Desiring God’s Revelation of Himself: Having a Passion for God’s Word

Kimiko Soldati April 19, 2013

This is Session 1 from The Desire of a Woman's Heart (2013 Spring Retreat).

Introduction

5 Meanings of the Word of God

  1. The Word of God as a person namely Jesus Christ.  Rev 19:13 when John sees the risen Lord Jesus in heaven he says, “The name by which he is called is The Word of God”… also we read in the beginning of John’s gospel (John 1:1) “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” Then vs 14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father”.  So God’s Word can be Jesus. 
  2. It can also be God’s speech.  Sometimes God’s words take the form of powerful decrees- think Genesis: “And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.  Psalm 33:6 “By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and all their host by the breath of his mouth”… so God’s Word can be His decrees. 
  3. Thirdly.. When God sometimes communicated w/ people by speaking directly to them- they were hearing God’s very voice- and they were therefore hearing words that had absolute divine authority and were absolutely trustworthy. 
  4. A 4th way of thinking of God’s Word is when He raised up prophets through whom he spoke.  These were completely God’s Words as well. See Deut 18:18-20
  5. Then there is God’s Words in written form- the Bible. The written form of God’s Word which tells us about and points us to the Word of God as a person- Jesus Christ.  As Psalm 1 says: the man or woman is blessed who meditates on God’s law day and night.. and then in Joshua it says, “this book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.  And this written form the scripture is ‘God-breathed” and “useful for teaching, rebuking, correctin, and training in righteousness (2 Tim 3:16).

I. Why Don’t We

A. We are  _________     ____________  by God

Rev 4:11 "Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power ; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created."

Rom 8:10-12 as it is written, "THERE IS NONE RIGHTEOUS, NOT EVEN ONE ; 11 THERE IS NONE WHO UNDERSTANDS, THERE IS NONE WHO SEEKS FOR GOD ; 12 ALL HAVE TURNED ASIDE, TOGETHER THEY HAVE BECOME USELESS ; THERE IS NONE WHO DOES GOOD, THERE IS NOT EVEN ONE."

Heb 9:27 And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment,

1 Pet 3:18 (NIV)  For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit,

1 Pet 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

John 3:36 "He who believes in the Son has eternal life ; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him."

 

Question: Who is your King?  Answer: _______________

B.  We think the Bible is about __________

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

John 5:39 "You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life ; it is these that testify about Me;

  • Bible is about ___________ and specifically about ____________!

 C.  _________________

  • What we ____________ and ____________ will be revealed by what we spend time, energy, resources, thoughts and affections on by ___________________, __________________, and ___________________ whatever it is that we value or love. 
  • Question: How am I doing at planning, protecting and pursuing my time in the Word?
  • Our _____________ for the ________________ is in direct proportion to our ______________ for ______________

Quick reflection: What are things the Holy Spirit may be bringing up in your life right now that you may love more than Jesus? Jot them below

II. Why Should We

A. I desire to ________________ and  ________________ God

Jer 9:23-24 Thus says the LORD, "Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches ; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth ; for I delight in these things," declares the LORD.

John 17:3 "This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Phil 3:7-10 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death ;

 

  • Catechism Q1: What is the chief end of man? A: To ____________  ________ and enjoy __________ __________________.

 

1 Cor 10:31  Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

 

  • Q: How do we learn about God? A: God ______________ Himself.

 

  • Q: Where does God reveal Himself?  A: The _____________ and ______________.

 

1 Sam 3:21 (NIV)  The LORD continued to appear at Shiloh, and there he revealed himself to Samuel through his word.

 

  • Q: What do the scriptures principally teach?  A: The scriptures principally teach what

man is to _____________ about _________, and what _____________ God

_______________ of man.

“Your view of God is really the benchmark of your spiritual maturity. Understanding the nature of God is critical to spiritual maturity because in the end you rest in the reality of your God. Superficial knowledge of God, a shallow knowledge of God, a limited knowledge of God contributes to limited understanding and limited faith and limited trust.”  - John Macarthur

Deut 10:12-13 "Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to keep the LORD'S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good ?

Rom 8:28-29  And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren ;

Lev 22:31-32 (NIV)  "Keep my commands and follow them. I am the LORD. 32 Do not profane my holy name. I must be acknowledged as holy by the Israelites. I am the LORD, who makes you holy

B. I desire to __________________ and ____________

1. God’s Word is how I ______________ Christ

2 Cor 3:18-4:6 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. 4:1 Therefore , since we have this ministry, as we received mercy, we do not lose heart, 2 but we have renounced the things hidden because of shame, not walking in craftiness or adulterating the word of God, but by the manifestation of truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, 4 in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, "Light shall shine out of darkness," is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.

Heb 12:2 2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

 

2. God’s Word  _________________ and builds my __________________

2 Cor 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight

Eph 2:8-9  For by grace you have been saved through faith ; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God ; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.

1 Pet 1:23 for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.

Gal 3:2-5  This is the only thing I want to find out from you: did you receive the Spirit by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith ? 3 Are you so foolish ? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? 4 Did you suffer so many things in vain -if indeed it was in vain? 5 So then, does He who provides you with the Spirit and works miracles among you, do it by the works of the Law, or by hearing with faith?

Rom 10:17  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.

Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.

 

3. God’s Word is how I  _______________ my _________.

  • “Be killing sin, or [sin] will be killing you.”- John Owen
  • On the Bible: “This book will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from this book”

 

Rom 8:13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die ; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Eph 6:17b ….and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

 

  • The ___________ way you will be actively, aggressively, victoriously and violently battling your sin is by ___________ with the Word of _________.

