THE LIVING WORD TRANSCRIPT

PROGRAM AIR DATE – 6-21-15

LESSON TITLE: “STAND FAST FOREVER AND EVER.”

WELCOME

GOOD MORNING! LET ME WELCOME EACH OF YOU TO OUR PROGRAM THIS MORNING. IT IS ALWAYS A PRIVILEGE TO HAVE YOU WITH US TO HEAR THE LIVING WORD OF GOD. WE ARE EXCITED THAT YOU HAVE CHOSEN TO GIVE THIS TIME OF SACRIFICE TO OUR CREATOR. WON’T YOU TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EVERY OPPORTUNITY THIS MORNING TO GIVE YOUR OWN REVERENCE TO THE LORD, AS WE TOGETHER OFFER THIS TIME OF WORSHIP TO HIM. MAY ALL THINGS BE DONE, TO GOD, FOR GOD AND UNTO HIS GLORY. LET’S BEGIN OUR OFFERING TO GOD WITH A PRAYER!

PRAYER: OUR GOD AND FATHER IN HEAVEN, WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS DAY AND THE MANY GREAT BLESSINGS OF LIFE - THE PRIVILEGE THAT WE HAVE TO BE CALLED YOUR CHILDREN. FATHER, WE'RE ESPECIALLY THANKFUL THIS DAY FOR ALL THE PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS THAT WE HAVE. FATHER, WE KNOW THAT ALL GOOD THINGS COME FROM YOU - AS WELL, THAT YOU ALWAYS WORK GOOD THINGS FOR THOSE WHO LOVE YOU. AND FATHER, WE ASK THAT YOU HELP US TO LIVE FAITHFULLY IN THIS LIFE - KNOWING THAT WE WILL BE BLESSED. BUT ALSO FATHER, THAT WE WILL RECEIVE THE GREATEST BLESSING OF ALL - ETERNAL LIFE WITH YOU SOMEDAY. AND FATHER, WE THANK YOU THAT THESE THINGS ARE POSSIBLE THRU THE GREATEST GIFT OF ALL - YOUR SON JESUS CHRIST; HIS DEATH, HIS BURIAL, AS WELL AS HIS RESURRECTION. IN HIS NAME WE PRAY, AMEN.

OUR FIRST SONG OF THE MORNING REMINDS US OF WHAT GOD TRULY EXPECTS FROM THE FAITHFUL. SO, WON’T YOU JOIN IN WITH THE CONGREGATION AT THIS TIME AS WE SING TOGETHER, “TO CANAAN’S LAND I’M ON MY WAY.”

DEVOTIONAL THOUGHTS

AT TIMES WE PROBABLY ALL WONDER “WHAT IS IT ALL FOR,” OR “WHAT IS LIFE ALL ABOUT!” WELL, IF IT WEREN’T FOR GOD, THE ANSWER WOULD BE PRETTY DEPRESSING AND SAD, BUT BECAUSE OF OUR LORD, WE HAVE GREAT HOPE IN THIS LIFE AND A LIFE TO COME. IN FACT, IF I WERE TO ASK TODAY, “HOW MANY OF US WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN,” NO DOUBT WE ALL HAVE THIS AS AN IMPORTANT GOAL IN EACH OF OUR LIVES. OH, WHAT GREAT HOPE WE HAVE IN THE PROMISE OF “LAYING HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE.”

BUT THE QUESTION WE MIGHT NEED TO CONSIDER IS, “WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE SUCH A PROMISE?” I THINK PAUL SUMMED IT UP WELL IN HIS WORDS TO TIMOTHY WHICH ARE FOUND IN 1 TIMOTHY 6:11-12, THERE WE READ, “BUT YOU, O MAN OF GOD, FLEE THESE THINGS AND PURSUE RIGHTEOUSNESS, GODLINESS, FAITH, LOVE, PATIENCE, GENTLENESS. FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT OF FAITH, LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE, TO WHICH YOU WERE ALSO CALLED AND HAVE CONFESSED THE GOOD CONFESSION IN THE PRESENCE OF MANY WITNESSES.” WHAT A POWER PACKED STATEMENT PAUL GIVES HERE TO TIMOTHY AS HE STRIVES TO ENCOURAGE HIM TO DO WHAT IT TAKES TO HAVE ETERNAL LIFE. LET’S NOTICE SOME OF THE THINGS PAUL ENCOURAGES HIM WITH. FIRST, HE TELLS TIMOTHY TO FLEE EVIL THINGS. NEXT HE INSTRUCTS HIM TO PURSUE THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE GOOD AND GODLY. AND FINALLY PAUL SAYS, SUIT UP AND DO THE WORK, “FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT!”

