Act on the Word

Act on the Word

 

James 2:14-26

14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

24 You see that a person is justified by what he does and not by faith alone.

25 In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction? 26 As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.

  1. Act on the Word.
  2. Martin Luther, We are saved by grace through faith alone, but faith is never alone.
  3. Old Catholic. We are saved by grace through faith and works.
  4. Truth: We are saved by grace alone through genuine faith.
  5. Joint Declaration on the doctrine of justification. 1999. “Together we confess: By grace alone, in faith in Christ’s saving work and not because of any merit on our part, we are accepted by God and receive the Holy Spirit, who renews our hearts while equipping and calling us to good works.”

Eph 2:8-10

8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

  1. If all I do is have confession, but not action then I am not truly committed in my faith in God. “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed”
  2. Words only.
  3. Since God is the supplier of my needs, then I can give.

Luke 6:46

46        “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?

  1. Acting demands risk and giving something up.
  2. Abraham offers son.
  3. Rahab gave lodging to spies.
  4. Illustration: Tight rope walker. Wheel barrel.
  5. Life insurance policy. Does not demand change in lifestyle. But even then, I still must pay the premium when due. Some look at Christianity as an eternal life insurance policy.
  6. Living together or marriage?
  7. Giving or tithing?
  8. Worrying or Believing?
  9. Bitter or Forgiving?
  10. Mean or kind?
  11. Selfish or generous?
  12. Lazy or diligent?
  13. Glutton or self control?
  14. Lusting or loving?
  15. Lying or telling the truth?
  16. Going to the wrong places or going to church?
  17. Sowing discord or striving for unity?
  18. Aborting or giving birth?
  19. Scheming evil plots or planning good deeds?
  20. Stealing or working?

 

James 1:22-25

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it — he will be blessed in what he does.

  1. Doer of the Word is blessed.
    1. If I stop with listening to the word then my faith will not bless me.


  1. Examples of Action.

Mark 5:27-29

27 When she heard about Jesus, she came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, 28 because she thought, “If I just touch his clothes, I will be healed.”

Mark 5:33-34

33 Then the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell at his feet and, trembling with fear, told him the whole truth. 34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

  1. Woman could have been stoned for touching Jesus while bleeding.

Matt 9:1-2

9 Jesus stepped into a boat, crossed over and came to his own town. 2 Some men brought to him a paralytic, lying on a mat. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven.”

  1. Took faith to lower the man.

Mark 10:50

50 Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.

  1. He threw away his means of financial support.

Luke 17:14

14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.

  1. Law said that after you were healed of skin disease you were to go show yourself to the priest.

Luke 5:4-5

4 When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”

5 Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

  1. Letting Jesus use the boat did not take much faith, but letting down the nets did.

Matt 17:27

27 “But so that we may not offend them, go to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours.”

  1. Peter had to put out a line.

Numbers 14:39-45

Num 14:44

44 Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord’s covenant moved from the camp.

  • Presumption—Acting on God’s promises without faith.
  1. Don’t act on
  2. Guilt
  3. Fear
  4. Tithing can be done in presumption.

 

Luke 4:12 “Do not put the Lord your God to a foolish Test”

  1. Foolishness—Acting beyond God’s word thus putting yourself in needless danger.
    1. Foolishness looks stronger than faith.
    2. Trying to force God to act.
    3. Refuse to take out a loan.
    4. Throwing away your medicine is an act beyond God’s Word.
    5. Yet, the trusting believer does act different than the world does when it comes to living in health.

2 Chron 16:12 Asa did not seek help only from physicians

2 Kings 20:2-7 God healed through poultice of figs.

Mark 5:25-26 Spent all she had but got worse.

