WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A NATION HAS FULLY REJECTED THE LORD.

SAMUEL 1


TITLE: WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT A NATION HAS FULLY FORSAKEN THE LORD.

TEXT: “And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
19 Nevertheless the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel; and they said, Nay; but we will have a king over us;
20 That we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles”
[1 Samuel 8:18-20]

Nothing may so reveal the spiritual state of America as her people’s choice for their President. God sees our choice as a decision of not only being for or against one of the candidates, but also as either being for Him or against Him.
As we see in Israel’s demand for a King, the Lord takes our choice PERSONAL. It shows Him if we are still willing to live under His rule, or have we reached the point that we have fully rejected Him.
1 Samuel 8 gives us three signs of a nation that now wishes to be a Godless Nation.

#1. A GODLESS NATION COMES TO THE POINT THAT THEY REJECT THE LORD’S RULE OVER THEM.
[1 Sam.8:7 “…they have rejected me…”; Vs.18,20; “…the king you have chosen…]

Israel no longer wanted the Lord’s rule over their lives, His Word was too constraining, they wanted to have a man of their choice, one that was worldly (vs.5, …a king like…all the nations.]
The results of this rebellion will lead to:

A. A Purge of the Christian Faith

The nation’s Christian history, her Christian symbols, her Christian activities will be purged from their midst. They will no longer want a challenge to their rebellion, or leave roots to grow again in the future.
Anyone that has been paying attention has watched our nations crusade to purge the Christian Faith from every institution in our nation.

B. A Persecution of the Faithful Christian

Not every Christian will feel the sting of persecution, but those who chose to live godly (2 Timothy 3:12) will pose a threat to the wicked and the opposition and persecution will only grow as the wicked increase.
We will see the persecution take 3 main forms:

1. In the Labels They Give Us:

The wicked will attempt to stigmatize the righteous with such labels as, HATER, BIGOTS, and PHOBICS. We are seeing this today as never before.

2. In the Laws They Will Use Against Us:

Like the enemies of Daniel (Daniel 6), they will create laws that outlaw the Christian Faith, and make a criminal of the Christian, knowing that the faithful Christian will obey God rather than man. They will use these laws to persecute the faithful.
We are seeing civil rights laws used against bakers, etc., in attempt to silence us and shut us down.
We are seeing prayer and the Bible now outlawed in the public square. Christianity is the only Faith that is now nearly outlawed within our nation.

3. In the Lobbying They Will Use Against Us.

Obama and other godless people in our nation can never speak without making negative insinuations against Christians. These remarks are a deliberate attempt to lobby and influence the American people to turn against the Christian Faith and the faithful

C. A Promotion of the Vile and Wicked and Their Practices

“He that justifieth the wicked, and he that condemneth the just, even they both are an abomination to the Lord”
[Proverbs 17:15]

I never thought I would ever live to see my President and nation justify the homosexual and their practices, while at the same time condemning the faithful Christian who still has the courage of their convictions and are willing to publicly stand against this evil, but that is where we are at today in America.


#2. A GODLESS NATION WILL REJECT ITS GODLY (CHRISTIAN) HERITAGE and IDENTITY.

[Vs.20a “…be like all the nations…”]

Israel understood that they were a nation distinct from all other nations. They believed that the one true God had created the nation for Himself and His special purposes. They believed that they were an exceptional nation. They prided themselves on being God’s Chosen People, and when they would forget that fact and go into idolatry and immorality, their God was always quick to chasten them as a means to reminding them of who they were and whose they were, but now they rejected their proud heritage and desired to be just like the rest of the pagan nations around them.

The America of my childhood believed that we too were a special people. We believed that we were an exceptional nation because of our being a CHRISTIAN NATION. We believed our founders were godly men, our history honored them as such. We were proud of that fact, we fought wars to assure we had the freedom to maintain our Christian heritage. We felt it our duty to spread our values to other nations, so they may become like us. We sent Christian Missionaries around the world not only to see souls saved, but to see our God bless their nation as He had blessed us as a nation.

Today in America our founders and our history are maligned. Our young people are now taught our founders were evil and greedy men. We too have rejected our Christian heritage and our belief in being an exceptional nation among the nations of the world. We like Israel, want to be like the rest of the nations that we fought a revolution to separate ourselves from.

Today we have a President that constantly tells us how bad our Christian heritage has been and ou and out lies to us and tells us how great a part the Muslim faith played in the history of our nation.

Like Israel, America has now rejected her Christian Heritage and identity and wish only to be like the failed nations of Europe.

1. We No Longer Pride Ourselves On Being a Christian Nation.

2. We No Longer Promote Our Christian Values to Other Nations

When Hillary Clinton was the Secretary of State she spent much of her time traveling the world promoting homosexuality to the nations of the world. How tragic has been the fall of this great nation.

3. We No Longer Perceive God’s Chastening and Warnings

[“…fighting our battles…” vs. 30]

When the nation of Israel was founded the Lord had promised His Covenant Nation peace and prosperity in exchange for their obedience and commitment to Him, but He also promised them pestilence, famines, and the sword (war) if they were to forsake Him.

In the time of the Judges (Samuel was Israel’s last Judge) Israel was a nation repeatedly in rebellion against the Lord and being true to His Word, the Lord would raise up their pagan neighbors to be the rod by which He would chasten them. Her pagan neighbors would rise up and declare war upon them and at times it would take decades, but when the misery index become so high, Israel would realize that their misfortunes were the chastening of the Lord for their rebellion against Him and they would then repent and return to the Lord. The Lord would then raise up a Judge and lead the nation to a military victory over their foes and peace and prosperity would once again be restored to the nation.