BRETHREN AND FRIENDS, I FEEL THESE ARE THREE AREAS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE IF WE AS WELL DESIRE TO “LAY HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE!” THE QUESTION IS, “WILL WE MEASURE UP?” WILL WE TURN AWAY FROM EVIL, TURN TOWARD GODLINESS, AND DO THE WORK THAT IS BEFORE US? MAY I CHALLENGE YOU THIS DAY TO ACCEPT THE CHARGE GIVEN BY OUR LORD AND TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO BE FOUND FAITHFUL IN THE END. AND WHY, BECAUSE AS THE OLD SONG SAYS, “HEAVEN WILL SURELY BE WORTH IT ALL!”

AS FAR AS OUR MAIN STUDY OF THE DAY, WE WILL BEGIN A NEW SERIES ENTITLED, “STAND FAST IN THE LORD.” OUR SPECIFIC LESSON OF THE MORNING WILL DEAL WITH A STATEMENT MADE BY KING DAVID, “STAND FAST FOREVER AND EVER.” SO PLEASE STAY WITH US THIS MORNING AND AFTER OUR NEXT SONG TOGETHER, I WILL BE LEADING US IN OUR MAIN THOUGHTS OF THE DAY. BUT FOR NOW LET’S JOIN TOGETHER IN OUR SECOND SONG OF THE MORNING. THE NAME OF THIS HYMN, “TO THE WORK.”

LESSON

BY RAY SULLINS

WE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CONTINUING WITH US NOW AS WE GO TO GOD'S WORD. AND WE BEGIN A NEW SERIES OF STUDY WHICH I HOPE WILL BENEFIT ALL OF US OVER THE NEXT MANY WEEKS, AS WELL AS MAYBE MONTHS, AS WE CHALLENGE OURSELVES TO KNOW WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO STAND IN THE LORD. AND OUR MAIN TEXT WILL BE FROM PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE ONE FOR THIS STUDY, BUT THEN AFTER WE SPECIFICALLY INTRODUCE OUR DISCUSSION THIS DAY, WE WILL GO TO DIFFERENT PLACES THROUGHOUT THE BIBLE AND LOOK AT THE IDEA OF WHAT IT REALLY MEANS TO STAND IN THE LORD, WHAT ARE WE TO STAND IN, AND WHAT ARE WE REALLY CHALLENGED TO CONTINUE TO STAND IN AS WE STRIVE TO DO WHAT GOD HAS ASKED OF EACH OF US.

WITH THOSE THINGS IN MIND THEN AND WE WILL GO SPECIFICALLY TO PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 4 AND VERSE 1 AT THIS TIME AND READ TOGETHER THERE THE WORDS OF PAUL AS LED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT. THE BIBLE SAYS, “THEREFORE, MY BELOVED AND LONGED-FOR BRETHREN, MY JOY AND CROWN, SO STAND FAST IN THE LORD, BELOVED.” IT'S SIGNIFICANT HERE THAT PAUL SPEAKS ABOUT THE NEED THAT THESE BRETHREN OF PHILIPPI, WHOM HE LOVED. WHO HAVE BEEN CERTAINLY VERY BENEFICIAL TO HIM, AND WHO HAVE SHOWN TRUE CHRISTIAN LOVE TO HIM - EVEN WITH FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, THAT HE NOW CHALLENGES THEM AND SAYS, “STAND FAST IN THE LORD.”

