Summary: When life has you down, when all your strength is gone, when all hope seems lost. No matter the situation, let this sermon encourage you to "live by the Word"!

“Live By The Word”

Hebrews 4:12


Growing up my grandmother had one favorite phrase that she would often use: “No

matter the situation, I’m Living by the Word”

In Jeremiah 37 the prophet Jeremiah has a small problem. He could see that the nation of

Israel is in turmoil, that things are going from bad to worse. The city is in an uproar. The

Babylonian army has surrounded Jerusalem and is now cutting off the cities water and

food supply. The Lord has already told Jeremiah that if king Zedekiah doesn’t surrender

to the Babylonian king, then the city will be burned and king Zedekiah will be killed.

Jeremiah tries to warn the king, but in the process Jeremiah himself is arrested for treason

and then beaten and thrown into prison. In the midst of these terrible circumstances, when

things are at there lowest king Zedekiah calls for the prophet Jeremiah and asks him this

one simple question found in Jeremiah 37:17 the king says, “Is there any word from the


When life is at it’s lowest point, let me suggest that this is what people really want to

know, they want to know “Is there any word from the Lord?” When your marriage is on

the rocks, “Is there any word from the Lord?” When your children rebel against you and

God, “Is there any word from the Lord?” When you lose you job and you don’t know

where that next mortgage payment is going to come from, “Is there any word from the

Lord?” When all your strength is gone and all hope is lost, “Is there any word from the

Lord?” Let me respond with the same statement Jeremiah did in Jeremiah 37:18 when he

said “YES” there is a word from the Lord! “YES” there is hope for your marriage!

“YES” there is hope for your family! “YES” there is hope for your career! When life is at

it’s lowest point “there is a word from the Lord”! But this “word from the Lord” only

happens if we are living by the word! If there is one thing that you remember from this

sermon, is that:


If we are going to live by the word, then we need to know a little bit about the word!

(John 1:1-5 In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word

was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without

him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of

men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.) Then

down a few verses in (Jn.1:14 says, The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among

us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the father full

of grace and truth.) Who is the Word? The Word is JESUS! Why should we live by the

Word? (Acts 4:12 says, Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under

heaven given to men by which we must be saved.) We Must Live By The Word! (Heb

13:8 says, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever!) Isn’t that great to

know, that in a world that is constantly changing and lives that are in constant turmoil,

“We serve a Jesus who is the same yesterday, today and forever!” We must remember to

live by the Word! But how do we Live by the Word? We do it by understanding a few

important steps

Read Hebrews 4:12

I. We must understand that the Word is LIVING

Growing up in Orlando, as a kid with no money (not much has changed) a cheap way to

spend a Saturday afternoon was to head down to the John Young Science Center. They

had lot’s of neat stuff like: a electricity ball, the world’s largest bubble maker and indoor

petting zoo. But the greatest exhibit at the Science center were the fossilized remains of a

dinosaur known as the Teranous Rex! It was cool to look at the bones, but after a while

(I will admit it got kind of boring, because all they were was a bunch of bones!) It wasn’t

until the movie Jurassic Park came out that the Teranousrus Rex really came to life for me.

Why? Because I could see it with my eyes, I could hear it with my ears and I could feel

it’s power as I sat on the edge of my seat! The word is the exact same way! You can

look at your Bible on the shelf as it collects dust, and it’s not real to you. However when

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