That would be now or you in your ministry, must not be quarrelsome. And I don't think there is any hint of idolatry in either sin's desire for Cain in 4:7 or the beloved's desire for the woman in Song of Songs 7:10. Our prayers should be focused on things that honor and glorify God and reflect what the Bible clearly reveals God’s will to be (Luke 11:2). That is that faith injected from the word of God into your heart, to realise that God is for you! They that are with you are more than they that are with them! One of the things God took away was all my notes, outlines, hand-drawn maps and stories that I wrote for the dream and the career God called me to. He tells me to rejoice in the Lord and always rejoice. Bless us now we pray, and bring us back under the Gospel [this evening] and save souls, we pray in the Saviour's name. The mistake that I don't want you to make going away from this meeting this morning is to do what a lot of Christians do, and that is getting obsessed with angels. Find out more about us, ourministry and how to use our site, David Legge ministers in theUnited Kingdom and Ireland, Send us an email or leave a comment via our Guestbook. When you go through the fire, I will be with you in the fire'. You’re not cold, you’re not hot—far better to be either cold or hot! Adam started out as one. They were all sitting with pen and paper waiting for a great philosophical or theological explanation, an apologetic renunciation of everything else, and a defence of Christendom. You can’t make it happen in you, and you can’t make it happen in anybody else. He is unable to understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.” So here I am born to Bill and Ruth Piper a fallen human being natural in my mind — not spiritual — and therefore hostile to God. This track recorded live on 8th November 1987. We’ll see more on that in just a few minutes. They are hostile to God, they’re hostile to his law. He is author of. I don’t like your fight talk. That’d be a good bumper sticker. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. “The Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome, but kind to everyone, able to teach.” So now just get the picture here. Whenever I think I've put them behind me, then I start wondering if I'm just kidding myself and maybe God doesn't even exist. I will stoke the engines of my affection for God. Will it be sending this card or that card? Now, what did he need to see? Now, you’re like farmers. It does not submit to God’s law. I say to the Lord, ‘You are my Lord. Angels are our servants - that's remarkable, isn't it? Don’t limit what you think God can do through you. God has promised you that He will provide protectors and that He will protect you. “I am the bread of life. Now, I don't want to be irreverent this evening, but I want to say this: I believe God is sovereign, but God goes wherever faith puts Him, because God has bound Himself to a covenant, that when we have faith in what He has said, He is obliged, He is covenanted, to go. “I planted, Apollos watered, God gave the gift.” So, neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. What is there to worry about? Do you see everything that's against you? He had to declare that Christ was made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they! I am a Christian because it is the truth. 'Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling'. Why must we fight? But what was the verse that the Lord quoted to him? But it is a modest place that ascribes to God the final say in whether I’m happy today or not. He wrote that. This copyright is exercised to keep these materials freely available to all. Amen. 'What will we do? That’s not a false biblical statement, because Paul said, “I will do anything. One is they say, “Joy can’t be essential, because it is commanded by God, and therefore it has to be icing on the cake. How do we answer that? If he tells me to do it, I’ll do it.” There’s a certain presumption there that just doesn’t fit with everything I’ve seen so far. April 9, 2019 “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29 (NIV) Have you ever caught yourself thinking, “God, please don’t let this be part of my story”? In other words, the mind of the flesh has you enslaved and trapped and dead, and there’s nothing you can do about it. For those who do want God to exist but are doubting, go on to the next pieces of conversation. Is it restful to be a Christian or is it war to be a Christian? What must that have been! The one last night was the fight for joy is a fight for joy in God. You will have the 'supernatural secret service' at your elbow. These are the beings that we're talking about. Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the third part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. In Acts we read at His ascension that there were two men clad in garments of white, white apparel, beside the Lord as He ascended into glory. But I cannot do that when I get up feeling glum in the morning. And the war is to rest in the right place, and it just happens to be hard to rest for Christians who are worldly. But victory is in the hands of the Lord. Warriors, beings that were present at the very beginning of all creation. This sermon was delivered at The Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Pastor David Legge. That’s one thing, and if that’s the only way you think, you’re probably going to be a sick person because you also know another thing Jesus said in Matthew 7. Last week we looked at some more verses of this Psalm, and we looked at how you survive, how you get through life, with all that life throws at you. He had only laboured in that area for one year when the area was visited by Asiatic Cholera. Let's take time to read the Psalm, Psalm 91: "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. In case, as you're going through the rest of the verses about all the diseases that you're protected from, and everything that could happen to you that's not going to happen to you because you're in God - in case you forget that there's a condition, in verse 9 he says: 'Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation' - 'I'm reminding you that this isn't unconditional. Is that not a picture of Satan, who is called in the word of God a roaring lion, an old serpent, a red dragon. And if you want them to learn to love God’s people, they have to observe you loving God’s people. Eventually, as he was burying day-by-day, he began to feel that he was sickening a little bit like them, and he felt that he was coming down with the same sickness. And another reason that I stress this modesty is that it does give all glory to God. How can I know? You cannot keep it. Or Psalm 16: “Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. Whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” Now, notice the parallel of those two halves. He substitutes joy for the word faith in that second clause. Am I in your arms just kind of being brought to heaven or am I swimming and stumbling to work and then climbing and clawing? But humans tend to be gluttons; we want to eat more. Christian Hedonism makes God and his word the measure of right and wrong, whether you like or not — and it’s a sin not to like it. Do you see everything that's against you? I do not conceive of any Christian on planet earth who says, “I am saved by faith, and Jesus is not my treasure.” That is an oxymoronic statement to me. Where is the waterfall of blessing that overflows onto other people, because I have nothing to accomplish in this world except what is given to me? It is a gift, and life after the first repentance is a series of gift receivings. What will we do?'. One of the most prominent occurrences of that is in Joshua 5 and verse 13, by Jericho. Do you find that God brings you His protection and His peace when you are faced with the trouble? Only God can make them grow, but they can plow and they can plant, and they should. Now, isn't that it? I think that's beautiful, you know. People theologically make two kinds of mistakes here. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. Look at these verses, verse 11: 'He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways'. The world is constantly telling us to rest in money, rest in success, rest in your looks, rest in your strength, rest in your business. I will say of the Lord", of Jehovah, "He is my refuge and my fortress: my God", Elohim, "in him will I trust. And that’s the way fighting relates to grace. Pastors, lay people, small group leaders, Sunday school teachers, what is your task? Therefore, I cannot separate saving faith from a heart satisfaction in Jesus as my treasure. I don't want to realise it doesn't work when it's too late!'. When we have anything in our lives that we don't or can't say no to, then it is lording over us. I mean, let's be practical: do these eternal truths really kick in and do they come to your aid? This does not include hosting or broadcasting the materials on another website, however linking to the resources on preachtheword.com is permitted. Will it be staying home or going out like we talked last night? I will eat breakfast properly. [Read guidelines...]. Take hold of the eternal life to which you are called.” From there he’s talking in terms of exhortation to Timothy, and then he gets to the end of 2 Timothy, and he bears witness to his own life, and you remember what he says in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.”. So, I’m going to go back where I began with 2 Corinthians 1:24. It says: 'They shall bear thee up' - do you know what that picture is? You go to His resurrection, you find them there - an angel in the tomb, an angel rolling away the stone. God’s Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God’s creation, says: 15-17 "I know you inside and out, and find little to my liking. It’s called grace. Farmers want crops to grow, and they can’t make them grow. Being very rich, he turned away sad. How do I know he couldn’t? No! Keep in mind that prayer is not our way of getting God to do what we want. But these angels are great, awesome beings, ministering spirits - and the miraculous thing about it is this: they're there for us! Our obedience is actually part of our assurance that we truly know God (1 John 2:3). Indeed, it cannot.” So, the mind of the flesh is the mind that every human has since Adam and Eve fell. We haven't even touched, we're only dipping our toe into the shallow water of what these angels are really like. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. I have no affection for him as a treasure.” That’s not a Christian in my judgment, and I base it on the text like John 6:35. Then you remember what the tenth commandment in the law is, “Thou shalt not covet.” And there it becomes crystal clear why you cannot. They’re not able to come to Christ. “Whoever believes,” and believing and coming are parallel words there, “shall never thirst.”. There are other beings, cherubim and seraphim, that are reserved specifically for God alone. So I looked out over these couple of thousand people and I said, “God’s mission for you is to do what only he can do, and that should liberate you.” Oh, how bold and radical and persevering it should make you to hang out 17 Tuesday nights in a row at Pizza Hut looking into this blank face knowing you can’t do it. And the other text that I used to support this understanding of 2 Timothy 2:24–26 was Acts 26:16–18. It's true, isn't it, that travelling from theory to reality is a long journey. Indeed, that is one of the historic meanings for the word “Hedonism.”. Every day is from God, and we are trying to put ourselves under the waterfall of God’s grace. Only he can break them in half, open their eyes, quicken their joy, make Christ a treasure. Therefore I feel, perhaps, that we need a bit of a push - and I think the Psalmist believed that, that we need a bit of an assurance, we need a bit of a guarantee from God. PrevSermon Series(3 of 4) Next Sermon. You are a new person in the spirit, and you can do all things through Christ (Phil. How can we know that in the real realm that we are living in, with all the problems, that we will have real protection at our very back door? So many people just dumb love down to behavior. They that are with you are more than they that are with them! Not entirely, but they overlap, which suggests to me, and I do believe this is the case, that an essential element of faith is joy, delight. Fight for joy, for God is the one underneath working in you to enable you to work. Christian Hedonism makes God the measure of right and wrong and says, “It’s a sin to be unhappy about that.” That’s real serious. They are folly to him. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. We find them in Acts acting on behalf of the Apostles, making God's will known to men. They are the figure of God's protection of your life! Travelling from theory to reality is a long journey. Now, there’s a framework of mind operating with those two mistakes, and it’s the framework of mind that says, “God cannot be just if he requires from me what I do not have immediate power to perform. It’s his gift. Now in verses 9 to 12 we saw last week that God reinforces, and as if - in case we forget - in verse 9, in case we forget that there is a condition on these promises in this Psalm, which is verses 1 to 4: you've got to dwell in the secret place of the Most High, you've got to abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Let us turn to Psalm 91. This is part 3 of a Bible Study Series through Psalm 91. So, the Christian life is hard, right? If you want to date this person, this could be a sign that God is telling you to go for it. They are great beings, but we do not worship them - and in fact Paul rebuked worshipping angels, because some of the Gnostics, a sect of Christianity, a heretical sect in the early days, were starting to worship angels. If we fail to see past, and get taken up with all the angels and their wee wings that we think they have, we're missing the point. When you make Him your habitation, the one who is Most High takes you out of everything, above everything, because He is Most High'. When you get to the bottom you go back to the top of the slide 7-11. This will also help you balance. To tread, look at verse 13, tread upon the lion and the cobra - all evil, a general metaphor for protection from deadly attacks, poisonous venom of a serpent's fangs. Our hunger can compel us, force our hand, occupy our thoughts. “God, I don’t want to do this again! In Christian theology, the death and resurrection of Jesus are the most important events, a foundation of the Christian faith, and commemorated by Easter. All material by David Legge is copyrighted. Gift, gift, gift. It has to be optional for stoical personalities. It guards me against thinking that I decisively produce the joy that God demands and therefore life becomes a series of techniques. Paul writes them a letter, and we can't really enter into the problems that they were facing day-by-day: the persecution, all the tribulation that they were facing. 3. In days when many are disillusioned and seeking for more, through the ministry of David Legge we seek to provide Bible-based teaching and preaching which will lead you into a deeper relationship with God. I’ll become all things to all people if I might save some.” It’s not wrong to talk that way, it’s just telling Campus Crusade to do what is impossible. There Joshua is and the Captain of the Lord of Hosts stands before him with his sword unsheathed - an angel! Helter Skelter Written by Lennon and McCartney. We don’t really emotionally embrace the fact that God has given us some things to do, but in the end, we don’t have control. You’ll have treasure in heaven” (Mark 10:17–22). He wants us to see past the temporal, past the disease, past the cancer, past the disability, past the problems in work, past distress in the home from children or parents, or husband or wife - He wants us to see past, and to see that God is able! That’s believing. And if God is for you nothing can be against you! When there are cataclysmic events, spiritually speaking, taking place in humanity and in our world, angels appear - and the natural makes way for the supernatural. Must have a certain loving demeanor about him, and then he must be apt to teach, help explain things in the Bible, make sense out of biblical truth, answer people’s objections, an able teacher. 2 Timothy 4:6: “The God who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness’ has shown into our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” Paul knew that. Don't test God! These are all the restfulness commendations of the world. It's personal: 'over thee'. Therefore this is when we must pay attention to the personal desires we have. ', but 'Have you seen God's protecting power in your life?'. I'm with you on the trustworthiness of Scripture, and I'm thankful for the way God has acted in his providence to preserve it and so that I can read it in English. In 1854 he was just called to the neighbourhood of the Metropolitan Tabernacle that he served in for so many years, there in London. That’s what being led by the Spirit is. It’s a war. “Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest. “Where will God enable me to overflow in joy in love to you better?” Will it be driving this way or this way? Now, I am not under the false assumption that many of us, including myself when I read this Psalm, find a lot of the truths very difficult to implement into my life and put into practice. In God’s dealings with Adam, we discover two realities: 1) God established marriage as the antidote to a basic human need (“It is not good for the man to be alone”); 2) God was concerned about the individual fit of the relationship (“a helper suitable for him”). As the Psalmist said: 'When I said, My foot slippeth' - 'I'm going down, Lord. You might be, because your words may not tell the truth about your heart, but those words are not describing a Christian.” “I put my faith in Jesus, and he is not my treasure. It’s just navigating life where the waterfall of gift is. Whoever comes to me will never hunger,” and then parallel, “whoever believes,” now you have faith paralleling come. Well, Jesus, which is it? Therefore, we fight for joy. Now the mistake that I don't want you to make going away from this meeting this morning is to do what a lot of Christians do, and that is getting obsessed with angels. But if you’re willing to swim and fight, then you might find your joy in another place than where this culture finds it and thus become very useful in the Disneyland of the world called America. And, in fact, he seems to use them almost interchangeably, doesn’t he? So that point about Matthew 24 is just to say that the fight is real, it’s long, it’s serious, and it’s about joy, because love growing cold, I think, is a way of saying, “Love going joyless.”