How To Release the Power of God’s Word In Your Life with Buddy Owens

How To Release the Power of God’s Word In Your Life with Buddy Owens
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– It’s great to be with you. Really good to see you today. I have to say I love this church, I love being a pastor at this church. I love getting to know people here. I still feel like the new kid. I’ve been here 14 years, but
I still feel like a rookie. (congregation laughing) But I’m so glad to be here with you today. What I want so much, more than anything is to see life and
health in a congregation, to see people flourishing and growing in our walk with Christ. I want to see that so much for all of us, to see the word of God at work, makin’ a difference, changing lives, shaping the way we think,
shaping the way we live. I want to see that so much. And that’s why I’m talkin’ about what I’m talkin’ about today. If you want to take
out your message notes. My message today is on releasing the power of God’s word in your life. Because I know for many of us, we believe the Bible is true, but we have yet to see it active. And so we’re always hoping, but we’ve yet to actually see it with our eyes making a difference. And I want to talk about
how that can happen, how you can actually release the power that is waiting in the word of God. Did you know that the effectiveness of the word of God in
your life is up to you? The effectiveness of the word of God in your life is up to you. Not its truthfulness, its effectiveness. ‘Cause the Bible is always true, whether you want to believe it or not. The word of God is always true, but its effectiveness in
your life is up to you. The Bible teaches us this. We’re gonna look at how this unfolds in our life through Scripture today. The first passage I want to see in your notes, it’s here on the screen is from 1 Thessalonians chapter two, where Paul says we also
thank God continually because when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men,
but as it actually is. I want you to read these
words here aloud with me. The word of God, which is
at work in you who believe. Read it again. The word of God, which is
at work in you who believe. So the word of God is at
work in you who believe. So it leads to a question. Do you believe? Do you believe? Because if you believe,
then the word of God will be at work in you. On the other hand, if
you don’t believe it, then it will not be at work in you. It will still be true, but it will not be working
and active in your life. One of the central verses to this idea of the power of faith
and the power of the word is actually something Jesus taught us in Matthew chapter nine. This next verse on the screen. Jesus said “According to your
faith will it be done to you.” According to your faith. So you get to choose how
effective the word of God is. You get to choose how much
God blesses your life. You get to choose how much
strength he gives you. You get to choose how much God uses your life for his glory because according to your
faith it will be done to you. The word of God is at
work in you who believe. But it is equally true
that the word of God is not at work in those
who do not believe. The writer of Hebrews says this
in chapter four, verse two. He says this, the message they heard was of no value to them. In the New King James it says
it had no profit for them. It didn’t do them any good. He says the message they
heard was of no value to them. Why? Because those who heard it
didn’t combine it with faith. Look at it here on the screen, the way it says it in the message paraphrase. Says the promises, God’s promises didn’t do them a bit of good because they didn’t receive
the promises with faith. And in the Living Bible
it says it this way. It didn’t do them any good
because they didn’t believe it. They didn’t mix it with faith. So here’s the plan I want us to get, and it’s your first fill in for the day. My faith releases the power
of God’s word in my life. My faith releases the power
of God’s word in my life. If you want the word of God to have power, if you want it to have value in your life, profit in your life, then you
have to combine it with faith. Now, how do we actually do that? ‘Cause those are lovely words to say, but we have to get practical. How do you combine the
word of God with faith? And I want to give you four choices you have to make, four decisions. They’re not that complicated, but they’re also not that easy sometimes. But there are four choices you must make in order to combine the
word of God with your faith to release its power in your life. Here’s the first choice you make. Choose to read it. Sounds pretty obvious, but
you have to choose to read it. That’s why God gave it to you. The word of God cannot be at work in you if the word itself is not in you. It would be like having