As we see in verse 20, the nation at this very point was fighting battles as they spoke, but they didn’t perceive it to be the chastening of the Lord. As this point they didn’t desire to return to the Lord, their desire was to fully reject the Lord. They had gotten to the point where they could no longer connect their misfortunes to the Lord’s chastening for their rebellion against Him.

America too has seen plenty of misfortunes in the last two decades, yet the people will not receive correction. If one were to be so bold as to tell the nation that our wars and our financial troubles were the Lord’s chastening for nation’s rebellion against the Lord, they would be ridiculed and cursed by most of America. We would say that God is to good to do anything like that to us, but what they would really mean is, that we are too good for God to do such a thing to us, but the reality is, we are too evil and God is too good, not to be chastening us in this evil day.


#3. A GODLESS NATION NO LONGER LOOKS TO GOD, BUT TO GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE and PROTECT THEM.

[Vs, 20b “…may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.”]

A godless nation will be one where the people want a big government and a little God. Israel wanted a King to provide their protection and prosperity. As a rebellious nation, they no longer wanted to have their peace and prosperity tied to their obedience to God. They wanted a Big Government to take care of them no matter how evil they would become. They were also willing to sacrifice their freedoms to their government in exchange for their protection and provisions.

At this point such a nation has a bleak outlook for their future.

1. They Become a Welfare State, a Nation of Government Dependents.


2. They Become a Nation with Continual Conflicts From Within and Without.

[“…our battles…” vs. 20]

You will notice the Scripture speaks of their battle(s), plural. They were a nation with continual internal and external conflicts.

Today in America we to are plagued with serious external and internal conflicts like never before in our history. In the Revolutionary War our conflicts were with a foreign Government, but our nation was mostly united. In the Civil War the conflict was internal, we weren’t facing serious external conflicts at the same time we were fighting each other.

These conflicts are nothing more than a Word from the Lord of His displeasure with our nation and they will only grow more severe if we do not repent and return to Jesus and do it soon.

3. They Become a Nation That No Longer Has God’s Favor, Nor Can Any Longer Depend Upon God’s Miraculous Intervention on Their Behalf.

[“…the Lord will not hear you in that day…vs.18]

In the America of my childhood their permeated throughout the nation a sense among her people, that no matter what we faced as a nation that God would sooner or later come through a provide us with a miracle to solve it. Whether it was a disease, a war, a drought, etc., we believed we were God’s people and we could count upon His favor, no matter what!

America no longer has that sense of hope and optimism, we no longer believe in God and the truth is, that for far too long our sins have separated us from God [Isaiah 59:1-15]. Our younger generations have never experienced the true favor of God upon our nation. They have not been a witness to the God of miracles.

We have not only forsaken God, but the frightful truth may be, that at this point God may have very well forsaken us. We will see oasis of revival break out here and there within our nation. We may see God bless His faithful like they have never known, but as a nation, we no longer have God’s favor, nor can we any longer depend upon God’s miraculous intervention to save us. Those days are gone and will never return unless we as a nation are willing to repent and return to Jesus with all of our heart.

CONCLUSION:

Israel wanted a King and the Lord allowed them to have one, but not before warning them that they would come to a day that they may have gotten what they wanted, but they would not want what they got.

We too have gotten what we wanted, but the sad thing is that we still want what we got. Just this week I heard a news report that stated that President Obama’s approval rating is as high as it has ever been. Does that sound like a nation ready to repent and return to the Lord? NO, it sounds like a nation that is headed for a time of judgment such as we have never seen before.

What are we to do?

  1. To face our future, every Christian must purge their lives of any and every sin and draw closer to Jesus than you have ever been. You will not be able to stand in the evil days ahead without the power of God upon your life and Jesus will not share His power with those to whom He is not Lord of ALL. We must pray as never before. The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is weak and the battle will be lost without the power than can only come through intense prayer.

2. To face our future, every Christian must make it their goal to be salt and light to our nation. We are its only hope. By are good witness, you can be sure some will be saved out of this evil generation.

3. To face our future, we must make an attempt to win as many souls to Christ as possible. We are called in this hour to snatch lost sinners from the fires of judgment before it is everlastingly too late for them.

4. To face our future, we must be always encouraged by the Blessed Hope. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior, Jesus Christ” [Titus 2:13}

“Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice.
Let your moderation (appropriate behavior; gentle, considerate) be known to all men. THE LORD IS AT HAND!” [Philippians 4:4,5]

~Jack Woodard

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DANGEROUS BUSINESS

Defile Temple

DANGEROUS BUSINESS
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are”.
[1 Corinthians 3:16,17]

The local Church at Corinth was a troubled Church, about everything that shouldn’t be going on within a local Church was not only going on, but was having a destructive impact upon the Church.

In verses 16 & 17 the Apostle Paul gives a solemn warning to those individuals within the local Church that were literally destroying the Church; God would repay in like kind. If they destroy the Church, which is Holy unto the Lord, God would certainly destroy them in return.

This warning, this threat, this promise from the Lord has not been revoked and is still applicable to those within the local Church today.

It is Dangerous Business to tear up your local Church and everyone member should have it clearly spelled out to them those things they can do that would play a part in destroying their Church.

Strong’s Concordance says the word “Defile” means to, Shrivel, to Wither, to Ruin, to Destroy. All over our nation we are seeing many Churches who were once vibrant and growing have now shriveled up and withered away to almost nothing and many have died altogether.

