Experiencing A Word From God
Sermon shared by Mike Hamilton
Summary: Like grain God’s Word nourishes, like fire God’s Word compels, and like a hammer, God’s Word breaks us.
Audience: General adults
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“Experiencing A Word From God”
Illustration: Herman and Henrietta were touring their brand-new house, a house that Henrietta had paid for with her money, a fact of which she often reminded Herman. In each room of the house, she said to her husband, “Herman, if it were not for my money, we wouldn’t be here.” Herman didn’t say a word.
That afternoon a truck delivered to the house a load of furniture, furniture that Henrietta paid for with her money. After the furniture was in place, the couple toured the house again. As they observed each room, beautifully appointed and magnificently decorated, Henrietta reminded her husband, “Herman, if it were not for my money, this furniture would not be here.” Again, Herman was silent.
Late in the afternoon a truck came with a special piece of furniture which was to be the focal point of the den, a combination stereo-television-computer all wrapped into one gorgeous piece of furniture which Henrietta paid for with her money. When it was in place, Henrietta again addressed her husband, “If it were not for my money, that piece of furniture would not be here.” Finally, Herman spoke, “Honey, I don’t want to make you feel bad, but if it were not for your money, I wouldn’t be here!” (Harbour, Rising Above the Crowd, 7)
Transition: That story begs the question – Why are you here? You know, many people come to church for a variety of reasons.
1) Some come for SOCIAL REASONS
2) Some come for RELIGIOUS REASONS
But for whatever reason you are here today, we SHOULD be here because we want to experience a genuine encounter with the Living God and receive a word from him – A WORD THAT WILL CHANGE OUR LIVES.
In our text for today, we learn just how the word of God affects our lives.
Jeremiah was a prophet of God.
He is often called the weeping prophet.
Do you know why?
1) The people he loved were about to experience the wrath of God if they would not repent.
2) The people he loved hated him because he preached the TRUE word of God – which was a message the people did not want to hear.
The message the people wanted to hear was what the FALSE PROPHETS were preaching.
False Prophets Message
Jeremiah 6:14 “Peace, Peace when there is no peace.”
If the people had listened to the real message of God, it would have changed their lives and their future.
Application: That is where I believe most Christians are today. What we need more than anything else is to allow God’s word to do what only his word can do.
In our text for today, we learn of at least three things the word of God can do in our lives.
I. The FIRST thing God’s Word does in our Lives is it NOURISHES.
A. In verse 28, God compares his word to GRAIN.
B. Have you ever been to a Bible Study or a worship service, studying the word of God and when you were done have an awesome feeling of being spiritually fed?
C. Matthew 5:6 says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
D. So, if you are here today to experience a genuine encounter with the living God and to receive a word from him, you WILL GO AWAY FED.
E. I find it interesting that Jesus, who is referred to as “the Word” in John 1:1, is also referred to as “the bread of life.”
F. Deuteronomy 8:3 “man does not live on bread alone but on every word that
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