Today’s Scripture: “ I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” Psalm 119:59
How fitting it is that we wrap up this series with Psalm 119, and with one last reminder about “Obedience”. I don’t have a long-winded introduction, and I don’t believe that this message is going to be very long-winded neither. It’s been a long journey to get to this 32nd day of this series, and I think we’ve covered a lot of topics, subjects, points, and reasons why reading the Bible is so important…none more important than the one we talked about in our last message…that’s how we encounter and interact with God…every time.
Isn’t that good news? Every single time we read the Bible we are interacting, and having an encounter with God. Like I said, I don’t know about you, but for me that’s the best and only reason I need. It allows me to have a personal interaction and encounter with God every time I read it. That’s a good enough reason for me.
Today, however, we wrap up this series with one last reminder about: “Obedience”.
As I began to write the introduction I heard the Holy Spirit simply say that this is the last time in this series to remind not only you…the reader, but me the writer that we need to do what we read. We need to be obedient to the Word of God. Yes, we all know that none of us are going to get 100% when it comes to following the Word of God, but we should always endeavor to be obedient to the Word of God.
For me, as I think about the ministry that I’m called to the greatest thing that I can do for you is to make sure that I’m preaching the Word. That to me is the pinnacle of obedience for all who are in ministry. If you’re preaching anything other than the Word of God…then you aren’t in obedience to the Holy Ghost. Period.
You can be mad at me all you like, but Paul didn’t write: “Preach the Purpose Filled Life by Rick Warren” or “Preach Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen” or “It’s Not About Me by Max Lucado” or anything else did he? No. Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV): “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.”
I don’t know how anyone else feels about that verse right there, but to me that is a commandment not a suggestion. It’s something that’s a good idea. It’s not something that might be a good topic for discussion. No…the Word of God should BE the discussion. It should BE the idea. It should BE the message.
I have written: “No Word of God = No Holy Ghost. No Holy Ghost + No Word of God = No Power” enough times to realize that if I want to have the power of the Holy Ghost in anything whether it’s in my own personal life, in my marriage, in my finances, or in my ministry…then the Word of God is the only access I have to the power of the Holy Ghost.
Listen, the Holy Ghost doesn’t do anything apart from the Word of God. We know that from creation that the Holy Spirit hovered over the face of the deep until God spoke, and then He performed that which God spoke. Do you realize that the Holy Ghost is 100% obedient to the Word of God all the time, and that there is never a time that the Holy Ghost does anything of His own free will?
“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.” John 16:13 – 14 KJV
Did you see that? “He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear, that shall He speak:”. This is Jesus talking about the Holy Ghost. At no time does the Holy Ghost ever speak and act independently of the Word of God.
Do you know that’s how we are supposed to live our lives? We are supposed to live our lives in the exact obedience to the Word of God that the Holy Ghost does. However, unlike the Holy Ghost who is subject and fully submitted to the Word of God…we aren’t. We have free will. We have the ability to decide whether we’re going to obey what we read or not. We have the ability to do like David writes and think upon our ways and turn our feet to His testimonies.
“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.” 2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV)
This to me is what I am now held accountable to as a pastor. I am responsible to be obedient to preaching, teaching, and writing messages that are centered upon the Word of God. If I write about anything else then I am in disobedience to the Word. You know, I’ve said this a few times, and it bears repeating…if it wasn’t for the Word of God…I wouldn’t have anything to write about anyways.
I can promise you this. Without the Word of God I wouldn’t even be able to write like this. Come on, you saw the messages I wrote in the beginning. You can see…I can see how much better a writer I am today then I was when I started. How did this development as a writer come? By obedience to the Word of God. The more I was obedient to the Word of God, and the Holy Ghost the better my ability to write has become.
All of this that Christlike Ministries NWA and Pastor Bryan is about today is because I’ve been obedient to the Word, and to the Holy Ghost. Listen, this isn’t me. I’m not able to write like this. Outside of what I do here for the Lord I am an okay writer, but this…these messages I write on a regular basis…this isn’t me…this isn’t my ability…no this is ability, utterance, and unction that comes solely from the supernatural power of the Holy Ghost.
Do you know why I have this ability, why I have this unction and utterance, why I have this anointing, and why I am able to have the power of the Holy Ghost flow through me and my writing? Because I preach the Word. That’s it.