James 5:14-15

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Speak the Word

Speak the Word

 

Rom 10:8-10

8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your 1mouth and in your heart,” that is, the word of faith we are proclaiming: 9 That if you confess with 2 your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

 

Rom 10:10

10 For with the 3 heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

KJV

  1. Notice that three times the correlation between the heart that believes, and the mouth that confesses. Relationship between believing and speaking.
  2. The word must also be in the mouth.
  3. “confess with mouth” & “believe with heart”
  4. v 8, “the word is near you.”
  5. 10 “confession is made (created) unto salvation”
  6. Create in the Hebrew mind comes from a word (bara’ baw raw) that means to “cut down” as in a tree. Just as a carpenter takes wood and makes a table, so you can take God’s Word and create salvation.
  7. Isn’t interesting that Jesus was a carpenter.
  8. Salvation is the Greek Word, soteria.—E.W. Vines defines it as heath, salvation, deliverance. It is an all inclusive word. “All inclusive vacation” flight, hotel, food, entertainment, and excursions.
  9. Believing alone did not create salvation, confession was needed to complete faith.
  10. Confession=Gr “Homologeo”–Homo=same Logeo=speak
  11. Confession is speaking or saying the same; agreeing with.
  12. We should agree with God and say the same thing He says.

 

Heb 13:5-6

5          Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

6          So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

  1. Confession is to say the same thing as God says.
  2. Not blab it grab it. But confess it possess it.

 

Rom 4:17

17        As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed– the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were.

  • Jesus was a carpenter, so he created things. You must confess it before you get it. Wrong things we say…
  1. When God answers my prayer, then I will know he heard me.
  2. When God heals my body, then I will know I am better.
  3. When the money comes in, then I will know that God supplies my need.
  4. When I speak in tongues, then I will know I have received the Holy Spirit.
  5. You must sign for the package before you possess it. Your confession is your signing for the gifts God gives you.
  6. Just as God created the worlds with his words, you create your world with your words. Don’t use the devil’s words. Don’t use man’s words. USE God’s Words.
  • Heb 8:12

12 For I will forgive their wickedness

and will remember their sins no more.” 

 

  • Isa 53:4-5

4 Surely he took up our infirmities

and carried our sorrows,

yet we considered him stricken by God,

smitten by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,

he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,

and by his wounds we are healed.

 

  • Ps 21:2-3

2 You have granted him the desire of his heart

and have not withheld the request of his lips.

Selah

3 You welcomed him with rich blessings

 

  • Ps 79:8

8 Do not hold against us the sins of the fathers;

may your mercy come quickly to meet us,

for we are in desperate need.

 

  • 1 Cor 2:16

But we have the mind of Christ.

 

  • 1 Cor 1:30

30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God — that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.

 

  • Rom 6:14

14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.

KJV

 

  • Isa 33:24

24 No one living in Zion will say, “I am ill”;

 

Num 13:30-31

30        Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

  • But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.”
  1. Notice the contrast between what Caleb said and what the ten spies said.

            “we can certainly do it.”

                        “we can’t attack those people”

  1. Each group’s destiny was settled by their words.

Num 14:24

24 But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it.

 

2 Cor 4:13

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” With that same spirit of faith we also believe and therefore speak,

 

Num 14:28-29

28 So tell them, ‘As surely as I live, declares the Lord, I will do to you the very things I heard you say:

 

  1. Caleb had the spirit of faith. God’s Word was in both his heart and mouth.

 

Prov 18:21

21 The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

  1. The tongue can produce both life and death, blessings and curses.

Josh 6:10

10        But Joshua had commanded the people, “Do not give a war cry, do not raise your voices, do not say a word until the day I tell you to shout. Then shout!”

  1. Jericho—sweet place. Place of inheritance.
  2. Walk around—revolve the scriptures on your inheritance.
  3. Trumpets sounded, but the people said nothing.
  4. Trumpets—hearing the word preached.
  5. Walking around—meditating the Word.
  6. Shout—confession of victory.
  7. Their shout blasted down the walls.

Scriptures on Confession:

            James 3:10 Out of the same mouth come praise & …

            James 3:8 No man can tame the tongue

            Prov 18:20-21 “Fruit of his mouth…Life and death..