medicine and never taking it and expecting it to do you any good. You just keep the little bottle of medicine on the nightstand,
but you never take it. Well, no wonder you don’t feel good. No wonder you’re dyin’. It’s ’cause you’re not taking the medicine that’s been offered to you. And it’s been sitting there all along. So you have to choose to read it. Here’s what the psalmist
says in Psalm 119. He says I have hidden
your word in my heart. Well, you hide it in your heart by getting it into your heart. He says I’ve hidden it in my heart so that I might not sin against you. So if you don’t want to sin against God, you’ve got to hide the word in your heart. He says I delight in your decrees, and I will not neglect your word. So he’s saying I’ve made a decision. Your word is valuable to me. And so I’m gonna take it in. I’m gonna hide it in me. And you do that by choosing to read it. You’ve got to get it into you. It’s a lifeline between you and God. So read it every day. Even if it’s just one verse. Let me take some guilt our of your life. You ready? Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read your Bible in a year. (congregation laughing) It isn’t there. I don’t know whose idea that was. Somebody that wanted to make me miserable. (congregation laughing) Nowhere in the Bible does it say you have to read through
your Bible in a year. Read it conversationally. God gave you this gift. He gave it to you because he loves you. If he loves you so much, why
would he make you miserable? You know, when you eat, not every meal has to be an hour long, five course, white tablecloth and candles kind of meal. When that happens, it’s always lovely, but you don’t always have time for that. Sometimes all you have time for, probably even this morning, is just to grab a bagel
when you run out the door. Well, it’s the same way when you’re gonna come to the word of God. You don’t have to sit down for an hour and read five or 10 chapters of the Bible. Sometimes all you have time for is just grab a verse as you run out the door. Fine, grab the verse. You gotta eat something to keep you going. But to say, well, I don’t read my Bible ’cause I tried and I couldn’t
finish my little program. That’s like saying, you know, I didn’t get to eat dinner last night. I guess I’ll never eat again. (congregation laughing) You just eat a little
bit more the next day. But you’ve gotta something into you. No matter how much time you have, the key to it all is
you have to slow down. Never race your way through Scripture. Slow down. Read it at a conversational pace. Read it like you were writing the words, that kind of slow pace. And take whatever time you need to take while you’re reading the
word to get it into you. If you’ve got an hour, awesome,
but slow down for an hour. If you’ve only got 10 minutes, well take your time for 10 minutes. If all you have is one minute, take your time for one minute. In fact, here’s the rule. Write this down. Use whatever time you have, but take your time while using it. Use whatever time you have, but take your time while using it. Read it at a conversational pace. Don’t gulp down your food. Don’t gulp down the word. You’ve got to chew on it, meditate on it, think about it, talk with
God about what he’s saying in that passage, no matter how long that passage is or how short it is. You cannot combine faith with the word if you don’t know the word. You’ve got to know what it says. People say oh, sure, I believe the Bible, but they don’t have a clue what it says ’cause they’ve never read it. So well, that doesn’t
make any sense to say you believe something if you
don’t know what you believe. So you have to get the
word of God into you. And you can’t just do it by
comin’ to church once a week. Don’t just let somebody spoon
feed it to you once a week. You’d never survive if
you only ate once a week. Spiritually you can’t survive
if you only eat once a week. Just like one of the
signs of physical maturity and growth it the
ability to feed yourself, it’s the same way in
your spiritual growth. The ability to feed
yourself on the word of God. Nearly 90% of Americans
have a Bible in their house. Almost 90%. It’s actually 87% of Americans
have a Bible in their house. And the average for them is three Bibles. So the average is 87%
of American households have three Bibles in the house. Now, that number’s gonna be different for our campuses around the world. But the point is still the same. To have a Bible on shelf, but never to take it down and read it is like havin’ a car in the garage, and you never take it out and drive it. Somebody says do you have a car? Do you own a car? Oh sure, yeah, we’ve got three of ’em. Yeah, I got a car, yeah.
