This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptation; Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of who I am chief.
Danger preaching familiar texts
-We know them but we never have learned them.
-I want to help you “learn” them this morning. When we learn them that brings about life change!
I. Trusting (in The Lord)
(“For I know whom I believed….”)
-Not double minded
-Lord I believe help thou mine unbelief
-Faith not sight
II. Standing (on his promises)
Not “leaning” on my heart/understanding Proverbs 28:26 but “standing” on Gods promises!
Fear of Future
Fear because of Failures
III. Acknowledging (His presence)
To recognize Matthew 6:33
(Also my sin Ps 51:3)
IV. Resting (in his plan)
The Word of God does so much for us! It comforts, convicts and provides strength and hope just to name a few. One the most precious things it does is it instructs how to live! And God does so w simple instructions of what TO do But He doesn’t leave us hanging there. He goes even farther and w the same simple instructions tells us what NOT to do!!
Two great examples you’ve already shared w us. Go back and look them up.
1 You shared a powerful verse that instructs us what TO do in Proverbs 27:17.
2. You shared what NOT to do in I Corinthians 15:33 and II Corinthians 614. Both verses are easy to understand and to apply.
Then God goes EVEN farther to help us. Not only w simple and powerful INSTRUCTIONS. But also w simple and powerful EXAMPLES.
Those passages I referenced above that you sent out made me think.
Tonight go back and read Numbers 13 and 14. It really illustrates those verses well.
You have two groups of people.
1.The FEW that believe God
2. The MANY who did not.
*Same as the world today.
A. They few that believed. (Aka “The people who ENCOURAGE me to believe and live for God””
– I imagine myself being one of the children of Israel in chapter 13 & 14 and listening to the two totally different reports the spies brought back. After both sides gave there opinion Id then have the opportunity to make a choice of who I’m going to follow and surround myself with. Being mindful of all that God had already done and hearing the great faith of Joshua and Caleb without hesitation I’d say “Thats my people!!! want to be around Joshua and Caleb!!! These two have full confidence that God will give us the victory and so do I!!”
Application – Iron sharpens iron! Choose to get and stay with those who ENCOURAGE you to believe and live for God!!
Now we come to the other group.
B. The great many who did NOT believe (Aka the people who DISCOURAGE me to believe and live for God)
Unfortunately the rest of the people in Num 14 listened to their report how the giants were too big (basically for God) and would undoubtedly defeat them. I can hear them saying among their selves “well 10 of them said we CANT do it and only 2 said we can. Surly the majority knows better. I mean it’s not even close. It’s 10-2.” Now because of listening to the unbelieving spies the minds of the entire congregation became “contaminated and corrupted.”
Because of the evil report not only did they lose any faith they had in the true God but they lost all hope which led to a ridiculous conclusion. According to the SFV “Steve Fincher Version” 🙂 After hearing the evil report all the congregation said:
“Man. Just look where we’re at!! This is what believing in God got us huh?!? We can’t fight no giants!!! Moses and them fools bamboozled all of us!! Them “believing in God” brought us out of Egypt and to this place for one reason. To die! Well the ONLY people that’s gonna be dying up in here today is Moses and his boys for bringing us here!!!! First thing we need to do is choose a new leader that , unlike Moses knows what their doing. Then we all take Moses and his boys and stone the fool out of all of them leaving them dead!!!! Then finally we’ll do the best thing we can do. Give up on “following” God, pack up all our stuff and return back to being slaves in Egypt!!!!”
Application: We need to choose to not listen to or form close relationships w those that are unbelievers. We as believers no longer have anything in common with them. And because their way of life and beliefs can contaminate and corrupt mine I must make the choice to “come out from among them and be separate.”
One last thing.
To maintain a healthy daily walk with God we as believers need to REMOVE ourselves from worldly people and worldly practices. As equally as important we must REPLACE them with the godly people and godly practices!
If we just REMOVE and don’t REPLACE we will return to what we initially removed. That principle applies to many things such as the music we listen to, places we go and how we spend our time.
The Holy Spirit
Growing up I loved playing sports. My year was filled with basketball, baseball or football. I played for some good coaches. I listened to their instructions: the proper way to shoot free throws, catch a ground ball or make a tackle. But what helped most was when they showed by example the proper way to do those things; sometimes seeing the way to do it was more effective than hearing the way to do it.
The Bible is filled with instruction for us, but its also filled with examples for us to learn from. The lives of those in Scripture are given to teach us what to do or what not to do.
In First Corinthians 10 Paul begins reviewing the history and actions of the children of Israel. First Corinthians 10:11 says “Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.”
When you read your Bible are you learning by the examples God has given us? Through Noah do you learn to follow by faith? Do the twelve spies teach you about seeing God and not the circumstances? Above all are you following in the steps of Christ?
“For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps”
– I Peter 2:21
In history when it comes to followers of Christ the Apostle Paul was one of the greatest. As he followed The Lords steps he recognized the duty and privilege he had to lead others to do the same. He simply said in I Corinthians 11:1 “Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.” Someone once said “You may be the only Bible someone ever reads.” Who are those in your life that are following you as you follow Him? Make the conscious decision to be leader for The Lord!
The Bible is rich with patterns for us to follow. Like a person learning to master a skill in sport we can take the lives of those in Scripture and learn how to live a victorious Christian life. Whose example are you following today?
This article is believed to be the origin of the phrase “Throw in the towel“. When you throw in the towel you’re telling everyone “I quit. I give up. I’ve been defeated. I cannot continue”. The Christian life is the greatest life there is! I tell people “my WORST day as a saved man is far better than my BEST day as a lost man” and it is. Yet Scripture teaches that as Christians we are in a fight. We are fighting the world, the flesh & the Devil.
While in this battle you may feel overwhelmed and defeated by doubt and discouragement. You may feel like “throwing in the towel”; but allow me to encourage you to continue on! Philippians 1:6 says, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” Christian, be confident and continue on, knowing He is working in you!!
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ”
How did great Christians from Scripture and throughout history continue without throwing in the towel? How can you and I continue? Paul gave us the answer in Acts 26:22 when he simply said “Having therefore obtained help of God, I continue unto this day….” Don’t be discouraged. Don’t quit. But continue on daily….with the help of God!