Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Saith the Lord

Jeremiah 23:28-29 “The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath My word, let him speak My word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? Saith the Lord.

Is not My word like as a fire? Saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?”

“He that hath My word…..let him speak My word faithfully.”

Faithfully, here, means to be established.

How much we need that today!

If the Lord has given you a word….He wants you to speak it faithfully….

…whether it is a word of witness of Him….

….or a word of scripture for comfort and edification…

….or a word of warning to someone….whether you use your own experience, or the examples in the Bible.

Our words are important….

Matthew 12:36-37 “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement.

For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou be condemned.”

As Christians, we should come to Him and…

…see where we spoke out of turn….(so easy to do….to give an opinion, rather than what the Lord wants said)

…know the witness that we missed

…or hear “well done” to the words that we gave, whether in prayer, or witness.

(and our witnesses do not have to be messages, but a “word in due season”)

Someday, all our speeches and conversations will be open before us…and Him.

(We must remember that Enoch, the man who walked with God [Genesis ] prophesied against the wicked:

Jude 14-15 “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of His saints,

To execute judgement upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.”

Their “hard speeches”…….how many of those do we hear today?)

God’s Word is like fire….enlightening me to my sin,….and burning up my excuses.

God’s Word is like a hammer….pounding away at the hard places of my heart….slowly chipping away at the long-time resentments,….and reasons that I keep God at a distance.

“Saith the Lord.” It is simple…..direct….commanding.

When the Lord speaks,….things change.

(If He is our Lord, we change)

Once His word is spoken, it does not return unto Him void.

Isaiah 55:10-11 “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:

So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of My mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereunto I sent it.”

What changes?

Well, for us….

First, our vision changes….we have heard God…

We can believe and side with Him…..

….or we can distrust, and enter into shadows.

Second, our faith reaches out to God, to do exactly what He said.

Psalm 27:8 “When Thou saidst, Seek ye My face; my heart said unto Thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek.”

Third, our feet stand on that Word….holding on by trust to what the Lord saith. (Matthew 7:24-27. We may wobble, but the Word is firm, and true.)

And then,….this word is from….”the Lord”.

The Lord, here, is Jehovah….the Ever-existent, Ever-becoming One. He always was, is, and will be…..yet, for His own….He becomes their need.

“The chaff to the wheat”….the chaff is the outside layer of the wheat….which is worth little….to be thrown down and trampled upon….to be used as stubble or fodder (to bulk up cow feed).

What does it mean here?

If we are truly born again….we are the wheat.

If we speak His Word faithfully, we are bringing forth more fruit.

But the chaff…will never “bring forth” fruit.

It is the worthless philosophy, or opinions, that are bantered about….which might seem bulky……but are nothing

“Saith the Lord”….this is what we need to hear….what He is saying to us, through HIs Word….by His Spirit…

…and then use it….stand fast, and speak HIs Word faithfully.

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