Here’s reason number two to read the Word of God: The Power of the Holy Ghost. Listen, if you need more than these two reasons as to why we read the Bible…then I don’t believe a 32 day series is going to help you…and I pray that you come to understand that these two reasons here are enough to answer the question Why Read The Bible?
- The Word of God is the only guaranteed way to always have personal interaction, and a personal encounter with God.
- The Word of God is the only way to have the power of the Holy Ghost in your life.
If you need anymore than those two reasons right there…then I suggest you go back through this entire series, and before you do ask the Holy Ghost to speak to you. My messages are NOTHING without the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, and the ONLY way I get the inspiration of the Holy Ghost is through the Word of God. I cannot be anymore clear than that.
We read the Word of God because that’s how we encounter God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost on a regular…hopefully daily basis. We read the Bible because that’s how we find out about Jesus, and come to realize that the Bible is Jesus in book-form. We read the Bible because that’s how we get the power of the Holy Ghost to flow in and through our lives.
We read the Bible because not reading the Bible is disobedience to the Word of God, and we all know that disobedience to the Word of God in any form is sin. So…the last and final reason we read the Word of God is because if we don’t read it…it’s sin.
I don’t know about you, but I just named off 4 good reasons why we read the Bible…and I’ll close this series and message by giving you the four reasons:
Four Reasons Why We Read The Bible:
- It’s how we have personal interaction and encounters with God
- It’s how we learn that the Bible is about Jesus Christ…and how we learn about Jesus.
- To turn on the Power of the Holy Ghost in our lives.
- Not reading the Bible is a sin.
Points for Pondering:
“ I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies.” Psalm 119:59
- What made David follow God’s laws?
- As you reflect upon your life…do you see obedience to the Word of God?
Conclusion & Prayer:
Congratulations! You’ve finished your YouVersion Why Read the Bible? Reading Plan. It’s so fulfilling to complete a worthwhile goal. We trust that you experienced God’s presence in a special way as you engaged with His Word through your plan. Your Friends at YouVersion
Yes. If you have managed to follow along through all 32 messages in this series I’d like to say two things.
First of all, congratulations. I know it’s been a long series, but if you’ve made it from beginning to end that means that you’ve at the very least been committed enough to see this series through to the end. I would like to now encourage you to use the commitment you had to this series…and turn that commitment into a desire for daily reading and studying of the Word of God. If you need to know why…then I’ll refer you back to the four reasons listed above.
Secondly, thank you. I want you to know that I appreciate every person who likes us on Facebook, follows us on Twitter, networks with us on LinkedIn, and reads our messages on WordPress. The whole reason that I’m doing this is because of you, and my desire to help equip you to have a more personal, intimate, and deeper relationship with God. I am thankful for each one of you who follows along with these messages…even the ones who are quietly following us.
I hope that more of you will like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, network with us on LinkedIn, read our messages on WordPress, and of course visit The Official Website of Christlike Ministries NWA. I guess I can post this one last time because it’s so important that you understand the heart of this ministry, and why this series in particular was so important to the foundation of Christlike Ministries NWA.
This ministry is about the integrity & character of Christ…and that means we will stand upon & up for the Word of God. The Bible will ALWAYS be the ultimate authority over my life, my home, and my ministry…and it’s the foundation upon which this ministry will stand until the day the Lord comes for us. That is my personal promise & pledge to you. This ministry will Preach the Word & be held accountable to the integrity of the Word of God!
Blessings & Grace to you.
Bryan J. Kizer
Pastor & Founder
Christlike Ministries NWA
Let’s pray and wrap up this series shall we.
Heavenly Father, we thank You for all that You’ve had to say to us through the Why Read The Bible series. We admit that we all can spend more time in Your Word, we can all make Your Word more of a priority in our lives, and that we need to be reminded that part of being obedient to Your Word…is…well…reading it. Forgive us, Oh Lord, for taking Your Word for granted, forgive us for not reading Your Word, and forgive us Lord…for not obeying Your Word. We love You and honor You, and we understand that one of the greatest ways that we can prove that we love and honor You is by being obedient…and making sure that daily Bible reading and study isn’t just a part…but the priority in our lives…because in all reality…that’s how we interact and encounter You. In Jesus’ name we pray…Amen & Amen