This morning we're going to talk about God's Word, and how it is a fire. Last week we looked at Lamentations, and how during Jeremiah's time, they did not repent.
Here we see in Jeremiah 23:21-32 that they were dealing with false prophets. God says, they claimed they were speaking for God, but that He had not given prophecy to them.
Had he spoken to them, He would have told them to flee from idolatry, and they were saying to turn to it. They were claiming they had received a dream from God. Yet, they were not speaking truth. The true prophet speaks God's Word faithfully.
- God did not sent them, Jeremiah 23:21
- God is close at hand, Jeremiah 23:23
- Cannot hide from God, Jeremiah 23:24-25
- True prophets speak God's Word faithfully, Jeremiah 23:28-29
- God is against them, Jeremiah 23:30-32
God is against false prophets who take the Word from the people's hearts and cause them to err.
Even, those who were taken out of Egyptian bondage turned from Him and turned to false god, the golden calf.
Even today, people turn from God's Word.
- Matthew 15:9
God's Word will work in our lives today, like a fire, if we allow it to.
What is fire at the chemical level? It's difficult to explain. But, we do know what fire does. Let's consider some ways that God's Word is like a fire.
God's Word is a Fire Because It Gives Light
God's Word is like a fire because it gives light. Life without light leaves us in darkenss. Light helps us to be secure.
The light that is set forth in God's Word is even more important.
- Psalm 119:105
- Jeremiah 23:10
We have to have direction, and God's Word gives us that direction. Christians are called out of darkness into the Light.
- 1 Peter 2:9
- Acts 26:18
Paul was told to open the eyes of the Gentiles and turn them from darkness to light, that they may receive forgiveness of their sins.
Those in darkness are under the direction of Satan. Those who walk in light walk under the direction of God.
- 1 John 1:7
- Psalms 119:130
God's Word is a Fire Because It Comforts
There's nothing more comforting than sitting by a hot fire on a cold day. That fire, gives us light, and warmth. It brings comfort and serenity to those who are near it. The closer you are to the fire the more comforting it is.
God's Word brings that comfort.
- 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Knowing and seeing how God delivered the people of the past and understanding if we follow God, we will be delivered as well if we remain faithful.
- Psalms 119:50
How does God's Word comfort us? In salvation we are comforted.
- Psalms 119:41
We cannot know what God desires of us without His word. It comforts us with the knowledge of salvation. And, it gives us comfort in times of persecution.
- Matthew 5:11-12
- Matthew 5:4
God's word comforts us in times of sorrow. It's comforting to know that we have a God who cares and gives us all we need.
The further we are from God's Word, the less comfort we receive. We must stay in the Word to be comforted.
God's Word is a Fire Because It is Penetrating
Fire has the power to burth through nearly anything. If hot enough fire can burn through metal, and even stone.
- Hebrews 4:12
- Ephesians 6:17
The Word is a sword peircing through the thoughts and intents of the heart. It is the Spirit's sword, the Word that pierces the hearts of men.
We have to decide, either we will hear and accept it, or we will reject it.
- Acts 2:37
- Acts 5:33
- Acts 7:54
God's word is like a fire because it penetrates the heart.
God's Word is a Fire Because It Purifies
Precious metals are separated from the dross by fire. Like metal, the heart, can be purified by the Word.
- John 15:3
God's Word has made them free. It cleanses and makes us free.
- Ephesians 5:26-27
The church is purified by the Word, making the church a spotless church.
- 1 Peter 1:22
It's not simply the Word that purifies, but our obedience to the Word that burns the impurities out of our lives.
God's Word is a Fire Because It Destroys
The same fire that warms our homes or heats our food can also burn the home down. The same Word that saves us, can also destroy. On the day of Judgement we will be tried by the Word.
Those who obey not the gospel will be sent to everlasting destruction.
- 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9
Those who are disobedient are lost.
- Mark 16:16
If I don't believe that baptism is essential I won't do it. But, Jesus says it is. Therefore, if I fail to obey Jesus, I will be lost.
- John 12:48
The Word can save or destroy depending on one's response to it.
How are we responding to God's Word? Am I allowing it to get into my heart to lead me?
God's Word can do great things for us, provides light, comfort, and salvation, if we will hear and obey it.
Will you allow God's Word to do what it is able to do for you in your life? We have to know it, study it and apply it to our lives.
If you have not put on CHrist in baptism, repenting of your sins, and confessing the name of Jesus, we invite you to do so.
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