Can I ask you, this is the truth now - this isn't experience speaking, this is the truth: what is there to worry about? ', but 'Have you seen God's protecting power in your life?'. We must not begrudge to God the seasons of winter that he may will for us when we have done all we can do to make ourselves as happy as we should be, and we’re not. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Now, notice the parallel of those two halves. My Part, God’s Part. Do you really remember these things? We must say that: we don't worship them. You will have the 'supernatural secret service' at your elbow. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. That’s what being led by the Spirit is. We haven't even touched, we're only dipping our toe into the shallow water of what these angels are really like. Tripping over a kerb stone and cracking your toe - the Lord is saying: 'Even those small things, I will look after you in'. Nothing is too small, in your minor problems, in your major problems, in everything in life there is a genuine guarantee that if you trust in God - don't try and prove God: 'Lord, I want to see an angel today to know that You're protecting me', for if you do that and if you're dabbling in the supernatural in the sense of trying to prove God and see things and hear things, there is a great danger that you commit the sin that the devil committed as he tempted the Lord Jesus when he quoted this same verse. Travelling from theory to reality is a long journey. Our angels, your angels, continually behold the face of our Father in glory. Where is the waterfall of blessing that overflows onto other people, because I have nothing to accomplish in this world except what is given to me? Why are you a Christian? He alone can give it, and you must fight for it. Be planning churches. They are so interwoven that Paul can almost use them interchangeably. As we look at this Psalm it's exactly the same, it's a long journey travelling from theory to the reality of how you face these problems in life. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. It’s a fight to delight with red-hot passion in God to the end. This is so close to the heart of my understanding of my ministry and your ministry. In other words God is not going to change this world just for you, you're in the world, you've got to go through the world - but the Lord has said to us: 'When you go through the waters, I will be with you. Bless us now we pray, and bring us back under the Gospel [this evening] and save souls, we pray in the Saviour's name. Subscribe to our email updates to receive bi-monthly notifications of new content. When you get to the bottom you go back to the top of the slide It says: 'They shall bear thee up' - do you know what that picture is? The flesh wars against the Spirit, the Spirit against the flesh to keep you from doing what you would and life becomes a battle to the end of your days, but you fight in strength that he supplies. If you dwell in God, my friend, you will have protection from Satan's traps, you will have inoculation from sin's diseases, you will have deliverance from fear in the night and anxiety by day, you will have the prospect of the punishment of your enemies - you don't need to worry about retribution, for God is the Judge of all. These are the beings that we're talking about. It’s an assumption that pervades the American church and which causes people to make hash out of the Bible and become mistaken in so many theological ways. They are great beings, but we do not worship them - and in fact Paul rebuked worshipping angels, because some of the Gnostics, a sect of Christianity, a heretical sect in the early days, were starting to worship angels. If we pray for something that dishonors God or is not His will for us, He is unlikely to give what we ask for. Don't miss the final part of 'The Only Safe Place': “A God Of His Word”, ------------------------Back to Top They that are with you are more than they that are with them! It's a different thing when you're faced, staring eyeball to eyeball, with these troubles. You might say: 'Well, I don't want to wait until I'm in a problem to find out whether this works or not. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. But victory is in the hands of the Lord. 28:13). One day he recounts that, returning mournfully from one of those said funerals, curiosity led him to read a paper in a shoemaker's window on the Dover Road. If we let it, and let the Holy Ghost of God work in our hearts, and weave this truth around our souls, we shall be free indeed. No matter how I feel I can say, “Finger go down, finger go up, finger go down, finger go up.” That’s amazing. Then you remember what the tenth commandment in the law is, “Thou shalt not covet.” And there it becomes crystal clear why you cannot. “Come to me that you not hunger. It’s a sin not to like that. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. Believe in me that you not thirst.” So here’s my definition of faith on the basis of John 6:35: Believing in Jesus is a coming to Jesus so as to find your heart hunger and heart thirst satisfied. Proverbs 21:31: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.” There’s a certain modesty as you go into battle. I think it's the picture of a mother holding up a sick child in her arms. Are we just left up to our positive thinking when we're in the midst of trouble, that we know that it's not no afflictions, but it's no evil touching us? And I don't think there is any hint of idolatry in either sin's desire for Cain in 4:7 or the beloved's desire for the woman in Song of Songs 7:10. Are you starting to get an eternal perspective? And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. Indeed, it cannot.” So, the mind of the flesh is the mind that every human has since Adam and Eve fell. 'Preach The Word' is a not-for-profit Christian ministry which exists to provide sound Bible teaching to all. When you go through the fire, I will be with you in the fire'. That’d be a good bumper sticker. Christian Hedonism makes God the measure of right and wrong and says, “It’s a sin to be unhappy about that.” That’s real serious. Hebrews 1 and verse 14 says: 'Are they', angels, 'not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?'