God’s Team of Word Filled Lives
There is a collection of individuals I like to look on as God’s Team. They were men and women who lived extraordinary lives, yet they were ordinary people. As far as we can see from God's Word the only unique aspect each of these share is the fact that they had what I call a Word Filled Life.
We are going on a journey through chapters of the Bible today. In each chapter we will meet an ancient person with very contemporary problems that nearly every one of us here in this place can relate to completely. After we see these men and women, boys and girls in their world they had to deal with – we will find amazingly, that each of them shared a simple habit. A chosen path way they all followed, as they existed through all the handicaps, misfortunes, and successes they found in life. And that one simple habit sets each of these apart from the rest of the world. They each practiced the Simple Discipline of Meditation. How did they do it? Were there keys books, seminars, tapes, study guides…no; they just grasped on to the truth that knowing God is a choice, a lifestyle, a habit we must either make or neglect. They pointed their ordinary everyday lives toward God, and wouldn’t let go of Him.
Meet God’s Team of Eleven ordinary men and women who had Word Filled Lives.
Please open to Genesis 5. Enoch had a Word Filled Life – even as a dad. The Scriptures say this walk started ‘after the birth of his son’. His family wasn’t an excuse to neglect the Lord, but a prompting to seek the Lord daily! Enoch learned how to seek the Lord while living in a world so wicked God had to drown every person alive on Earth except the 8 in the ark. How did Enoch stay Word Filled? He meditated upon the Lord while he walked! How did Enoch ever do that? Meditation – which meant Enoch “walked “ his talk with God each day. Genesis 5:22, 24 After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
o Who do you think was following whom? Do you really think that this means that a big glowing cloud of Shekinah glory tailed Enoch? I don’t think so.
o Actually it means that God was invited into every part of Enoch’s life. All day long at every meeting, every stop, every call, and every situation – The Lord Himself was a part of it all.
o Has the Lord been invited by you personally -- into every part of your life?
Please open to Genesis 6. Noah had a Word Filled Life while he was consumed by his job (he HAD to finish the ark), in the wickedest work spot of all history. Noah had to work among people who had every imagination filled with evil. They were demonic, murderous, and immoral. How on Earth did Noah do it? Meditation – which meant Noah “did” what the Lord asked him to do even if it sounded impossible. Genesis 6:22 Thus Noah did; according to all that God commanded him, so he did.
o What God had said -- Noah remembered.
o What God had said -- Noah kept thinking about.
o What God had said -- Noah obediently did!
o Have you remembered, thought about, and acted upon THE LAST TRUTH YOU LEARNED when God spoke to you (through the voices of His apostles and prophets in God's Word)?
o Last time you opened God's Word -- were you listening to God or just reading?
Now open with me to Genesis 12. Abraham had a Word Filled Life while experiencing complete turmoil in his personal life. Abraham had a Word Filled Life while packing to move across the continent from one coast to the other. Abraham had a Word Filled Life even though he lost his job in the city and had to take up outdoor work as a cattleman. Abraham had a Word Filled Life while he had to move away from his family, raise his brother’s son, and even while moving from life in a two-story home in the city to a goat hair tent out in the hills of
o Abraham marked out reminders of what God had revealed to him.
o Abraham wanted to remember what God said, so he invested in special time consuming efforts to never forget what God has done, what God had promised, what God expected.
o Altars marked the big events of his walk with the Lord. Do you listen and mark clearly God’s plans for you. Are you remembering or forgetting?
What a TEAM. What a lesson for us. Often however we don’t hear the voice of the Lord in His Word because our lives are too full and too complex. One of the best ways to experience the discipline of meditation – and the immense rewards that it will bring to our lives, is to practice a spiritual fast.
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