We can attempt to blame this on The Times we live in, or The World around us, but the hard truth is that the only ones to blame are those within us. The Church has always thrived in hard times and when the world has persecuted her, but she has not an cannot survive the tolerance of those within her that are destroying her from within. The lack of Church discipline has given these destructive forces a free hand to do their dirty work and the only reason the Lord hasn’t killed more of them than He has is because the Lord has left them to be thorns in the sides of those good people who have tolerated them and failed to be good stewards of the local Church.

Let’s look at several ways one can destroy their local Church and be warned.

I. HOW DOES ONE DESTROY GOD’S TEMPLE?

1. By Attacking Her Pastor
(1 Cor. 4:3; 9-16; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-14a)

2. By Abandoning Her Purpose (Matthew 28:18-20)

3. By Admixture Of Her People
(Matthew 13:36-43; 1 Cor.5:9-13; 6:9-11)

4. By Abasing Her Purity (Matthew 5:13; 1 Corinthians 3:17)

5. By Annulling Her Precepts (Mark 7:6-13; 1 Cor. 3:19)

6. By Absence of Your Presence
(1 Cor. 14:23; Hebrews 10:25)

7. By Abating Her Power (Acts 1:8; Zechariah 4:6)

II. HOW DOES GOD DESTROY THOSE WHO DESTROY HIS TEMPLE? (Numbers 16:31-33)

In Numbers 16 we are told of a despicable character named Korah, whose actions threatened the Church in the Wilderness (Acts 7:38 – the first generation wilderness children). 1 Corinthians 10:11 tells us that God made examples out of this generation, to be a warning to the generations to follow of the probability of the same thing happening to them if they follow in their steps.

Korah is a prime example of what happens to those whose actions are destructive to the Temple of God.

1. The Offender Will Destroy Their Family (Numbers 16:32 – “…their houses”)

2. The Offender Will Destroy Their Finances (Numbers 16:32 – “…their goods”)

3. The Offender Will Destroy Their Friends (Numbers 16:32,35 – “…all the men that appertained unto Korah”)
Korah’s friends that he influenced to follow him in his folly were destroyed along with him.

4. The Offender Will Destroy Their Future (Numbers 16:33 – “…they perished from among the congregation.)

God killed him. The future for those who destroy the Temple of God is precarious at best. It is dangerous business to divide and destroy the Temple of God!

CONCLUSION:

Few Pastors have not been a first hand witness to destructive forces within their congregations and few Pastors have not seen the destruction that these people have brought upon themselves and others as well as upon the Church.

It is a dangerous business to destroy the Temple of God. Some may say that there are many such people they have seen harm the Church and yet they continue on as if they have done nothing wrong.

In that case there are a couple of things that need to be considered.
First, God’s Word will come to pass. They may have seemed to have gotten away with it, but I can assure you that God has not forgotten their evil and one day when they least expect it, the wrath of God will fall upon them and theirs. Fret not, wait upon the Lord.

Secondly, those who have not been punished of the Lord are probably lost people and not the Child of God (Hebrews 12:8), but one day they will have to answer for their evil, if not in this life, certainly they will answer in the next life.

Jesus loves His Church and gave Himself for it. The warning needs to be sounded anew to this rebellious generation that God will not allow you to destroy her and go unpunished.

That warning is not only for the problem Church member, but for the Politician, the President, the Perverts and all others who are so emboldened today that they feel that they can attack the Church and eventually shut her up and even shut her down. Anyone who would be so foolish as to harm (or attempt to harm) God’s Temple can be sure their days will be few and full of trouble. Jesus is building His Church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
~Jack Woodard
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SOUL WINNING 101

SOWER of the SEED

TITLE: SOUL WINNING 101
TEXT: MARK 4:1-25

Jesus tells us in verse 13 of the Parable of the Sower (or Seed) that if we do not understand this parable then we will never understand any of the other things that He teaches us in His other parables. It is like buttoning a shirt, if you don’t get the first button right, the rest of the buttons are unable to line up.

1. The Sower is Jesus and those who share the Word of God
2. The Seed is the Word of God the Sower Broadcasts
3. The Soils represent the hearts of mankind and their different responses to the Word of God

I. THE HEARTS WHICH the SOWER WILL ENCOUNTER (Mark 2-9; 14-20)

A.The Calloused Heart (4:3;13)

Those who absolutely no interest or appreciation for the Word of God

B. The Casual Heart (4:4; 16,17)

Those who show interest in the message, but are not serious or truly repentant.

C. The Cluttered heart (4:7; 18,19)

Like the Casual Heart, these are the people who give lip service to Jesus, but have never truly repented and who still have their hearts filled with self interests that compete with the Word of God and leave no place for the Word of God in their lives.

D. The Committed Heart (4:8; 20)

These are those whom the Word of God has enlightened to see the reality who Jesus is, their spiritual condition, the choice of eternities. These are those who truly repent and commit their heart to Jesus and their lives to following Him and obeying His Word.

II. THE HEARTS WHICH the SEED WILL ENLIGHTEN (4:5-8; 16-20)

You will notice that it was only the Calloused Heart (wayside soil) that showed no understanding and appreciation for the Word of God. Even though the Causal Heart and the Cluttered Heart were not serious, they did show an initial understanding and appreciation of the Word of God, just as the Committed Heart did.

III. THE HEART to WHICH the SEED WILL BECOME an ENIGMA
(4:4; 12; 14)

What had happened to make the Calloused Heart so hardened  that it had no ability to understand the Word of God? What happened to the Calloused Heart that it no longer had any interest in hearing the Word of God?  What happened to the Calloused Heart that it had even become antagonistic towards Word of God? What happened to the Calloused Heart that he now said to himself that the Word of God was for the birds?

