Pastor Russell Kalenberg | May 30, 2021

Recap:
In today’s society, truth has become hard to identify. That’s why it is important that we recognize the Word of God is our benchmark, our marker on which truth is found. That’s what guest minister Pastor Russell Kalenberg talked about this past weekend. He provided five ways in which the Word of God can be a standard in our lives that cannot be moved; this standard is a solid foundation on which our whole lives can be confidently built.

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Dive Deeper:
A survey monument cannot be moved. It’s a reference point to the surrounding area. It decides boundaries and is a benchmark for truth. This past weekend, Pastor Russell drew the connection to how the Word of God is a survey marker in our lives and a benchmark by which everything else can be measured. That means when the world around us is faltering, unsure of what is truth, we can look to the Bible and find a standard for truth that is unshakeable.

Deception is too common in the day we are living. Many are deceived, but we won’t be deceived if we are certain of our source of truth. When the light of God’s Word shines, it will always disperse darkness and let truth be known.

When we build our lives upon the truth of God’s Word, it provides course correction. It lets light into our lives. It provides legal weight that can settle boundary disputes. The enemy can’t prevail when we remind him of the unchangeable standards of God’s Word!

The Holy Spirit helps us understand how the Word can be our standard. He reveals what we need to know about the Bible, and encourages us in our daily lives.

Read More:
Psalm 119:89 NKJV
Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.

John 17:17 NKJV
Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

2 Timothy 3:13-16 NKJV
But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived. But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,

Luke 6:47-49 TPT
Let me describe the one who truly follows me and does what I say: He is like a man who chooses the right place to build a house and then lays a deep and secure foundation. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it continues to stand strong and unshaken through the tempest, for he built it wisely on the right foundation. But the one who has heard my teaching and does not obey it is like a man who builds a house without laying any foundation at all. When the storms and floods rage against that house, it will immediately collapse and become a total loss. Which of these two builders will you be?

1 John 3:23 NKJV
And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.

Revelation 22:18-19 NKJV
For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

John 16:13 NKJV
However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come.

Discussion Questions:
1. When truth seems hard to find, how can the Word of God illuminate truth for us?

2. How do our words tell us what the foundation of our life is?

3. How does compromise hurt our lives?

4. When the enemy has breached boundary lines, what can we do to remind him of the boundaries of God’s Word? 

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