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November 4, 2020 2:00 am
Do you ever feel like God isn't speaking to you? Many people have felt that frustration at some point in their Christian life. In the message "Say Something," Skip shares how God speaks and how you can hear His voice.
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Design speaks of the designer and when you look at the art that's hanging in the skies, you're forced to say how much more glorious is the artist himself. The glorious art speaks of the glorious artist the heavens declare the glory of God the most good things about relationships is having healthy communication with parents and kids spouses will print communication leads to broken relationships today on connect with Skip Skip shares how you can hear God's voice more clearly we want to share how you can you even more encouraging Bible messages from Skip what I want you to know that because of support from listeners like you. Our media ministries expanded our weekly half-hour TV program is continuing to grow.
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Psalm 19 as we guided tour study with skip-there was a couple that was married. They had been married for 60 years and they love each other deeply.
They shared everything together.
They No secrets from each other except one. The wife and this couple had a little shoebox that when they were first married, she put on the top shelf in her closet and she made her husband promise that he would never look at it and he would never ask about. He promised and he complied for 60 years. One day the wife grew very very sick and she went to the hospital. The husband put her affairs in order and then took the box down from the top shelf and product to the hospital and asked his wife's permission if he could open the box and she said yes you can. He opened the box and he was surprised to find simply to dolls to crocheted dolls and $95,000 and she still and explain what we were first married. My grandmother gave me advice. She said if you get into a fight with your husband and argument you reconcile that argument as soon as you can. If you cannot reconcile you say nothing you don't say a word. What you should do is just going to the Roman crocheted all so she said that's what I did.
Now he looked and saw there only two dollars and he knew love for his wife is welled up in his heart and tears came to his eyes as he realized after 60 years of marriage. We've only had two unresolved conflicts and he said no. What about the $95,000 in cash as well. Every time I crocheted it all. I'd sell it to the craft store. So now we get a different picture here right but we have here is a failure to communicate. In the words of cool hand Luke.
If you remember that. So now we don't have a wife who quickly resolves conflict. We have a woman who's got pent-up frustrations and not saying something when she should. And that's been going on for 60 years and the song that we play this morning say something. It's about a relationship that is coming to an end and communication is replaced with silence. There's one final hand going out to fix it if at all possible. Say something I'm giving up on you all be the wind if you want me to anywhere. I would've followed you say something I'm giving up on you. There's a lot of people that echo those sentiments when it comes to God.if you would just say something speak to me. Isaiah the prophet said all that you would rend the heavens and come down.
How many of us have felt that at some time in our Christian life while in Psalm 19. David says God has spoken, and God still speaks there's three parts of this Psalm will get into it in a minute but basically David says God is revealed in nature. God is revealed in Scripture and God is revealed in character, so he looks awkward at the sky as he looks downward at the Scripture looks inward at his soul, and in all three places. He notices that God is speaking. Sometimes we say say something God would say here something listen to something when I speak in the skies. God reveals his glory in the Scriptures, God reveals his greatness in our soul. God reveals his grace to listen to the first six verses. Here's the 1st Way, God speaks, God speaks in the skies. The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows his handiwork Dan today utters speech, and night into night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them he has set a tabernacle for the sun which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices like a strong man to run its race.
It's rising is from one end of heaven and its circuit to the other end and there is nothing hidden from its heat. David says the heavens are talking their declaring their giving a record of something. Now David was a shepherd so he spent a lot of time outside camping out looking at the stars. Perhaps he wrote this Psalm is the son first flushed over the Dead Sea. He was in Bethlehem. Maybe after the sunrise. He wrote this, the heavens are preaching a sermon. He said in his words they utter speech for a long time.
I think since the beginning of mankind. People wondered, is there anybody out there and and if so who is he is really interesting.
I was watching a little news clip and NBC news clip about how that mankind is listening to the universe and they have this huge here. It's a radio telescope is the largest on earth. It's so big and it's called Greenbank West Virginia. It's a little sleepy town they put this big apparatus it so big that you could drop inside of it. 60,000 seat stadium. It's in enormous and it's listening to frequencies that may be emitting from outer space to get some kind of a signal while they wanted quiet around Greenbank West Virginia and 4 miles.
You cannot use a cell phone you can use Wi-Fi, you can turn on a radio in your car.