(congregation laughing) Really, how fast does it go? I don’t know. What kind of mileage does it get? I have no idea. How does it handle? Don’t have a clue, I’ve never driven it. (congregation laughing) Well, what do you mean,
you’ve never driven it? How long have you had the car? Oh, 25 years at least. It’s been in the family forever. (congregation laughing) Really, well, how many miles
have you put on that car? Zero, but at least the
leather still smells new. (congregation laughing) And we just let the Bible sit on the shelf instead of letting it live in our hearts. It’s the same principle. How can you expect the word of God to do any good for you if
you don’t know what it says, if you’re not getting it into you? Jesus said this about it, in
John chapter eight, he said, “If you abide in my word.” That means if you continue,
if you stay in my word, soaking in the word. He said, “If you abide in my word, “then you are truly my disciples.” So, in other words, to be a disciple, you have to be a person of the word. He said, “If you abide in my word, “then you are truly my disciples, “and then you will know the truth, “and the truth will set you free.” Notice that it’s the truth that
you know that sets you free. The truth can’t set you
free until you know it. And the only way to know it is
to abide in the word of God. So many people are afraid of the Bible. They’re afraid that it will force them to do something they don’t want to do. It’ll cramp their style. It’ll put ’em in a box or that it will take away
their so-called freedoms. But it’s actually the
Bible that calls itself the perfect law that gives freedom. It is the word of God that brings the truth that brings brings freedom. It sets you free to truly love. It sets you free to live. It sets you free to experience
life and joy and purpose. It sets you free from
old ways of thinking. It sets you free to stand strong when you are hit by storms in life. Anybody here want that kind
of freedom in your life? It’s the truth that sets you free. If you want to know the truth, you gotta get the truth into you. Now, here at Saddleback we
have a class called Class 201. Class 201 is about discipleship. It’s about how to engage
with God in the word. If you’ve never taken Class 201, I want to encourage
you to take that class. We’re actually offering
it here in Lake Forest this coming weekend, next weekend, here at our campus in Lake Forest. The other campuses, you
can look on the bulletin, you can call their office
or talk to the pastor, your campus pastor, to find
out when 201 will happen there. But Class 201 will help you learn how to actually read the
Bible, how to engage with it. So I want to encourage you to take that class if you haven’t done it yet. But so the first choice you make to combine faith with the
word is you choose to read it. Here’s the second choice. The second choice is you
choose to believe it. Choose to believe it. You can read it without believing it. But you must choose to believe it. Faith is a choice. Faith is a decision. You’re choosing to believe
God’s word is true. The Bible says this in Psalm 119. I have chosen the way of truth. I have set my heart on your laws. Notice that it’s a heart issue. It’s an act of your will. The choice that you make in your heart and it’s because faith is
based on a relationship. It’s all about relationship. Friends take their friends at their word, and the Bible makes it clear that faith is about relationships. It’s relational, even though many times, faith is not rational. Many times, what we believe
doesn’t really make sense in light of the things we see. That’s why it has to be relational. I want you to see how this
is spelled out in Scripture. In fact, first write this down. Here’s the point I want to make, that biblical faith is choosing
to believe something is true because you believe someone is truthful. It’s choosing to believe
that something is true because you believe someone is truthful. Now, Paul says it this
way in 1 Thessalonians, or, excuse me, in 2 Timothy. He says I know whom I have believed. I want you to circle the word whom. I know whom I have
believed and I am convinced that he is able to guard
what I have entrusted to him. I had you circle the word whom because Paul does not say
I know what I have believed because sometimes, you
don’t know what to believe. You’re experiencing something you’ve never been through in your life. You’re seeing somethin’
you haven’t seen yet, and you don’t know what to believe. But you know who. It’s in those moments that you say, God, I don’t get this, but I get you. I don’t understand what’s
goin’ on, but I believe you. That’s why it has to be relational. If you believe God is truthful, then you must believe
that his word is true. But if you do not believe
that his word is true, then you can’t believe
that God is truthful. Faith is choosing to
believe something is true because you believe someone is truthful. It’s making a choice, and it’s
not always an easy choice, especially when everything and everyone around you is sayin’ are you kidding me? You really believe that stuff? And it’s at that moment
that you make the choice to say yes, I’m choosing to believe that God’s promises are true because I believe that
God would never lie to me. So you combine the word with faith by choosing to believe
that he is truthful. Now, you might say, but
what about my doubts? Well, what about your doubts? You think you’re the only person who ever scratches her head
goes God, I just don’t get this. How do you think I got like this? (congregation laughing)
