+ Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost +
August 30 2009
Only take care, and keep your soul diligently, lest you forget the things that your eyes have seen, and lest they depart from your heart all the days of your life.
Make them known to your children and your children's children—
The malady: We forget what we have seen and heard and consequently God’s Word and Spirit departs from our hearts.
Introduction: “Don’t Give up on the Child of God. He’ll be there when the battle is over. He will make it through the storm, find his way through the darkest night. Don’t give up on the child of God. He’s the one whom God is keeping. Don’t give up on the child of God.”
As those who receive God’s strength and spiritual armor, we can not only stay in the race but cross the finish line as faithful servants.
1. God’s Word is our only life assignment
a. Listen to them, do not add or subtract, keep them and do them.
b. Make them known to your children and your children’s children
2. God’s Word is our only source of strength and protection
a. We do not wrestle against flesh and blood
b. Only safe way to use the Word of God is by praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication.
3. God’s Word is our only heart cleanser
a. We are obsessed with externals, with religion
b. The Word of God can enter and cleanse our hearts