BUT BEFORE WE LOOK SPECIFICALLY AT THAT WORD AND AT THAT PHRASE, I WANT YOU TO LOOK THERE AT THE FIRST WORD OF VERSE 1 AND CHAPTER 4. HE FIRST STARTS BY SAYING, “THEREFORE.” WELL, THAT IMMEDIATELY TELLS US THAT THERE IS SOMETHING BEFORE THE THEREFORE THAT IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WE MUST THEREFORE DO BECAUSE OF WHAT HAS BEEN SAID. AND IF YOU GO BACK THERE IN PHILIPPIANS CHAPTER 3, IT'S AN EXCITING PASSAGE BECAUSE THERE BACKING UP ALL THE WAY TO VERSE 17, HE ACTUALLY SAYS THAT WE ARE TO NOTE THOSE WHO DO NOT WALK ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN THAT PAUL AND OTHERS HAVE GIVEN BY THE WORD OF GOD. BUT THEN HE SPECIFICALLY SAYS THAT OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN. THAT WE ARE THOSE WHO WILL SOMEDAY BE CONFORMED, NOT TO THE WORLD, BUT TO HIS GLORIOUS BODY - WHO WILL BE LIKE GOD OR CHANGE TO A FORM THAT IS REALLY COMPATIBLE WITH THE SPIRIT CONCEPT OF GOD THAT WE MIGHT WANT? LIVE ETERNALLY WITH GOD.

WELL, HOW CAN WE HAVE CITIZENSHIP IN HEAVEN IN THE FLESH IF FLESH AND BLOOD DOES NOT INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD? 1 CORINTHIANS 15 - WELL, THE FACT IS, WE CANNOT. SO GOD IS GOING TO CONFORM OUR BODIES INTO SOMETHING LIKENED TO HIS GLORIOUS BODY THAT WE MIGHT LIVE ETERNALLY. THAT'S A PART OF THE REWARD - THAT'S A PART OF THE BLESSING. BUT NOW YOU'LL NOTICE WITH ME AS WE CONSIDER THE FACT THAT WE ARE TO MAKE SURE WE STAND IN THE LORD BECAUSE THERE ARE THOSE WHO MIGHT SPEAK THINGS CONTRARY TO GOD THAT WE MUST NOTE AND BE AWARE OF REALIZING OUR CITIZENSHIP IS IN HEAVEN, AND THE ABILITY THAT GOD HAS TO CHANGE US TO GIVE US THE ABILITY TO KNOW THAT WE WILL LIVE FOREVER WITH HIM IN HEAVEN. THEREFORE, AS HE LOVES THEM AS THEY ARE HIS JOY AS HE IS CERTAINLY CONSIDERING THEM AS HIS DEARLY BELOVED, HE SAYS TO THEM STAND FAST IN THE LORD.

NOW WITH THOSE THINGS IN MIND THEN I WANT YOU TO LOOK SPECIFICALLY WITH ME AT THE WORD THAT IS USED THERE - STANDFAST. THIS ACTUALLY COMES FROM THE GREEK WORD STEKO AND THE IDEA THAT IS GIVEN THERE IN THE GREEK IS THE IDEA OF STANDING FIRM IN SOMETHING. THE FORM THAT IS BEING USED RIGHT HERE IS REALLY IMPORTANT BECAUSE STEKATA IS THE FORM WHICH SHOWS US THAT THIS IS A PLURAL IDEA. SO HE'S NOT JUST SAYING THAT I OR YOU, HE'S SAYING YOU ALL STAND IN THE LORD. YOU ALL STAND FAST IN THE LORD - SO THAT ADDS ANOTHER INTERESTING ELEMENT. AND IF WE'LL LOOK ALSO AT THE SPECIFIC VERB AND IT'S MOOD, IT TELLS US THAT THIS VERB IS A VERB THAT IS IN WHAT'S CALLED THE IMPERATIVE MOOD WHICH MEANS THAT IT IS SOMETHING REQUIRED OF AN INDIVIDUAL. SO WE KNOW IT'S PRESENT, ACTIVE RIGHT NOW, AND IT'S IMPERATIVE. IT'S REQUIRED THAT WE WHAT? THAT AS THE BELOVED OF PAUL OR THOSE WHOM PAUL LOVES IN THE LORD, THAT THEY STANDFAST. THEY STAND FIRM - IN WHAT? WELL, HE'S JUST TALKED ABOUT THOSE THAT NEED TO BE NOTED BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT WALKING WORTHY OF THE PATTERN. THOSE WHO ARE NOT REALLY GOING TO BE RECIPIENTS OF THAT CITIZENSHIP IN HEAVEN. BECAUSE WHAT? THEY HAVE CHOSEN TO REJECT GOD'S PATTERN. AND SO HE'S SAYING - BUT YOU, THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE FOLLOWED THE PATTERN....WHO CONTINUE IN THE THINGS OF GOD WILL RECEIVE THAT OPPORTUNITY TO BE IN A FORM THAT GOD GIVES YOU TO LIVE ETERNALLY WITH HIM. YOU THEREFORE STANDFAST. STAND FIRM IN THE LORD. YOU, RIGHT NOW AT THIS MOMENT, BE THOSE WHO ARE ACCOUNTED AND REQUIRED TO BE FAITHFUL BEFORE GOD.

