Summary: We have certain spiritual safeguards in life.
Brothers and sisters, I’ve seen a few movies a second time and maybe even a third time, but not 110 times!
If we can watch movies and TV programs over and over, and still get something from them, what about listening to the Word of God over and over?
ILL.- On their way home from church, the husband and wife were discussing the sermon. The wife said, “It seems to me that he didn’t put enough fire into his sermon.” The husband replied, “In my opinion, he didn’t put enough of his sermon into the fire.” Boring and long sermons are not much fun, nor are they helpful. However, well prepared sermons and well delivered sermons can be a blessing and can stick with you a long time.
ILL.- As a student of Ozark Christian College in the mid-60’s I remember Boyce Mouton from Carthage, MO, standing up in our chapel services, offering to preach when the speaker didn’t show up that morning. Boyce said, “I promised the Lord I would never turn down an opportunity to testify for him.” Boyce went to the pulpit and preached a great 20-minute sermon entitled, “Fools for Christ” from I Corinthians chapter four.
Another time, I remember professor Bob Stacy preaching a sermon in chapel. He started that sermon with these words: “YOU OUGHT TO BE DEAD!” Did he ever grab our attention! He went on to preach a powerful sermon about being crucified with Christ.
Sermons like those are a safeguard in life. We need to hear them, over and over.
ILL.- In the paperback book HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR MEMORY, James Weinland wrote, “A fact once learned may be so interesting, so important, so satisfying, or so shocking that no effort is required to remember it – it seems to be remember itself. But the ordinary run of little facts cannot be recalled without attention and effort.”
Much of the time it’s hard for us to remember spiritual truths. When they are presented in an interesting way or manner, it helps, but otherwise, we must work to remember the good stuff.
Paul said, “It’s no trouble for me to write the same things to you again…” Repetition is necessary in some cases! When it comes to Biblical truth, this truth needs to be repeated over and over.
ILL.- Preacher Ed Bousman used to say, “My desire is to read the New Testament every week or 52 times a year, but being sort of lazy by nature I only read it about 40 times a year or every week and a half.” Don’t we all wish we were that good about reading God’s Word? What a blessing and safeguard it would be!
Ps. 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”
How can we hide the Word of God in our hearts? Repetition is one good way. We need to hear it over and over. We need to repeat it over and over. We need to read it over and over.
ILL.- The new preacher had delivered the same sermon for three Sundays in a row. The church board and members were getting a bit concerned. One of the board members said to the preacher, ”That’s a wonderful sermon you’ve been preaching, but could you preach a different sermon?”
The preacher fired back, “I will preach a different sermon, as soon as folks in this church starting practicing this one.”