Troubled

Psalm 3:1-5

O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.”

But You, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head.

I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill.

I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.”

In this text we read of a story of Absalom, David’s son who has rebelled against God and his own father to overthrow David on his throne in Jerusalem. Terrified as David was, David knew who to call in this troubled time. Even those of David’s closest friends would too forsake him and join the ranks of his son. Many thought that David was to far gone for God’s salvation but little do they know that the presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.

The presence of trouble doesn’t prove the absence of God.

God is the lifter of not only our heads but everything that involves life. He wants to lift our attitude, our hope, our hearts, our minds, our burdens, our feeble hands and most of all our burdens.

When you feel troubled, who do you call? Your spouse? Your pastor? Maybe a close friend? But remember who the lifter of our souls are and that is the Lord.

He is waiting for you, to call out to Him. He will always answer.

Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not a high priest that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but one that hath been in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Come back to the Well of Living Water

“Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come buy and eat! Come, buy wine and without price. 2 Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labor for that which does not satisfy? listen diligently to me, and eat what is good, and delight yourselves in rich food. –– Isaiah 55:1,2

The Gospel is an invitation to come and to know life and life abundantly. If you’re living for God you know that you have found the Living Water. Nothing else will satisfy your thirst but only in Him. You have tasted and seen that He is good.

He is calling all of us, the sinner and the saint to come!

— For the sinner its an invitation to come 

— For the saint its an invitation to come

No matter where you are at in life, Jesus gave us a promise:

Matthew 11:28 ”Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Will you come to the Well? the Living Water today to find rest? To find fulfillment?

Broken Cisterns

We All have those broken cisterns in our lives, at one point in time or another. The aching for joy, peace or to find contentment in those broken areas of life.

There are many cisterns that offer temporary satisfaction, a quick fix, something that will temporarily quench your thirst but it will eventually run dry. We all have a void, a missing piece in each of us that if we don’t find we will keep searching and searching until we become so dehydrated and close to death.

There is one Well that is not broken nor will it ever. This Well offers peace, hope, joy. It always sustains and never disappoints. It’s always there in any given moment offering refreshment for our souls. This well has and always will be the source of Living Water for all mankind. This Well is Jesus Christ.

Jeremiah 2:13 “For my people have committed two evils: they have forsaken me, the fountain of living waters, and hewed out cisterns for themselves, broken cisterns that can hold no water.”

Sin That Dwells Within Part 2

“The ground that you had gained yesterday, will be a battle for today”

Just like a soldier on the battlefield who is always aware of his surroundings, expecting a battle at any given moment. We too should be on the lookout.

“Be sober-minded; be watchful… 1 Peter 5:8

2. EXPECT A DAILY BATTLE

LIVING A LIFE FOR GOD ISN’T EASY, WERE SWIMMING UPSTREAM. THOSE WHO ARE NOT WALKING IN THE FLESH, FEEDING THERE OWN DESIRES BUT WHO ARE WALKING IN THE SPIRIT WHO ARE NOT GRATIFYING THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH, THIS DEVO IS FOR YOU! HERE ARE A FEW REMINDERS:

– EXPECT THE GROUND THAT YOU GAINED YESTERDAY TO BE CHALLENGED TODAY.

– EXPECT THOUGHTS THAT ARE CONTRARY TO THE WORD OF GOD TO FLOOD YOUR MIND

– EXPECT PERSECUTION

– EXPECT WEAPONS TRYING TO BE FORMED

BUT KNOW WHO YOUR CAPTAIN ON THE BATTLEFIELD!

“BUT KNOW THAT THEY WHATEVER WEAPON FORMED AGAINST US SHALL NOT PROSPER”

REMEMBER THE PRESENCE OF TROUBLE DOES NOT PROVE THE ABSENCE OF GOD.

REMEMBER WITH EVERY OPPOSITION DOES NOT SIGNAL DEFEAT BUT RATHER MARKS THE BEGINNING OF THE BATTLE. 

EVEN THOUGH JESUS HAS DISARMED THE ENEMY, HE IS WANTING YOU TO BELIEVE THAT HE IS STILL ARMED, HES NOT REAL.

HE HAS DECEIVED MANY, BUT WE ARE TOLD TO NOT TO BE IGNORANT OF HIS DEVICES. 

WE MUST KNOW:

HE IS AFTER YOUR DESTINY, AFTER THE INHERITANCE THAT WE HAVE THROUGH CHRIST. HE IS AFTER OUR SOULS. 

BUT WE MUST REMEMBER THAT :

JESUS OUR VICTOR OUR CAPTAIN IS ON THE BATTLEFIELD, THE ONE WHO NEVER LEAVES NO MATTER HOW INTENSE THE BATTLE RAGES. NO MATTER HOW HOT THE FIRE GETS, NO MATTER THE PRESSURE THAT BUILDS, HE WILL NEVER FORFEIT.

