rabbis knew that Jesus had not been instructed in their schools yet His understanding of the prophecies far exceeded theirs. This is what happens when we take things personally.

We see Christ as a young boy, studying the scriptures, applying it personally, and getting answers for His life. No doubt, He would have had some problem with His birth, because as we know the Pharisees told Jesus that He was born of fornication; that is what they said to Him. Do you think that would affect the affection of a young boy toward his father? It would. So the young tenderhearted Jesus, as He is growing up has a lot of questions. These questions are very personal to Him; His birth. Was He a victim of rape? Was He born of fornication? Was Joseph definitely His father or what was it? He wants to know. His affections would be hurting over this issue. But when He reads the scriptures and He reads Isaiah 7:14 what do you think He would have thought?

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

So, Christ has a question. Where do I come from? Who is my father? Then He comes across this text. Do you think that would have meant something to Him? Do you think that would have been the rejoicing of His heart, that He knew it was written that, a virgin birth would bring forth a son? Many people have actually claimed to be of virgin birth. Many people claim to be Jesus Christ, and they claim a virgin birth. But Jesus was studying these scriptures and as He saw this He thought ‘wow! The scripture says that, there will be the sign of a child born to a virgin. And my mother says that, that is true. Who am I?’ And then He would have read Micah 5:2

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting.

He is reading and He says ‘okay, a virgin birth, that matches what my mum told me; that matches why there is so much confusion on the topic. And now I read that it has to be also in Bethlehem.’ Do you think that would have rejoiced His heart that He knew He was born in Bethlehem in a virgin situation to His mother? These scriptures would have started to really warm His heart and heal some wounds.

Did Jesus know the Prophecies?

Did Jesus understand Daniel chapter 9? Do we have any evidence in the scriptures that Jesus understood Daniel chapter 9? It’s recorded in Matthew 24, when Jesus is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem and He says that when you see the abomination of desolation spoken by Daniel the prophet, then whoever reads let him understand because Christ obviously fully understand book of Daniel. So we have scriptural evidence that Jesus understood Daniel chapter 9. Now what is contained in Daniel chapter 9? Is it the time when the Messiah would be anointed? The date was from going forth of the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem. Do you think that Christ knew history? We just read He did. We read that the faithful in Israel educated their children in sacred history with songs and psalms and sacred scrolls of the prophets. So Christ knew history. He could have identified the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem, not the temple but the city itself, and then He concluded 69 weeks and then the anointing of the Messiah. The anointing of the Messiah is the beginning of His ministry. Do you think Jesus knew at what age a person in Old Testament times was to start their ministry? Is it written? Yes, the age for someone was to start the ministry was 30 years of age. So as Jesus studied the scripture and prophecies, don’t think this came in one day of study. This continual study from childhood grew upon Him.

He says ‘okay we know the history of the decree to rebuild and restore Jerusalem, we add 69 prophetic weeks.’ They did not have AD and BC but there were definitely years to calculate, He could have subtracted 30 off and He could have come to the year of His birth. So now He is thinking ‘a virgin birth in Bethlehem in that year, I seem to meet all those requirements. May be I am a Messiah. Do you think that would have meant something to Him? That would have given understanding to the mysterious beginning of His life. Then when others said are you born of fornication by those comforting words of the scriptures from His heavenly Father He would have said no.

As all these things are unfolding I can just imagine Jesus reading the scriptures, was absolutely thrilled at what He is learning. And with every gem He found He’s got more energy to keep looking for more. He gets the ‘gold fever’. He finds a bit a gold and keeps looking. As Jesus kept looking and He would have come to the point;

Psalm 40:6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering and sin offering hast thou not required. 7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me

Just picture Christ studying the prophecies, He is reading the virgin birth in Bethlehem at such and such a time, and He would have thought, “wow! It’s written of me in the book.” Then He would have turned a few more pages and said, “oh! There I’m reading of myself, saying it’s written of me in the book and I just thought that, and there it is. Wow!” It would have blown His mind, He could have said, “this is incredible, this word is powerful and sharper than two edged sword discerning the thoughts, and the intents of my heart. I was just thinking here it is written of me and then I read here it is written of me. Written, that’s what I was thinking? Then when I read it I felt I would be delighted to do God’s will and there was that I said that.” Do you think that all His wounds could have been healed just from that? How much God loved Him to write out these things. He would have been thrilled at the scriptures. He couldn’t put them down. It’s no wonder that He rose up well before dawn and He went out to a solitary place and prayed to the father and to read and study the scriptures. That’s what Jesus did.

Do you think if Jesus did that, we need to do this same? When Jesus has the understanding of the scriptures in relation to Him personally, He would have had so much strength to counter all the wounds that He would receive from men thereafter.

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. 22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, 23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child.

Here is the scenario; this scene happened so that it would be fulfilled which was written before.

Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt. 15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.

Jesus understood why He had been in Egypt. He could see personally why God had Him there; so what the prophets had spoken could be fulfilled.

Matthew 2:16 Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men. 17 Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, 8 In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping [for] her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.

What the prophets spoke would be fulfilled.

Matthew 2:23 And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.

Christ’s Ministry

We’ve seen Him brought up in Bethlehem, in Egypt, in Nazareth it’s all written.

Matthew 4:12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee;  13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, [by] the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.

Again another facet of His life that was be written according to the prophets.

Mathew 8:16 When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with [his] word, and healed all that were sick. 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Himself took our infirmities, and bare [our] sicknesses.

Do you see everything that Jesus was doing was just to fulfill that which was written?

Matthew 12:15 But when Jesus knew [it], he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all; 16 And charged them that they should not make him known: 17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, 18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. 19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

Again He is fulfilling prophecy.

Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 

Matthew 21:3 And if any [man] say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.  4 All this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, 5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.

And then in Matthew 26:51 is the garden of Gethsemane coming to the close of His life.

Matthew 26:51 And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out [his] hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. 52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. 53 Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

The Written Word

What governed the life of Christ? It is written. He did it because it was written and his discouragement on the cross was also written. When He was on the cross, there was none with Him and He was alone. Do you think that there was a scripture that rung in His ears? And the shepherd was smitten and the sheep gathered abroad and when all the disciples fled do you think He said ‘Yea, this is written.’ What was the comfort of Christ’s life? It comforted him that it was written.

You might say ‘well, that is all written for Jesus but I am not Jesus, so all these scriptures can’t apply to me.’ There is two events that the Bible talks about most?

  • The life of Christ
  • Those living in the time of the end.

There is so much detail describing the condition of the people living at the end; what the people do, think and how people treat each other.

Have you searched the scriptures for that? Have you searched the scriptures to see what you will encounter when you follow Christ? Is that written? If you get disfellowshipped is there scriptures that deal with that, people will cast you off for my namesake saying let the Lord be glorified? Are there scriptures that comfort you on that point? Are there scriptures saying that there would be marriage breakups, and families broken. Is that written? Do you gain comfort from them? Do you take them personally?

Once I had a hard time as my mother and I took hold of this truth it caused separation on our house. I come from a family of five, and my mother and I chose the path we wanted to follow the Lord, and the rest of the family chose their way, which caused a separation. This hurt me a lot. I read in the scriptures in the book of Luke that there would be house of five, two against three, and three against two. When I read that it meant so much to me. I took that so personal because I come from a house of five, and it just so happened that there was two, that chose this way and three that chose the other way. You can read it in the book of Luke. I took that personally and that meant so much to me, a huge amount. It was the comfort of the scriptures, it was written long ago, but that makes it more powerful.

I have a very good friend who had a problem with his heart, and he opened the scriptures first for a message from God and the message said, I will strengthen thy heart. He thought ‘oh, I wonder if the Lord could do that again, it was just random.’ So he turned the pages of the Bible again and right there it said, ‘I will strength your heart.’, and then again, three times I believe God spoke using scriptures that were written by someone else to someone else right for the person who had a heart trouble. Do you take that personally? And is that a comfort? Is that like putting a balm over that soul?

I also have a friend in England and she had an horrendous, abusive marriage and they separated after many years and there was a lot of wounds in the situation., The person moved away to the North of England and after time, she was invited by her mother to move back to the south of England again, but she didn’t want to. As the request continued, she said ‘well, the Lord’s going to have to tell me whether He wants me to move or not.’ She was reading one this particular day when it really came upon her to move South of England. She was reading in the book of Ezekiel.

She said ‘Well, Lord if you want me to move you better tell me, and I am reading the book of Ezekiel so you have to use this book to tell me. So she read the next verse and the verse was telling Ezekiel to pack his bags and move. She thought ‘oh, that’s odd.’ She didn’t really actually want to move and she felt, ‘well, that was probably to Ezekiel. So she said ‘oh, you have to tell me in next chapter of Ezekiel, tell me again, I am not moving from this book.’, Thinking that she is going to be safe that she didn’t have to move she turned to the next chapter and the Lord told Ezekiel to pack his bags and move. She went ‘wow!’ Now she took that personal, that the Lord had spoken to her.

God will use His word to speak to us. And so as she moved everything went perfect for her situation. She made a very difficult list that if she is going to move and it needs to be this and this and she made a big list, that she thought the Lord would have a hard time providing for her. It was done very quickly. Those sorts of things bring our affections to the Lord. I love the Lord, He’s so close, He is so personal. Many people might think ‘when I read the Bible, I don’t get anything but being hurt.’

Return unto the Lord

God’s word can heal us, if we will search out what we are going through. ask God to speak to you through His word, in relation to the pain that you are suffering today, and keep looking until you find it and then that issue will become the rejoicing of your heart.

Hosea 6:1 Come, and let us return unto the LORD: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up.

The word of the God does hurt, it wounds our pride. It wounds everything that needs to be wounded, but it will never break a bruised reed. It will never do damage unnecessarily, never. So, if you have been wounded from the Lord, if you have read something that has cut across cost your nature; come let us return unto the Lord for he helps men and he will bound us up. He will heal. That is God’s promise to us. If we take His word personally, we will find that our hearts will start to sing. We will be like Joseph and we will be able to forgive those who have unfairly treated us.

If we keep the Lord ever before us, allowing our hearts to go out in thanksgiving and praise to Him, we shall have a continual freshness in our religious life. Our prayers will take the form of a conversation with God as we would talk with a friend. He will speak His mysteries to us personally. Often there will come to us a sweet, joyful sense of the presence of Jesus. {FLB 225.7}

You can’t know the joy, the sweetness of His words that are sweeter than honey, until you have tasted yourself.

This message from the pulpit isn’t really going to give you the full appreciation of what this message is all about until you taste and see that the Lord is good, until you’re on your knees and pray to the Lord to give you a message from Him personally. Then you will find that the desperation for earthly affections will be gone. You won’t be desperately looking for someone to fulfill those affections, but you’ll be able to find that hope you were longing in Jesus Christ.

This is my prayer that we can fine-tune into God’s written word. By personal study you can deal with the issues that pain you. Often we want to bury them. Instead, go to God’s word to find healing over the issue that all roots of bitterness will be gone in your life that you will no longer defile your husband, wife or children by the pain that is in your heart. Let God’s word penetrate your heart, as He wants you to. This my prayer in Jesus name.

Amen.

Posted on September 3, 2012, in Hearing Gods Voice Camp Woody, Sermons For Sabbath. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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