. Now, there’s a framework of mind operating with those two mistakes, and it’s the framework of mind that says, “God cannot be just if he requires from me what I do not have immediate power to perform. I don’t know how the brain works. As one preacher put it, it is a 16 inch journey from your head to your heart, actually appropriating the truths of God into your everyday life - that when you face the problems that we've been talking about in recent days, you face them and that theory becomes your practice. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. 14 Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. Did he need to see angels? Now how can that be so? Revelations 3:14-19. When you go into the Old Testament Scriptures, and you look at what angels did there and the records of them, you find that many times they appear as warriors. Few things make me more excited than the thought that I might finish well. These things just seem so opposite in our experience. Is that not a picture of Satan, who is called in the word of God a roaring lion, an old serpent, a red dragon. We don’t really emotionally embrace the fact that God has given us some things to do, but in the end, we don’t have control. He felt, he says, that he was sinking down underneath this. It ought to gird you with immortality! “Because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold, but the one who endures to the end will be saved.” He’s talking about the end of the age. So how come I don’t hear Him like that? That’s one thing this view will help you avoid. God has promised you that He will provide protectors and that He will protect you. We did one last night, and there are three more. I want to know it works. The cobra which can't hear its charmers, nobody can tame it, but God can tame it! These are all the restfulness commendations of the world. As we go into the New Testament we find that they appear when the supernatural world breaks into the natural world. Its official: 'He shall give His angels charge over thee'. Jesus told us that the plan is for others to “see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Unfortunately, I’ve reacted to my heavenly Father in much the same way: “I don’t want to. Self-centered people don’t last long in serving God. So why must we, then, fight for it? He needed to see that they that are with us are more than they that are with them. We have a place in causality whether it’s our joy guiding our steps, growing a church, leading someone to Christ. 35:27). And the other text that I used to support this understanding of 2 Timothy 2:24–26 was Acts 26:16–18. A couple weeks ago I was reading a very interesting biographical sketch of a rather famous family. When I say that you must fight and only God can give, it should create a certain modesty in the fight. This week we're going to look at 'God's Guardians With Their Guarantees', the guardians of God with their guarantees. I Don’t Want This to Be Part of My Story. This sermon was delivered at The Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Pastor David Legge. All material by David Legge is copyrighted. God is always wanting to move on your behalf. Now, you’re like farmers. I don’t know if you’ve ever struggled with this like I and people in my church do: the balance between life is fight and life is rest. PrevSermon    Series(3 of 4)    Next Sermon. We don't test Him, we trust Him! I use that phrase, because it seems the best alternative to the presumption that comes with thinking, “I can make this happen. “I planted, Apollos watered, God gave the gift.” So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. This isn't experience speaking, this is the truth: what is there to worry about? But these angels are great, awesome beings, ministering spirits - and the miraculous thing about it is this: they're there for us! You’re hostile to the law of God. You look through the Gospels at His birth, there are the angels declaring the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ. Here’s clarification number two: we must fight even though joy is spontaneous and a divine gift. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. It is constant: 'in all thy ways'. To tread, look at verse 13, tread upon the lion and the cobra - all evil, a general metaphor for protection from deadly attacks, poisonous venom of a serpent's fangs. One of the things God took away was all my notes, outlines, hand-drawn maps and stories that I wrote for the dream and the career God called me to. Therefore I feel, perhaps, that we need a bit of a push - and I think the Psalmist believed that, that we need a bit of an assurance, we need a bit of a guarantee from God. They are our guardians, they are powerful beings, but what does this Psalm say they are? And he makes humans an essential element and means in the process called evangelism. Romans 8:7 says, “For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God. So many people just dumb love down to behavior. The resurrection of Jesus, or anastasis, is the Christian belief that God raised Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as first of the dead, starting his exalted life as Christ and Lord. And so, I know this is work. We’re on a mission to change that. Amen. No matter how hard the truth is, no matter in the reception of the truth how uncomfortable it becomes to us as human beings, and how difficult we find it is to live up to the truth, it does not absolve us of preaching the truth. That is that faith injected from the word of God into your heart, to realise that God is for you! He wrote that. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. In fact, they’re so opposite in our experience. Do you find that God brings you His protection and His peace when you are faced with the trouble? You are enabled to embrace him as your Savior, your Lord, the treasure of your life, and now he’s in you by the Holy Spirit, and you are now a person at war with yourself. 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