Gift, gift, gift. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha'. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. Must have a certain loving demeanor about him, and then he must be apt to teach, help explain things in the Bible, make sense out of biblical truth, answer people’s objections, an able teacher. This is called new birth. What will we do?'. I would say, “I’m not sure you’re a Christian. God is always wanting to move on your behalf. When you make Him your habitation, the one who is Most High takes you out of everything, above everything, because He is Most High'. You will have a holy domestic home if you dwell in God. It guards me against thinking that I decisively produce the joy that God demands and therefore life becomes a series of techniques. Are you starting to get an eternal perspective? I will eat breakfast properly. It's personal: 'over thee'. How can we know that in the real realm that we are living in, with all the problems, that we will have real protection at our very back door? It can’t be essential, because it’s commanded, and you don’t have control over it. 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. Subscribe to our email updates to receive bi-monthly notifications of new content. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the third part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. It's alright standing up here pontificating about the theory, but it's a different thing when you're in the reality, actually appropriating these truths and living by them. 'How can I know', perhaps the Psalmist is saying in his heart, 'that this will work? Why must we fight? That was clarification number one, namely, it’s joy in God, not joy in general that we’re fighting for. This sermon was delivered at The Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Pastor David Legge. My Part, God’s Part. 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. Faith localises deity! 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? Only God can make them grow, but they can plow and they can plant, and they should. I don’t know what is best for me, but God … And so were all of you born that way. You have got to abide under the shadow of the Almighty, you have got to dwell in the secret place. So why must we, then, fight for it? You miss the point when you get obsessed with angels! Let us turn to Psalm 91. Because that's a fair assumption that people will take when they hear these truths and go away and say: 'Well, it's alright for him, he's not experiencing what I'm experiencing. It says: 'They shall bear thee up' - do you know what that picture is? [Read guidelines...]. But if you’re willing to swim and fight, then you might find your joy in another place than where this culture finds it and thus become very useful in the Disneyland of the world called America. And, in fact, he seems to use them almost interchangeably, doesn’t he? God is finding them parking spaces, telling them about apartments, practically giving them a “to do” list every week. The cobra which can't hear its charmers, nobody can tame it, but God can tame it! Spurgeon. Only then will you know where to take the discussion next. You will have victory over every enemy, and you will have complete protection in whatever befalls you. You read in 1 Corinthians 11, with regard to headship and head covering, that the angels look down at decorum within the assembly. 7-11. We have an indispensable place on planet earth. Or Psalm 16: “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. “Not that we lorded over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, for you stand firm in your faith.” So he sandwiches joy with faith on either side. What must it have been, as I finish, what must it have been for the Romans? You cannot keep it. Then we began some clarifications. It has to be optional for stoical personalities. How do I know he couldn’t? You’re blind. It is a long and hard battle. 3. You will have the 'supernatural secret service' at your elbow. And he makes humans an essential element and means in the process called evangelism. Am I in your arms just kind of being brought to heaven or am I swimming and stumbling to work and then climbing and clawing? What must that have been! And if God is for you nothing can be against you! Will it be sending this card or that card? Elisha's servant is seeing the armies round about the city, and it's making him afraid, and Elisha knows that his servant is afraid. So, the Christian life is hard, right? He had to declare that Christ was made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they! I mean, let's be practical: do these eternal truths really kick in and do they come to your aid? In days when many are disillusioned and seeking for more, through the ministry of David Legge we seek to provide Bible-based teaching and preaching which will lead you into a deeper relationship with God. That’s not a false biblical statement, because Paul said, “I will do anything. They are so dead in their trespasses and sins that they love stuff over their Maker and Campus Crusade has said now, “Go save them.”. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Now, notice the parallel of those two halves. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger.” It does something to your soul-hunger when you come for salvation. 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. “Feel happy. But these angels are great, awesome beings, ministering spirits - and the miraculous thing about it is this: they're there for us! Therefore we need not forget that this is the requirement that is before us, the conditions. We did one last night, and there are three more. I have no good apart from You.’” There’s another one. Indeed, I believe, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Angel of the Lord Himself - but yet there is a picture of an angelic being as a warrior, as an armour of God. Do you see everything that's against you? It ought to make you realise that no matter what touches me, nothing can touch me out of the will of God if I put myself under the shadow of God! 