This, God, I don’t . . . I don’t get it. I don’t understand. Help me get, I just, this
doesn’t make any sense. If you never had any doubts,
you wouldn’t need any faith. ‘Cause that’s what faith is for. Faith is what carries
you through your doubts, that, in spite of the
way things look or seem or feel, you make a choice to say, but I’m gonna follow the Lord. I’m gonna believe that he is truthful. I’m going to believe his words are true because I believe the author is truthful. And so you make the
deliberate decision to say, I’m going to believe God, I’m
gonna take him at his word. But simply believing
it is still not enough. There’s a third choice
that you have to make. Remember, first you read
it, then you believe it. Here’s the third choice. You must choose to declare it. Choose to declare it. You speak the word of God. You let the word of God be
the confession of your mouth. The Bible says that faith
comes through hearing. So say it out loud. Speak the word of God out loud. Declare the word of God to yourself, declare it to God, declare it
to the devil if you need to. You could declare it, now,
here’s our true confession. Raise your hand if you
never talk to yourself. (congregation laughing) All right then. So when you talk to yourself, declare the word of God to yourself. Because what I think is probably wrong. So I can say yeah, but this
is what the word of God says. I’m having doubts about something, but this is what the word of God says. I’m afraid of something. Yeah, but this is what
the word of God says. And you declare the
word of God to yourself. Declare it to the devil. That’s what Jesus did when he was tempted. He spoke the world of God. You can declare it God
himself in your prayer. You say, Lord, you said, and so I’m holding you to your word. Lord, you said, I’m
holding you to your word. But you can’t say, Lord you said if you don’t know what he said. That’s why you have to
get the word into you. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 17. He said, “I tell you the truth, “if you have faith as
small as a mustard seed, “you can say to this mountain.” Circle the word say. “You can say to this mountain, “move from here to
there, and it will move. “Nothing will be impossible for you.” Do you have any mountains in your life that need to be moved? You speak the word of God to them. He says, “If you have faith
as small as a mustard seed.” What I love about that
is that he does not say you have to have faith the size of a mountain to move the mustard seed. You just need faith the size of the mustard seed to move that mountain. You remember the story
when there was a storm and Peter walked on the water? And when he took his eyes off of Jesus, that’s when he began to sink. And Jesus said, “Oh you of little faith. “Why did you doubt?” Now, I used to think of that as a rebuke. But then I thought, wait a
minute, that’s not a rebuke. You of little faith. That’s a term of endearment. Because, after all, what kind of faith did he say you have to
have to move the mountain? Just a little faith. He was sayin’, Peter you
already got what ya need. You don’t need to doubt. He was sayin’ Peter, that little faith that you have, is enough. That little faith that you have is enough to get you through
what you are facing right now. That little faith that you have is enough for you to walk on the water. That little faith that
you have is enough for you to see the power of God
at work in your life and to experience the miraculous
move of God in your life. It only takes little faith. Don’t wait till you have big faith. You just start with the
little faith that you have. He says, “If you have faith
the size of a mustard seed, “you can say to that
mountain to be moved.” And so you declare the word of God. You speak out what God has to say. What does God have to
say about your situation? What does God have to say about you? You speak the word I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. He who began the good work in me, he will be faithful to complete it. And my God will supply all of my needs according to his glorious
riches in Christ Jesus. You take God at his word. You speak the word of God back to him. You speak it to yourself. When you begin to declare the word of God, not speaking words of doubt
but speaking words of faith. Not speaking lies but speaking truth. When you begin to say things
the way God has said them in the word it starts to
change your perspective. You’re no longer looking at
life through a lens of doubt. You now begin to look at
life through a lens of faith. And it changes the way
you think about things. The more you speak the word of God, the more it changes how
you think about things. In fact, I want you to write this down. When you say what God says, you begin to think like God thinks. When you say what God says, you begin to think like God thinks because you are filling
your mind with truth and you are speaking it out of your life, and it changes how you see things, how you think about things. When you combine your
faith with the word of God by declaring it, then
you can watch it move and be released in your
direction and on your behalf. But there’s still one more
choice you have to make. You choose to read it,
you choose to believe it, you choose to declare it, and fourth, you must choose to act on it. Choose to act on it. You combine the word with faith by living like you believe that
every word of it is true because it is. You put your feet to your faith. You can say you believe with your lips but are you saying you
