2 Samuel 22:1-4 Then David spoke to the Lord the words of this song, on the day when the Lord had delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. 2 And he said: “The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, My stronghold and my refuge; My Savior, You save me from violence. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be saved from my enemies.
David toward the end of his life wrote this song to give honor and glory to God. David was now in a peaceful kingdom and David reflected upon his life. David knew God was the reason for his position and for his kingdom. The word “rock” is a symbol for God that tells us of His strength and His security that David trusted in all his life. David did many awful things in his life, yet David was called a man after God’s own heart. Because in the end David knew that it was only by the grace and mercy of God that he was in the place that he was. Do you realize that throughout all of the history of man on this earth that God is the reason for our lives. As children of God we can do nothing without the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives. David knew this and in this song gave the Lord the praise and honor He so richly deserved. When was the last time you went before the Lord and praised Him for all that He has given you. In the end it is not what you have here on earth that matters at all but what God has given to you for your eternity. Yes. His Son Jesus Christ is the gift He gave us. What we have on earth is nothing compared to the gift of Jesus. Have you thanked the Lord for that gift? Jesus is the greatest gift of all – Thank you Lord for my salvation. Pastor Tom
2 Timothy 4:18 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. 18 And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for His heavenly kingdom. To Him be glory forever and ever. Amen!
The Apostle Paul realized that the Lord would never leave Him, that is the promise we find in Hebrews 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” With that truth Paul also knew that his strength was from God and in knowing that he could proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ for all to hear. How many times was Paul delivered from the jaws of tribulation and trials to continue the call Jesus Christ had given him. Why was Paul able to accomplish this ministry because the Lord preserved him from evil and sealed him for all eternity because of the Cross of Calvary. We can do anything in the will of God as strive to be used by God for His purposes and His will. Thank You Lord Pastor Tom
1 Timothy 6:6-10 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
As children of Jesus Christ we are to be content with what God has so graciously given to us. Paul here wants to make it very clear that as true as we come into this world with nothing, we will definitely leave this world with nothing of this world. Paul is also saying that money is not evil bit the actual love of money is what leads us to temptation, a snare, and destruction. The real truth behind this passage is for each and everyone one of us to be content with what ever God has given us. Are we able to be happy with just the essentials of life. Contentment in God is never tied to what we have in earthly possessions for our riches are laid up in heaven within our eternal homes. It should never be a question of having what the Jones have but it should be asked does the Jones have the security of eternal life in Jesus Christ. Pastor Tom
Deuteronomy 3:21-22 “And I commanded Joshua at that time, saying, ‘Your eyes have seen all that the Lord your God has done to these two kings; so will the Lord do to all the kingdoms through which you pass. 22 You must not fear them, for the Lord your God Himself fights for you.’
The two kings referred to here are Sihon, King of Heshbon and Og, King of Bashan. Moses took aside Joshua to share that if Joshua listened and obeyed God’s will that God would give the Israelites victory as they entered and conquered the Promised land. Obedience is the key to having God work in our lives. Many Christians do not have victory in their lives because they do not follow the will of God. Proverbs 3:5-8 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. 7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; Fear the Lord and depart from evil. 8 It will be health to your flesh, And strength to your bones. To fear the Lord is not to be afraid but to realize who God is as we stand before Him in Honor, Praise , and Admiration. God is there each and every day of our lives wanted to take care of us as we become obedient and dedicated to Him. Pastor Tom
Luke 6:46-49 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”
Sadly many people say they know Jesus but truly all they do is give Jesus Christ lip service to make themselves feel Ok or to look good to others. True Christianity demands obedience and one of the great commands of the Bible is “to love the Lord your God with all your heart”. Just as our scripture lays out for us this morning that as a child of God your life must be built on solid rock and that rock is Jesus Christ. So when the trials or the struggles, or the temptations, or the pains of this life overwhelms us, we can go to the Rock, Jesus Christ realizing He is all we need to survive. For when those who do not build their foundation on Jesus, when disaster hits their world falls apart and instead of claiming the Name of Jesus they will curse the name of Jesus. Is Jesus truly all you need? Pastor Tom
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
What an awesome promise from God Himself that He is faithful first of all. In all that God has promised and declared He is faithful and will always keep His word. As human beings we are all going to walk through temptations and struggles in our lives. This occurs because of the sin of this world and in many cases it is because we have walked away from God. James confirms this in James 1:13-14 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed. So when you feels overwhelmed with a temptation remember God is faithful and says He will never allow us to be tempted above that which we are able to deal with. Stand true to the truth of Jesus Christ and the temptations become a faded issue because you are focused on Him. When our eyes are on Jesus nothing else matters. Pastor Tom
Ephesians 6:18-20 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints— 19 and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.
