The Word of God
 
Introduction
The Word of God is the Christian’s greatest need. The Word is not only essential in every part of the Christian life, but it is the one thing that is to be exalted even above the name of God. I made that statement a few years ago and a man said, “Pastor, I agreed with almost everything you said until you said that the Word of God was to be exalted even above the name of Jesus. You are wrong.” I asked if I could show Him clear cut proof. He said that would be acceptable. I turned to Psalm 138:2. “…For thou has magnified thy word above all thy name…” Why is that? Why does God exalt His word above everything else?
 
Because Salvation Is Impossible Without It. 1 Peter 1:23
“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the Word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” Regardless of what any religion or preacher tells you, the fact is, no one can be saved outside of faith provided by, and faith in the Word of God. Romans 10:17, “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life…” Illustration: The emphasis on preaching of the Word is found throughout the Bible. John the Baptist preached, Jesus our Saviour preached, Matthew preached, Mark preached, Luke preached, John preached, the Apostle Peter preached, Paul the Apostle preached. II Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word…” 
 
Because Spiritual Growth Depends Upon It. Matthew 13:23
“But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the Word and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.” The ground is a symbol of your mind. The seed is a symbol of God’s Word. When the seed entered into the ground and was accepted, then it took root and began to grow. What are we to learn? Get the Word deep into the soul of your mind. In a year’s time, you will grow so that people will see you differently. By the way, most people go to church as a ritual. You may even go every Sunday, but you do not grow. If you did you would know that it is the Word that produces the growth.
 
Because Separation Demands It. Matthew 4:1-4
“And when the temptor came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. And he answered and said, It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” We have rules, laws and standards. These rules are found in the Word of God. That’s why the battle has always been over the Word of God. It is not whether or not hell has real fire, or that the streets of Heaven are paved with gold. If we believe the Bible, then we know these things are true.  Just what is the final authority? Some say it is the church. Others say the Pope. Others say the congregation is the authority. They are wrong. The final authority on any subject is the Word of God. Since this is true, then what we believe and do is because of what the Bible says, meaning that we are to attend church faithfully because the Bible says we are to do so. Hebrews 10:25. We are to go soul winning and present the Word to unbelievers to give them an opportunity to believe because the Bible says so. Matthew 28:19-20. 
 
Because The Sword of The Spirit Is The Word of God. Ephesians 6:17
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.” When the Word of God is presented to someone, then the Holy Spirit takes the Word presented and convicts the person of sin, righteousness, and judgment. He, the Spirit, goes deep to where nothing natural can reach and works a miracle inside the one hearing the Word. Notice: Hebrews 4:12, “For the Word of God…piercing…discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heard.”  Why do you think people are so fearful of the Bible especially when it is preached? Answer, because they get under conviction as the Holy Spirit convicts them through what they are hearing. Illustration: I remember watching a 6’4” man almost break a pew while listening to a message on salvation because he knew he was not saved.
 
Because Supplication Is Motivated By The Word. Acts 2:37
“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their hearts, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the Apostles, men and brethren, what shall we do?” Acts 2:41-42, “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized…continued in…prayers.” Nothing will drive you to your knees in prayer like listening and placing your faith in the Word of God. Notice: John 15:7 “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you.” Did you see that? Answer to your prayers, supplications are depended upon your relationship to the Word of God. The best way to get an appetite for something is to fill yourself with that item as often as you can. This is the Bible we are talking about. Fill yourself with it daily and you will develop appetites for whatever it contains as it enters your life.
 
Conclusion
Listen! God will not answer your prayers if you do not bathe in the Word of God. God will not change your head, nor direct your life unless you are willing to bathe in this old Book. Why do you get angry with God for what He does not do for you when you never check to see what He is asking you to do for Him? 
 
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