Sermon:
HOW TO BENEFIT FROM THE BIBLE
Growing Up Rather Than Giving Up - Part 5
James 1:19-27
Our lives are to be governed and controlled by the word of God, The Bible. Yet there are many in churches through out America the are governed and controlled by their fears, doubt, unbelief, wrong emotions and bad feelings.
The Bible is a book of blessing and benefits. It promises comfort, strength, hope, wisdom, knowledge, joy, power, and purpose. But just because you have a bible doesnít mean youíre going to benefit from it.
∑ A preacher and a soap manufacturer were walking down the street one day. As they walked they notice how wrongly people were treating each other. The street were filled with corruption. The soap manufacturer looked at the preacher and said, " Preacher, that bible you preach must not be any good, itís not helping anyone. Look at all the filth and corruption ". The preacher didnít say anything, he just kept walking. After awhile they came up on some children that were dirty and nasty. It look as though they hadnít taken a bath in weeks. The preacher looked at the soap Manufacturer and said, " That soap you make must not be any good. Look how filthy and dirty these children are ". The soap manufacturer replied, " Soap doesnít work unless you use it and apply it ". Thatís " right " said the preacher. " Itís the same way with the Bible. The bible want work unless people use it and apply it to their lives ".
Folks I am here to tell you this morning it doesnít matter how many bible verse you can quote from memory. It doesnít matter how much bible you know. You do need to know and commit Godís word to memory, but unless you use it and apply it to your daily life it will not benefit you at all. You will only experience the blessing and benefits of the bible as you apply the bible to your life and your circumstances.
Many people mark their bible but they never allow their bible to mark them. As you study Godís word, Godís word will study you.
v. 25 is the key verse, "The man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard but doing it, he will be blessed in what he does." The Bible is called the perfect law because itís exactly what I need. It promises freedom and it promises blessing.
James, being his practical self, gives us three steps on how to benefit from the Bible.
I. THERE MUST BE A WILLINGNESS TO RECEIVE THE WORD OF GOD
vs. 21, " Receive (Accept) the word planted in you." Circle the word "receive". This word in Greek is a hospitality term which literally means "to openly welcome the word" -- come on in. If weíre going to benefit from the word of God, then we must welcome the word God into our lives. In order for us to benefit from Godís word it must gain access into our lives.
James says it is the engrafted word. In other words This word is planted in you. In Matthew 13 Jesus told the parable of the sower and the seed. Jesus said, the word of God