believe with your life? Are you living it out
in the choices you make? You’ll hear people say oh
yes, I believe in Jesus, but they don’t live like
they believe in Jesus. Or, yeah, I believe in the Bible, but they don’t live like
they believe in the Bible. The Bible says in James
chapter one, it says, do not merely listen to the
word and so deceive yourselves, but do what it says. If all you’re doing is
hearing it and not doing it, you’re just fooling yourself. That’s what he’s saying. Don’t just listen to the word and deceive yourselves, do what it says. Put it into practice. Live like you believe it. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 7, he told us this parable. He said, “Everyone who
hear these words of mine “and puts them into
practice is like a wise man “who built his house on the rock. “The rain came down, the streams rose, “and the winds blew and
beat against that house, “yet it did not fall “because it had its
foundation on the rock. “But everyone who hears
these words of mine “and does not put them into
practice is like a foolish man “who built his house on sand. “The rain came down, the streams rose, “and the winds blew and
beat against that house, “and it fell with a great crash.” What Jesus is saying is it’s not enough just to hear the word. It’s not enough to come and hear a sermon and say, oh, wasn’t that interesting? What a lovely sermon. We have to put it into practice. You can hear the word on Sunday, but you must be putting
it into practice on Monday if it’s gonna have any kind of effect, any kind of power in your life. If it’s gonna make any difference. Because those rains will fall. Those streams will rise. Just because you are strong in the Lord does not mean that you’re not
gonna experience the storms. If you don’t put things into practice and then the storm comes along, and your house begins to fall apart, your life begins to fall apart, well, then, you’ll want to blame God. That’s sort of like a kid
who sits in class at school, he listens to the teacher all day long, but then he doesn’t do his homework. He doesn’t practice what he’s been taught. And so when test day comes
and he fails the test, he wants to blame the teacher. Well, it’s not the teacher’s fault. It’s because he didn’t practice
what he was being taught. And it’s the same way here. We’ve got to put it into practice so that we can pass the tests of life. There are five lessons that
we can learn about this in that parable that Jesus just gave us. I want you to write these down. Here’s the first lesson. Every one of us is building a life. It’s not just believers. Every one of us is building a life, both the wise and the foolish person. We are all builders. Building is inevitable. The question is what are
you building your life on? What kind of a foundation
are you building it on? Are you building your life
on the solid rock of truth or are you building your
life on the shifting, loose sands of popular opinion and culture and political correctness
and all of those other things that change from day to day? What are you building your life on? If the foundation is not solid, the building will not hold up. So every one of us is building a life. Here’s the second lesson. A storm is coming. A storm is coming. Just as building is inevitable,
storms are inevitable. No matter who you are, wise or foolish, the storm is going to come. The way you tell the difference between the wise man’s house, the wise man’s life, and the fool’s house or the fool’s life is not whether or not
they go through trouble. It’s not whether they have heartache. Because, when you read that parable, it’s the same rains, it’s the same storms. Both houses are hit by the same winds. In fact, it’s not even whether
you go to church or not because both of those
people heard the same words. The difference is the foundation. The difference is what did
they do with what they heard? The wise man put it into practice. The fool heard the word and
didn’t do anything about it. He just let it go in one
ear and right out the other and did absolutely nothing with it. The difference is not in the hearing. The difference is in the
doing, in acting on it. It’s saying I am going to
conduct my relationships according to the word of God. I’m gonna put it into practice. I’m gonna conduct my business according to the principles that
are in the word of God. I’m gonna manage my money
according to the word of God. I’m gonna live out my marriage
according to the word of God. I’m gonna make moral choices. I’m gonna treat my
enemies and my competitors according to the principles that are laid out in the word of God. Here’s the third lesson. Not only is a storm coming, the
wise man believes in storms. A wise man believes in storms. The fool does not. The wise man believes in storms. That’s why he built
his house so carefully, ’cause he knows the storms happen. It’s the fool who doesn’t believe that storms are gonna come because he heard the word, so he doesn’t believe the
storms are gonna come. And so he builds his life carelessly by not acting on the word. The fourth lesson is
that the house that falls falls when it is needed most. The house that falls falls
when it is needed most. It’s during the storm, when you
are most in need of shelter, when you are most vulnerable
to what’s goin’ on in life. That’s when the house falls. The foundation crumbles,
the walls collapse because you don’t have a solid foundation. But it’s also true that
the house that stands, the house that remains firm, stands when it is needed the
