Luke 4:31-44

Luke 4:31-44

The only teaching that is going to have authority to change your life, to penetrate your heart, to motivate you, is teaching that comes from the Word of God... It's not man's opinion... The reason we don't have changed lives today is because we ignore God's Word.There’s a lot of teaching in the world today…but the only teaching that is going to have authority to change your life, to penetrate your heart, to motivate you, is teaching that comes from the Word of God, that is the Word of God. It’s not a man’s opinion. I’ll tell you, I’ve said this many times, but pastors who actually teach from God’s Word and get to expound upon it as I do, are blessed that we get to expound upon God’s Word. But guess what? If all I did was come up here and just read these verses to you, closed my Bible, and said, “That’s the message for today,” guess what? God’s Word, in and of itself, has enough authority and power that if you took the time to dwell on that Word, it would change your life.

The reason why we don’t have changed lives today is because we ignore God’s Word. We don’t get in on our personal devotions. I know a lot of people who only come to church for feeding. They never pick up their Bible at home. They never pray at home. They only come to church for that. Well, guess what? You’re going to starve to death. What happens here [in church] is not where the authority is. It’s what happens here in God’s Word [that’s] where the authority is…

The real power that changes, the real power that convicts, the real power that says, “You know what? The problem starts right here where I’m sitting, this is where change begins. Change starts in my heart. And God does have the authority and His Word has the authority to touch my heart…”

Change starts here. The power of God’s Word, the authority of God’s Word, is the power and authority to bring change to the heart of a man who’s lost. To show us our issues of sin, to help us to deal with those issues. You know, we have a lot of issues. We may even have issues with other people who are around us, but we better not be saying that it’s those other people who are the reason for my issues. The reason I have issues is because I’m not completely right with God. Jesus was completely right with God. He did not allow the hatred of the people to distract Him from Who He was and the call He had…

I hear a lot of people say, “Yeah, I believe in God…” I hear this message a lot, “All you got to do is believe.” No! It’s so much more than that. Jesus said, to all those who believed, to those who received, He gave the right to become children of God. It is an active step on our part to receiving Who Jesus is and what He is, not just knowing about Him…

Do you see in your life that you are living good news? When you step out of your house in the morning to go to work, do you find yourself being good news to those that you are encountering when you get to work? Can you wake up in the morning and look in the mirror and say, “That is the byproduct of good news”?… The Spirit desires to preach still today because the Spirit is Who Jesus was two thousand years ago. He always has been. He came, was given to us to continue a work that Jesus started. To preach good news. To free the prisoners. To release people from bondage. To help people to throw off oppression. That oppression comes in the form of sin…

If you’re struggling in your life, if you’ve got areas in your life that you’re not sure about, take time, as Jesus did, to go to that solitary place. This was Jesus’s regular custom of getting alone with God. Finding a solitary place where He could pray; where He could work out the issues of His own heart. Whatever issues Jesus might have had, He wanted them dealt with right away before His Father, and He took the time to get alone with God. You know why we die spiritually? Because we don’t take time to get alone with God. Because we don’t feed ourselves on His Word. We have an expectation of religion that says that religion should meet my need. Going to church should meet my need. My friends should meet my need. And I don’t mean to insult any of you, but if I’m waiting for you to meet my need, I will always be in need, because guess what? You can not meet my need, because my need goes far deeper than any one of you or all of you together can meet. And Jesus came and said, “I can meet your need.” And this was the power and the authority that He taught with…

This is why it is so important that we have those personal times alone with the Lord. Hey, we need to gather together. We need to share together. We need to encourage each other together. But if that’s all we’re living for, we are going to fall short. We need that solitary time, that personal time with the Lord, getting to know Him, allowing Him to minister to us, to reach into the depths of our soul, to reach into the depths of my soul, and say, “That’s where the problem is. That’s where the sin is. That’s what needs to change, and why it needs to change.” Sometimes God does us a great favor and sends a friend to us who will say, “You’re really blowing it. That needs to change in your life.” But just because that friend said it, doesn’t mean that that friend can make it change. And we can avoid a lot of that if we just take the time to personally stop before the Lord. To accept Who He is…

We have the Lord’s favor, and we have good news, and that good news is God loves you. God desires you. God wants to have relationship with you. Sin separates us from that relationship, but guess what? Sin is no longer the problem. It is refusal to deal with that sin that is the problem. We’re all going to sin, we’re all going to make the mistake, we’re all going to stumble, but it is in refusing to deal with that sin where we now have a problem because God, through His Son Jesus Christ, has made it easy to deal with the issues of sin that keep us separated from Him. That’s the good news. We no longer have to be separated. Sin is no longer the issue. It is only our willful disobedience, our desire to hold on and have our way…

Dave Elkins

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