TO KNOW THAT WHATEVER WEAPON THE ENEMY MIGHT FORM AGAINST US, WITH GOD IT SHALL NOT PROSPER!

–   EXPECT HIM TO MOVE ON YOUR BEHALF

  • EXPECT HIM WHEN THE ENEMY COMES IN LIKE A FLOOD THAT GOD WILL ALWAYS RAISE STANDARD
  • EXPECT HIM TO GIVE YOU STRENGTH THROUGH THAT TEMPTATION
  • EXPECT HIM TO BRING YOU THROUGH
  • EXPECT AS MANY AS OUR FOES, WE HAVE FAR MORE FOR US THAN AGAINST US.
  • EXPECT THAT THE GOD OF THE VALLEY IS TOO THE GOD ON THE MOUNTAIN!

Sin That Dwells Within PART 1

Let’s face it, we all deal with sin. Its unstoppable, the desires, passions of the flesh. We are always at war, not with flesh and blood “but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” – Eph 6:12

HOWEVER HOLY WE MAY BE, WE CARRY WITH US, WHEREVER WE GO “SIN THAT DWELLS WITHIN” A FORCE THAT PAUL IN GALATIANS 5:17 “FOR THE DESIRES OF THE FLESH ARE AGAINST THE SPIRIT, AND THE DESIRES OF THE SPIRIT ARE AGAINST THE FLESH, FOR THESE ARE OPPOSED TO EACH OTHER, TO KEEP YOU FROM DOING THE THINGS YOU WANT TO DO. 

ROMANS 7:20

20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

DANGER WITHIN

THIS DANGER WE ARE UP AGAINST IS NOT A DANGER AHEAD OR BEHIND BUT WITHIN.

ITS WITHIN US.

IT’S WITH US:

  • AT WORK
  • AT HOME
  • IN PUBLIC
  • IN PRIVATE
  • AT MIDNIGHT AND AT NOON

HOW DO WE “FIGHT” THIS WAR FROM WITHIN?


THE WAR INSIDE OF US MEANS THAT WE ARE REAL AND THAT THE WAR IS REAL.

OUR TESTIMONY OF WHAT GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IN OUR LIVES PROVES TO US AND THOSE AROUND US THAT:

  • DEVIL IS REAL
  • HIS MISSION IS TO STEAL, KILL AND DESTROY

Paul spoke about this in 1 Peter 5:8 “ Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

– HE IS OUR ENEMY AND WE ARE HIS ENEMY.

-A FIGHT OF GOOD VS. EVIL

-LIGHT VS. DARK

EPHESIANS 6:12

FOR WE DO NOT WRESTLE AGAINST FLESH AND BLOOD BUT AGAINST THE DARKNESS, AGAINST PRINCIPALITIES…”

A while back I had been asking God, what am I doing wrong? Why is this struggle getting worse? He had gave me a vision of me on a battlefield, with enemies all around me, I had no weapons. All I had was a white flag. The Lord was in front of me the whole time but the instant I raised the white flag, He made all my enemies scatter!

  • When all seems hopeless, raise your white flag
  • In the midst of temptation, raise your white flag
  • When you don’t know what to do or say, raise your white flag

What does the white flag represent? Surrender.

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Give Me Jesus

If you were to finish this sentence, what would it be or who would it be?

Take this World but give me ___________. Would it be money, success, fame, nicest house on the block?

All of those options would be from this World. Are they to give you comfort in a time of need? Satisfaction for a moment? A desire to always have more. But what is your desire?

Our aim is not to what man offers or of what this World can offer. My aim for me is to give. Give money away? No. Give my time away? Sure, when the opportunity presents itself. Give myself away? Yes but only to One. I’m talking about giving Him my all. When we continuously give ourselves to Jesus, He takes those desires that we may have of this World and in return gives us more of Him. Believe me, I too could use some more cash these days, and more success at my job? Sure, I’l take it! But what I have to realize is to not aim at those things that are here today and gone tomorrow, we are to be content in Him. When we become content in Him, every chase for money, for fame, for success all fades away as we look to Him.

Is your heart crying out “give me Jesus”? or is crying out for more of this World?

The heart is always reaching out to something, let it reach to Him. Anything or anyone else will just be momentary satisfaction.

Who Shall Ascend?

“Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false and does not swear deceitfully. He will receive blessing from the Lord and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 

Psalm 24:3-5ESV

— We don’t approach God with good works so that no man can boast. 

We approach Him with clean hands (innocent: – blameless, clean, clear, innocent, free, guiltless)

We approach Him with a Pure heart

Matt 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

In the Old Testament before the high priests were able to walk in the Holy place God required consecration. And He still requires it! A setting apart, lets face it, we are not of this World! We are to be salt and light to this generation.

This is living the Christian way; keeping a pure heart.

But thank God that through Jesus we are clothed in His Righteousness!

2 cor 5:21

“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”