BUT REALLY THAT'S NOT ALL BECAUSE AS WELL, WHEN YOU LOOK UP THE DEFINITION OF THIS WORD, THERE'S AN ELEMENT OF PERSEVERING - WHICH NOW NOT ONLY MEANS THAT YOU STAND UP OR THAT YOU STAND FIRM - BUT THAT YOU WHAT? THAT YOU GO EVEN FURTHER AND YOU STAND CONTINUOUSLY, IMPERATIVE THAT YOU MUST CONTINUALLY STANDFAST, NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES. WOW, THAT'S TOUGH ISN'T IT? BECAUSE SOMETIMES IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIVES WE GET WORN OUT. WE JUST WONDER HOW ARE WE GONNA MAKE IT? HOW ARE WE GONNA, YOU KNOW, GO THROUGH ANOTHER DAY? OR WE MIGHT WONDER HOW CAN I KEEP FACING THIS OLD WORLD? BUT WHAT IT TELLS US SPIRITUALLY HERE - NO MATTER WHAT COMES, NO MATTER WHAT BLOWS SATAN THROWS OR DARTS THAT HE SHOOTS AT US, WE HAVE THE ABILITY. WE HAVE THE ABILITY AND BECAUSE OF THE REQUIREMENT, THE IMPERATIVE REQUIREMENT OF GOD, TO STAND FAST OR FIRM PERSEVERING TO THE END IN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST - THAT WE MIGHT BE CONSIDERED THE BELOVED FAITHFUL BRETHREN - WHO AGAIN AS HE SAYS HERE, ARE HIS JOY AND CROWN. I CAN TELL YOU - THEY WERE THE JOY AND CROWN OF PAUL - A MAN SUCH OF FAITH AS HE WAS, CERTAINLY THEY WERE A JOY AND A CROWN TO GOD IN HEAVEN AS WELL. HE SAW THEM AS THE FAITHFUL; THOSE WHO PROVED THEMSELVES WORTHY.

SO NOW WITH THAT IN MIND AND THE CONCEPT OF STANDING FAST IN MIND, AND HOPEFULLY UNDERSTANDING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE DEFINITION AND THE IMPORTANCE - THE SIGNIFICANCE - OF THAT STANDING FAST, PERSEVERING RIGHT NOW AS GOD COMMANDS US TO DO, I WANT YOU TO NOTICE WITH ME A FEW OTHER PLACES THAT THIS SAME IDEA IS USED IN THE BIBLE THAT AS WELL REALLY CHALLENGE US TO SEE MAYBE THE NEGATIVE SIDE AS WELL AS THE POSITIVE SIDE. THE FIRST PLACE WE'LL GO IS BACK IN THE BOOK OF JOB. AND WE ALL KNOW WELL THE STORY OF JOB. IT OFTEN IS A FAVORITE OF SO MANY AS WE SEE THE PERSEVERANCE OF JOB, A GUY WHO WAS WILLING TO STAND FAST NO MATTER WHAT. YEAH, HE HAD SOME ROCKY DAYS - HE EVEN IT SEEMS CLEARLY SINNED AND EVEN REPENTED OF HIS SIN, BUT HE STILL LOVED THE LORD AND PROVED THAT HIS HEART WAS RIGHT IN THE LORD. BUT THERE SPECIFICALLY IN CHAPTER 8 WE FIND A HEBREW WORD THAT IS OFTEN TRANSLATED THE SAME WAY AS STANDING FAST. NOTICE SPECIFICALLY WITH ME HERE WITHIN THE DISCUSSION THAT HE HAS WITH BILDAD, ONE OF HIS FRIENDS THAT IS TRYING TO ACTUALLY CONDEMN HIM AND DISCOURAGE HIM AS IF HE WAS A SINNER, HE TELLS HIM THIS IN VERSE 15 HE SAYS, “HE LEANS ON HIS HOUSE, BUT IT DOES NOT STAND. HE HOLDS IT FAST, BUT IT DOES NOT ENDURE.” YOU SEE HERE THE IDEA OF SOMETHING THAT STANDS OR SOMETHING THAT IS HELD FAST. THERE IT IS AGAIN. AND WHAT HE'S ACTUALLY SAYING IS THAT THERE ARE THOSE WHO MIGHT SEEM TO HAVE A HOUSE WITH A GOOD FOUNDATION - AND THEY MIGHT WANT TO LEAN ON THAT HOUSE, AND THEY MIGHT THINK THAT IT WILL STAND AND IT WILL ENDURE - BUT IT REALLY DOESN'T BECAUSE ITS FOUNDATION IS BAD. SOUNDS KIND OF LIKE WHAT JESUS WAS TALKING ABOUT IN THAT OLD STORY OF A WISE MAN AND THE FOOLISH MAN - THE FOOLISH MAN BUILDING HIS HOUSE ON THE SAND. THE WISE MAN BUILDING HIS HOUSE ON THE ROCK. WE SEE SOMETIMES THE IDEA OF NOT STANDING CAN BE VERY DETRIMENTAL - CAN EVEN HAVE CONSEQUENCES THAT CAN BRING ABOUT EVEN DEATH.