            Matt 15:10 “What comes out of his mouth makes him…

            Matt 12:34 Out of the abundance of the heart…

            Matt 12:37 For by your words you will be justified.

Meditate the Word

 

Mediate the Word

 

  1. Meditate the Word to get it inside of you.

 

Ps 39:3

3          My heart grew hot within me, and as I meditated, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue:

 

Josh 1:8

8          Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

  1. Mediating the Word is the way to put real bullets into your gospel gun.
  2. Confession is like pulling a trigger.
  3. God pulled the trigger at creation.
  4. Rom 10:10 “Confession is made unto salvation.”
  5. Empty blanks make noise but don’t have power.
  6. Many people are like parrots, repeating words of scripture without any revelation.
  7. Some people make good confessions along with bad ones because they have no revelation of the Word of God.

“Binding didn’t work”

“Prayer didn’t reach God”

“I can’t pay my bills”

“I still feel afraid”

“My marriage is over”

“I feel worse”

“The devil is not fleeing”

  1. Mediate is to think deeply about something. We do this all the time.
  2. Eye gate, ear gate, mouth gate.
    1. Ex. See mother abused by father. Monkey see, monkey do.
    2. Ex. Hear that you are limited.
  3. Mouth is the dialogue you have with yourself over the things you have seen and heard.
  4. Most Christians try to live on sermon to sermon, but do no study of scriptures themselves.
  5. You never become a doer by hearing the Word only.
  6. Multiplication tables.


Acts 17:11

11 Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.

Luke 8:15

15 But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop.

  1. Meditate the Word is to meditate in the book of the Law. This is the next step up from hearing the Word preached.
  2. “Book” not “voice of Moses”.
  3. You can’t live on sermons, Sermons give you revelations. But you must meditate on the revelation to get the Word inside your spirit.
  4. Hearing the Word taught by others will stir your heart and bring revelation, but it is your meditation on the written Word that will put power behind your words.
    • Example: hearing about faith, but you let other sermons dissuade you rather than looking up the written Word of God.
  1. Revelation only gives you a warm heart; but meditation puts a fire in your heart.
  1. Meditation is an internal dialogue within you by which you look up and study the scriptures to confirm what you should believe in.
  • Mediate comes from this meditate. Take the “T” out and you have the word: Mediate.
  • Mediate: Intervene between people in a dispute in order to bring about an agreement or reconciliation
  • Two people in your life: old man and New
  1. Not focus on mental ability, but Spirit ability.
  2. Traditional view over the Truth.
  3. Mental v Spiritual. Mental is doubting. Bereans were not doubtful or skeptical, but “received the message with eagerness.” They examined the scriptures, not to prove Paul wrong, but to get the Word planted in their hearts.
  4. To look very intently and carefully, not to miss even one item.

 

John 5:39

39        You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,

 

John 16:13

13        But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.

 

1 Cor 2:14

14        The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.

 

  • Two down to earth methods to meditate. Mutter and Muse.
  1. Mutter—to speak to yourself in a low tone of voice.
  2. Same word used for “murmured”
  3. When you think intensely about something you automatically speak to your self.

“Do not let it depart from your mouth”

Ps 19:14

14        May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.

  1. When the words that come out of your mouth do not line up with God’s Word, you are not meditating.
  2. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth…
    1. Muse—revolve in your mind one theme or one Scripture passage. Consider deeply.
  3. Squeezing juice out of an orange.
  4. Cows digestive system.
    1. No one will be a doer of the Word simply by hearing the Word. You must meditate it.

1 Kings 18:41

41 And Elijah said unto Ahab, Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

KJV

  1. Elijah heard the sound of an abundance of rain. You can meditation on abundance when there is lack all around you.

 

  1. How to meditate.

Ps 119:18

18  Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law.

  1. Interpret

2 Tim 2:15

15  Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.