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. And here’s a part of that verse that I have left out. God has promised you that He will provide protectors and that He will protect you. 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. Oh, yes. “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim. If you want to teach your kids to love God, they need to see that you love God. As the Psalmist said: 'When I said, My foot slippeth' - 'I'm going down, Lord. As we move toward the end of the age, he says, “The love of many in Greenville, the love of many in Minneapolis, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, L.A., New York, Chicago, Boston, the love of many will grow cold. But God can do something about it. This copyright is exercised to keep these materials freely available to all. We don't test Him, we trust Him! Bless us now we pray, and bring us back under the Gospel [this evening] and save souls, we pray in the Saviour's name. That's what we've been studying in the book of Ephesians for the past year and a half or so, and we've seen in the first three chapters of Ephesians the theory, the doctrine, then the second half is the practice: how this doctrine affects your life. Love is also the heart, caring about people, loving zealously, warmly, affectionately our maker and our Redeemer, and this is going to grow cold toward the end in many people. Don’t evaluate yourself on just your carnal or outward qualities. He says: 'The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly'. 'Preach The Word' is a not-for-profit Christian ministry which exists to provide sound Bible teaching to all. This is part 3 of a Bible Study Series through Psalm 91. If the Lord, you know, was throwing Himself off the temple for the devil, He wouldn't have been keeping Himself in the way of God, would He? The one last night was the fight for joy is a fight for joy in God. I want some kind of guarantee, some kind of assurance, that this will work. Our angels, your angels, continually behold the face of our Father in glory. It’s hard. 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. Can I ask you, this is the truth now - this isn't experience speaking, this is the truth: what is there to worry about? All of us came into this world not spiritual beings, but what Paul calls natural beings. He notes that he became wearied himself, he says actually: 'I became sick of heart, because not only were my congregation falling, but my own friends fell one by one'. 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. Rest or hard? In Christian theology, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events, a foundation of the Christian faith, and commemorated by Easter. Wherever faith is, God is. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. Don't test God! Do you know what the newspaper said? So that point about Matthew 24 is just to say that the fight is real, it’s long, it’s serious, and it’s about joy, because love growing cold, I think, is a way of saying, “Love going joyless.”. No! I was sitting down there singing, “He’s my portion. 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. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. There have been times where I have also had a distinct sense of His voice in my soul. In other words, the mind of the flesh has you enslaved and trapped and dead, and there’s nothing you can do about it. He substitutes joy for the word faith in that second clause. The way is hard that leads to life, and those who find are few. Amen. Verse 11: '[They are] given charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways' - in all thy ways. That’s one thing this view will help you avoid. When you put them together I get confused. And so, I know this is work. You shouldn’t be promoting Christian Hedonism.” My response is that Christian Hedonism does not make happiness the measure of right and wrong. And so, the pursuit of our joy in him is a pursuit of his glory. It is God’s plan for preserving us and bringing us safely to glory. Farmers want crops to grow, and they can’t make them grow. Few things make me more excited than the thought that I might finish well. What have we been saying? So let's look at this, let's look at how does God protect us. Lord we pray that, as we have now known the truth, that through knowledge of the truth that the truth may make us free. Feel happy.” And it doesn’t work like that, for you or me or anybody. Then you remember what the tenth commandment in the law is, “Thou shalt not covet.” And there it becomes crystal clear why you cannot. “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17). My friend, if you do let it, it will make all the difference. Verse 9 and 10! It’s called sovereign almighty grace. And if nobody attacks the city, God kept them from attacking the city. That's what you need to see. This is where the Lord Jesus on the Damascus road says to Paul, “I send you to open their eyes that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God that they may receive forgiveness of sins.” “I send you to open their eyes.” Paul knew good and well God alone opens eyes. I held up my little finger last night. When you go through the fire, I will be with you in the fire'. I know specifically He was speaking, perhaps, of children - but I believe when the Lord speaks of 'little ones' He was speaking of His ones. 