ANOTHER TIME THIS WORD IS USED, INTERESTINGLY ENOUGH, IN THE NEW TESTAMENT IS FOUND IN THE BOOK OF JOHN 8 AND IT'S ACTUALLY IN REFERENCE TO SATAN. AND IF YOU'LL NOTICE THERE IN JOHN CHAPTER 8:44 WHEN HE'S TALKING ABOUT YOU ARE OF YOUR FATHER THE DEVIL, AND THE DESIRES OF YOUR FATHER YOU WANT TO DO - HE, THAT IS SATAN, WAS A MURDERER FROM THE BEGINNING AND DOES NOT STAND IN THE TRUTH. YOU SEE THAT LIAR - THE ONE THAT DOES NOT STAND IN THE TRUTH...BECAUSE HE WHAT? HE SPEAKS HIS OWN TRUTH. HE SPEAKS HIS OWN LIES, NOT THE THINGS OF GOD. AND GUESS WHAT WE THEREFORE LEARN? WE LEARN THAT HE DOES NOT STAND FAST IN THE TRUTH. DOES SATAN KNOW WHO GOD IS? YES. DO YOU THINK SATAN BELIEVES THAT GOD IS REAL? CERTAINLY HE KNOWS THE POWER OF GOD. DO YOU THINK THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE MIGHT BELIEVE ABOUT GOD? THERE MIGHT VERY WELL BE, BUT HE DOESN'T STAND FAST AND PERSEVERE RIGHT NOW AS THE COMMAND OF GOD GIVES HIM TO BE KNOWN AS THE WHAT? THE FAITHFUL. SO THAT'S THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN. THERE ARE THOSE, LIKE SATAN, WHO CHOOSE THE WAY OF SATAN. WHO CHOOSE, AS WE HAVE READ IN PHILIPPIANS THERE IN CHAPTER 3, TO SPEAK THINGS CONTRARY TO TRUTH AND WILL NOT DO WHAT IS RIGHT. ACCORDING TO THE PATTERN THAT GOD HAS LAID DOWN THROUGH HIS WORD - AND THOSE INDIVIDUALS ARE NOT STANDING FAST IN TRUTH. THEY'RE STANDING FAST IN THEIR OWN DESIRES, THEIR OWN WANTS AND WICKEDNESS AND EVIL AND THEY CANNOT HAVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD WHEN THEY DO SUCH. BUT YOU AND I MUST STAND FAST - RIGHT NOW, TODAY - IN THE LORD AND BE ACTIVE IN STANDING FAST, TRYING TO PERSEVERE, AND TO SHOW FORTH THAT WE ARE WORTHY TO BE CALLED THOSE CITIZENS OF HEAVEN KNOWING THE GOD GIVES US BLESSINGS FROM SUCH TODAY AS WELL AS WE HAVE SEEN THERE IN PHILIPPIANS 3 BLESSINGS IN THAT DAY TO COME WHEN HE WILL GIVE US THAT FORM TO LIVE WITH HIM ETERNALLY.