  1. Apply

James 1:22

22        Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Supporting Israel is the right thing to do

Supporting Israel is the right thing to do

by Bishop Tom Brown

          It is a moral imperative to support Israel. So when Representative O”Rouke voted “No” to give Israel the necessary funding for the Iron Dome he acted wrongly. The Iron Dome is not an offensive weapon; it’s purely defensive. It saves the lives, not only of Israeli citizens, but American’s visiting there right now, including some El Pasoans. It also saves the lives of Palestinians, because without it, Israel would be forced to act with less restraint, thus more Palestinians would have been killed in Gaza.

Rather than speak directly on O’Rourkes bad judgment, I want to write about the larger problem that O’Rourke’s generation has with Israel. Surveys have shown that younger Americans, like O’Rourke, are less likely to support Israel than older Americans. The reason is because young people are less incline to believe in the Bible and to go to church. As a result, their moral compass is not as accurate as it should be. Yet, I have hope for the youth.

I want to speak to this young age group as to why they should support Israel.

  1. To support Israel is to bring a blessing on themselves. God told Abraham, “I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (Gen 12:3). The Jews are the natural, promise seed of Abraham, and to bless the Jews is to receive God’s blessing in return. America is the most blessed nation on the earth, and it is no coincidence that it is also the biggest supporter of Israel. God keeps His Word. He will bless those that bless Israel.
  2. To support Israel shows she has the right to exist. America was created by citizens from other countries, primarily England. Who in their right mind would deny America its right to exist? If America has a right to exist, and she does, then Israel has even a greater right to exist because it was built by people living there and by Jews returning to their original homeland.. The territory in Israel was the original homeland for the Jews and, therefore, they have a moral right to return home.
  3. To support Israel is to express gratitude because they gave us their Messiah, Jesus, as our Savior. The Apostle Paul makes this argument in Romans 15:27, “For if the Gentiles have shared in the Jews’ spiritual blessings, they owe it to the Jews to share with them their material blessings.” Christians owe to Israel our material support. This is one reason I joined Christians United for Israel, and am now the area director.
  4. To support Israel is support the only free, democratic nation in the Middle East. If we cannot support people that share our values, then who can we support? Hamas, who is bent on Israel’s destruction, does not share our values! They recently executed three Palestinians for protesting Hamas. In Israel, you can protest the government without fear of imprisonment. Israel stands for free speech and freedom of religion.

Finally, let me address the current conflict in Israel and Gaza right now. First, Israel did not initiate the war; the terrorist group, Hamas, did by firing rockets into Israel.  Since Israel is simply defending itself, it has the high moral ground in the conflict. Second, Israel is fighting an evil ideology. Hamas sees Israel as the little satan and America as the great Satan. Third, the blood of Palestinians, which all of us feel grief for, is the fault of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. You can no more blame Israel for the deaths in Gaza than you could blame the Allies for the deaths of Germans in WWII.

It is time for us to think clearly, consider the Word of God, and make sure we support our friends in Israel.

 

You Need to Keep Hearing the Word

You Need to Keep Hearing the Word

Col 2:5 KJV “I am with you in spirit, joying and beholding your order and the stedfastness of your faith in Christ.”

  1. Faith has certain procedures that we must be followed in order to get the benefits of faith.

Step one: Identify the problem.

Step two: Make a quality decision to overcome the

problem God’s way.

Step Three: Find your title deed to an answer in

God’s Word.

Step Four: Keep hearing the Word concerning your  victory. .

 

I Jn 5:4

4          for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

  1. Faith is the thing God gave us to overcome the World–sin, sickness, poverty, demons.
    1. Some have heard the faith message and have given up, because they did not realize that faith encounters battles, and they could only be won by a continual replenishing of the Word.
    2. US sold Israel more ammunition.
    3. Faith is not a once and all life time belief. You must continue to feed your faith. People change beliefs all the time.
    4. A 30 year old car does not necessarily have more gas in the tank that a spanking new car. Miles does not equate to the amount of fuel.
      1. Explain why an old believer may be more defeated than a new believer.

