Get More Blessed | Luke 11:27-28

Get More Blessed | Luke 11:27-28

Get “More Blessed” – Luke 11:27-28

Introduction

Luke 11:27-28 ESV  As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  (28)  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

  • The idea of idolizing Mary or making her an object of adoration is not a new one, it started before even Christ died on the Cross and rose again.
    • So it’s not all that surprising that Mary is made to be an idol in today’s society.
    • What is surprising, however, is Jesus response to the adoration of His earthly mother.
  • Here we see a woman crying out “Blessed is the womb that bore you and the breast at which you nursed!”.
    • In other words she is crying out “Wow, you are so holy! How blessed your mother must be!”
    • And it’s true, how blessed must marry be to be chosen to carry and nurse Jesus!
    • Even Mary herself sang about how blessed she was…

Luke 1:46-48 ESV  And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,  (47)  and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,  (48)  for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

  • So yes, Marry is highly blessed… but that’s not the interesting part of this story, the interesting part of this story is what Jesus says next…

Luke 11:27-28 ESV  As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  (28)  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

  • Once again, hear verse 28:

Luke 11:28 ESV  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

  • If that verse isn’t clear enough for you, let me read it again in the NLT…

Luke 11:28 NLT  Jesus replied, “But even more blessed are all who hear the word of God and put it into practice.”

  • BUT EVEN MORE BLESSED!
    • EVEN MORE BLESSED! Even more than the blessedness of Mary who bore Jesus and nursed Him!
    • EVEN MORE BLESSED THAN THAT!
  • Y’all want to get “more blessed” this morning? AMEN!

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Point One – If you want to be “More Blessed” You Must First Hear the Word of God.

Luke 11:27-28 ESV  As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  (28)  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

  • So Jesus lays out two steeps to Get More Blessed!
    • First you need to hear the word of God, then you need to keep the Word of God.
    • It’s like a cheap self help book! GET MORE BLESSED IN TWO EASY STEPS!
  • And church it really is this easy! Just listen to God and do what He says… that’s how you get more blessed.
    • And I should note, I don’t really mean you can be More Blessed than Marry, because Marry did listen to the Word of God and obey it. Therefore she too was more blessed.
  • So then, if we as a church want to get more blessed we need to follow these two steps.
  • And yes, once again we are going to be talking about obeying God…
    • We talk a lot about that in this church… why?
    • Because we preach through Scripture and SCRIPTURE talks a lot about it!
    • So whatever Scripture talks a lot about we talk a lot about, AMEN?
  • And here is the truth, ok… the reason why I want you… all of you… all of us to obey God is NOT because I want you to be harmed… it’s not because I want your life to be ruined… it’s not because I want your money or your respect… IT’S BECAUSE I TRULY WANT YOU TO BE BLESSED.
    • AND NOT JUST BLESSED, I WANT TO SERVE IN A “MORE BLEESED KIND” OF CHURCH.
  • A church where chains are broken, addictions are healed, pasts are forgiven.
    • A church where people get random checks in the mail right when they need it.
    • A church where people get promotions in work when they weren’t even asking for it.
    • A church where people are healed from all kinds of aliments, physical pain, emotional pain, even spiritual pain!
    • I WANT TO BE IN A MORE BLESSED CHURCH!
    • ISNT THAT THE KIND OF CHURCH YOU WANT TO BE IN?!
    • ISNT THAT THE KIND OF CHRISTIAN YOU WANT TO BE!
    • DON’T YOU WANT TO GET MORE BLESSED?!
    • THEN LET’S DO IT CHURCH!
  • Step one, if you want to be More Blessed you have to listen to God.
    • Jesus said “Blessed rather are those who HEAR the Word of God”.
  • If you are a believer you need to hear the Word of God… the blessings are not going to come if you are not listening…

John 10:27-28 ESV  My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.  (28)  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.

  • Listen to this verse church… if you are a believer, if you have been given eternal life, you better be hearing from God!
  • So how do we hear from God… good question, the answer is found in Romans 10:17

Romans 10:17 NKJV  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

  • If you want to hear from God you must be in His Word!
  • And if, by chance, you find it troublesome to be in God’s Word… maybe you find it to be a chore… maybe you only do it begrudgingly… let me hit you with some truth…

Hebrews 4:12 ESV For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Psalm 119:105 ESV Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.