most, it’s during those storms. And lesson number five,
don’t wait for the storm to start building on the right foundation. Don’t wait for the storm to start building on the right foundation
because it’ll be too late. Don’t wait to get your life in order and begin living according
to the word of God. Don’t wait to do that
until you have trouble. And say, oh, well, I guess
I better so somethin’. No, you start now, you start building now. Every one of us is building a life. The storm is coming. What are you building on? If you wait until the storm comes to build on the right
foundation, it’ll be too late. Your life will collapse. Remember James said, in
James chapter two, he said, you can say that you have faith, but until I actually see it,
I’m not gonna believe it. It’s the same principle. In fact, here’s what I
want you to write down. Here’s the lesson in this. We prove we believe by how we behave. We prove we believe by how we behave. It’s not enough just to
say sure I believe it. What difference is it making
in the way I live my life? We prove we believe by how we behave. I have been married to my wife, Linda, for 33 years, almost 34 years. And every single day of our marriage for over 33 years, every day, Linda tells me that she loves me. Every day. Now, I have a choice to make. I can choose to live like
I believe that’s true or I can choose to live in doubt. If I don’t live like I believe
that she really loves me, then I will not experience the joy of a loving marriage relationship. If I don’t live like I believe
she’s truly committed to me, then I’ll always be living in doubt, living in fear of being open
and honest, fear of intimacy. I will miss out on so much of life if I don’t live as though I believe that Linda is tellin’ me the truth. I’ll always be wondering if
something else is going on. I’ll be waiting for somethin’ to go wrong if I don’t live like I believe it’s true. And the same way in your
relationship with Christ. Many of us, you’ve known the
Lord for a long, long time, and every day he’s been
saying, “I love you. “I care about you. “I’ve got a plan for you. “I’ve got a purpose for your life. “You’re not here by accident.” And yet, if we don’t live
like we believe it’s true, then we will miss out on the joy of an intimate friendship with God. We’ll always be doubting,
always be questioning, always be second-guessing,
lookin’ for a second opinion. We’ll be questioning, well,
does he really know what’s best? Is his word really true? Can I really trust God. And so, by not living like you believe it you miss out on the freedom
that comes from the truth. You miss out on God’s blessing. It’s like a man who’s lost
with a map in his hand. He’s lost, trying to find his way home. He’s got a map in his hand,
but he never looks at the map. Or if he does look at the map, he goes, ehh, I don’t think this is right. (congregation laughing) And so he turns and he walks
off on the opposite direction. And so he never finds his way home. He never experiences the freedom from being lost in that wilderness because he doesn’t
believe the map is true. You got a map in your
hand, an owner’s manual that shows you a way to live. If we don’t live like
we believe it’s true, we’re just like that
lost man with the map, and we’ll never know the freedom. When you take God at his word, you do it by applying it to your life, applying your to his word, and then living like you believe it. And when you live according
to the word of God, that’s when you are truly
combining it with your faith. And when you combine the
word of God with faith, that’s when it becomes active in you. It is at work in you who believe. That’s when it has, as
the verse in Hebrews said, that’s when it has true value to you. That’s when it benefits your life. So write this down. When you act on God’s word,
God’s word acts on you. When you act on God’s word,
God’s word acts on you because the word of God is
at work in you who believe. How does it act on you? The word of God, the word of God, is a sword. It’s a sword that slays your spiritual enemy, the enemy of your soul. It puts to death lies. It puts to death old ways of thinking, old habits and behaviors. It is a sword. The word of God is scalpel that
performs open heart surgery. It opens us up and it cuts
out the infection of sin. The word of God is a
salve that heals wounds. It’s a seed that sprouts and
brings life and fruitfulness. It’s a flower that unfolds and releases its fragrance in your life. It’s a fountain that quenches
the thirst of a parched soul. The word of God is a light
that pierces the darkness. It’s a mirror that reveals the truth about us, how we look. The word of God is a compass
that points us toward home. It is a window into the very heart of God. The Bible describes itself as
the water, the milk, the meat, the bread, and the honey
of the spiritual life. It’s a full meal deal. But we’ve gotta let it do its work in us. That’s how it acts in us. It brings freedom. When you know the truth,
the truth sets you free. You choose to read it,
you choose to believe it, you choose to declare it,
and choose to act on it. These are words to live by. So live like you believe ’em. When the Lord says in his word come to me when you are heavy, laden, and burdened, and I will give you rest. Well, live like you believe it. Come to him. When he says I will
supply all of your needs according to my glorious
riches in Christ Jesus, well, live like you believe it. When he says if you just
