Where do we look for help? The little nation of Judah suddenly faced a great army. They turned to prayer. The Lord heard and answered. We have many, mighty enemies: the world, the flesh and the devil. The command is the same for us "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord", then go forward in faith.
As we look at the character of Caleb there are 3 things that we can learn from Caleb that will help all of us on our Christian journey.
First of all this morning we will see that Caleb was a Man of Commitment.
Secondly; Caleb was a Man of Courage.
Thirdly; Caleb was a Man of Combat.
As you read the Words of Caleb in the Bible there is one verse that sticks out that gives us an insight into his character.
When Caleb looks back at his life and at the age of 85 he makes this statement found in Joshua 14.8. Josh 14:8 … I wholly followed the Lord my God.
What a great statement that is: As this aged man of God surveyed his life he knew that he had commitment and had given himself unreservedly to the living God.
The Apostle Paul pleads with us to do the same in the Book of Romans. He asks us to give our lives as a living sacrifice.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
If you are a Christian do you practice what you preach. Caleb had Commitment and courage.
Out of all the spies that went into the land, two stood strong. Caleb and Joshua.
Joshua and Caleb were men of courage. They were willing to take the Land and were prepared to stand against the majority whom had put fear over faith.
There's a lesson for God's people here: Never be afraid to be in the minority when you know the will of God!
If you go back through both biblical and world history you will often find that when God's man or God's woman take God's stand for God's honour in many cases they stand alone or with just a few.
Pastor Jeremiah Gabbard | Text: Joshua 1:6; Eph. 6:10
I. Choose to move forward in the Christian life (Gen. 2:24)
II. Avoid Defaulting in Your Christian Life
III. Be Strong and of Good Courage (Joshua 1:6,18)
IV. The Enemies of a Courageous Spirit (II Tim. 1:7)
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Psalm 37 falls into the classification of "wisdom psalms." Wisdom psalms expand the simple truth that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom" (). Wisdom psalms sound a bit like they could be found in the book of Proverbs. This psalm has similar themes to the first part of Proverbs 24 (see esp. 1, 19). And so, while this psalm is a good psalm for anyone, it can be especially applicable for students especially near the start of this academic year.
Wisdom is practical. It isn't the same as book-smarts. Wisdom is knowing how to obey God even when facing the complexities of life in a fallen world.
No matter how old we get the Lord can strengthen us if we put our hope in Him. If we put our hope in anything outside of God, we are going to be sadly mistaken. We will wring our hands on judgement day. Without following peace and holiness with all men we won't see the Lord.
Paul's Pattern for Preaching_08 Acts 14:1-7This Chapter 14 gives a clear picture of God's pattern for preaching, for bearing witness to His name. The pattern is seen in what Paul and Barnabas experienced. On the move, but not easily moved because of difficulties. When Paul and Barnabas was expelled from Antioch in Pisidia, they took off the dust of their feet and they went to Iconium. When the people there tried to stone them, they went to Lystra, where they were treated like gods. The crowds are different in every area and place throughout the world. When the crowd changed their minds and began to stone Paul, he just got up and went to Derby. That was not all. Paul and Barnabas had the courage to retrace their steps so that they could help encourage the new Christians and when they returned home. They told the church what the Lord had done, not what they had suffered. Paul and Barnabas put Christ first, other second, and themselves last. They had a job to do, and they were determined by God's grace to do it. How much does it take to move you out of the will of God? Paul's Pattern was seven steps. Their experience shows exactly what God expects of His servant and exactly what the servant can expect as he preaches the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus.
Midweek Service – August 16, 2023 – Pastor Jonathan Roberts
Offertory: "At the Cross" Lyrics by Isaac Watts and Ralph E. Hudson (chorus) and Music by Ralph E. Hudson; Arranged by Duane Ream; Copyright 2007 SoundForth
Sermon: Four Principles on Facing Persecution
Scripture: I Peter 4:12-16
Hymns used from the following:
Great Hymns of the Faith Brentwood Benson Publishing - CCLI License for live streaming
Soul Stirring Songs and Hymns - Sword of the Lord Publishers - permission used by publisher
From the Media Ministry of Mukwonago Baptist Church:
1610 Honeywell Road
Mukwonago, WI 53149
The apostle did not stay in Corinth because of personal gain, or because his own people received him, or because of popularity, or personal strength, but because of the act of the risen and ascended Savior alone. And with the challenge of a Roman ruler we see God's providence protecting Paul to carry on the ministry there and for ten years because of this incident to bring the gospel to the Roman world as promised (Matt. 24:14).
David trusted the Lord to bring the victory to His people. He went in the name of the Lord of host and beleived that He would be vicotirous. David had the boldness and courage to do the work before him. We must as well.
There were three great mysteries of antiquity dealing with the one and the many. They were the mystery of life, motion, and being. In a single gospel message the apostle Paul solves the mysteries of antiquity with union with God in Jesus Christ.
a. David took his refuge in the Lord, as we all should. God is the creator and sustainer of all things. All things are under His providential rule and reign, and He has committed Himself to the redemption of His fallen creation. This means we have nothing to fear. The temptation to be anxious, to panic, and to fear means we often look for a way of escape instead of for a way to advance. David resisted the short-sighted counsel of his friends, and we need to likewise resist the voices and urges which would have us take the easy way out. Because the Lord sits enthroned in heaven. we have nothing to fear. The difficulties He sends are not designed to destroy but to strengthen those who are in Christ. Those who remain outside of Christ will indeed be destroyed and removed, in order for the righteous to claim their promised inheritance. The Lord's eyes miss nothing, and all will be set right. The same difficulties that destroy the wicked are fitting you to enjoy the presence and the gifts of the Lord forever.
By God's Providence, Ahithophel's counsel is frustrated allowing David to safely cross over Jordan. Absalom, however, is relentless and continues his hunt for the King.
This is the Thirty Eighth Sermon in the Series Kingdom, Dynasty and Glory; an exposition on the Second Book of Samuel.