Jan 11, 2013
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Jan 11, 2013
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
He had been driving for hours. He was very tired — he had to find a place to rest.
He was discouraged! – He’d searched a long time for a place to stay the night — every decent motel and hotel was full!
– He couldn’t sleep in his car — it was the coldest night of the winter so far – he’d freeze.
He saw a dirty flea-bag hotel he normally wouldn’t consider except he was exhausted — he had to rest!
The desk clerk asked if he wanted the room for an hour or for the night – he knew how bad his situation was.
He paid the nightly fee and was ushered to a filthy little inside room with no windows, no air, no TV, just a worn-out bed that he wasn’t sure looked clean enough to sleep in.
– At least he’d be warm.
– The bathroom was connected to and shared by another room beside his.
He groaned, “I guess it’s only for one night. I can stand this tonight because I’m just too tired to go on an I know I would go to sleep and wreck my car if I tried.”
He slept in his clothes — he didn’t want to crawl into those dirty sheets, not wanting to think about who’d been in them before him.
He turned out the lights and laid on the bed. He rolled and tossed and was unable to get to sleep – his mind wouldn’t stop thinking about where he was and how long the night would be!
– He wished he hadn’t stopped here! Oh well, what’s done is done – make the best of it.
– Finally, he drifted off into a restless sleep.
Suddenly, he woke up gasping for air.
– It was so hot and stuffy in this room – he had to have a breath of air right now.
He’d forgotten there were no windows — the air was so tight he had to have some air or he’d suffocate!
He couldn’t find the light switch in the dark, but he did see the reflection of glass on the wall.
– He had to open that window and get some air! He was almost in a panic!
He stumbled to what that reflected glass and tried to open the window. It was stuck!
He grabbed the bottom of the frame and began to strain trying open that window.
– It was stuck! No matter how hard he tried it wouldn’t open!
– He grasped around in the dark for something to break the glass – he needed air!
He took off his shoe – he hadn’t undressed for bed – he smashed the glass.
– He heard the pain give away in a noisy crash of tinkling glass.
He gulped in the air trying to calm himself and get cooled down.
– Finally, after breathing that air for quite a while, he found his way back to the old bed and laid down to sleep feeling refreshed by the breath of fresh air.
When morning finally came he found no open window but a shattered the mirror.
– He’d falsely assumed he’d solved his problem for air during the night.
– He’d relieved his panic by believing something that was far from the truth.
– Something he’d never believed in the Light.
Last Monday, on the CBS World News Tonight, Scott Pelley announced, “Science has gone back billions of years and found how and when the Big Bang occurred, now science will be able to answer questions mankind has asked for centuries!” — A FALSE ASSUMPTION!
Another issue assumed, but is dead wrong is “Global Warming or Climate Change.”
– Ask people back East how much they subscribe to Global Warming today.
– Rush Limbaugh said how puffed up the human ego is to think this generation can change the environment of the world.
Science has made some wild assumptions based on faulty theories and misconceived information.
– One day scientists will find they really don’t have all the answers and they’re not really in control — God’s still in control!
Satan’s always there to offer assumptions trying to instill doubt and prove God’s not in control.
He’s always offering substitutes — a lesser for a greater.
– If we barter with him, he’ll cheat us and ruin us.
He traded hungry Esau a bowl of red pottage for his priceless birthright;
He traded Rehoboam shields of shiny brass for shields of pure gold which Solomon had made;
He offered Jesus Christ all the kingdoms of the world for only one little bow.
Esau traded and lost his birthright.
Rehoboam exchanged shields and caused people to sin.
Jesus refused to trade and became the Savior of man.
How quickly is an exchange effected!
King Solomon made the shields of gold; His son Rehoboam substituted them for shields of brass.
When we try to barter with Satan it’s not long until we lose everything.
Like Samson — he woke up and went out to shake himself as at other times, he found his strength neutralized and God had departed from him.
Each of these men made certain assumptions.
Esau and Rehoboam assumed they’d done pretty well and would better themselves for their choices.
Jesus wasn’t sucked into something like that — He knew what a liar Satan is. – John 8:44
Satan assumed he could talk Jesus into a shortcut to achieve what He’d come to earth to accomplish. – He offered Jesus all the kingdoms of the world with no Cross to go to.
– After all, Satan reasoned, Jesus came to earth – to become King of kings!