One of the workers that was being interviewed said you know you start wondering how did all those stars get up there and why are they there where did they come from and then that leads you to ask where did I come from all good questions and those of the kinds of questions that the skies are meant to have US David says the heavens are declaring something or preaching a sermon in the sermon is a special sermon. You'll notice he says the heavens declare the glory of God. They don't tell you of the grace of God. The heavens don't tell you of the love of God or the mercy of God or the judgment of God, but they do tell you of the glory of God. The glorious design that the universe speaks of the glorious design there are behind, give your word throw this out at lunchtime. You ready teleological guidance. I didn't say that this is a weird word. But the argument of what I'm talking about is called the teleological argument in apologetics. In other words, we argue from the vantage point that when you see something designed, you expect that there was a designer how to say you know your car or your car is really cool. I better just lose spontaneously out of the asphalt, you say idiot, but I was a boy, that's a great card. The manufacturer had some great design they put into you will now you're on to something. The design speaks of the designer and when you look at the art that's hanging in the skies, you're forced to say how much more glorious is the artist himself. The glorious art speaks of the glorious artist the heavens declare the glory of God.
Also, the sermon is continual.
Notice what David writes a.m. today utters speech night and tonight reveals knowledge. So here we were able out now actually to observe planetary movements rotations and patterns every day every night every week, month, year keep going on, were able to observe this, just like I talked about your car is losing about abatement was suppose I said this all that we see around us. It's just one fantastic accident. It's a spontaneous generation that just so happened wow what a coincidence. It's a fortuitous occurrence of accidental circumstance I could say that I could say and adjust so happens that the surface temperature of the sun is 12,000░F. We are 93 million miles away from that, but is just an accident.
She actually if our rotation were a little bit further away like Mars or a little bit closer. We either burn or freeze to death. We couldn't have the kind of life we have on this planet but amazing.
It just so happened and get this. It just so happens that the little sphere that were on the earth rotates 365 times as it makes its yearly journey around the sun, why, why not 30 times. Well, if it did rotate 30 times on its axis. The days and nights would be 10 times longer and there would be alternate freezing and cooling and carbon-based life like we know it could not be sustained on this planet.
Some marvelous accident, though in this and I could say and get this, it just so happens that the earth is tilted 23 1/3░ on its axis, giving us more beautiful seasons year after year. Incredible coincidence, and furthermore it just so happens that the atmosphere that we breathe is a perfect balance of oxygen to nitrogen 79% to 20% with 1% of Aryan gases amazing, why not 50-50 was 50-50 would be doing this you do this plot and the first guy will automatically blow it all up but but but but there's more. It just so happens that the water to land ratio on the earth is just marvelously balance or 71% of the earth surface that is ocean.
Did you know that if the oceans were half the dimensions they are presently we would only have one fourth of the rainfall we have on earth meds with this place would look like it wouldn't exist if the oceans were just one larger than they are. We would have four times the amount of rainfall that we have in the earth would be a flood zone so yeah I could say it's a marvelous accident that just happened or I think I could be a little wiser and say no no no, there is design built into that and, therefore there must be a designer behind it all. I member hearing the stuff in school. I heard it for years. You hear it, we all just came from spontaneous generation of a single bacterium. I love what Sir Frederick oil, the noted astronomer once wrote. He said the probability of spontaneous generation of a single bacterium is the same probability that a tornado sweeping through a junkyard could assemble a 747 from the contents therein than just so happen they heavens declare the glory of God sermon is continual.
The sermon is universal everywhere on earth he see stars everywhere on earth there's moon everywhere on earth is a sunrise and this is the reason the apostle Paul said, what you see around you is in to make you responsible to believe in God's enough to let people know God exists in Romans one verse 20 Paul writes from the time the world was created. People have seen the earth and the sky and all that God has made. They can clearly see his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, i.e., glory. So they have no excuse whatsoever for not knowing God. So you we can say something God would say I did but evidently you're not listening. You notice in verse five and six.
He politically describes the sun rising in the morning and setting in the evening like a bridegroom and Leica like an athlete running a race. We walked outside, and you feel the sun brush against your cheek, or perhaps a date beating harshly on your head what you are experiencing is the radiation that the sun is giving off and did you know that the radiation that the sun gives off is produced by the loss of part of its mass. Did you know that the sun loses 4,200,000 tons of its mass every second and it only recovers one, 200 of what it loses know that means me. The sun is running down the light bulbs running down and if the lightbulb is running down it means it must of had beginning the heavens declare the glory of God. So the skies speak God speaks in the skies. Second, you'll notice David writes the God speaks in the Scripture verse seven he turns now looking downward at the Scripture. After upward of the skies, the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. So he looks upward, but he realizes you know the universe speaks but it doesn't tell you the whole story there certain things the universe cannot tell you about God can tell you about his love can say about his grace can take about his mercy can tell you about is judgment. When we look at the Scripture.