The answer is simple, like Pharaoh hardened his heart by continually rejecting the commands of God which Moses delivered, so has this person done and as the Lord finally and deliberately hardened Pharaoh’s heart so that he would never be able to repent and be saved, so does the Lord warn that He will do to all of those who follow in his steps.

“And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind” [John 9:39]

John 9:39 tells us that when a person willfully rejects the Word of God a judicial blindness begins to take place, where it gets more difficult from then on to be capable of recognizing and responding to truth, until you finally come to the point where you will become totally blind to truth. That is the person with the calloused heart.

I have heard many commentators talk about how the hardened heart needs to be softened, but there is little doubt that the hard heart that Jesus is speaking of here had at one time been the Casual or Cluttered heart who had made a shallow decision for Jesus, but became hardened as they took offense that Jesus would allow suffering to enter their life, or as in the case of the Cluttered Heart, they became hardened by the constant competition between obeying their flesh or the Word of God. Taking offense towards Jesus and constantly denying the Word of God to gratify their flesh had hardened their hearts to the point that they finally totally rejected Jesus and any desire to obey His Word. They finally came to the point that the Lord knew that they had become so hardened that they were never going to be willing to be saved. Just as the wayside soil became hardened by months and years of people walking upon it, so had their hearts become hardened by months and years of their trampling upon the Word of God.

CONCLUSION:

Too often the modern day sowers of the Word are guilty of telling their hearers that there is nothing they can do that will cause God to stop loving them, leaving them with the impression that there is no danger in their continual rejection of Jesus and the message of the Gospel; there will always be time and space to repent when they come to that point, not realizing that every time they reject Jesus the chances lessen that they will ever come to that point.

There is grave danger in willful rejection of Jesus and I think as we see the hardness towards the Word of God of generations of once enlightened Americans, we must conclude that it is quite probable that Jesus has purposely and permanently hardened their hearts and blinded their eyes to truth and abandoned them to judgment.

The Word of God has become a Enigma (unable to understand) to much of America. There is a hardness and hostility in our nation towards the Word of God that I have never before seen in my 36 years of preaching th Gospel.

The Church and especially her preachers need to go back to Soul Winning 101 and get a grip on what we are seeing in our nation. We need to once again declare the Grace of God that leaves a sinner at the mercy of God and stop giving the sinner the impression that they have God at their mercy.

We need to redouble our efforts to reach a generation that is still tender and open to receiving the Gospel and yes, we must be realistic, millions of Americans have now SINNED AWAY THEIR DAY OF GRACE.

Maybe this should be the next sermon you preach to your people. It would do them no harm to put the fear of God in their hearts once again; God help the preacher who fails to do so!
~Jack Woodard

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WHEN JESUS SEES YOUR FAITH IN HIM

Jesus heals a paralytic man lowered from the roof Mark 2:1-12

Jesus heals a paralytic man lowered from the roof Mark 2:1-12

WHEN JESUS SEES YOUR FAITH IN HIM

“When Jesus saw their faith, He said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins are forgiven you.” [Mark 2:5]

This poor paralytic was fortunate to have four Christian friends who really believed in Jesus. It seems clear from Jesus’ response that He knew the four were not only burdened about this man’s physical condition, but they were mostly interested in seeing him saved and having his sins forgiven. To them, as it was with Jesus, it was first things first, salvation of the soul and then the healing of the body.

Jesus saw “their” faith in Him, not just the four, but the paralytic’s four friends had convinced him that Jesus was the Savior and that he needed to have Jesus to forgive him for his sins and save him and now he was willing to be, if they would just help him get to Jesus. That’s what it is to be a soul winner, convincing the lost that they are a sinner in need of Jesus and doing whatever it takes to bring them to Jesus.

This is not only an example of a soul winner, but soul winning is itself an example of truly having faith in Jesus. How can one claim he is a believer and not do all they can to bring their poor lost friends and family to Jesus.

The amazing thing is that the very trouble they went through to get to Jesus was all the evidence that Jesus needed to convince Him that they were placing their faith in Him and Him alone for salvation and whatever He would choose to do about the man’s affliction.

Are any of your friends and family still unbelievers in Jesus because you have not attempted to convince them that they are lost and in need of Jesus to save them? Are they still lost because you have done little, or nothing to bring them to Jesus?

When Jesus looks at their unbelief does He also see your unbelief? If you would begin to demonstrate your faith in Jesus, He may see these lost friends and family members come to Him in faith for salvation and as sure as Jesus forgave and saved the paralytic, so would He save them. Maybe it’s your unbelief that is the stumbling block to the lost around you! When was the last time you attempted to lead a soul to Jesus? We have a nation of lost souls, just pick one and go to work and why not do it today!
~Jack Woodard

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THE LAST DAYS and the WORD of GOD

paul-rembrandt-1

TITLE: THE LAST DAYS and THE WORD OF GOD
TEXT: 2 TIMOTHY 3:1-17

INTRODUCTION
A man’s last words are always interesting to hear and often times it is important that those to whom they are spoken listen and heed them. That is certainly true of the Apostle Paul’s last words to Timothy and to every Christian in every generation.
As the Apostle Paul faced what he knew would be his final days upon the earth he chose to write about THE LAST DAYS and the BIBLE. He describes those days and the importance that the Word of God was to play in the life of the Christian as they faced those trying times.
As we look at the Apostle Paul’s description of those days, we can’t help but to conclude that this generation of Christians may be the last generation, the generation that are living in perilous times and to no other generation may Paul’s last words be more meaningful.

1. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MORAL DETERIORATION
(2 Tm 3:1;13)

2. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MUCH DIFFICULTY (2 Tm 3:1; 8; 12)

A. The Perilous Times (v.v.1;12)
B. The People’s Traits (v.v.)

i. Their Loves (v.v.2;4)

a. Their Own Selves (v.2)
b. Material Wealth (v. 2 covetous)
c. Worldly Pleasures (v.4)

ii. Their Lifestyles (v.v.2-5)

3. THE LAST DAYS WILL BE DAYS OF MANY DECEIVERS
(2 Tm 3:6-13; Matthew 24:4,5)

A. The Origin of These Deceivers (v.6; 2 Tm 4:3,4) “For of this sort…”

Spiritual leaders will be chosen from among the type of people that the Apostle Paul has just warned us about. These are the types of people that the nations will follow in these last days. Holy men will be rejected in favor of their own kind.

B. The Operation of These Deceivers (v.6) “Creep into houses…”

As Satan by-passed Adam (God’s established authority) and went after Eve (Genesis 3:1; 1 Timothy 2:13,14), who was more easily deceived, likewise shall Satan’s servants work in these days and no doubt what passes for Christian Television will be a main tool to reach those women who reject God’s Word and are attempting to clear a guilty conscience apart from repentance and trusting Jesus as their Lord and Savior. The most dangerous TV today is Christian TV and that should not surprise us. If Satan wanted to lead people astray, would not his easiest target be those who are searching for spiritual contentment and would not they be more likely to be watching Christian TV more than any other in their quest?

The less this world becomes a man’s world and the more it becomes a woman’s world, the easier it will become for Satan to deceive and like Eve, use the deceived to seduce the masses and even their own mates.

C. The Objects of These Deceivers (v.6) “…silly women”
(Refer to the Operation of These Deceivers)

D. The Opposition of These Deceivers (v.8)

Deceivers always reject and oppose the Word of God and those men of God who faithfully preach the Truth of God’s Word. The Word of God and those who preach it will be the main objects of these deceiver’s attacks. Preachers today are finding the opposition to them and the Word of God increasing daily.

E. The Outcome of These Deceivers (v.9)
God’s Word cannot be bound and every tongue that rises up against the prophets of God are destined to be brought down in judgment (Isaiah 54:17), just as was were those who opposed Moses.

F. The Overcoming of These Days and Deceivers (v.v.14-16)

i. Stay with the Word of God (v.14) “…continue…”
ii. Study the Word of God (v.v. 15, 16) “…make thee wise…” “…profitable…”
iii. Share the Word of God (v. 17) “…furnished unto all good works…”

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IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? GOD CAN STILL SLAY GIANTS

pic-of-david-and-goliath

TITLE: IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? GOD CAN STILL SLAY GIANTS
TEXT: 1 SAMUEL 17:17-29

INTRODUCTION:

These are the events which led up to David’s battle with the giant, Goliath. It was a battle to remove the reproach to the Lord that was upon His people. It was a battle to restore the Lord’s glory within the land. It was a battle to save a nation for the Lord.
That is how David looked at the present situation. That is the Cause David felt so strong about. That is the Cause facing the people of God today in America. The Church has allowed the enemy and the cause to grow into a gigantic force and actually most of the Church, like David’s brothers and their nation, feel defeated and hopeless. They feel as if there is no choice left, but to surrender our nation to the enemies of the Lord and just get by the best we can till we die or until Jesus returns for His Church.

David didn’t share their fears and hopelessness. David rejected such hopelessness. David refused to live in such a nation. David believed there was a cause and if God be for us, who can be against us. Let’s take a David and his battle with the giant, Goliath and let it restore hope in our discouraged hearts and the Lord back to His rightful place in our nation.

I. THE CRISIS OF THE DAY

David’s nation was facing a crisis moment. Their future was hanging in the balance at this time in their history. They were on the verge of losing their nation to the enemies of the Lord, or on the other hand, as only the little lad David saw, this could be a great moment of victory, a moment which the nation could return to its former glory.

A. The Location of the Enemy (17:1, 16)

We are told in 17:1 that the Philistines and their army had advanced to E’ phes-dammin, which was only about 16 miles southwest of Jerusalem, the nation’s capital.

The Philistines had flowed across the nation’s border without opposition and had now advanced to the very heartland of the nation.

In the mid to late 80’s I was pastoring a Church in my home State of Missouri, the very heartland of America. I took my family on a vacation to California and Disney Land. I will never forget driving into Hollywood and seeing a banner hung across a street promoting the upcoming Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. As a young man who had grown up in the heartland of America, I could not believe what I was seeing, but I remember sharing the incident with my Church when I returned and warning them that what starts in Hollywood has a way of eventually finding its way into mid-America. I now realize how true that statement would turn out being.

The perversion of San Francisco has now spread into the very heartland of America and has done so almost without any opposition from the Lord’s Church, His very army upon the earth.

Our nation has now been overrun with evil and perversion. Evil and perversion is now ingrained into our laws. It certainly seems as if the Church is down for the count. It seems as if the powers now against us are so gigantic that the situation is now hopeless, except for one fact and that is how the Lord has a history of giving His people victory over their foes when the situation had grown so large that it seemed insurmountable, just as with the case of Goliath.

Faith in a big God makes every crisis and every foe shrink to a size that is easily overcome.

