Summary: THE DESIRE TO OBEY AND PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD IS THE PATHWAY TO LIBERTY
THE DESIRE TO OBEY AND PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD
IS THE PATHWAY TO LIBERTY
Why is Liberty so crucial to spiritual maturity?
I. (:41-42) THE DESIRE TO PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD COMES FROM:
A. Experiencing God’s Deliverance = His Lovingkindness in action in harmony with God’s Word
B. Trusting in God’s Word
C. Result: Freedom from Fear of Man
(= what holds us back from proclaiming God’s Word)
"So I shall have an answer for him who reproaches me"
II. (:43-45) THE DESIRE TO OBEY GOD’S WORD COMES FROM:
A. God’s Faithful Keeping of His Promises
"And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth"
We wait in hope for God to vindicate us by proving faithful to His word of truth
"For I wait for Thine ordinances"
B. Our Passionate Desire to Walk in Freedom
Freedom from the Bondage of Sin
Ability to keep God’s law continually
III. (:46) THE FREEDOM TO PROCLAIM GOD’S WORD BRINGS BOLDNESS
"I will also speak of Thy testimonies before kings; And shall not be ashamed."
IV. (:47-48) THE FREEDOM TO OBEY GOD’S WORD BRINGS GREATER LOVE FOR GOD’S WORD
"And I shall lift up my hands to Thy commandments, Which I love; And I will meditate on Thy statutes."
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1) Do we use our personal testimony in a non-argumentative fashion as an.appropriate answer for those who “reproach” us?
2) What are some of the factors that motivate us to obey and proclaim God’s Word?
3) Are we experiencing freedom from the fear of man? From the bondage of sin?
4) Do we wait for God to vindicate us or do we try to take matters into our own hands?
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