Sunday Sermon Series – Dry Powder

2 Timothy 2:15 Truth: Verse of the Day: Proverbs 21:31 KJV

PROVERBS 21:31

The horse is prepared for the day of battle, But deliverance is of the LORD.

El caballo se alista para el día de la batalla; Mas Jehová es el que da la victoria.


The horse was for centuries used as a weapon of war. Just as the soldier needed to be prepared for battle so too the horse also needed to be prepared or armored up. Solomon here is making the distinction that no mater how great the war horse under him, man’s true confidence, safety or deliverance in found only in the Lord. 

Today we may not have to mount up on a trusty steed each morning and prepare for battle, but we have no less obligation to armor up. We all know that God, the Holy Spirit  through the Apostle Paul implores us to do just that, Armor up daily in Ephesians 6:10-18.  The battle may not be physical but it is not less demanding. 


SERMON

Trust in God and Keep Your Powder Dry – Proverbs 21:31 

Devotional Thought for Today – 10/27/2020

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PSALM 7 

CONFIDENCE 


Psalm 7 is all about Confidence or Faith in God. It is not dumb or blind faith (as the picture above depicts) but one based upon a solid relationship with the creator God. 

David is under attack from Cush the Benjamite and sings this song of lament to the Lord praying for justice and refuge all the while having confidence in the Lord’s provision. 

One can break it down this way: 

v.1-2 David’s plea for help  – he goes directly to God for his refuge and justice, knowing man can not solve his problems. 

v.3-5 David’s plea of innocence – before the one judge that really matters David says I am innocent of all Cush is pursuing me for. Note verse 5 where David says if it is not so let my enemies overtake me.  How many of us would pray that?

v.6-7 David’s plea for God’s  intervention  – God help me, please

v.8-10 David’s defends himself – by imploring God’s own justice (righteousness) 

v.11-13 David’s confidence in God’s judgement – David uses the common analogy of weapons of war to describe the judgement of God

v.14-17 David describes man’s wickedness – From the beginning (conceived at birth)  man is evil 

v. 17 David praises God – The outcome is not declared but David’s confidence in God (Yahweh used here meaning the most high, supreme ruler) giving a positive response is based upon  God’s righteousness. 

We all come under attack at different times in our lives. Sometimes it is our own fault due to sin, many times it is just a lack of spiritual activity that opens the door to worldly influences. 

Whenever or whatever the  trouble comes from, the one constant is God. He is immutable a constant source of justice, strength, shelter and confidence for all His people.

If you are experiencing “life’s problems”  and what to know more about how you too can be like David, finding consolation and peace even in these times I encourage you to reach out to a Bible Based Church in your area.  If you need help finding one contact us here we would be glad to help. 

 

Approaching COVID-19 from a Biblical Perspective

Approaching COVID-19 from a Biblical Perspective

by Dr. Gary Dull**
Originally posted on the Christian Post website HERE.

In the past few weeks, people all around the world have become familiar with coronavirus (COVID-19), which has resulted in great fear and concern by many. And just when we think we have learned all there is to know about COVID-19, a new day comes, and we find out something else that results in even greater concern. Only God knows how serious this virus is and how many people will be infected by it in the near future.

As a pastor, I have had many come to me with concerns about how COVID-19 can and should be approached. In addition, I have received numerous suggestions from various ministry, medical and governmental sources offering guidelines to adapt what eventually may bring a resolve to this tragic worldwide situation.

I thank God for those in the medical science field who are searching for a solution to COVID-19. I am also grateful for political leaders who are attempting to provide direction that will keep the general citizenry informed, calm and peaceful. But I realize that those of us who are in pastoral ministry have a great responsibility before God to provide the spiritual leadership necessary to guide America through this tragic circumstance.

Certainly, there is no lack of secular advice being given as to how to approach COVID-19. But I believe the ultimate approach should be from the biblical perspective that presents God’s way of dealing with this issue. Yes, we need to look at COVID-19 through the eyes of a biblical worldview.

One passage of Scripture to consider is Psalm 91, which teaches how God takes care of His own. Take time to read all 16 verses of this precious passage. To summarize the psalm, we are told that those who belong to God through faith in Jesus Christ dwell in the inner sanctum of the presence of God, who protects them as a mother bird cares for her young under her wings. The promise is that no evil shall befall them because God will keep them in all of their ways. Through God’s grace, love and mercy, He will “set them on high” and show them his salvation that involves the deliverance through whatever may come their way. This applies to COVID-19 and all other trials of life.

Realizing God’s promise to provide for His own as taught in Psalm 91, and then trusting God to keep His Word, as He always does, will erase the greatest of all fear, anxiety and panic in the hearts of the deeply concerned.

So how does one get to the place of trusting God and seeing His provision? Perhaps remembering the following facts about God will help.

    • God is in control. So depend upon Him to do what is right.
    • God has a purpose. So watch for Him to work.
    • God will provide. So trust in Him to deliver.
    • God has a mission. So declare His truth abroad.
    • God has a remedy. So praise Him for what He will do.

Even though there is a lot of advice being given in the world as to how to approach COVID-19, the sooner one focuses on Who God is, what God expects and how God works, and then is convinced of the fact that God causes, allows and directs all things according to His sovereign plan, the more one will experience the strength, hope, peace, comfort and confidence that only God can provide.