 

4. God’s Word is how I ___________ in the Lord and how my _____________ begin to change

Ps 37:4 Delight yourself in the LORD ; And He will give you the desires of your heart.

 

Heart diagram

I WANT vs GOD WANTS

Delight= Behold

2 Cor 5:15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

Psalm 1:2 His delight is in the law of the Lord, and on His law he meditates day and night,

Rom 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

C. I desire to fulfill my  _____________________

2 Tim 3:16-17 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness ; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

Matt 28:19-20 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always , even to the end of the age."

Col 3:16 Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.

 

  • I need the _______________ to minister to those around me

III.  How Do we

  • Spiritual food vs Physical food

A. ___________________

  • Repent for loving ________________ more than I love Jesus

Prov 28:13 (NIV) He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

B. ______________ ourselves

 

  1. Develop/have a ______________ and _______________:

 

  • ____________

 

  • ____________

 

  • ____________

 

  • ____________ of accountability

 

 

  • ____________ to be in the Word

 

2.. Develop/have a ________________ plan to battle __________

 

  • What needs to be cut off that feeds your  ______________?

C. _________________

Psalm 119:18, 27, 34, 35, 36, 37 18 Open my eyes, that I may behold Wonderful things from Your law. 27 Make me understand the way of Your precepts, So I will meditate on Your wonders. 34 Give me understanding, that I may observe Your law And keep it with all my heart.  35 Make me walk in the path of Your commandments, For I delight in it. 36 Incline my heart to Your testimonies And not to dishonest gain. 37 Turn away my eyes from looking at vanity, And revive me in Your ways.

 

Conclusion

Pray you leave:

 

  • _____________: deeper understanding for why we need the Word

 

  • _____________: for grace that brings conviction and repentance

 

  • _____________: at the gospel and all its glory

 

But in what way shall we attain to this settled happiness of soul? How shall we learn to enjoy God? How shall we obtain such an all-sufficient soul-satisfying portion in him as shall enable us to let go the things of this world as vain and worthless in comparison? I answer, This happiness is to be obtained through the study of the Holy Scriptures. God has therein revealed Himself unto us in the face of Jesus Christ.  (George Mueller, A Narrative of Some of the Lord's Dealings with George Mueller, Written by Himself [Muskegon, Mich.: Dust and Ashes Publications, 2003], pp. 730-732)

 

Additional Resources:

How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - Gordon Fee and Douglas Stuart

Knowing Scripture -  RC Sproul

Interpreting the Bible - A. Berkeley Mickelson

Living by the Book - Howard G and William D Hendricks

Obedience Option: Because God knows What is Good for Us - David Hegg

The Enemy Within: Straight Talk About the Power and Defeat of Sin - Kris Lundgaard

Overcoming Sin and Temptation: John Owen

 

Websites:

www.thegospelcoalition.org

www.matthiasmedia.com

www.monergism.com

www.desiringgod.org

www.gty.org


Discussion Questions:

What are some descriptive words that describe your relationship with the Word of God?  How would you describe your approach to scripture in the past/present?  How do see the Word of God connected to your life?

 

If you struggle with being in the Word- why do you think that is?  If you are struggling: What are the main ‘reasons’, ‘excuses’, ‘justifications’ you give for this struggle?  If you do not struggle: what do you attribute that to?  Did you once struggle?  How did that change for you?

 

What are some of the things in your life that came to your mind during the idolatry discussion (Ex. Sleep, Facebook, Pinterest) that can steal your affections?

 

What are your non-negotiables in your life?  What are things you do not miss in your days?

 

What is supreme in your life/what has supremacy?  What evidence is there for that? 

 

How r you doing on planning/protecting/pursuing your time in the Word?  What needs to change- what steps need to be taken to change?  What accountability are you going to establish to help you change?  How have you got to where you are in your Bible reading?

 

If you have kids: ask them why you have them read their Bibles…

 

Why do you think you ‘should’ be in the word?  Or, in the past, why have you thought you ‘should’ be.  Has that changed?  How and why?

 

Where have you seen gospel change and growth in your life and how has it been connected to the Word of God?

 

If you have grown as a Christian- what do you attribute that growth to?

 

How have you seen the Word help you kill sin.

 

What would you counsel a friend on if they came to you and said, “I am just struggling with my faith.”

 

How have you approached the way you grow in Christlikeness?  Is there a connection with the Word?  If so: what is that connection.  If not: what should the connection be?

 

How have you seen God change the desires of your heart?  Give specific ways and examples.  How did this happen?

 

What is the evidence in your life that you have embraced your mission as laid out in Matt 28:19-20?  If there is not evidence of this, why not? What steps of growth need to be taken in order to embrace and embody this mission?

 

What is your plan to position yourself in regards to the Word of God:

Plan:

Time:

Place:

Means of accountability:

Routine:

 

What sin(s) do you need to make war on?  What is your plan to battle those sin(s)? What needs to be cut off that feeds your flesh?  What scriptures do you need to write on your heart to battle your sin(s)? 

 

Have you prayed for God to give you a desire for the Word?  If not- why not?  If yes- in what ways have you seen Him answer that prayer?  If yes but have not seen an answer to that- why do you think that is?

 

What is the biggest takeaway from this message for you?

Kimiko Soldati

Kimiko and her husband, Adam, serve as sponsors in the College Class at Faith Church. They also enjoy mentoring the diving team at Purdue University.