It Is Written, Part 4


Pastor Louis Johnson, January 29, 2017

Holding On to God’s Word

(John 8:31-32) Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Make it the foundation of my life.

(Matthew 7:24) “Everyone who hears these words of mine, and puts them into practice, is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.”

Popular culture  

(Exodus 23:2) “Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong.”

Tradition 

(Mark 7:8) “You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

Reason  

(Proverbs 16:25) There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.

Feelings  

(Judges 21:25 MSG) At that time there was no king in Israel. People did whatever they felt like doing.

Make it the first part of my daily life.

(Matthew 6:33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

First 15

5 Minutes in the Word

(Psalm 119:105) Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.

5 Minutes in Worship  

(Psalm 34:1) I will extol the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips.

5 Minutes in Prayer

(Philippians 4:6-7) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Make it grow deeper in my life.

(Colossians 3:16) Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

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.Make it a weapon for the challenges of life.

(Ephesians 6:13, 17) Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground…Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

(Ephesians 6:17 MSG) God’s Word is an indispensable weapon.

(Matthew 4:3-4) The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written…”

Scripture memory  

(Psalm 119:9-11) How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.