B. The Lameness of the People (17: 11, 24)

The Lord’s people now stood face to face with the enemies of the Lord, right in the very heartland of their nation. Their advance had been so swift and complete that they were now facing a giant. The people were now paralyzed by fear, unbelief and a sense of hopelessness. Their fear and unbelief had made them lame. It had disabled them. There was no longer any faith or fight left in them.

The Lord’s Church has been intimidated by the taunting and terror tactics of the homosexual community, the same tactics used by Goliath. The Lord’s Church has been fearful of offending the Lord’s foes, when she should have been more concerned about stopping them from conquering our nation and generations of our young. Now homosexual marriage is legal in every State in our nation.

Now we find ourselves in a nation in which the Lord’s foes have now conquered the land and are now arrayed against the Church – their last unconquered foe – with the intention of defeating and destroying her. The enemy is bold and marching on the people of God.

II. THE CONCERN OF DAVID (17:22 , 26, 29, 30)

When David arrived at the camp of the Lord’s army he saw that the armies were already faced off against one another. He heard the taunting of Goliath and saw the fear and hopelessness that was paralyzing the people of God.

David was a young lad, not even a member of the army, nothing was expected of him, but he refused to remain safely in the rear, or a silent observer. He was not hindered by the same infirmities of his brothers. His zeal for the Lord’s glory compelled him to action. He did all he could do to embolden his people and to rally the troops, but when those efforts failed, David decided that it was now just up to him and the Lord if the nation was to be saved.

David was like so many young men and women in America who dropped everything in their lives and ran to sign up for the military after 9/11. These young American’s were not fearful, but offended that a foe would attack us on our own homeland and they were determined to destroy them for doing so. Like David, they strongly believed there was a Cause.

A. His Family Was at Stake (17:17, 18)

David was fighting to save his loved ones. May the Church see that their families makes this battle a cause worth fighting.

B. His Freedoms Were at Stake (17:9)

To yield the war to the enemy would mean that Israel would become the slaves and servant of the Lord’s bitter foes. Freedom was a right that was not up for negotiation. Never would he surrender and forfeit his freedoms. He had grown up a free man in a free state and for him it was, “Give me liberty or give me death”.

The Church has many freedoms to lose if we now surrender to the foes of Christ. We will lose our Freedoms of religion and speech. We will even eventually lose our freedom to assemble. We will be an outlawed faith, driven underground.

C. His Flocks Were at Stake (17:20a)

To lose the battle was surrender his flocks and all other possessions to the enemy. David was not willing to do that without a fight. We are already seeing Christians being drug into court and having to surrender their hard earned money to pay the unjust fines that are being imposed upon them. We see Christians being forced to go out of business, or violate their faith and conscience. David saw this would be his same lot in life if he surrendered to the foes of the Lord. He was not willing to give to the devil what the Lord had given to him and his family and what had been passed down to him from his Godly ancestors.

D. His Faith Was at Stake (17:32-37; 45,46)

David explained to King Saul that his courage was not built upon immature foolishness, but upon his history with the Lord. His courage was a demonstration of his faith in God that had been built upon prior crisis moments in his life.

To David his faith was as important as his freedoms. To walk away would mean he would surrender to unbelief. Nothing is more tormenting to a soul than to be overcome with unbelief and nothing is more precious in this turbulent world to the Child of God than their faith in Jesus. Compromise and surrendering to fear would destroy the faith in the Lord that it had taken years of struggles to build. David refused to do so. That was a cause woth fighting for.

E. His Father’s Glory Was at Stake (17:26b, 45-47)

For David, the greatest cause was the Glory of the Lord. This fear and defeat of God’s people at the hand of the Lord’s foes was most of all, a reproach upon the Lord. The Philistines were really fighting the Lord and as the battle went, so went the people’s view of the Lord. To be defeated would mean David’s God would be mocked and ridiculed by His enemies. To be defeated would be dethroning God in His own land. David had a zeal for the Lord’s glory and that would not be allowed to happen upon his watch.

We are seeing our courts ordering the removal of Crosses, the Ten Commandments, Nativities, Prayer, and the Bible throughout the land, but what we are actually seeing is the impression being made to the people in our land that Jesus is not the Almighty, worthy of praise and honor. He is so weak and insignificant that He is certainly not worthy of our Faith in Him, or a commitment of our lives to Him. The Lord’s glory was a cause David felt was worth fighting for.

III. THE CONTRAST of DAVID (17:31)

When word got back to King Saul of the words of David, that they were in such contrast to the defeatist voices of the day, that he demanded David be brought to him immediately, he had to see this brave young man who was the only ray of sunshine and hope in this dark and hopeless hour of crisis.

A. David Was Concerned (17:20a)

Saul was leading an army where little to no concern for victory was being demonstrated or declared. David must have been a breath of fresh air to Saul.

As I have watched the crisis in America grow I have watched the concern of the Lord’s people for the cause wain to nearly now being nonexistent. We are a Care-less Church. Every radical group in America can muster an army of opposition to righteousness at the drop of a hat, but attempt to rally the Lord’s Church to defend the Lord’s glory and you couldn’t get enough to show up to fill the choir loft. We have lost the battle mainly through default. We have not been concerned enough to even show up for the battle. On any average Sunday Morning on any average Sunday, half of the Church will be absent and in the world giving aid and comfort to the Lord’s enemies. During a time of war giving aid and comfort to the enemy is the very definition of treason. Sunday Morning you will find half of the Church committing HIGH TREASON against heaven.

B. David Was Committed (17:32)

David was committed to the Lord when he showed up and the giant had not diminished his commitment in the least.

Daniel had already purposed in his heart not to defile himself before the temptation came to do otherwise. Daniel and David were close to the same age when they made their unwavering stand for the Lord.