Now we get special revelation. Now this is specific speech and in the Scripture, God will speak you about life, about death, about what happens after you die about love and relationships in the future know if you'll just indulge me a moment and you look down in your Bibles that you brought. You'll notice that there are essentially what I read six lines 6 poetic stanzas in each line has three parts. First of all, there's the title for God's truth in Scripture.
Second, there is an attribute of that truth. And third, a result so notice the titles law, testimony, statutes, commandments, fear of the Lord judgments all synonyms for Scripture. The attributes it's perfect sure it's right it's pure it's clean, it's true and righteous altogether. This is a high view of Scripture by the way, sometimes people may wonder what why is it always a Bible study is one thing that I do I do expositional Bible study.
I don't run back-and-forth and dance and shout and come up with an idea that I had after late-night pizza or something that I think is cooler. Here's my opinion. I want to give you what the Bible says because I believe God speaks through his Word very very specifically to people's heart, but I just want you to know something I think you arty know about one of tell you and explain why I believe the Bible is indeed the very word of God.
I believe it is without error in its original documents, and I believe we have the complete mind of God and the Scripture I realize in saying that that a whole lot of people do not hold that and it could be that some people here may not even hold and I would be evidenced the fact that you don't read it.
Never carry it.
Not a big dealů On the preacher does on Sundays and we listen to you might have a much lower view of inspiration and 90.
Here's why what what I want you to know I believe the Bible to be the word of God, for one simple reason. I believe Jesus Christ.
I believe the I follow him and I believe what he said to me just tell you when I when I first got saved, I was drawn not to the Bible was drawn to Jesus as a person I was compelled by the person of Christ. I didn't know much about the Bible. I didn't get the Bible when I try to read it like what, but I kept reading and I was presented in the Gospels in the Bible, the historical Jesus and I started reading what he said about the Scripture, and it floored me. He said his words the Scriptures cannot be broken, but the high view. He said I didn't come to abolish the law and the prophets, but to fulfill them. Not one jot not one tittle will pass from this law, though it's all fulfilled high view of Scripture, heaven and earth will pass away. My words will never pass away.
High view of Scripture. So now when I read the Bible.
I believe that I'm seeing it in reading it and believing about it. What Jesus saw and believed about that is indeed the very voice of God and the word of God. So let's go to that list quickly and give you some of the results of the special revelation of God in the Scripture what will it do for you. Number one. It'll refresh your soul. Verse seven the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul work convert means to turn back to something or you could translated to restore or to refresh or to revive the Scripture will turn you back to God and interning you back to your God. You will be refreshed will always realign you and do the first time you come to him at salvation with the second third fourth fifth umpteenth time in sanctification. The Bible is like an unending well that refreshes and realigns your life with God's purposes. So here's this you go to a doctor for the needs of your body. You go to college for the needs of your mind, you can only go to the Scripture for the needs of your soul. It refreshes your soul. Second thing it'll do is it'll challenge your mind verse seven. The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. When you hear the word simpleminded.
You might think of a na´ve person. That's one way to look at it, but the word also means open-minded open to instruction. Now I will grant you that you come across certain things in the Bible. It's hard for your mind to get around hard for your mind to deal with their dislikes. So baby looking really but hang in there, even if there is listen an apparent contradiction, not a contradiction. I believe there are none, but there are apparent contradictions.
You just keep applying yourself, and you will see how things weave together and align themselves. I discovered that people don't reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but people reject the Bible because it contradicts them and they're just looking for something to say. See contradiction. It's because you don't want to deal with you in the Bible does it'll challenge your mind. Third thing it'll do is it'll delight the heart. Verse eight the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart member.
The happy man last week and someone his delight is in the law of the Lord in his law he meditates day and night okay but sometimes MRI you read the Bible you read that verse and is not so delightful. Ouch you go out.smack me upside the head on adverse ouch that's not delightful but conform yourself to turn away from allow it to shape you and mold you and change you. And the result of all that will be a delightful result will delight the heart Skip a message from the series.
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