Along with our verses from yesterday about putting on the whole armor of God we see today we are to prepare for the battle with prayer. We live in a world that is ruled by the evil one and all of his army trying their best to destroy all that Jesus did on the cross. But with the armor of God and prayer and supplication, we will be able to withstand any attack made upon us. Just as Paul is in chains in a Roman prison, he is boldly with prayer and his armor proclaiming the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To us as His children the mystery of the gospel is so easily understood, but to a person who does not know Jesus it is truly a mystery. May we be used by the Holy Spirit to help unlock that mystery for the next child of the living God. Pastor Tom
Ephesians 6:13-17 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
These verses tell us the absolute necessity we must have in order to be able to stand in this world for Jesus Christ. The Bible, Prayers, the Holy Spirit, and our salvation are all needed as we live for God in our world today. Just the name of Jesus is shunned and ridiculed and those who proclaim it are looked upon as strange and detrimental to our society. America today has removed God from ever part of our country, giving the evil one free reign. We will as children of God only survive if we stand with the full armor of God a our protection. The belt of Truth (to fight and win without hypocrisy), breastplate of righteousness (living in righteousness, holy living like Jesus), shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (we are at peace with God and He is on our side and He is our strength), shield of faith (to realize that God’s word and promises are essential on an ongoing trust in Him), helmet of salvation (for all believers that our salvation is the only thing that keeps us from doubting), and the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God, the only truth we as God’s children must use in living for Him). Pastor Tom
2 Corinthians 10:3-4 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds
Paul in this passage was being accused by the false teachers that Paul has been only doing his mission in his own earthly power. Paul to counteract that accusation lays out very clearly that as human beings we can do nothing to ward off the evil one by our own power. As a child of God we will never be asked to face the false truth or spiritual warfare by ourselves. We are given the power of Jesus Christ through the working of the Holy Spirit in our lives. No where does it tells us in the New Testament that we are to wage war as humans against Satan and his demons but we are to assault error with the Truth. We have the ultimate Truth and that is the mighty Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. Paul realized he had absolutely no power over the satanic falsehood but Paul knew that the only way that they were defeated was by the Truth of God’s Word. When you come to face any situation in your life, first and foremost go the Word of God and see what the “Truth” really is. Pastor Tom
Isaiah 58:6-8 “Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard.
The people complained that their fasting was not being recognized by God. They went into this spiritual discipline half heartedly, without a clear understanding of what fasting is all about. Fasting is not some outward ritual but a deep heart seeded repentance and seeking after God. As a child of God we too need to come as close to Him through Jesus Christ as we can and fasting is one way of doing that. Because the promise found in verse eight is that when Israel learned the proper way of fasting that Israel would enjoy the blessing of God in their lives. Thank You Lord for the blessings in our lives which we so often do not come to You with Thanksgiving. Pastor Tom
Hebrews 10:12-17 But this Man, after He had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down at the right hand of God, 13 from that time waiting till His enemies are made His footstool. 14 For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. 15 But the Holy Spirit also witnesses to us; for after He had said before, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 18 Now where there is remission of these, there is no longer an offering for sin.
We see a reference to Psalm 110:1 The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” Jesus Christ ascended into heaven after the resurrection to sit at the right hand of God, where the Holy Spirit will be here on earth working in the hearts of men and women. The assurance of Salvation is the indwelling Spirit of God making witness to the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Through the confession and repentance of sin we become a child of God. Wow! Our author spells it out that salvation is a matter of the heart, where true salvation only occurs when the heart is changed by the Holy Spirit. Then the covenant of God with His children will take place and the joy of being a child of Jesus Christ becomes the focal point of life. Do we still struggle with sin? Yes, we do but praise God for He only sees us perfected and sinless through the blood of Calvary. Does that mean I can go on sinning, NO! I will strive to live a life that looks like Jesus bringing Honor, Glory, and Praise to God. The older I get the more I realize that it is all about Jesus. Our world is throwing the name of Jesus out the window not realizing that Jesus is the very cure for the evils of this world. Some day this entire world will realize that it is all about Jesus. Philippians 2:10-11 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Pastor Tom
Romans 6:22-23 But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
We see two types of slavery here, one slavery of sin which we are all born into or the slavery of God which is a slavery of love and devotion to Jesus Christ resulting in eternal life. Yet verse twenty-three gives us the complete absolute truth of Scripture. First, that all men and women must pay for their slavery to sin, must pay and we see that the payment is death (separation from God for all eternity). Second, eternal life is a gift of God to undeserving men and women who come to know Jesus Christ as their personal Savior through repentance and confession. What it all boils down to is sin has to be paid for, either you pay for your sin at the final judgment of Jesus Christ or you realize that Jesus Christ in dying on the cross paid that price for you. Pastor Tom
Romans 3:9-12 What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin. 10 As it is written: “There is none righteous, no, not one; 11 There is none who understands; There is none who seeks after God. 12 They have all turned aside; They have together become unprofitable; There is none who does good, no, not one.”
Paul is emphasizing here the universal depravity or all men and women. Everyone born is under the curse of sin because of Adam’s sin. We are all in the same situation bound for eternity separated from God. Paul then goes on to say that ‘no one’ understands, ‘no one’ is righteous, ‘no one’ is even seeking God, ‘no one’ is stepping in the direction of Jesus Christ, and ‘no one’ does good in the eyes of God. But people say ‘Pastor but this seems unfair’ for we are good people, we do some good things in our lives, we take care of our children, we earn a career, we go to church, we say a prayer before we eat so why would that not be sufficient for God to see as Ok for heaven. Simply put God hates sin (Romans 3:23) and being a God of love and a God of Justice, He demands that all sin be paid for. Since we are all under the curse of sin from our birth then we too must pay for our sin. Hold the Press! No we do not for Jesus Christ went to the Cross of Calvary to die for the sins of man. Jesus Christ arose from the dead three days later in victory over death. Now Praise the Name of Jesus through a changed heart (all that matter is Jesus) confession and repentance of our sin, I am washed clean by that very blood shed by Jesus. Without this truth I would have to pay for my sin someday, but no Jesus did that for me. Wow Thank You Lord! Pastor Tom