Summary: It is so important that we as Christians not only read God’s Word, but hears what it says unto us.
There are a small percentage of people in America that may say they have never heard the Words of God.
Preaching is on the radio, television and even the computer today. It is even broadcast in many foreign countries in their native languages.
A. The Word of God is without error
Mention: Psalms 119:160 Thy word is true from the beginning
B. The Word of God is without change
Mention: Psalms 119:89 for ever O Lord thy word is settled in heaven
See: James 1:17b with whom (God) there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning
See: John 10:35 The scriptures cannot be broken
C. Authenticated by Jesus
See: Luke 24:44
1. Hearing with an APPETITE
I have never met anyone that benefited from the Words of God without and appetite!
Mention: Psalms 34:8 O Taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that truseth in Him.
See: 1 Peter 2:2-3 As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that they may grow thereby
Mention: Job 23:12 I have esteemed the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.
We are not going to faithfully read our Bibles until we get a desire for the Word
Mention: Matt. 4:4 Man shall not live by bread alone, but every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
See: Psalms 119:72 The law of thy mouth is better unto me than thousands of gold and silver
2. Hearing ATTENTIVELY
Vs.21 Receive with meekness
See: Matt. 13:13-16 They hearing and not understanding
Matt. 13:9 He that hath ears let him hear
Mention: Mark 4:24 Take heed what ye hear
Luke 8:18 Take heed how ye hear
Note: Himself, and his way, he was “We are to hear for ourselves and not others”
Our hearts are to be prepared!
See: James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
Meekness = The attitude of acceptance to what is heard
3. Hearing ACTIVELY
See: James 1:22-24 But be ye doers of the word and not hearer only
The word is referred to as looking into a mirror!
a. Don’t glance
b. Don’t forget what you saw
c. Don’t fail to obey what the word tell you to do
Vs.26-27 sharing the Word “Pure Religion”
Vs.26 Speech, Vs.27a Service, and Vs.27b Separation
Mention: Luke 6:46-49 Why call me Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?
Vs.25 No one can be truly blessed by God without obedience to His words
See: Psalms 81:10-16 O that My people had hearkened unto Me…