Message given on
April 13, 2008 (link to audio version)
Trembling at the Word
Isaiah 66:2 For all those things hath mine hand made, and all
those things have been, saith the LORD: but to this man will I look,
even to him that is poor and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at
Isaiah 66 is speaking to Israel. Israel always took pride in their
temple, they gloried that they were Godís chosen people and took
pride in their religious observances. Yet in verse 2 we see that God
never emphasizes outward religious observances, fancy buildings or
great entertaining services. He looks for those that tremble at His
A poor and contrite spirit is one that is willing to admit they are
helpless to go it alone. They recognize their need for God. When the
word is preached to them, they are quick to receive the word,
tremble at the word and apply that word to their own lives. When he
or she discovers by the preaching of the word that they are in need
of God, they turn to God. This type of person never takes the word
of God lightly and when the Holy Spirit convicts them of sin, they
will respond and not fail to change.
To those that do not tremble at the word and they take the word
lightly they will fall for every doctrine and precept of men that
may come down the pike in the name of Christianity. Their
Christianity becomes "in name only" and their worship is turned into
rituals, ceremonies, form and tradition rather than true worship in
spirit and in truth.
(Psa 138:2) I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise
thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast
magnified thy word above all thy name.
There are some translation that explain this verse a little
differently but I see this as God showing us His word is so
important that it is exalted above His name. Other translations
explain this as equal to His name but which ever the meaning, the
word is exalted to a high position. Since Jesus Christ is the word
made flesh, it is very important and we are to literally tremble at
the word of God.
Much suffering and death has occurred over the centuries for us to
have this word in written form. This book contains the words that
could mean our eternal death or eternal life.
Our fear of God must come from the word itself or from a faithful
pastor, preacher or teacher who is also faithful to the word. We
need to tremble at the word and delight in its teaching, correction,
conviction and comfort, for the word does all those things. We can't
pull out all the comfort scriptures and neglect all the ones that
rebuke and correct. We need both the negative and the positive parts
of the word.
Notice that a battery will not work if its not hooked up to both a
negative and a positive connection.
I've heard preachers that preach all that is wrong with the church
but fail to tell us how to correct the problem and get turned around
the right way. I want to hear the prophetic preachers because I
desire to know the truth and not just hear ear tickling sermons that
make me feel comfortable but I also after hearing the warnings and
judgments of God, I want to hear how to make things right with God
and be restored. If I'm in trouble and my soul is in jeopardy, I
want to know how to get things fixed. So we need the correction of
the word but we also need the comfort and assurance of that same
word. Once we repent and make things right with God after the Holy
Spirit convicts of sin, we need to maintain the assurance of
salvation which is what brings us the joy of our salvation.
On the other hand, to constantly hear that God loves us and wants to
bless us with both spiritual and material blessings with no
preaching of repentance, correction, and warnings would cause the
worst sinner among us to think they are okay because they believe in
God but they may be bound by besetting sins and need to hear a
message that will bring change into their lives. All feel good
preaching might make us think that God loves us too much to judge
our sin and we go along comfortable thinking we are okay while we
slowly slip back into the same sins that Jesus once saved us from.
We need both the positive and the negative teaching of the word.
Psa 119:9 Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by
taking heed thereto according to thy word.
Psa 119:10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not
wander from thy commandments.
Psa 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin
Psa 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than
honey to my mouth!
Psa 119:104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I
hate every false way.
Psa 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
I heard a preacher the other day say that if pastors and teachers
stop preaching against sin, they will most assuredly return to sin.
I could add to that. If pastors stop preaching the word, people will
return to sin.
This is why the church is here. This is why God sets up pastors and
teachers in the word. If we are just to get people saved and then
just trust the Holy Spirit to lead them in the right direction, we
are missing our calling. First of all we need the word preached
under the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit to get people to be
saved in the first place. We preach the word and the Holy Spirit
takes that word and brings conviction to the heart of the one that
needs salvation. The word and the spirit is needed to save a lost
soul. After salvation though the word is needed to bring us into a
life of holiness and a life filled with the spirit.
All of us need to be taught and reminded to study, to worship and to
help one another. If we fail to do this, we will return to sin. We
are here for a purpose. We are here to learn, study and increase in
the knowledge of the word so that we can teach others this good way.
Deuteronomy 4:2 Ye shall not add unto the word which I command
you, neither shall ye diminish aught from it, that ye may keep the
commandments of the LORD your God which I command you.
