Summary: His Word pours light into our lives, onto our paths, into our understanding.
Manifest Presence Series
“The Real Power of God’s Word Within”
(Inspired by Don Nori Sr.’s Manifest Presence: You Can Live Within The Veil)
February 11, 2015 CFBC Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker
A Psalm 119:130 (NASB) 130 The unfolding of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.
Psalm 119:105 (NASB) 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
1 His Word pours light into our lives, onto our paths, into our understanding.
a What we see when the light comes on is what we need to deal with in our lives.
aa When the Word of God is spoken, the lamp of the Lord turns on within our spirits and we know what the Lord expects of us.
bb This isn’t a bad thing, meant to scare us. . .
b Because we’re covered under the blood of Jesus, whatever shows up that is sinful, our soft hearts move quickly to deal with.
aa IL. Father telling his son to go clean up the basement (the son may not want to, but he goes).
bb The basement is dark so a light must be turned on to see what needs to be picked up, cleaned out, hauled off.
cc Only when the light is turned on is the messed revealed . . . now the cleaning can begin.
2 In the same way, when the lamp of the Lord is turned on, we know what we’re supposed to do.
James 1:22 (NASB) 22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
a God wants us to be people who are not just hearers, but doers of the Word.
aa If we want to minister in the fullness of God’s light, we must first let this light do its work in us.
bb He wants us to walk in truth, not just talk about it, not just sing/dance about it, but walk in truth.
cc He wants us to become what he Word is saying.
b The world is full of people who have their doctrine straight, who “know” what the Word is saying, requires. (That’s important)
aa There are experts, theologians, people who understand the things revealed by the Word of God.
bb The problem is the world is lacking people who are experiencing what they say they believe.
B When the world sees Christians who are living what they believe, the nations will stand up and take notice.
1 I don’t want to settle for preaching/teaching the truths of God, I want to live them out, experience them in my life.
a I want to touch God, have fellowship with Him.
b 1 John 1:1 (NASB) 1 What was from the beginning, what we have heard, what we have seen with our eyes, what we have looked at and touched with our hands, concerning the Word of Life—
1 John 1:3 (NASB) 3 what we have seen and heard we proclaim to you also, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ.
aa The things I preach are things I have experienced or I believe I will experience in the near future.
bb I want to be a man who believes and lives out the truths that God’s Word reveals.
cc I believe it is these kind of people, churches that will change the communities, cultures, regions, nations, world.
2 John 1:14 (NASB) 14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.
a That word was spoken eons ago, and He still wants His Word to become flesh in you and me. (That’s how the world will know that He is Lord.)
b Admittedly, sometimes when the light gets turned on . . . it’s not comfortable, too bright, hurts our eyes.
aa The light can make us angry (angry at God maybe.)
bb The light proves this one thing: God is having His way in our lives . . . He’s still speaking to us . . . He wants us to respond to the Light of His Word.
C Getting on the Cutting Edge
1 To be on the cutting edge of the Kingdom at this hour means being on the cutting edge of the Spirit and His work in our personal lives.
a When He reveals something to us that needs cleaned up/picked up/thrown away/ disposed of . . .
aa We don’t ignore it, walk around it, explain it away, blame others, or dwell it.
bb We now that we are growing when God puts His light on a particular area of our lives, we respond, deal with it out of obedience.