THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT
Program Air Date – 6-19-11
LESSON TITLE: “HE WHO OVERCOMES THE WORLD: SPEAK AS OF THE WORLD”
“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust,” Psalm 40:4! Who is your trust on this wondrous Lord ’s Day morning? My hope and prayer is that it is God and that you have found happiness because of Him!
And now may I welcome you to our program. We are glad that you have chosen to assemble before almighty God today. Furthermore, as those who love and desire to serve Christ, what a privilege and opportunity this is to worship His glorious name. I hope and pray that we will each do our best to participate in this worship to God and to offer those sacrifices which are acceptable in His sight.
So, as we begin our reverence to God the Creator of all, won’t you bow with me before His throne at this time?
Well, it’s time to begin our first song of the day. So, won’t you do your part in praising God at this time, as we sing together, “Mansion over the Hilltop?”
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Every one of us experience problems in life. We all have trials, temptations, and even heartaches that arise on a regular basis and they often get us down. I am reminded of a beautiful Psalm which David wrote which said, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, But the LORD delivers him out of them all,” Psalm 34:19. Wow, praise be to God that He is there to help us and deliver us out of these daily trials and tribulations.
However, we might wonder just how far is God willing to go? If you return to the same Psalm with me notice what he goes on to say in verse 20, “He guards all his bones; Not one of them is broken.” Again in verse 22, he adds, “The LORD redeems the soul of His servants,” How encouraging these thoughts are! And how they challenge us to turn to God, know he is there and to trust in Him to help us every step of the way.
A final verse I would like to mention is also from the same text. Back up in verse 17 beginning, there we read, “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles. The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,” How wondrous it is to know that we have a God who is always by our side. A caregiver, deliverer and savior to all those who are His own. Are you a blessed child of God this day? I hope we have explored yet another reason which will challenge you to get your life right with God! Thus finding yourself, “safe in the arms of Jesus!”
In just a few minutes it will be time to begin our main study of the day. In connection to this, it is great to have a guest speaker with us. We thank brother Chuck Northrop for being with us today and for his willingness to guide our thoughts in the teachings from God’s Word. Brother Chuck is an instructor at the Bible Institute of Missouri.
As far as our lesson, we are still engaged in our series entitled, “He Who Overcomes the World!” Our specific lesson of the day will focus on the statement, “Speak As Of The World!” So please stay with us for this study from God’s Word, and brother Northrop will be leading our thoughts at the appropriate time. Now let’s join together in our next song of the morning. The name of this hymn, “Fairest Lord Jesus.”
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By Chuck Northrop
Welcome to “The Living Word” Broadcast. We truly do appreciate having you with us today and for you tuning in to us and watching this program.
In the past few weeks we’ve been looking at the idea of those who overcome. And really as we consider this particular theme we find this is one of the major themes in the book of 1 John.
In chapter 1 we overcome by being lost in the blood of the lamb. We find that we overcome as we walk in the light as He is in the light and we have that sweet fellowship one with another.
In chapter 2 we find that we overcome by loving not the world, in verse 15, neither the things that are in the world and then we find that the things that are in the world are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life. These are not of the Father but they are of the world. And so we overcome by loving not the world.
In chapter 3 we find that we are exhorted to love one another. We can overcome by loving one another. I love 1 John chapter 3 and verse 16 I suppose that’s because of its relationship to John 3 and verse 16. But in 1 John 3 verse 16 it says, “Hereby receive we the love of God because He laid down His life for us and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.” And if we will love one another and encourage one another, we can overcome.
Then in chapter 4 we find that we are to overcome by trying the spirits whether they are of God or not because many false prophets have gone out into the world and so if we do not follow the malicious or destructive tendencies and ways of the false prophets we then are able to overcome.
Then in chapter 5 and specifically in verse 4 we learn that we can overcome by faith. He says, “This is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.” And so faith then is that victory and we can overcome by the faith that we have in God, the faith that we have in Christ, and the faith that we have in God’s Word.
Our lesson today really is centered around chapter 4 and specifically chapter 4 and verse 5. This is what John exhorts in that particular passage. He says, “They are of the world, therefore speak they of the world and the world heareth them.” As we look at this particular passage, we need to keep it in context. Now who are the “they” there in that particular verse? Well the “they” are the false prophets. Listen concerning the false prophets and what he said in verse 1. “Beloved, believe not every spirit but try the spirits and whether they are of God because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” Well because of the false prophets they then cause others to follow after them and be led away into error and away from the Almighty God.
Now notice again in verse 5 he says, “They are of the world.” That is the false prophets are of the world. And notice he says, “Therefore they speak of the world.” As we think about the world, what does John have in mind in that particular passage? Well certainly he has in mind the reference to the material or physical world in which we live. We know that there are a lot of people that can’t think past this physical world, this material world of which we have a part of in this life. They even think about God as being the man upstairs or some physical nature about Him as if He is a human being of some type. Of course we know that Jesus taught that “God is a spirit and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth,” John 4:24. So God is not that kind of a being at all and neither are we necessarily. Now yes, we have a physical, material essence as far as this world is concerned, but we go beyond the material. We go beyond the physical. We are also spiritual beings that for a new heaven and new earth one day when this world will be completely destroyed and we’ll have only that spirit world of which we have a part.