The importance of obedience to the word in the Old Testament
was so important that it was a death penalty to break it, change it
or use it to deceive.
Yet obedience to the word brought a blessing while disobedience to
the word brought forth a curse.
We must be very careful not to be deceived by those that misuse the
word or change it to mean something other than what was the original
intent. I realize there are different interpretations of the word
and not everyone who disagrees on the word is necessarily a
Usually the motive for reading Godís word, will usually indicate
whether or not one is going to understand what he reads. For
instance. If we study the word to find out what God has to say to
us, how to please God or because we really care about what God has
to say to us, we will be more likely to eventually come to
understand it more than the one who reads the word just to be able
to say to himself, he did his part and read the bible today. Some
may search the word to find justification for something he wants to
do that his conscience is telling him not to do.
Here are some examples of the need to study all the word and not
just pick out certain parts.
Both these passages were written by Paul
Act 13:43 Now when the congregation was broken up, many of the
Jews and religious proselytes followed Paul and Barnabas: who,
speaking to them, persuaded them to continue in the grace of God.
Act 13:44 And the next sabbath day came almost the whole city
together to hear the word of God.
Act 13:45 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled
with envy, and spake against those things which were spoken by Paul,
contradicting and blaspheming.
Act 13:46 Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was
necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you:
but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of
everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Act 13:47 For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee
to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation
unto the ends of the earth.
Act 13:48 And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and
glorified the word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to
eternal life believed.
If we stop at this and do not read other scriptures by the apostle
Paul one might assume that the gospel was taken permanently from the
Jews and given to the Gentiles. Not so.
Romans 11:24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which
is wild by nature, and wert grafted contrary to nature into a good
olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural
branches, be grafted into their own olive tree?
Rom 11:25 For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of
this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that
blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the
Gentiles be come in.
Rom 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There
shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away
ungodliness from Jacob:
Rom 11:27 For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away
Rom 11:28 As concerning the gospel, they are enemies for your sakes:
but as touching the election, they are beloved for the fathers'
So we see that God has not cast away Israel. Yet all during the
Middle Ages the Jews were persecuted by the church that had power.
Even Martin Luther wrote a document just before he died condemning
the Jews. Hitler quoted Lutherís writings to justify the Holocaust.
This is an example of how we need the whole word of God and not just
part. Another example concerns our salvation.
The verse, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be
saved." If we quote that and do not study the rest of the scriptures
on salvation, we could get the idea that all we have to do to be
saved is to believe that Jesus Christ exists. Yet we know that there
is more to the message of salvation yet the message is still simple.
It is not a complicated message.
Lets look at that verse again. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and
thou shalt be saved. If we look at it closely we can ask ourselves.
Saved from what?
We know our physical lives are not saved for they eventually will
die if the Lord does not return before that day. So we have to
search other scriptures to find out what we are saved from.
Matthew 1:19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and
not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away
Mat 1:20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife; for that which is
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
Mat 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
Now we see that when we are saved, we are saved from sin.
Jesus died for our sins so we know that we are saved from sin.
Without the written word, we would not really understand how to be
saved or what we are saved from. So we see that we believe on the
Lord Jesus Christ but we believe in Him to the point that we allow
Him to cleanse us from sin. True saving faith causes us to turn from
sin and turn to Christ. That is how we are saved and born again by
the spirit of God.
There is no accepting Jesus in our hearts without being saved from
sin. To be saved from sin, we believe in Christ but we turn away
Every time we read about being saved, we should remember what we are
being saved out of and then the salvation message is easier to
Without the study and teaching of the word, we will get only half
the truth and not the whole truth.
I do not believe the bible ever contradicts itself, I believe
careful study will reveal that every word confirms another part of
the bible in some way.
Luke 11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a
certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him,
Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast
Luk 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the
word of God, and keep it.
When someone was proclaiming a blessing upon Mary the mother of
Jesus, Jesus said, yes but rather than major on that, blessed are
they that hear the word and keep it. Jesus Himself proclaimed a
blessing upon all those the not only hear the word but keep the
First we read or hear the word, then we believe the word but we
can't say we believe the word if we do not go on and keep the word.
We see both Old Testament and New Testament examples of the
importance of keeping the word of God.
Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia
write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that
hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and
shutteth, and no man openeth;
Rev 3:8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open
door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and
hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Rev 3:9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which
say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them
to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved
Rev 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will
keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the
world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Because this church kept the word, they were promised to escape the
hour of temptation which is to try the ones that dwell upon the
Keeping the word seems to be important to Jesus Christ who gave this
prophecy to the church so I believe it must be pretty important.