It should’ve been an ideal day for 3-year-old Liam McCall, as he rode his bike in Frazier Park, Charlotte, North Carolina.
– It should’ve been, but it wasn’t.
As McCall was riding, a man walked past, turned around, and snatched him around the waist.
McCall’s mother was nearby and immediately rushed to grab hold of her boy and began a tug-of-war for the child. The man was heavier and bigger. Camilla, the mother, was strengthened by adrenalin and a mother’s love.
She said to herself, “I’ve got to hold on to him as tight as I can.”
She did! She won and the man, who’d been arrested more than 103 times in the past, was captured and put behind bars.
I like that story. – First, it’s motivated by love, the good guys won, and a terrible tragedy was averted.
– Second, I like it because, in many ways, it’s our story.
A long time ago, a demonic character with a proven track record of wrongdoing, stole us away from our Heavenly Father.
We didn’t have the power to escape on our own – we were lost! – Dead for all practical purposes!
But our kidnapper hadn’t counted on God’s Love.
God decided He’d do His best to save us.
That’s why Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
– His entire life was spent in a tug-of-war with Satan; only this wasn’t a game.
– It ended with Jesus dying on a Jerusalem cross.
Satan thought it ended with Jesus dying on a cross – Satan and his demons assumed they’d won!
3 days after He had been murdered, a living Christ appeared to the world and showed to all that the kidnapper’s hold on kidnapped humanity had been broken.
From then on, all who believed on Jesus as Savior and confessed their sins to Him were saved.
That’s why Jesus could promise that while we live for Him no one can snatch us out of the Father’s hand.
–John10:27-29 – Notice the wording – for that Promise to take affect we must listen and follow.
Becoming a Christian requires action on your part. – Don’t just assume you’re a Christian because you live a good life, attend Church, and have.
– Christians in your family………..Acts 16:31 – 1 John 1:9
We’re dedicated to telling the world, “The kidnapper’s lost; your Savior has arrived. Repent, believe, and be secure in the Father’s Love.”
But, we can’t assume the dangers are over because Satan’s still trying to snatch people away from God — people who haven’t accepted Christ as their Savior yet and those who’ve wandered away from Christ’s fold.
Satan’s busy causing people to assume the Bible’s a book of myths and allegories – It’s more than that! It’s God’s Divine Word with the key to Eternal Life!
Satan’s wants you to assume we have to politically correct and be neutral when it comes to education and politics.
LIAR! He wants you to believe that so you won’t get in the way of his snatching souls! . – The honest answer is that nobody is neutral. We all have a bias……………….
He wants you to assume you must accept and respect other people’s religions.
– I couldn’t be a military chaplain because I couldn’t watch a Mormon, Catholic, Muslim, Hindu, ect. soldier die and work from his religious background and not mention Christ!
Satan wants you to assume God no longer works among us – those mythical miracles are a thing of the past.
If that’s what you assume you’re dead wrong!
I’ve seen and experienced many miracles in my life and the latest was last Monday night, March 17, 2014.
I went to bed around mid-night my blood sugar was 124, it’s usually around 150.
– I decided to take 30 units of insulin instead of the usual 45.
Around 12:45 a.m. there was a blinding light shining through our bedroom window – kind of like a headlight on a railroad engine only it was stationary.
My wife woke up immediately saying, “Bill, What is that light?”
As an automatic reaction she tried to turn on the bedroom lights, but the breaker had popped, the bulb in the bedroom lamp had blown, she tried to turn off the porch light – it wasn’t on because the breaker had popped.
I was nearly non-functional, I felt weak, disorientated, nauseated! – I stumbled to my bathroom sink and took my blood sugar again – the talking meter said, 44! – I was in trouble!
My wife heard the 44 and ran to the kitchen to get me orange juice. – The light was still there!
We went to the kitchen and scrounged whatever food we could find for me to eat – cereal, a cold piece of pizza, cookie. – My Dog loves these episodes because he eats too!
I told my wife I thought I’d forgotten to put the golf cart battery charger in the barn.
She went out to check and the whole backyard inside the fence was lit up like day time. Where the cars sat in the parking lot was dark, the neighbors yards were dark, but our backyard was bright as day!
Finally, my blood sugar began to improve – when it got to 80 we went back to bed.
– By that time the light was gone.