Now notice concerning the false prophets. They are of the world and they speak of the world. We then are not of the world. We recognize our spiritual nature. We recognize the spiritual value of things. We recognize that the physical, material world will be done away with and we then will have only that spirit world.
But when they also talked about the spirit or the things of the world he certainly is considering the things of the flesh as well. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life that John referred to earlier in the book. And those then that are false teachers speak of that spirit world, or do not speak of the spirit world, but they speak of the fleshly. They then appeal to the fleshly appetite. But notice he says that they speak of these things and the world heareth them. The world loves to hear about the physical, material world, about the flesh and the satisfaction of the flesh. But that’s not the things that we speak about. As Christians, we speak about other things. We speak about things that are spiritual in nature.
Have you ever thought about speech and how words reveal ourselves? Often times we all know that it reveals more than what we want it to sometimes. We’ve all been in conversations with people and we have to finally take a step back and we say, “Whoa, he said a whole lot more than I want him to know or what I want to know.” Well that’s the way it is sometimes with people. But words reveal our inner thoughts and really it reveals the things that we like and do not like. In fact Jesus said that, “It proceedeth from the mouth and from the heart,” Matthew 15 and verse 18. And those things then that come from the heart reveal really what the heart is all about. How many of us have met different ones that could tell you every football score? Every baseball score? Every soccer score that ever was? They reveal something about them, their love and their desire for that. Many of us can talk about our families. Many of us will talk about the (inaudible) and the different things that we have, the various interests that we have. But you know what is really sad? That often times we can talk about everything under the sun except God’s Son.
Words reveal a lot about us often times and more than we really want to be revealed. Words are really the expression of our thoughts. When we think, what do we think in? We think in words. When we honestly and earnestly contemplate different situations that have come upon us whether it is the buying of a new car or a new house or the confrontation with a person or dealing with our boss or dealing with our employees, we think in words and words reveal what is of the heart.
Now we have to ask ourselves: What do our words reveal about us? I think it’s an important question, one that all of us must honestly ask and one that all of us must honestly answer as well. What do our words reveal about us?
As we think about words, there is one more point that I would like to make and that is we know from Matthew the 12th chapter and verse 36 that every final word will come into judgment. Now as we think about those kinds of words, every idle word, we will recognize as human beings that we judge one another by the words that we say. Someone is rude to us at some public place and those words then we begin to make a judgment concerning that person. We don’t like them. We do like them, or whatever it might be. But words are things by which we judge others. Sometimes people will say a pleasant word to us. Do we not judge them as well? Do we not appreciate the fact that they have made that statement and those pleasant words of encouragement that we received? Well certainly so. We judge one another by the words that we speak.
Well let’s think about it a little bit more solemnly. Let’s think about this a little bit more seriously. Let’s think about it with reference to God Almighty. The fact is at the end of time we will be judged by the deeds that we do in the flesh. We will be judged by the things that we have done in the body whether they be good or bad, but we’ll also be judged by our words. Now when we stand before God in judgment, what will our words reveal about us? I think it’s a sobering thought to think that we’re going to stand before God, the God Almighty, the One who knows everything, the One who is omnipresent, the One who is omnipotent, the One who is all knowing will judge us by our words. I don’t know about you but for me that is rather sobering.
You know often times we reveal about ourselves that that is who we think about- ourselves! I remember a number of years ago listening to a man who spoke on a particular lesson on that particular day and within that time period in which he spoke he had over one hundred references to himself. It revealed something about him. Did it not? Well of course it did.
When we think about those words, there’s one more thought that we ought to think about. You know by the words and by our tongues we bless God and yet we curse men. The hypocritical thoughts that we have by thinking that we can curse the creation of God while blessing God Himself.
James asked this question in James chapter 3, “Can a fountain bring forth pleasant water and bitter water at the same time?” Of course it can’t! You see, we have to be careful by the things that we say that we do not then just simply curse men because they are after all the creation of God Almighty.
But let’s think about it in another term as well. Think about confession. When we put it back in context of this particular verse that is one of the things or distinguishing marks that John writes concerning false prophets. The false prophets would not confess that Jesus is the Christ in the flesh. But we as Christians, we confess that. Now admittedly that confession is more than just with the mouth. The confession is with our lives as well. We’ve all know people that are hypocritical in the things that they say, but they confess with their mouths but the life doesn’t confess the same things that their mouth says. We as God’s people need to remember that we need to confess Christ with our mouth, bless we God, but we need to confess Him with our lives also.
You know as we think about this confession we want to give you the opportunity to confess your life before God. We want to give you the opportunity and help you in any way that we can help you. Can we help you? Can we be of assistance to you? Can we help you in better understanding God’s Word? We beg of you to make your life right. Confess Christ before men and He will confess you before the Father who is in Heaven.
We appreciate you. We appreciate you being with us this morning and we hope these things are profitable to you and that they have been a good service to you and before your life. Thank you.
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May we all strive to have a speech which comes from God rather than the world. For those who have overcome the world, do not engage in such worldly communication! Are you focused on the righteousness of God?