I personally love the teaching and preaching of God's word more than
the song service. I don't want to put down gospel sings. I enjoy
them but if I know there is no preaching, it is very hard to get me
to go to a service if I know ahead of time that its all singing and
no preaching. Remember this is just me and I am not sitting in
judgment upon those that love all singing services. But the word is
the part I look forward to.
I feel robbed if there is no preaching or teaching. I love a good
bible teacher as much as a preacher. Verse by verse study is the
delight of my soul. The study of the word reminds me who I am
singing about. To me praise and worship is all about worshipping the
one we have studied about from the written word.
Praise and worship is greatly needed even more than we have now but
if we do not study the word and receive it, we will not really
understand the one we are worshipping. We will not know who we are
worshipping fully without the study of the word or in hearing
anointed preaching or teaching of the word.
Without the preaching of the word down through the centuries we
wouldn't even know who Jesus was and how to be saved from sin.
The first thing I see in reading church history that may have caused
them to stray from the truth was to start suppressing worship in the
spirit among the congregation and try to take complete control over
the services with their own form or ritualistic practices. In other
words they threw out any dependency upon the Holy Spirit. They
really didnít have as much of the written word of God as we do today
so people had to depend upon the church leaders for instruction. If
the church leaders could get people to depend upon them for
salvation, their jobs would be secure and the people could be kept
in control. Without the Holy Spirit any proper understanding of the
word of God would cease to exist because the Holy Spirit is the true
teacher of the word.
When the church began to forbid the common people from reading the
word, the doctrines of men became the doctrine of the church. The
way of salvation became dependent upon outward religious observances
instead of individuals getting to know the Lord and receiving Him
into their lives on a one on one basis.
When the word stopped being preached and taught, we had Christianity
in name only. There was no changed lives. That is why they could
burn people at the stake. They didnít even know the God they were
supposed to be representing because they forgot the word and just
Today we can have the same thing but it is a little different.
If all we do is go to a church where one has only a ten minute
sermonette on how to have a successful life or how to have a good
day, we will not see many souls saved and entering into the kingdom
of God. So in a way our modern church has departed from the truth
just like the middle age church did, not by forbidding the word but
by preaching stuff that has nothing to do with our eternal souls or
repenting from sin yet they use just enough scriptures to justify
what they say.
I don't know what these prosperity blessing preachers are going to
do if the economy crashes and everyone loses their riches. Some will
give up on God altogether but I hope some will return to the word
and allow God to bring them back to the right way. If I miss a
couple of days without the study of the word, I miss it. This is
food for the soul just like we need food for our bodies.
Psa 119:103 How sweet are thy words unto my taste! yea,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Psa 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth
understanding unto the simple.
So how can we learn of the true way of salvation, how to
obtain holiness and how to be filled with the spirit? By taking heed
to the word of God. Without the written word, we would never have
known all these things. As I said before the word was removed from
the common people during the Middle Ages. Now we have the word in
every bookstore. I hope we are not letting it lie dormant on our
shelves when within its pages, we see our eternal destiny. Where we
spend eternity will depend on what we do with the word of God.
This is what is grievous in today's world. So many do not realize
the importance of God's word. Here it says that the word is even
above His name. We must never attempt to change the word to fit our
particular lifestyle. We must never water it down so that the
meaning changes. Look at the way Jesus' own words concerning divorce
is ignored today. We want to divorce anyway so we look for a way
around it excusing ourselves. We need to repent of these things that
we do. God will forgive but we must change and stop going in the
wrong direction. The word will judge us in the last day if we do not
In Acts 8 we shall see an example of how reading the word, led to a
manís salvation. He was even reading from the Old Testament which
was the only bible they had at that time.
Act 8:26 And the angel of the Lord spake unto Philip, saying,
Arise, and go toward the south unto the way that goeth down from
Jerusalem unto Gaza, which is desert.
Act 8:27 And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an
eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who
had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to
Act 8:28 Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Isaiah the
Act 8:29 Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself
to this chariot.
Act 8:30 And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the
prophet Isaiah, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Act 8:31 And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me?
And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him.
Act 8:32 The place of the Scripture which he read was this, He was
led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his
shearer, so opened he not his mouth:
Act 8:33 In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who
shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth.
Act 8:34 And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of
whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man?