We need more Daniels and David’s who have come to some conclusions in their lives and refused to be moved. No of these things moved David.

C. David Was Confident (17:26, 37)

David had an unshakable confidence in the Lord. His faith in the Lord for victory was unwavering.

1. Confidence built upon his past experiences with the Lord
(17:34-37)

2. Confidence built upon his past victories with the Lord (17:37)

3. Confidence built upon his knowledge of the past victories that the Lord had given his nation throughout her history.

From the very conception of the nation God’s people had always had her foes and the Lord had never failed to give them the victory. They were His people. If God be for them, who could be against them?

The Bible records these victories from history to give encouragement and hope to this generation of Christians. (Romans 15:4)
America’s History is replete with hours of crisis where the Lord made the difference and gave us the victory. Jesus is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Let the Church arise and go forward against the giants we face with the same confidence in the Lord.

To refuse to fight the good fight in this crisis hour, is not only an action unconcern, it is an act of unbelief in the Lord Jesus. It is a denial of the Lord’s history of being for His people.

IV. THE CONQUERING OF DAVID (17:48-54)

In the end, it was David who handed Goliath his own head on a platter. For David, the outcome was never in doubt and nor should it be for this generation of Christians either. The Lord of Host will go before us if we will just go after our foes armed with Faith in God.

CONCLUSION:

The Church in America today have set idle and allowed the enemies of the Lord to cross our borders and sweep through our nation like leaven. The heartland used to be called the Bible Belt, but even the heartland is now in danger of being conquered by the enemies of the Lord.

Their victory seems almost complete. They no longer look like a small, insignificant bunch of radicals, they now look like a giant, compared to a small band of true believers, but the hour is not too late, nor the enemy too big for the Lord. The real challenge is, can the Lord find a man, a man willing to fight the Lord’s battles. A man who refuses to believe the Lord has done all of this for our nation and His people, just to see us surrender it the His Foes.

THERE IS a CAUSE and the LORD CAN STILL SLAY the GIANTS.

Be the David Jesus uses to save His nation.

As we fight the good fight, let’s not forget that the Gospel is the real Power of God. When the Gospel is preached with boldness, it can show a sinner that not only is he Hell bound, but that he is also loved of Jesus. He would rather win them than destroy them. Calvary proves His love and provides for his salvation, if they will repent and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ!
~Jack Woodard

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UNDERSTANDING REAL SAVING FAITH

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TEXT: EPHESIANS 2:8-10
TITLE: UNDERSTANDING REAL SAVING FAITH

INTRODUCTION:

If there is one word that could accurately describe the average American’s understanding of the Christian Faith, it would have to be either IGNORANCE or CONFUSION. The Church is as ignorant and confused as the world around them. Relativism and Pluralism has engulfed the land and left us in a state of confusion.
There is confusion in the areas of:

1. Becoming a Christian

The views on how one really becomes a Christian ranges from, being good, being baptized, being a member of a particular Church, to just being willing to call yourself a Christian. Confusion abounds and true converts are becoming more rare.

2. Believing as a Christian

It is alarming to see the increasing numbers of people who call themselves a Christian which do not believe in Absolute Truth. To believe in the Authority of the Word of God and the fact that there are Fundamentals of the Faith one must believe and hold to, to be able to truly be a Christian, is seen as folly and fool hearted.

3. Behaving as a Christian

We not only live in a day where a man can call himself a Christian and Believe anything he chooses, but we also live in a day where you can call yourself a Christian and Behave any way you want to as well. “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power if it…” [2 Timothy 3:5] describes us perfectly. We say we are Christians, but do not believe in Repentance and the Life Changing power of the Gospel.

4. Benefiting from being a Christian

Again many are so confused that they see no Benefit in being a Christian, either in this life or the life hereafter. Jesus is someone of little relevance to their lives or eternity.
Most of our confusion stems from the fact that we are confused on what the Bible means when it says that:
“For by grace are ye saved through faith…” [Ephesians 2:8] What does the Bible mean when it says that we are saved through faith? What does Saving Faith really look like? Let’s let the Bible help us to understand what it means by “Saving Faith.” Let me give you a Biblical explanation of Saving Faith by using five words that fully explain Saving Faith to us. Let each examine their Faith to see if it is really Saving Faith.

I. THE ORIGIN of SAVING FAITH [Ephesians 2:8; John 16:7-11]
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.” [Ephesians 2:8]

Does this Scripture say that Salvation is a gift of God or is Saving Faith the Gift of God? It has to be both. If Salvation is a gift of God then everything pertaining to it must also be a gift. Therefore, if anyone is truly saved it all originated with God. “Salvation is of the Lord.” [Jonah 2:9]
Let me explain. John 16: 7-11 tells us that a sinner’s first encounter with the Lord is when the Holy Spirit, in a sovereign act, begins to awaken the spiritually dead and blind sinner to the fact that they are a condemned sinner and that Jesus and His shed blood on Calvary is the only thing that can keep you out of H-E-L-L.

I recall my salvation; one day I had no thoughts of my soul, my salvation, my eternity, or the Lord Jesus. Then like a sudden and mysterious wind, the Holy Spirit began to move upon me in conviction. It was He that CONVINCED me that I was a H-E-L-L bound sinner and Jesus was my only hope. The Holy Spirit made a believer out of me and if you have every been truly saved you too have to say that your Faith in Jesus ORIGINATED from the Lord Himself.