NOW WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO DO WITH THE REMAINDER OF OUR LESSON IS I WOULD LIKE TO ACTUALLY GO BACK TO THE OLD TESTAMENT INTO THE BOOK OF PSALMS...AND SPECIFICALLY WE WANT TO LOOK AT PSALM THERE 111, AND SIGNIFICANTLY I THINK WITHIN OUR DISCUSSION, THERE IS AGAIN THIS SAME IDEA OR WORD THAT IS USED IN VERSE 8 WHERE THERE DAVID AS HE IS PRAISING GOD AND LIFTING UP THE NAME OF GOD SAYS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT SOMETHING STANDS FAST FOR EVER AND EVER. NOW WHAT'S BEAUTIFUL ABOUT THIS IS I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD SPRINGBOARD THAT WE MIGHT MAYBE TAKE OFF FROM AS WE ARE GOING TO GO INTO THE COMING WEEKS LOOKING AT THE DIFFERENT AREAS THAT WE MUST STAND FAST, DOING OUR PART TO FUFILLL WHAT IT IS THAT GOD WANTS US TO DO AS WE PERSEVERE IN HIS COMMANDS AND FOLLOW HIS LAW. BUT SPECIFICALLY, GUESS WHAT HE'S TALKING ABOUT HERE? HE'S TALKING ABOUT GOD. AND MORE SPECIFICALLY, HE'S EVEN TALKING ABOUT THE THINGS OF GOD, THE WORKS OF GOD, AND THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD.

NOW, NOTICE WITH ME THEN AND LET'S READ FIRST OF ALL VERSE 7 BEGINNING IN PSALM 111. THE BIBLE SAYS, “THE WORKS OF HIS HANDS,”GOD'S HANDS, “ARE VERITY AND JUSTICE,” VERITY THERE MEANS TRUTH AND JUSTICE, “ALL HIS PRECEPTS ARE SURE. THEY STAND FAST FOREVER AND EVER AND ARE DONE IN TRUTH AND UPRIGHTNESS.” WOW, WHAT IS HE TALKING ABOUT? NOT JUST GOD. GOD'S TRUTH AND UPRIGHTNESS, GOD'S PERFECTION, IS THAT WHICH SHOWS AND PROVES ITSELF TO US IN A WAY THAT WE KNOW IT WILL ALWAYS ENDURE. GOD'S WORD STANDS FAST. WHAT DO YOU SEE UNDER THE OLD TESTAMENT PERIOD, THE OLD LAW. THE LAW OF MOSES - THAT AGE STOOD FAST - AND THOSE WHO ADHERED TO IT'S COMMANDS WERE FOUND FAITHFUL AND IN THE DAY OF THE LAW OF CHRIST THE SAME IS TRUE. THE LAW OF THE LORD ENDURES. IT STANDS FAST FOREVER AND EVER. AGES UPON AGES. THERE IS NO END TO THE POWER OR THE CONSISTENCY OR THE WAY WE CAN DEPEND ON THE WORD OF GOD.