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. He wouldn’t have created us if there were no reason for us to be. If your house gets built, God built it. “Where will God enable me to overflow in joy in love to you better?” Will it be driving this way or this way? There's an interesting story that's told by C.H. When God’s children obey their Heavenly Father, He is glorified. Angels are our servants - that's remarkable, isn't it? If that doesn’t make you serious, well what would it be? Now, I am not under the false assumption that many of us, including myself when I read this Psalm, find a lot of the truths very difficult to implement into my life and put into practice. So I looked out over these couple of thousand people and I said, “God’s mission for you is to do what only he can do, and that should liberate you.” Oh, how bold and radical and persevering it should make you to hang out 17 Tuesday nights in a row at Pizza Hut looking into this blank face knowing you can’t do it. God is not going to give us something that will alienate us from him or make us believe we no longer need him. In America, we are a technique people. Don’t limit what you think God can do through you. Therefore there are two things we need to lay down as we look at this Psalm. Joy happens. Travelling from theory to reality is a long journey. God’s will is for you to be above only and not beneath (Deut. It rises spontaneously and responds to things. Listen to this amazing word from Jesus in Matthew 24:12–13. He needed to see that they that are with us are more than they that are with them. In Revelation we find that they are the mediators of God's judgement, they are the ones that announce and declare the judgement of God. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord. ', but 'Have you seen God's protecting power in your life?'. The Door God Opens Will Require You to Depend on Him. In fact, they’re so opposite in our experience. I don't know where to go, I don't know what to do. Feel happy. As we go into the New Testament we find that they appear when the supernatural world breaks into the natural world. 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. Paul writes them a letter, and in chapter 16 he sends all the greetings to the folk within the church, and then in verse 20 at the very end - you can see them, I can imagine them sitting at the edge of their seat waiting: 'What does Paul have to say to me finally?'. “How shall I inherit eternal life?” I’ve kept the Law.” “You lack one thing.” Jesus can see where his treasure is. If we fail to see past, and get taken up with all the angels and their wee wings that we think they have, we're missing the point. We haven't even touched, we're only dipping our toe into the shallow water of what these angels are really like. Now in verses 9 to 12 we saw last week that God reinforces, and as if - in case we forget - in verse 9, in case we forget that there is a condition on these promises in this Psalm, which is verses 1 to 4: you've got to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, you've got to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 28:13). It has to be a caboose at the end of the train. April 2001 Now, isn't that it? This audio sermon and transcript is entitled 'God's Guardians And Guarantees', and is from the ministry of David Legge, a Christian preacher and Bible teacher from Belfast, Northern Ireland. That’s what being led by the Spirit is. And if joy is an essential element of faith, then the fight for joy follows from 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! 'Thou shalt not dash thy foot against a stone' - I mean, that's not a big deal, is it? We are workers with you for your joy” as though faith and joy are overlapping realities. Always keep Matthew 11 and 7 together. I'm getting that feeling, psychologically, of claustrophobia. Well, Jesus, which is it? We’re on a mission to change that. It's the truth! “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. Does it work? He said: 'Immediately relief and faith was applied to my heart, and I felt I was girt with immortality! So many people just dumb love down to behavior. In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:8-10). If you don’t have control over it, it can’t be essential.” That’s one mistake, and here’s another one: “Joy must be under our immediate control, because it is commanded.”. “You lack one thing. To any part, as (a) the admission of the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:3 et seq., and partly here; (b) the mystical union of Christ and His Church which is typified in marriage, Ephesians 5:32; (c) the transformation of the "quick" at the resurrection, 1Corinthians 15:51; and (d) the opposition of Antichrist to the gospel, 2Thessalonians 2:7. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the third part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. 'What will we do? You can’t make it happen immediately. Do you know what he said? For God is the one who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”, Now here, my inability and God’s sovereign ability come together in a command and an enablement. They are our guardians, they are powerful beings, but what does this Psalm say they are? 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... How can we know that the evil will not come nigh our dwelling? I will stoke the engines of my affection for God. It does not submit to God’s law. 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. That’d be a good bumper sticker. Why are you a Christian? And it’s true every minute of your life. What does God want us to do through this Psalm? Do you see everything that's against you? Only he can break them in half, open their eyes, quicken their joy, make Christ a treasure. Whoever comes to me will never hunger,” and then parallel, “whoever believes,” now you have faith paralleling come. I mean, he’s talking about love in terms of its temperature, not just its commitment. “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to everyone, able to teach.” So now just get the picture here. That was illustrated to me after I preached the last two weeks, and discussing these truths with some people - even in the foyer after the meeting - they were saying to me, and I was concurring with them and agreeing with them, it's so hard, isn't it? A couple weeks ago I was reading a very interesting biographical sketch of a rather famous family. We're not to be angel-spotting, and 'I've seen an angel', and 'An angel talked to me about this, and that, and the other'! But what was the verse that the Lord quoted to him? These are great beings! Your plans may or may not happen and God will decide, and be happy about that. We looked in our first study at the safest place to be in all the world. Its official: 'He shall give His angels charge over thee'. Hotness, hotness, will be saved. When I say that you must fight and only God can give, it should create a certain modesty in the fight. “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. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the second part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. Into the bargain he felt burdened with such a heavy burden to bear in ministering to these folk who were bereaved. PrevSermon Series(3 of 4) Next Sermon. That’s believing. These are all the restfulness commendations of the world. 'And Elisha answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. But those who endure” in what? You might be, because your words may not tell the truth about your heart, but those words are not describing a Christian.” “I put my faith in Jesus, and he is not my treasure. I Don’t Want This to Be Part of My Story. It's true, isn't it, that travelling from theory to reality is a long journey. A hedonist in the old Greek sense was somebody who said, “Whatever makes you happy is right, and whatever makes you unhappy is wrong.” And so, he took that definition and put it on my term, and said, “That’s a bad idea, Piper. It's amazing that there are creatures such as this, but we don't worship them. Therefore He gives us His guardians, and He gives us His guarantees. All right. This week we're going to look at 'God's Guardians With Their Guarantees', the guardians of God with their guarantees. And on earth there’s nothing I desire besides thee,” (Psalm 73:25) is flat out false for almost everybody. When there are cataclysmic events, spiritually speaking, taking place in humanity and in our world, angels appear - and the natural makes way for the supernatural. And all I’m pointing out is, the fight is a fight not to grow cold. In verse 10 he says: 'There shall no evil befall thee', and we saw last week that that is not safety in a safe world. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. So, I’m going to go back where I began with 2 Corinthians 1:24. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you’ll find rest for your soul.”. It broke my heart to throw years worth of work away- but, God. And he says in 1 Corinthians 2:14, “The natural person does not receive the things of the Spirit of God. I like your joy talk. We are blind. Christian Hedonism does not make a god out of happiness. He’s my portion,” and I thought, “Wouldn’t it be great just to have a heart attack?” I know I’m strange in things like that. And I’m 59, and when those of you come up and shake my hand at the end of these things and sometimes with tears say, “I pray for you almost every day that you not fall.” I thank you. If we pray for something that dishonors God or is not His will for us, He is unlikely to give what we ask for. Now, that produces a certain modesty, I think, in the fight. In part 1 of this series, we established that men look and many women get jealous, hurt or angry. Lyrics to the U2 album Rattle and Hum. We have to preach the truth, and the truth is the word of God. Work out your salvation. I love 2 Timothy 2:24. Let’s open our Bibles together to 1 Timothy chapter 2, 1 Timothy chapter 2. This does not include hosting or broadcasting the materials on another website, however linking to the resources on preachtheword.com is permitted. Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3). Therefore this is when we must pay attention to the personal desires we have. Every day is from God, and we are trying to put ourselves under the waterfall of God’s grace. It was transcribed from the third tape in his 'Psalm 91' series, titled "God's Guardians And Guarantees" - Transcribed by Preach The Word. God has provided us protectors! I can make this happen. But it is a modest place that ascribes to God the final say in whether I’m happy today or not. God breaks in on you by the Holy Spirit, illumines your eyes. I will put my sword in my hand. In God’s dealings with Adam, we discover two realities: 1) God established marriage as the antidote to a basic human need (“It is not good for the man to be alone”); 2) God was concerned about the individual fit of the relationship (“a helper suitable for him”). Helter Skelter Written by Lennon and McCartney. Look at all these armies, everything's against me, everything's coming in around me. If you want to date this person, this could be a sign that God is telling you to go for it. 2 Timothy 2:25: “Correcting his opponents with gentleness.” And then comes this staggering word, “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth that they may escape from the snare of the devil having been captured by him to do his will” — 0his joyless will, his worldly will.”. They're looking down at this very moment at how we are conducting ourselves in the church of God which we are! You miss the point when you get obsessed with angels! Sometime – Part Time – Full Time Christian. Now, what did he need to see? Sell everything you have, give to the poor, follow me. When you're in it, it's a different matter altogether!'. You’re hostile to the law of God. And the other text that I used to support this understanding of 2 Timothy 2:24–26 was Acts 26:16–18. What is there to worry about? We’re dead. So, the question is how in the world do you put together spontaneity and gift for joy and fight and work and endurance. He had only laboured in that area for one year when the area was visited by Asiatic Cholera. He is a God of relationship, and a God who insists upon being first in our lives (Matthew 6:33). God may grant repentance. Now, you’re like farmers. Trusting God When We Don’t Understand His Ways (Part 2 of 2) April 15, 2020 In a discussion based on his book When God's Ways Make No Sense , psychologist Dr. Larry Crabb explores the topic of suffering in both the Bible and through personal stories, and offers encouragement through the re-assurance that God cares for us and is trustworthy, even when circumstances seem to dictate otherwise. I will say of the Lord", of Jehovah, "He is my refuge and my fortress: my God", Elohim, "in him will I trust. That makes no sense, and I would call a person like that into question. 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