II. THE ORGAN of SAVING FAITH [Romans 10:10; James 2:19]

“For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness…” [Romans 10:10]
An ORGAN is a part of a body that has a specific function. I use the term here to speak metaphorically of the spiritual heart of a man that Romans 10:10 speaks of. All of us know what it is to just give a mental assent to a belief, without being sincere about it. Many come to the wedding altar and say “I DO”, but in their heart of hearts they really do not mean it, they are not sincere about the commitment that they gave mental assent and lip service to.

We find Jesus encountering such people in John 2:23-25. We are told that; “…many believed in His Name, when they saw the miracles which He did.” [John 2:23]They knew by His miracles that He was the Messiah, God in flesh, but in verse 24 we read of the strange response Jesus gave to their belief. It says; “But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men.” [John 2”24]

The reason Jesus did not make a commitment to them was because as God, He could see their Hearts, and He saw that they were not sincere. Sure they believed about Him, but not in Him.

These are the people who make a profession of faith and later on fall away, claiming it never worked for them. Their problem was that they never truly believed in Jesus from their heart, they never were sincere. They really never believed in Jesus. Saving Faith must be from the heart. Believing about Jesus is not enough, Saving Faith believes in Jesus. Did you really mean it when you confessed Christ? Were you sincere? If you were, you can be assured Jesus honored His Word and your faith in Him. If you did not really mean it, you can be sure that Jesus did not save you.

III. THE OBJECT of SAVING FAITH [John 3:16, 18, 36; 14:6; Acts 4:12; 16:31; Ephesians 2:10]

The Object of Saving Faith is as important and inseparable for real salvation as is the Origin and Organ of Salvation. Many sincere people have believed with all their heart, but their problem is that they have sincerely believed in the wrong object. The Object of their Faith has been wrong; they have a misplaced faith. Many have trusted in their Baptism, their Church Affiliation, their Religious Rituals they faithfully observe, their good lifestyle and works, etc. Proverbs 16:25 tells us that; “There is a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof is death.” Jesus called these many ways the “…broad…way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in that way.” [Matthew 7:14]

The verses I have listed, along with many others tell us plainly the JESUS and JESUS ALONE is the ONLY WAY of SALVATION. If you are trusting in anyone, in anything, or in Jesus plus anything else, you do not have Saving Faith.

May I also warn you not to be deceived by others into believing that ALLAH is the same God as the Christian God, just with a different name, that is pure blasphemy. That is heresy. That is a LIE. We are “…created in Christ Jesus…” [Ephesians 2:10], not Allah. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” [Acts 4:12]
Acts 4:12 makes it clear that we all must be saved and that we all must be saved the same way and Jesus is the only way for all men.

IV. THE OUTCOME of SAVING FAITH [Romans 1:16; 2 Corinthians 5:17]

Real Saving Faith in Jesus unleashes the Power of God in a person’s life. As the Lord tells us: “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation; old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. [2 Corinthians 5:17]

Whom the Lord chooses, He changes. We live in the day where it is popular to “Have a form a godliness, but denying the power of it…” [2 Timothy 3:5], but as someone has rightly said; “If your religion has not changed you, you need to change your religion.”

When Jesus saves a man He does not patch him up, He makes him a new man from the inside out. What he used to love he now loathes and vice-versa. Too many Church members have walked the aisle, shook the preachers hand, went under the baptismal waters, and came up the same old sinner. They drink their same beer as before, they go to the same places as before, they curse just like before, they run with the same crowd as before, the fact is, that they are the same as before. They have never been Born Again.

I have noticed that every time that the Salvation experience is spoken of in the New Testament that is described in drastic terms. From death into life; from darkness into light; a new creation, and born again, for a few examples. These describe salvation as having a dramatic Outcome on a man. A drunk finds sobriety, the immoral begin to live a pure life, the bound find freedom, the mean man becomes as gentle as a little lamb. Was that the Outcome of your faith? If not, it was not Saving Faith.

V. THE ONGOING of SAVING FAITH [Romans 1:17; 8:29; Philippians 1:6; Hebrews 3:14]

If the Bible makes anything clear, it makes it clear that Saving Faith is not a ONE TIME ACT, nor a SHORT TIME ACT, nor a PART TIME ACT, but a LIFETIME ACT. It is the way of life for the true believer. The Church Rolls are full of members who walked the aisle and were baptized, but now they rarely attend and serve the Lord, or they have dropped out of Church all together, or they never returned after they were baptized. What is to be said of such people? If we say what the Bible says, we have to say that whatever faith they had, it was not Saving Faith.

Faith is a way of life for the true believer, our end has been predetermined from the beginning and the Lord does not stop what He starts until He has finished it. There will be many times in every Christian’s life where their Faith may seem to be all but lost, but just at that moment the Lord will re-ignite your Faith in Him and you are back in the race again. (1 Peter 1:5) Has your Faith been an ONGOING FAITH? If not, it was not Genuine Saving Faith from the beginning.

CONCLUSION:

I believe that many Church Members would have to admit that the Faith I have just described does not describe many of their fellow members. If that is the case, then I must tell you that many of your fellow members are not saved, and if that does not describe you, the Lord has commanded me to tell you that you too are still lost and in your sins, headed for an eternity in the “Lake of Fire burning with brimstone…” [Revelation 19:20] in which you “…shall be tormented day and night forever and ever. [Revelation 20:10]
It is not too late to come to Jesus with all of your heart and trust Him and Him alone to save you. “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear My voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and sup with him, and he with Me.” [Revelation 3:20]

Today, if you hear Jesus knocking at your heart’s door, if you will open it and invite Him in, He promises to come in and save you at that very moment.
~Jack Woodard

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