. Rest or hard? Do you hear what the ministry is? God alone can give light — spiritual light to the blind eye. This isn't experience speaking, this is the truth: what is there to worry about? You might say: 'Well, I don't want to wait until I'm in a problem to find out whether this works or not. Therefore there are two things we need to lay down as we look at this Psalm. That's why the devil left it out. I said also that the aim is to join God in displaying his glory in the world because God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him. 'And Elisha answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them. It's not 'Have you seen an angel? True, there have been times when I have a deep sense of God’s presence in my life. These things just seem so opposite in our experience. Joy belongs to the Lord.”. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Be a watchman and a build a house, but just be modest. Proverbs 21:31: “The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory belongs to the Lord.” There’s a certain modesty as you go into battle. 'How can I know', perhaps the Psalmist is saying in his heart, 'that this will work? We’re dead. I held up my little finger last night. Preach The Word. Regular, disciplined Bible intake is not optional for God’s people. Always keep Matthew 11 and 7 together. Narrow? This week we're going to look at 'God's Guardians With Their Guarantees', the guardians of God with their guarantees. You have got to make the Lord who has been my refuge, your refuge, your habitation - the Most High. Do you really remember these things? Editor’s Note: This message, which appears below as a lightly edited transcript, is the third part of a series of six messages based on the book When I Don’t Desire God. We did one last night, and there are three more. And he had it fixed in his mind that the philosophical meaning for the word “Hedonism” was that happiness becomes the criterion for right and wrong. God has provided us protectors! Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Faith localises deity! For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Therefore we need not forget that this is the requirement that is before us, the conditions. You read in 1 Corinthians 11, with regard to headship and head covering, that the angels look down at decorum within the assembly. 'I am a Christian because it is the truth'. As one preacher put it, it is a 16 inch journey from your head to your heart, actually appropriating the truths of God into your everyday life - that when you face the problems that we've been talking about in recent days, you face them and that theory becomes your practice. I’m going to remember it that way. You’re blind. That was me when I first got my cancer diagnosis. And he makes humans an essential element and means in the process called evangelism. We are workers with you for your joy” as though faith and joy are overlapping realities. When you're in it, it's a different matter altogether!'. It’s a gift. I will strap it tight. It's alright standing up here pontificating about the theory, but it's a different thing when you're in the reality, actually appropriating these truths and living by them. God is for you — He is a good God. We’re on a mission to change that. God’s word restores the soul, comforts the afflicted, emboldens the weak, and corrects the sinner, but only as we really read and hear it. “Feel happy. Take my yolk upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you’ll find rest for your soul.”. How can we know that in the real realm that we are living in, with all the problems, that we will have real protection at our very back door? We’ll get there in a minute. And if joy is an essential element of faith, then the fight for joy follows from 1 Timothy 6:12: “Fight the good fight of faith. And the answer is it’s both, and here’s the way they come together: The war is to rest in the right place, and the whole world is telling you to rest in all the wrong places. What have we been saying? The ministry is doing what only God can do. The way is hard that leads to life, and those who find are few. 35:27). Is that not true my friend? He knew that God alone can raise the dead, God alone can give hearing to the ear. But if you just join the crowd and drift in your so-called Christianity, you will be of no use to them. Like Philippians 2:12, “Work out your salvation with fear and trembling. In fact, they’re so opposite in our experience. Any exceptions to these conditions must be explicitly approved by Preach The Word. All right. There's an interesting story that's told by C.H. The resurrection of Jesus, or anastasis, is the Christian belief that God raised Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion at Calvary as first of the dead, starting his exalted life as Christ and Lord. Your task is: don’t be quarrelsome, be kind, grow in your giftedness to teach, be patient, endure evil, correct the opponents. God has control. How can I know that when I'm faced with trouble, faced with disease, faced with problems, faced with tribulation, faced with enemies, that You are actually going to do this? You miss the point when you get obsessed with angels! If you don’t have control over it, it can’t be essential.” That’s one mistake, and here’s another one: “Joy must be under our immediate control, because it is commanded.”. It's the truth! Then we began some clarifications. My friend, if you do let it, it will make all the difference.