seek first my kingdom, everything else will be taken care of, live like you believe it. When he says I am the one who
began the good work in you, and I will be faithful to complete it, well, live like you believe it. When the Bible says that you can do all things through Christ
who gives you strength, live like you believe it. When it says I’m crucified
with Christ, I am dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ
Jesus, live like you believe it. When he says anyone who belongs
to Christ is a new person, the old life is gone,
the new life has begun, live like you believe that it’s true. Apply it to your life. When he says trust in the Lord and don’t lean on your own understanding, live like you believe that it’s true. The Bible says blessed is the man whose delight is in the law of the Lord. So I want you to take your
notes and turn ’em over again. We’re gonna review. (congregation laughing) Before you get your homework. (congregation laughing) How do you release the power
of God’s word in your life? My faith releases the power
of God’s word in my life. How can I combine the word with faith? Choose to read it, use
whatever time you have, but take your time while using it. Choose to believe it, biblical faith is choosing to believe something is true because you believe someone is truthful. Choose to declare it. When you say what God says, you begin to think like God thinks. And then choose to act on it. Why? Because a storm is coming. Everyone is building a life. A storm is coming and wise
people believe in storms. And the house that falls or stands falls or stands when you need it the most. And you cannot wait until the storm comes to start building on the right foundation. We prove we believe by how we behave, and when you act on God’s
word, God’s word acts on you. So read it, believe it,
declare it, act on it, and when you do, that’s when the word of God will be at
work in you who believe. Let’s pray together. Would you bow your heads? Father in heaven, thank you. Thank you so much for your word. What a gift. You didn’t leave us to just try to figure things out on our own, but you have spoken to us,
and you speak to us every day. Your word that was once spoken is still speaking into the
hearts of men and women, people who love you, that your Holy Spirit who inspired these words
when they were written inspires these words when they are read. And they are words of life and
truth and hope and freedom. Lord, would you create in us a hunger for more and more of your word? Lord, would you help us to make time, just as we make time to eat food, would you help us to make
time to feast on your word, to enter into the conversation and the friendship with you
that we find in your word. Lord, help us, teach us to believe, to take steps of faith,
to declare your word, not just to hide it in our hearts, but to speak it through our mouths. And then, Lord, would help
us to be faithful and strong and fearless, to live
like we believe it’s true. I pray for this congregation, for every person hearing me
today, that you will fill their life with your
truth and with your power, and that your blessing will rest on them. And I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen. – Thanks for checkin’ out
this message on YouTube. My name is Jay, and I’m
Saddleback’s online campus pastor, and I would love to invite you
to join our online community. Here are three ways you
can take a next step. First, learn more about belonging to our church family by
completing Class 101 online. Second, don’t do life alone anymore. By getting into an online only small group that meets on platforms like Skype, or learn more about hosting a group with your friends in your home. Third, join our global Facebook community to connect with others
with the online community and be more engaged in the day-to-day. To take any of those next steps, visit saddleback.com/online or email [email protected] Hope to hear from you soon. (uptempo music)

This sermon really touched me… I am in a relationship that goes against all the bible teaches and I want to follow Jesus but I'll have to break the relationship…. Please pray that God has a plan for me and my partner… Or for me, and my partner…

Thank you for sharing the word of God with all of us! Definitely one of my favorite messages. I need to continue working on my faith, reading the word and living the word. God is so so good. 💜💕

Is so pleasing to hear a sermon in a calm , way no yelling, rage, shouting , as most pastors do this. Jesus did not do this,, the Gospel is should be gentle most

This sermon helped me immensely. Points, steps, Bible verses, great examples made me start reading the Bible and claim promises . Thank you pastor for the great message. Life changing and helpful to take specific steps to get a result.

wowww u are an excellent teacher./ preacher. I was solo broken with pain with tears n I start searching how God words can show up on my life for his glory. I have been praying n praying but no life change. but I am not a bad person I love the Lord but his bible promises were not showing in my life. n when I feel like I don't know what to do anymore I found your message. so I am going to practice is as of now. n trust it will show up in my life. because I feel like job in the bible. now how do I join u guys step by step online or Skype churches?

AMEN 🙏 😇🔥💪👍 THANK YOU PASTOR FOR YOUR GOD'S WORD watching from YOUTUBE 😊 teaching us like a class and to do as to PRACTICE on with our FAITH to believe and so on !!!! Inspired me 💪💪💪🔥

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