Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path — Psalm 119:105. Seven times in chapter two and three in Revelation we are told to listen to what the Lord has to say to us. He says, ‘He that hath ears to hear, let him hear what the Lord sayeth unto the churches.

The best place to hear the word of God is in your local church. The question to us may be, “Do I want the light of the word of God shining upon my life?”

Scripture shares that, “And this is the condemnation that light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather that light because their deeds were evil.”

Our carnal human, fleshly nature, described by the Apostle Paul as “the old man” is constantly at war against spiritual truths.

Isaiah said to us, “Now go, write it before them in a tablet and note it in a book that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever that this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the Lord: Which say to the seers, see not and to the prophets, prophesy not unto us the right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits.”

The last thing I want to hear is a soft-toned syrupy preacher telling me how good I am and that my best life is here and now when all the while I know how depraved I am. I say to him, “Man of God give me a ‘thus saith the Lord’ ” and cut every link out from under me that I might climb higher. Usually medicine that doesn’t sting doesn’t avail very much!

In Jeremiah 36, we read of a king who thought the word of God was so distasteful that he took a penknife and cup up some pages and threw them into the fire.

How awful you say and do we not pick and choose the scriptures that tickle our ears?

The word of God is like a mirror and as we look into it, it reflects all the wrinkles that don’t need to be there! James 1:23.

When we read the word of God with an open heart, “we read it and it reads us!”

But dare a preacher speak boldly against sin who wants to have an attendance? Dare we not be bold in the Lord and be faithful? What then should pastors do? Paul gives this answer to Timothy. Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and teaching — II Timothy 4:2.