What food is to the physical man, the Word of God is to the Spiritual man. If I do not eat, I will not be able to do have the strength to do what I need to do. If you do not feed on God’s Word, you will not have the strength to do what God wants you to do.
82% of Americans believe the Bible is true. I suggest to you today that if the Bible is literally true and that we believe that this is God’s Word to us then it should mean something more to us than a book we put on the shelf all week! It should mean something to us, and it demands a response!
George Barna’s poll: 18% of Christians read the Bible every day. 23% of Christians never read the Bible.
Now, you say why is the Bible so important. This is God’s love letter to us! It is the very mind of God penned down on paper. The Bible is infallible (without error) and inerrant.
How should I respond to the Word?
I. Receive God’s Word- V. 18-21
There is a major difference between hearing and receiving. Matthew 13:13 says, “Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” You must be swift to hear. The idea of swift is ready or focused. It is possible to be in a position to hear the Word, but not be ready to receive God’s Word. Some of you are in here tonight hearing the Word, but it is passing you by. Eliminate distractions in your life so that you can be swift to hear. You must be Slow to Speak. You must be Slow to Wrath. You must be prepared. “Superfluity of naughtiness” is not a phrase we use regularly. It carries on the idea of overflowing with wickedness. It is the idea of a garden overflowing with weeds that continue to grow out of control. Don’t fill your life with things that are not compatible with God and His Word! When you stop filling your life with filth, you will be ready to hear His Word.
II. Apply God’s Word- V. 22-25
I don’t want to read for the sake of reading, you should want His word to mean something and to transform you. Too many believers think that coming to church hearing a good sermon will make them grow, but it is the application of the sermon that makes them grow. “Too many Christians mark their Bibles, but their Bibles never mark them.” I Thessalonians 2:13 says, “When you received the Word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth!” We are casual Christians. We don’t take seriously what the truth of God says. You can either be casual or careful about the Word of Truth.
III. Live out God’s Word- V. 26-27
Obey God’s Word! This obedience is an outward demonstration of what is happening inwardly in us! So, God through James says, let’s put this to the test. If you seem to be religious…Let’s put that to the test. Let’s put some light on the real spiritual life and see if there is evidence of a relationship with God. How, he gives several things to check up on: You will exercise self control. Your faith is empty if you cannot control your tongue. God’s Word will keep you from slandering others or from gossiping about others. God’s Word will keep you from getting angry with others. You will demonstrate compassion to others. Jesus cared for the people that could not help ourselves. When the Word of God is poured into your life, you will begin to look like Jesus in the way you treat others. It will be a natural overflow for you to love the needy. The way I respond outwardly to those in need is a reflection of what is happening inwardly in me! When Christ is flowing through you, you will see people’s needs the way that Christ saw them! You will avoid worldliness.
How are you responding to the Word of God??