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Sermon at Our Saviour's by pastor Tim Banks
After David appealed to the Lord on the basis of God's justice in Psalm 17:1-5, David appealed to the Lord on the basis of God's love in Psalm 17:1-6. David knew that the Lord would keep His promises and that He had come through in the past. David depended on the Lord and was confident that the Lord cared for him. So, David believed that the Lord wouldn't just stand by and do nothing. Finally, David hoped in a glorious future with the Lord. So, consider God's love as you approach your heavenly Father in prayer. You can trust Him to keep His promises. You can count on His parental care. You can hope in a glorious future in His presence.
Trouble, bad chapters, and bad scenes in the story of your life are inevitable, but the good news is, misery is a choice you can opt out of! You can learn to enjoy your life with God and be happy, no matter what you are going through. You don't have to wait until the end of the story to live happily ever after, you can live happily ever now! This encouraging and practical message will reveal to you 3 stages of life based upon the three books in the Bible that Solomon wrote, and what you can do in each season to empower you to reign in life as a king, and return to your first love.
In order for us to trust God’s promises, we have to remember the God who has made those promises. In Isaiah 40:27 Israel is pictured making a statement and asking a question. They would talk like this after judgment had fallen and they had been carried off to Babylon and captivity. They would wonder, as we all do at times, about God’s faithfulness. I. What would they say? (Is. 40:27) A. That God wasn’t seeing their situation B. That God wasn’t paying off on the claims that they had against Him II. Isaiah challenges them to not think this way A. Don’t forget what you have heard and know (Is. 40:28) B. Let’s remember who we are questioning 1. This is the eternal God a. Princes and judges of the earth are nothing and useless (Is. 40:23, 24) b. They just take root and they are gone yet God goes on 2. The Creator of the ends of the earth a. Measuring the earth and waters (Is. 40:12) b. He stretches out the heavens (Is. 40:22) c. He created the stars and knows them by name (Is. 40:26) 3. He doesn’t get exhausted a. He has a strong hand (Is. 40:10) b. His arm shall rule for Him 4. His thoughts are unknowable a. Who has directed or counseled God? (Is. 40:13) b. Who taught Him knowledge and understanding? (Is. 40:14) 5. He is worthy of worship a. If You could offer up all the animals of Lebanon (Is. 40:16) b. If you could burn them on altars fueled by all the forests of Lebanon insufficient III. What difference does this make to us? A. He promises to take care of us (Is. 40:11) 1. He will feed us 2. Gather us with His arms and carry us in His bosom 3. Gently lead the most vulnerable B. He strengthens us (Is. 40:29, 30) 1. Gives power to the weak 2. To those whose might is gone He gives strength a. This world wears out the youth b. Even young men utterly fall C. Wait on the Lord (Is. 40:31) 1. He will renew our strength 2. Mount up with wings like eagles 3. Run and not be weary; Walk and not faint This sin cursed world discourages us at times, but if we are God’s children we can be assured that He is on our side and if we will wait on Him He will strengthen us so that we can finish the race set before us.
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From before the world began, God has already made your life beautiful in its time. If your health, your family, your financial situation, or anything else in your life is not beautiful yet, give God time. He is still working on it. This inspiring and revealing message will teach you how to practically give God time to change things for the better in your life. Following these Biblical principles will increase your expectation of seeing God's goodness in your life every day, and will help you more clearly see how He is making your life more beautiful in its time.
Great relationships are built on trust. What does it really mean to trust God? How do you practically trust Him when you are going through difficult times? You may be going through a bad day, a tough time, or a midnight hour, but God has already fashioned a better life for you, even before you were born! God desires a relationship with you based on trust. Regardless of what you are going through, you can learn to trust God that He will cause all things to work together for your good. This practical and eye-opening teaching will reveal to you what it really means to trust God, and how you can grow in your ability to trust Him, and glorify Him, no matter what!
Judges 6-8 Know it - Gideon was visited by an Angel of the lord while he was hiding from the Midianites. "Mighty man of Valor!" "Mighty hero!" "Mighty man of battle!" Was God's declaration. We need to know who God says we are! Then we can.. See it - God had plans and promises for Gideon. "You will defeat the Midian armies like you are only fighting one man." The key for Gideon and for us, is that we need to turn the promise into a picture - picture yourself walking in all the promises God has spoken over you! Own it - Get up, move, step up, start your journey towards the victory! Gideon's vision needed work, God help to shape, guide, direct and refine the vision, and He will do the same with you as you step up.
To what do you pledge allegiance? There are many things in our culture that fight for our attention and try to tell us what is acceptable: money, power, brand names like Nike and Ford, even our peers, but all of them leave us unsatisfied and lead to a so many regrets. So how do we get wisdom on where to place our focus so that we don’t end up in a wasteland with loads of baggage? Listen and find out!