Who is like the Lord?

If I were to ask you a question about the Lord, what would your response be? Would it be the same question that David is asking in the Psalm 113?

Psalm 113:1-10 “Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord! Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore! From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the Lord is to be praised! The Lord is high above all nations, and his glory above the heavens! Who is like the Lord our God, who is seated on high, who looks far down on the heavens and the earth? He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes, with the princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the Lord!”

No one is like Him and no one could take His place — Isaiah 45:5 “I am the LORD, and there is no other, besides me there is no God.”

Our lives shouldn’t have to have a reason to give Him praise, from the rising of the sun to its setting, whatever happens, let us sing and let us sing “Who is like the Lord?”

Psalm 77:13 “Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God?”

So who is like the Lord?

  • Who can turn ashes into beauty
  • Who can be a father to the fatherless
  • Who can make a way where there is no way
  • Who can and who has turned your grave into a garden
  • Who can breath life onto dry bones and make them live again.

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.”

BOUNDARY LINES

Boundary lines separate countries, cities and every small town in this nation and the World. It keeps those who belong bound to that area. Boundaries keep things out that are harmful and ultimately protect us. Having filters in our life on the things you watch, do, and say doesn’t mean you’re weak, it doesn’t mean that you don’t like having fun – they’re meant to protect you.

The devil is wanting to destroy you and convince you that you are made perfect by the flesh.

I’ve seen too many people say:

“I’d never do __________ ” then eventually inch their way into the things they spoke against.

Boundaries aren’t popular, culture says “do whatever makes you happy” but boundaries are what keeps us through this age.

We see boundary lines in the Bible:

Adam & Eve

“Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.””

Genesis 3:1-5 ESV

The tree of the Knowledge of Good & Evil was not to be eaten from or even touched. It was a boundary line that God said NO to.

On the other side of the line:

The enemy will make you doubt the Word of God

The enemy with deceive you by convincing you to satisfy the flesh.

The enemy will make whatever you are being led to desirable, promising fulfillment.

FACTS:

You will never be fulfilled by the flesh

You will never be perfect by stretching the line of boundary to fit a lukewarm lifestyle.

Sin will never satisfy until it takes your life, but then it will be too late.

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.”

How to Have Success

Many people strive for success, but are we striving in the right direction?

For some it’s all about selfish ambition, doing anything to reach the top, being the most famous, getting the most sales, having the fanciest car, having the biggest house in the subdivision, most followers on social media, etc. These are the ways of those who are striving in a different direction to get to the top. The challenges they face will be fought in their own power and will.

  • HOW TO HAVE SUCCESS

There is a God who knows our every need and wants to bless us. He sees our weaknesses and struggles and offers help everyday. Whether it be with our job, our family, our business. In Him there is no striving but resting in His Grace, knowing that whatever challenges you may face, He has already gone before you and by faith we will overcome.

In Joshua 1, God tells Joshua, who is now leading the people after Moses’ death, to “Be strong and courageous” and then He says ” Being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

God gives us two ways to have success

#1 – OBEDIENCE

Actions speak louder than words, are we who we say we are? Our obedience to God says all.

#2 – READ/MEDITATE ON THE WORD

The Word of God is our roadmap our instructions on how to live a life of success.

SEASONS OF adversity

When was the last time you had a season of adversity? Of hardship, of pain, of loss, of loneliness, the list goes on. What do you do in that particular season? It’s difficult for what I’m about to say but we need to not just go through them we are to grow through them.

2 Corinthians 12:10

10 “For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

In our own lives we to go through seasons. Seasons of fear, loneliness, doubt, heartache, despair, pain, depression. ALL OF THESE ARE Seasons of hardships. In these times we want to hide and run from those problems. 

Here are just a few examples who had seasons of adversity:

Saul chased David for some time, David hid in caves where he wrote most of the Psalms. 

Moses who wandered in the wilderness forty years

Joseph who was sold in slavery

Ruth lost her husband

Nehemiah had to fight off naysayers

Daniel was thrown into a lions den

Paul who while in prison wrote most of the New Testament

Each of these had adversity, but had the choice to let fear and doubt and depression hinder them.

What season are you going through? If you’re on the mountain top soaring high, then awesome. But remember that it’s in the valley of adversity where vegetation grows and where the flowers bloom. There is no growth on top of the mountain but only find rocks and boulders there. On top of the mountain is no place to put down roots, that happens in the valley below. Don’t rush the season you are in child, learn to rest in Him.

SEASONS WILL COME AND GO BUT HIS LOVE FOR US WILL NEVER CHANGE, HIS PROVISION, HIS PROTECTION, HIS CHARACTER OF WHO HE IS WILL NEVER CHANGE. AND HE MEETS US RIGHT WHERE WE ARE AT.

Why is it that we have to go through those tough times in life? If we always experienced the good times we would never be able to know what it means to say “… For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Forget Not His Benefits

Everyday we’re alive, do we remember His benefits in our lives? Do we wake up realizing that His mercy is new, His goodness is following us every day, or do we take His benefits for granted? Let’s look at Psalms 103 when David expresses his praises to God for his benefits.

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and all that is within me,

    bless his holy name!

Bless the Lord, O my soul,

    and forget not all his benefits,

who forgives all your iniquity,

    who heals all your diseases,

who redeems your life from the pit,

    who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,

who satisfies you with good

    so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

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    and forget not all his benefits,”

Take a look at each of these benefits of serving the Lord, these are just a few. Comment below for whatever I missed.

Benefit of saving us

Benefit of freeing us

Benefit of His provision

Benefit of having hope and a future

Benefit of restoration

Benefit of reconciliation

Benefit of reclaimed identity

Benefit of clarity of mind

Benefit of Fellowship with the Spirit

Benefit of Your nearness

Benefit of Your faithfulness

Benefit of You removing our shame

Benefit or You removing our nakedness and bareness

Benefit of Your blessings over our lives 

Benefit of being sons and daughters of the Most High

Benefit of what he has taken away 

Benefit from removing the impurities

He is a God who gives and takes away

He said that He wants us to be the head and not the tail

He said that we are His chosen priesthood, holy and acceptable

He said that He is for us and not against us

He said that a thousand may fall at your side and 10k at your right hand, but none shall come upon you.

He said that He is a shield about us, a lifter of our heads.

How will you respond to all His benefits? Begin to praise Him for everything that He has brought you through!