Don’t assume that God isn’t working with His people today because you would be wrong! .
– My God is alive and well and He wants to be your God too! LET HIM!
Isaiah 43:10-11, 25
Many teachers find true-or-false questions to be a useful tool in determining what students know. Some people seem able to discern right away what is true. Others ponder the question at length and realize they are simply not certain what is the truth. How would you answer the following questions?
True or False? It is the Holy Spirit’s responsibility to convict us of sin. The answer is TRUE (John 16:8). When we have sinned, God’s Spirit will cause us to have feelings of guilt, which convict us of what we’ve done wrong. He does this so that we will ask God’s forgiveness and be restored to a proper relationship with Him.
True or False? All guilty feelings are due to sin. The answer is FALSE. We can experience a sense of guilt for reasons other than our sin—for example, a wrong view of God. We feel guilty when we imagine the Lord is noticing our mistakes, pointing His finger at us, and pronouncing judgment. Other times we feel guilty and do not know why. Romans 8:1 proclaims the truth that “there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” The Bible also teaches that the Spirit-filled life is designed to be one of joy and peace.
Spend this week getting to know God better through what the New Testament reveals about Him. Look at the love and compassion Jesus had for the crowds that followed Him (Matt. 14:14), the widow (Luke 7:13), the leper (Mark 1:40-42), and the tax collector (Matt. 9:9-12). Accept the truth that God loves you, and allow any false guilt to melt away.
“Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1)
The first entrance of sin into the world was Satan’s subtle suggestion to Eve that God’s word might not be true and authoritative after all. Then came Satan’s blatant “Ye shall not surely die” (v. 4), openly charging the Creator with falsehood. Ever since that time, the basic root of every sin has been unbelief—the implicit denial of the Creator’s Word.
Therefore, God’s judgment on human sin will be in relation to His Word. Jesus said: “There is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me” (John 5:45-46). He also said: “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:48). In principle, the Lord Jesus tells us that both Old Testament (“the law of Moses”) and New Testament (“the law of Christ”) will be witnesses against us at God’s judgment throne.
In fact, at the final judgment, the “books” are specifically said to be the basis of God’s condemnation of the unsaved: “And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened . . . and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works” (Revelation 20:12). These books surely include the books of the Bible, wherein are written the laws of God, against which men and women are to be judged. Since even one transgression makes one guilty (James 2:10), none could ever stand at the judgment by his own works. But since unbelief is the essence of sin, faith in God’s Word, and in the person and work of the Savior revealed in God’s Word, brings forgiveness, salvation, and righteousness. HMM
Behold the handmaid of the Lord, be it unto me according to thy word.— Luke 1:38.
OH, let my thought, my actions, and my will
Obedient solely to Thy impulse move,
My heart and senses keep Thou blameless still,
Fixed and absorbed in Thine unbounded love.
Thy praying, teaching, striving, in my heart,
Let me not quench, nor make Thee to depart.
WE can see plainly how her ready self-surrender in faith, in trust, to her unknown, her mysterious destiny; how her instant expression of entire self-oblation to the Divine Will, to all that she was called to be and to do, to bear all that might in the future be required of her, is a constant witness of the mind that ought to animate and pervade the whole action of the soul.
Life, if true, should be always the offering up of what we are, to do our best for Him who has called us. The responsibilities, the ventures, the conscious obligations which press on the soul, with all their conditions and unknown possibilities, supply the question that is to be solved; but the true response is the result of a habit formed through countless, nameless acts of conscientious obedience, which by use have become the bright and cheerful exercise of the one purpose of giving its best and purest to One most fully loved. T. T. CARTER.
Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing; nevertheless at thy word I
will let down the net. Luke 5:5
All power is give unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: … and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea.
Though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not gospel! I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.
Let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. — My word … shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please. — So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.
Matthew28:18-20. Matthew 13:47. 1 Corinthians 9:16,22. Galatians 6:9. Isaiah 55:11. 1 Corinthians 3:7.
I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. — Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world. At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me. — When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. — I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore. — I will not leave you comfortless; I will come to you. — My peace I give unto you.
Hebrews 13:6. Genesis 28:15. Deuteronomy 31:6. 2 Timothy 4:10,16,17. Psalm 27:10. Matthew 28:20. Revelation 1:18. John 14:18. John 14:27.