Matthew 4:4 ESV But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

  • Do you understand that the God of all creation… the God who knew you before you where in the womb… HE WROTE A BOOK FOR YOU!
  • And you are telling me that you find the words of the all powerful, all mighty, king of Creation… you find those words boring?!
  • You find it a chore to read the living Word of God that is sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing the division of the soul and spirit?
  • Jesus says it’s more important than bread… and you can only begrudgingly read it?!
  • I SAY YOU ARE UNDER A DILLUSION PUT ON YOU BY YOUR FLESH AND THE SCHEMES OF THE ENEMY.
    • Let me just say it again because I love you and I want you to get more blessed… IF YOU FIND THE WORD OF THE LIVING GOD TO BE TROUBLESOME AND BOREING AND A CHORE TO READ THEN YOU ARE DILLUSIONAL!
  • I don’t say that to insult you, I say that to break you of that bondage. If you are a born again believer then the Word of God should be your daily bread! And the devil has some of y’all out there starving to death!
    • SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And break that bondage.
  • Tomorrow morning, wake up 15 minutes early, open the word of God, and let it speak life into you.
    • Then do it again, and again, and again… don’t go a day without eating.
  • And listen, I have no stones to throw… because I have been there… but I have also seen the otherside… the blessed side.
  • And here is what happens… as you start reading and hearing the written word of God, then you will start to know what it is like for God to talk to you…
    • Because He will talk to you THROUGH His word… and you will start to get used to His voice… you will start to know it intimately…
    • And before you know it you will be hearing that voice, the sweet yet thunderous voice of God, before you know it you will start hearing that voice everywhere you go.
    • God will start helping you at work, in your relationships, at home… even when stuck in traffic, God will start talking to you…
    • And that is an awesome place to be in, because the God who is talking to you is the God who want’s to bless you…
    • And if you would listen you would GET MORE BLESSED!

That brings us to point two…

Point Two – If you want to be “More Blessed” You Must Then Obey the Word of God.

Luke 11:27-28 ESV  As he said these things, a woman in the crowd raised her voice and said to him, “Blessed is the womb that bore you, and the breasts at which you nursed!”  (28)  But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”

  • You see it’s not enough just to listen to the word of God, but you must actually DO the Word of God. You must DO what He asks you to do.
    • I have given this example before, but let me give it again so it sticks…
    • Imagine if I go back to Ezra’s bedroom and find it a mess…
      • Legos and hulk toys everywhere…
      • So I call Ezra over and I say “Listen to me very carefully son, I want you to clean your room! Do you understand?”.
      • And Ezra says “Yes dad, I hear you, you want me to clean my room”.
      • A week later, I cheek his room out and it is dirtier than ever…
      • EZRA!!!! I call out… he comes running “Yes, what is it dad?”
      • I thought I told you to clean your room!
      • Oh you did dad…
      • What happened…
      • Oh I listened to you Dad, every word… you said “Clean your room”
      • In fact I invited Abram, and Jim and Justice and Neemo over and we did a Bible study on what you said… “Clean your room”.
      • We even went through the new best selling book “Your cleanest room now”
      • And dad, you will be real proud of me for this one, I even learned how to say “Clean your room” in Greek! Kathárise to domátió sou!
      • So dad, can we go get some ice-cream now?
      • What?! NO, we can’t get ice-cream now! Your grounded!!!
      • Huh? But I listened…
      • No son, you heard what I said… but you didn’t listen… if you listened you would have obeyed!

Matthew 12:46-50 ESV  While he was still speaking to the people, behold, his mother and his brothers stood outside, asking to speak to him.  (48)  But he replied to the man who told him, “Who is my mother, and who are my brothers?”  (49)  And stretching out his hand toward his disciples, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers!  (50)  For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

  • Church, so many Christians behave like my son in that story… and so few Christians behave like the family of Christ here in Matthew.
  • We are given the Word of God and we read it and we study it…
    • We do a bible study on the danger of Gossip…
    • Then we turn around and gossip about a coworker.
    • We read about forgiving others, then we try to find loopholes for why THAT ONE PERSON doesn’t need forgiveness.
    • We read “Thou shall not steal” but is it really stealing if no one get’s hurt?
    • We read “Love everyone” but I am just having a rough day Lord…
  • Listen to me… if you are struggling to hear from God about a decision in your life…
    • If you find He is not talking to you like He used to…
    • Or maybe you have never heard Him speak at all…
  • Let me ask you, are you listening to His written word. Because if you don’t obey His written Word, He is not going to give you His spoken Word.
    • And by the way, hear this church, God’s Spoken Word never contradicts His written Word… more reason to be in your Bible so you can clearly discern the voice of God!

Conclusion

  • Let’s wrap it up, let’s conclude this thing and keep it simple…
    • I want you to be blessed! I want you to know the blessings I have come to know and love that overflow from God into my life and my families life…
    • And those blessings come first from being born again, and then second from hearing God and Listening to Him.

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