As Philippians 4:6,7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Yes, those who follow that comforting admonition from Scripture will surely experience all the provision of God that is needed to face COVID-19 or any other troublesome issue that will come upon us in life.

Remember the words of the old hymn written by Civilla D. Martin that says:

“Be not dismayed what-e’re be-tide, God will take care of you.
Beneath his wings of love abide, God will take care of you.

“Through days of toil when heart does fail, God will take care of you.
When dangers fierce your path assail, God will take care of you.

“All you may need he will provide, God will take care of you.
Nothing you ask will be denied, God will take care of you.”

**Gary G. Dull is executive director of the Pennsylvania Pastors Network, board member of the American Pastors Network and co-host of APN’s “Stand in the Gap Today” radio program. He pastors Faith Baptist Church of Altoona.

Without Faith

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This is an interesting verse found two verses into the what is commonly referred to as the “Hero’s of Faith” portion of the Book of Hebrews. The writer of Hebrews has just finished telling us about two great men of “faith” Able and Enoch when he shifts gears and writes this. 

So first things first what is this Faith that one must have? Well a look back at verses 1-3 give us a pretty clear picture: 

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. For by this [kind of] faith the [a]men of old gained [divine] approval. By faith [that is, with an inherent trust and enduring confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God] we understand that the worlds (universe, ages) were framed and created [formed, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose] by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible (AMP)

Therefore Faith is an assurance, confirmation of our trust and confidence in the power, wisdom and goodness of God.

Where does this Faith come from?  I am speaking of the kind of Faith that is pleasing to God. Note verse six says “without faith it is impossible to please Him” Not just difficult but impossible to please God without acceptable faith. That kind of faith only comes about one way:

For it is by grace [God’s remarkable compassion and favor drawing you to Christ] that you have been saved [actually delivered from judgment and given eternal life] through faith. And this [salvation] is not of yourselves [not through your own effort], but it is the [undeserved, gracious] gift of Godnot as a result of [your] works [nor your attempts to keep the Law], so that no one will[be able to] boast or take credit in any way [for his salvation]. Ephesians 2:8-9 

Cain is a good example of bad faith if you will. He knew God (if only in his head) but offered up a sacrifice of his own labors (boasting?) that was unacceptable, unpleasing  to God.

The Basis or starting point for Faith comes from God and is the requirement for belief in him. 

And [I pray] that the eyes of your heart [the very center and core of your being] may be enlightened [flooded with light by the Holy Spirit], so that you will know and cherish the [f]hope [the divine guarantee, the confident expectation] to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the [g]saints (God’s people), 19 and [so that you will begin to know] what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His [active, spiritual] power is in us who believe. These are in accordance with the working of His mighty strength. Ephesians 1:18-19

For this reason [grasping the greatness of this plan by which Jews and Gentiles are joined together in Christ] I bow my knees [in reverence] before the Father [of our Lord Jesus Christ], 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth [a]derives its name [God—the first and ultimate Father]. 16 May He grant you out of the riches of His glory, to be strengthened and spiritually energized with power through His Spirit in your inner self, [indwelling your innermost being and personality], 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through your faith. And may you, having been [deeply] rooted and [securely] grounded in love, Ephesians 3:14-17

Belief in God, begins with God. He (the Holy Spirit) touches spiritually energizes our hearts so that we may seek God in all His Glory. Faith then is a gift of God and a requirement for our drawing nearer to and walking with God daily.

 

 

 

 

In God We Trust

May 8

Psalms 56:11
In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.

Eleanor looked one last time out of the airplane window. Through she couldn’t make out individual faces, she knew her family was there somewhere. It was really beginning to sink in that she wouldn’t see them for a long time. The decision to go into missionary service had been difficult, but she was still certain it was the right thing to do. That didn’t make leaving any easier. They only thing to do was put her trust in God and see where He would lead.

Trust is a tricky thing. It is difficult to put our trust in others, because we can’t be sure whether they will value it or not. That fear should not apply when it comes to putting our trust in God. He will guard it even better than we do ourselves. No one can hurt us, once we put our trust in God. He will follow us to the ends of the earth to make sure we know of His great love.

Prayer: Wherever I go, Lord, I need to know that You are with me. I will put my trust in You, knowing that You will always do what is best for me. Help me to trust You more each day. Amen.

From: http://www.crosswalk.com

 

PURITAN QUOTE(S) FOR TODAY – 21 & 22 February

p-day-byFAITH AND HOPE

Faith and hope 1 Peter 1:21)

 Hope is never ill when faith is well. –  John Bunyan

What trust believes by faith, it waits for by hope. – Robert Mossom

 Faith comes by hearing, hope by experience. Faith fights for doctrine, hope for reward. – John Bunyan

 PRESUMPTION

 The soul that doeth…presumptuously… shall be cut off – Numbers 15:30

And thou sadist, I shall be a lady forever – Isaiah 47:7

Turning the Grace of our God into lasciviousness – Jude 4

I sit a queen… and shall be see no sorrow – Revelation 18:7

 It is not for every private soldier in every danger to make judgement of the battle. – John Owen

 He that sins because of mercy is like one who wounds his head because he has plaster. – Thomas Watson

Taken from: The Puritans Day by Day © The Banner of Truth Trust 2016

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