As Asaph had struggled with himself and wrestled with God, now at the last, the day dawned and he prevailed with His God…. Psalm 77:10.
Knowing and believing that God had not forsaken him, Asaph was now able to detach his mind from being overwhelmed and consumed by his earthly troubles and to fix his heart and mind by faith on His faithful God who was ALWAYS right there with him!
All those that are justified, God vouchsafes, in and for His only Son Jesus Christ, to make partakers of the grace of adoption, by which they are taken into the number, and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God; have His name put upon them, receive the Spirit of adoption, have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are enabled to cry, Abba, Father, are pitied, protected, provided for, and chastened by Him, as by a Father, yet never cast off, but sealed to the day of redemption, and inherit the promises, as heirs of everlasting salvation.
Far greater than all the wealth and glory a man might accumulate in this whole world is the eternal redemption of the soul, the 'great salvation' that believers obtain in Jesus Christ. Peter blesses God for this great salvation, and we must too!
All through the Old Testament, we see the Jews singing praises to the LORD in times of amazing deliverance and in battle, like the song of Moses after they made it through the Red Sea. This continues all the way through to the book of Revelation where the body of Christ sings in chapter 5, the 144,000 sing in chapter 14, and the Tribulation Saints sing in chapter 15. In Isaiah 26, we see another song, this one will be sung by the Jewish remnant who were kept safe at Selah Petra.
"In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah; We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks. Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee." Isaiah 26:1-3 (KJB)
On this episode of Rightly Dividing, we see how music, properly done, is a wonderful act of worship to God to thank Him and praise Him for His provision. The Jewish remnant is a key component of the end times, and as such, they have their own special song that they will sing before the LORD. Now here's where things get really interesting. Contained within the lyrics of this song in Isaiah 26, we see nugget after nugget of prophetical goodness that help us to unravel the events that will unfold for the Jews and all Israel in Selah Petra. On this episode of Rightly Dividing, come with us on a journey to the near future as we witnesses an event that will assuredly take place, and indeed, has already taken place!
Jesus tells us that people were going on as usual when Noah and his family entered the ark. The ark is a type of Christ through whom we are saved from the wrath of God to come.
We learn from scripture that Noah walked with God, he was a man of faith, he loved his family and we see through him how God protects His own.
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We are all engaged in a Spiritual Warfare against an enemy who is subtle and wants to cause fear. In finishing this message on Psalms 91, Pastor Mark Bubeck shares how God protects us and with his angels, because He loves us.
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We are all engaged in a Spiritual Warfare against an enemy who is subtle and wants to cause fear. Pastor Mark Bubeck shares the importance in standing against the enemy in the protection of God. Where can you find this protection? In Psalms 91, we see that God protects from the enemy's attacks. Are you dwelling with the Lord?
Unconfessed sin leads to a guilty conscience (vv. 14-16).
Unconfessed sin leads to faulty thinking (vv. 17-20).
Unconfessed sin leads to more sin (vv. 21-28).
Unconfessed sin affects others (vv. 21-29).
Some local congregations live on for over a century but MANY do not. Often, the church that exists now is radically different from the original godly assembly of believers; many became liberal and unorthodox, some completely different from what they used to be, etc. Even the church Lloyd-Jones pastored is a shadow of what it used to be and by no means the dominant pulpit it once was.
Has Christ failed, grown tired? He will continue to build His church but never promised each specific local congregation will remain forever. He will preserve His people and His church will continue to be built each and every generation. She may change from city to city, state to state, nation to nation but she will be built and serve as a witness to the nations until He returns!!!! Rather than trying to determine the shelf life of this church, we need to seek to be faithful to what He has revealed and what He requires of the church. Though we cannot deal with every facet, we will highlight some of the key elements.
III. Christ's Church will Endure: "and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it" (v. 18).
• The phrase "gates of hell" or Hades refer to the realm of the dead or death. It could be an allusion to Satan's powers. The phrase "shall not prevail against it" can mean either Christ will protect the church from death or Satan or that the gates will not withstand the advance of the church. The gate is either passive or active.
• It probably means that the gates will not withstand the advance of the church which Christ is building. Death cannot stop her nor can Satanic powers. Either forces cannot stop her.
IV. Christ gave the keys of kingdom to His church (v. 19).
The latest message from Emmanuel Reformed Church in our continuing series through the Book of Revelation "The Lamb Upon His Throne." In this message, we look at Revelation 14:1-5 in a sermon titled "The Lamb and the 144,000."
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Here the subject transitions from the way God has given us to prove that what we are doing is pleasing God, into things that He tells us plainly that He receives with pleasure. It also exposes hidden feelings of self importance that we feel when we do things that we know He wants us to.
When Martha invited Jesus into her house, in Luke chapter ten a strange thing happened that caused Jesus to scold Martha for asking for help with her service for Him and the others there. The first impression is that Martha was the only one working to provide food and comfort for all the guests. So why would Jesus compliment Mary while she was doing nothing? Wasn't there a need? Didn't someone need to do the work if they were going to have something to eat?
This story is an example of what Paul was telling the Romans when he said, "Ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God". For many years my greatest frustrations as a believer was to know what God could do and watch him do nothing. What seems apparent to us needs to be confirmed by the Spirit of God or we will become as frustrated and confused as Martha.