 

Rom 10:17

17        Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.

 

Rom 10:17

17        So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(KJV)

  1. Step four: Keep on hearing God’s Word all the time.
  2. Your ears are one of two gateways to your spirit. Eyes the other.
  3. Three basic ways to hear the word.
    1. Read Scripture
    2. Confess the Word yourself.
    3. Hear the Word preach. “Consequently” or “So then” is a conjunction to what he said before.

Rom 10:14

14        How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?

  1. Faith comes more by hearing an anointed preacher than by either reading Scripture or by confessing the Word yourself.
  2. Teaching and Preaching must go along with the reading of Scripture.

1 Tim 4:13

13        Until I come, devote yourself to the public reading of Scripture, to preaching and to teaching.

  1. If simply reading Scripture was the best way for faith to come, then it would be wiser to simply come to church and read a lot of Scripture and skip the teaching and preaching.
  2. The teaching and preaching must be based on the Scripture.
  3. Why is it that when we hear an anointed preacher that faith comes more easily than when we simply read the Scriptures during our private times? Because God ordain the teacher and preacher to explain more fully the meaning of God’s Word, and this causes faith to come. You cannot have faith if you do not understand the Word.

Acts 8:30-31

30        Then Philip ran up to the chariot and heard the man reading Isaiah the prophet. “Do you understand what you are reading?” Philip asked.

31        “How can I,” he said, “unless someone explains it to me?” So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.

 

Neh 8:9

9          Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and scribe, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is sacred to the LORD your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

  1. Simply hearing Scripture read does not produce faith.

Neh 8:12

12        Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

  1. It was only when the ministers explained and interpreted the Word did the people have joy.
  2. Many people, because they have not understood the Word, will get under condemnation and doubt when they read the Bible. Only until a minister explains it does joy and faith come.
  3. Reading the Scripture provides the basis for you to receive revelation from the teaching of the Word.
  4. He that reads little or nothing of the Scripture usually does not get much out of the message.

 

  1. Daily hearing the Word.
    1. “He that has ears to hear…”

Prov 4:10

10        Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.

 

Prov 4:21-23

21        Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;

22        for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.

 

Prov 8:34

34        Blessed is the man who listens to me, watching daily at my doors, waiting at my doorway.

  1. Listen daily to God’s Word.
  2. Hygene (wash, eat, sleep, brush teeth)
  3. Faith does NOT come by having heard.

Deut 8:3

3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

  1. You cannot live on yesterday’s meal.
  2. Evidence you are not living daily on the Word: you are being humbled with circumstances.
  3. You will never win a battle on the shells you fired in the last war.

 

2 Pet 1:12

12        So I will always remind you of these things, even though you know them and are firmly established in the truth you now have.

  1. Need to keep hearing the Word of God so that your faith will be established.
  2. “Remind“—to say the same thing over again.
  3. “even though you know them and are firmly established”.
  4. “firmly established in the truth you NOW HAVE.”
  5. You are never established in faith by the truth you once had.
  6. Peter and the apostles had to hear about Christ death seven times at least.

Mt 16:21-22; 17:12; 20:17-19; 21:39; 26:2; 26:31-35

  1. Pay attention until the day dawns.

2 Pet 1:19

19        And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.

 

Ps 39:3

3 My heart grew hot within me,

and as I meditated, the fire burned;

then I spoke with my tongue:

  1. Revelation, meditation and proclamation.
  2. You will never receive revelation of the Word until you are willing to stay in it a long time.
  3. Illustration: 30 second News clip are taken from hours and hours of film.
  4. How to get revelation. You must stay long into the Word and keep hearing messages until you get revelation.

Luke 24:27

27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

Luke 24:32

32 They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

  1. Seven mile (60 stadia) walk from Jerusalem to Emmaus. 2 1/2 hour Bible study or less.
  2. We are people in need of motivation.