We Grow by the Pure Word of God
- Date: October 8, 2019
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby…” (1 Peter 2:2)
- From Built By God
Turn to Isaiah for a moment, Chapter 66. "Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: [where is the house,] where is the house that ye build unto me? and where is the place of my rest? For all those things hath mine hand made, and all those things have been, saith the Lord: but to this man will I look, even to him that is [of a humble] and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word." A man who trembles at the Word of God. A man who draws on the wisdom of this Word and refuses to do it any other way. First Peter speaks toward this aspect of it and this is the reality, the practical part of it: "[a man that] trembleth at my word." Look over at 1 Peter 2:1 for just a moment. The Holy Spirit is speaking through the apostle so clearly here and He said I'm looking for someone that will lay "…aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies [of others, the gain, the image, the prosperity, put it all away] and all evil speakings, [the gossip, the criticism, the boastings. Put all that wisdom away and] as newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby" (Verse 2). As we go on, we're going to see that we're talking about being built up, edified.
There is no growth without the application of the pure Word of God. In this hour, beloved, so many of us are prone to mingling this pure Word that has been given to us. That word "sincere" literally speaks of its purity, it's absolute undefilement. It's not 99.33 percent, it is 100 percent the pure wisdom of God, the pure Word of God. How many times do you see it being mingled around you by professed Christians? How many times do you see Christians making decisions that are compromise? How many Christians do we see laughing at the proverbial water cooler, laughing at the off-color jokes, a participant in the gossip, aware of non-ethical and maybe illegal activities but "I'm not a part of it"? How pure are we as citizens of the kingdom of light? If we're not applying the Word of God in opposition to our own flesh and to all that's around us, as Ephesians says, then we're being weakened, we're being leavened, we're being defiled. And in this day that we're coming into, though it will bring a more immediate, a harsher, reaction, you're going to be stronger and more able to stand than in this continual defilement and weakening as we compromise truth to appease an ungodly, God-hating world and it's wisdom. He's building a church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it. He's coming for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle or any such thing. He's called us into the narrowest path that can be imagined. Do we have the tendency to lock arms with people that are not on that path? Are we trying to bring them in, these God-haters? "Well, they're good guys. They're ethical. They're great workers. They're accomplished. They're talented." They hate the God that shed His blood for us and when the day comes, your good little buddies at work will turn you over to the authorities because you dare name the name of Jesus and for that alone. And all the gain they've made you will be the very fuel of that persecution. That's the age that we're coming into. Does anybody see it?