Act 8:35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same
Scripture, and preached unto him Jesus.
My own Dad was saved by the reading of the word. Even before he was
saved, he liked to argue over the scriptures. Dad had lots of
friends and they would argue over scriptures and dad would always
try to prove his points by looking it up. Eventually he was saved by
the study of the word.
This is powerful stuff. It is enough to save a soul and grant them
eternal life. I remember when I was seeking the Baptism with the
Holy Ghost, I would read every scripture I could find on the Holy
Spirit. I know every one of them.
The word strengthens our faith. When we come here to worship God, we
need the word to abide within us when the music stops, when the
pastor is not speaking and when we are in school or on our jobs.
Praise and worship is important and we need to increase in this but
like I said before, if we do not study His word, we will not really
appreciate the one we are worshipping. The more of the word that
enters our hearts, the more true worship can come from within us.
When I remember His word, it makes me all the more ready to worship
when its time to worship. The word will help us to know who God is,
what God has to say to us, why Jesus had to die in order for us to
have eternal life, what true holiness is, whether or not the gifts
of the spirit are for today or did they die out with the apostles.
If we are not rooted and grounded in the word will may open
ourselves up to deception.
Holiness is not wearing our hair on top of our heads although its
okay if someone wants to wear their hair that way. Iím not making
fun of them in no way but we can look holy on the outside and be
filled with bitterness, hate and not even be saved. By the study of
the word, we will know what holiness is. The Lord requires holiness
so we need to study the word to find out what it really is.
There is a couple of religions that teach that a womanís salvation
depends on her husband. Iím so glad God have the Holy Spirit to
women as well as men for it refutes all false religion that
By the study of the scriptures we will avoid confusion, deception,
getting bogged down with tradition, ritualism, the wrong kind of
fear and many other things but by the study of the word will come an
awesome love and respect for God.
And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with
manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he
might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by
every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man
Jesus repeated this when he spoke to Satan when Satan was tempting
him in the wilderness.
4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by
bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of
29 Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer
that breaketh the rock in pieces?
30 Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD,
that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31 Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their
tongues, and say, He saith.
32 Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the
LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies,
and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them:
therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
The word is like a hammer and beats and crushes. Take heed of how
you use the Word of God. It must not be used to deceive or teach
God is pictured here as being very angry at false prophets and
teachers who misuse the word or who say things like, "God says,"
when He didn't say it. We must be very careful not to add too or
take away from the word of God. We must be careful also not to claim
that God says something or revealed to us something unless it is
really so. God takes it very seriously when we teach something as
His word when it is really our own word.
Do you think that I fear being up here talking in front of an
audience. No, but I do fear doing or saying something that may cause
a soul to be lost or to mislead anyone the wrong way. I take this so
serious. I hope that we all can learn to tremble at the word of God
because many deceivers are in the world. Jesus warned of these.
Matthew 24:4 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed
that no man deceive you.
Mat 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and
shall deceive many.
Mat 24:6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end
is not yet.
Mat 24:7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and
earthquakes, in divers places.
Mat 24:8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.
Mat 24:9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall
kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
Mat 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one
another, and shall hate one another.
Mat 24:11 And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive
Mat 24:12 And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall
Mat 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be
They donít have to just claim to be Christ but claim to represent
Him. The study of the word diligently will help us not to be among
the deceived. Its okay to check all that I say, all that any pastor
says by the word. If a pastor feels threatened by someone measuring
his words up with the written word, then he is no pastor I want to
I know of a pastor who did feel very offended because I questioned
something about what he was teaching. He expected me to trust him
just because he was the pastor. No way am I going to do that after
those words I read by Jesus just now. Iím not advocating finding
fault with the pastor, talking behind his back and having roast
preacher for Sunday dinner. What Iím saying is that we have to
measure the words he preaches or she preaches with what thus saith
the Lord. If they conflict, ask questions. Donít call up sister so
and so, ask the pastor directly in the spirit of meekness of course.
Remember the Lord is looking for people who have respect to His
word. He is looking for those who care what the word says. I cringe
when I hear someone say that they donít care what the bible says,
they are going to do what they want anyway. Or they accept the words
of Jesus but not the apostle Paul. That scares me.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my
word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and
shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto
Joh 8:31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye
continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
Joh 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you
This book contains powerful words. It is more important than all the
highest education one can attain. If I had a choice between
obtaining the highest degree in education possible or knowing the
word of God, I would pick this world.
His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path.