BUT I WANT YOU TO NOTICE A FEW OTHER THINGS THAT ARE SAID HERE. IT'S NOT ONLY TRUTH BUT IT'S HIS JUSTICE BECAUSE OF TRUTH. THE ABILITY WE HAVE TO KNOW THAT GOD IS A JUST GOD. IT IS A TRUTH OR A REALITY THAT HE DOES EVERYTHING IN A RIGHTEOUS AND A PERFECT AND A GOOD WAY - WE CAN HAVE THAT CONFIDENCE TO KNOW THAT GOD AND HIS WORD STANDS FAST. NOW, WHY IS THAT IMPORTANT TO US? BECAUSE IT'S THE VERY BOOK THAT TEACHES US NOT ONLY WHO GOD IS BUT WHAT MUST WE DO. AND IMMEDIATELY WITHIN THAT SAME CONTEXT AS HE TALKS ABOUT GOD HAVING DONE HIS PART, GOD - WHO HE IN HIS WORD STANDS FAST - WILL PERSEVERE, CAN BE COUNTED ON AS ACTIVE, WILL DO ALL THINGS AND GIVE US ALL THINGS THAT WE NEED PERTAINING TO LIFE AND GODLINESS, AS PETER SAYS IN SECOND PETER CHAPTER 1. I WANT YOU NOTICE HERE WHAT HE GOES ON THEN NEXT TO SAY IN VERSE 9, “HE (GOD) HAS SENT REDEMPTION TO HIS PEOPLE.” WHAT HAS GOD DONE THROUGH THIS WORD THAT WE CAN HAVE SUCH CONFIDENCE IN? WHICH IS SO ESTABLISHED? WHICH IS SO ABLE TO STAND FAST? HE HAS GIVEN YOU AND I REDEMPTION - THOSE WHO ARE HIS CHILDREN. THOSE WHO ARE HIS PEOPLE. BUT GUESS WHAT HE TIES REDEMPTION TO IN THE SAME VERSE. HE SAID, “HE HAS COMMANDED HIS COVENANT FOREVER. HOLY AND AWESOME IN HIS NAME.” YOU SEE, HE SAID HE REDEEMS THE PEOPLE. HOW? THROUGH HIS WORD. HE GIVES US SALVATION THROUGH WHAT? THROUGH HIS PRECEPTS. THROUGH THE COMMANDMENTS. THROUGH OBEDIENCE. AND SO TIED TO THE IDEA OF THAT WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN, WHICH STANDS FOR EVER, THAT WE CAN COUNT ON, THAT WE CAN TAKE TO THE BANK, THAT WILL NEVER LET US DOWN, IS THE FACT THAT YOU AND I HAVE THE ABILITY TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS COMMANDED US; PERFECT TRUTH, PERFECT DOCTRINE, RIGHTEOUSNESS - THAT WE MIGHT KNOW HOW OURSELVES TO DO WHAT? STAND FAST IN HIM.

AND SO WITHIN ALL OF THAT, GUESS WHAT HE NEXT DEALS WITH IN THE SAME PASSAGE? HE THEN TALKS ABOUT WISDOM. YOU KNOW, IF GOD'S GONNA GIVE ME COMMANDS AND HE'S GONNA TELL ME TO FOLLOW THOSE COMMANDS, I GOT TO NOT ONLY LEARN AND UNDERSTAND THEM, BUT I'VE GOT TO APPLY THEM. I GOT TO BE WISE ENOUGH TO DO WHAT HE SAYS. AND SO NOTICE WHAT HE ADDS IN VERSE 10, “THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM; A GOOD UNDERSTANDING HAVE ALL THOSE WHO DO HIS COMMANDMENTS.” THAT'S THE PRAISE TO GOD, HE SAYS. THAT'S THE GLORY TO GOD. THAT'S THE LIFTING UP OF GOD - DOING THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD - AS THOSE WHO FIRST FEAR HIM.

IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE IN GOD AND WHO HE IS, IF YOU KNOW THE POWER....IF YOU KNOW HE'S THE CREATOR, IF YOU KNOW HE HOLDS PHYSICAL LIFE AND EXISTENCE IN HIS HANDS, AS WELL AS ETERNAL LIFE AND EXISTENCE IN HIS HANDS, WHY OR HOW CAN WE NOT KNOW, OBEY, AND APPLY HIS PRECEPTS IN THE RIGHT WAY? FOR THEY STAND FAST - AS GOD IS ETERNAL. HIS WILL FOR US WILL LEAD INTO ETERNITY. IT IS SOMETHING THAT WILL EITHER HELP US TO BE FOUND JUSTIFIED OR CONDEMNED. OH, GOD IS WORTHY OF PRAISE. IN FACT, YOU MIGHT TAKE TIME LATER TODAY JUST TO READ PSALM 111 BECAUSE IT BEGINS RIGHT THERE IN VERSE 1 BY SAYING, “I WILL PRAISE THE LORD WITH MY WHOLE HEART,” AND HIS SHALL BE PRAISED BY THE CONGREGATION. WHY? HE'S GIVEN US WHAT WE NEED. HE'S GIVEN US THAT WHICH IS STEADFAST OR WILL NOT MOVE - CANNOT BE CHANGED - WHICH IS FIRM, WHICH OFFERS REDEMPTION, WHICH WILL GIVE SALVATION, AND IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE CAN COUNT ON - GOD WHO DOES NOT LIE, TITUS SAYS - THAT WE CAN KNOW HE'S ALWAYS RIGHTEOUS AND TRUTHFUL. HE HAS GIVEN US WHAT WE NEED. THAT IF WE'LL FEAR HIM AND KNOW AND KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS, WE WILL BE ABLE TO BE SEEN AS WISE BY GOD. AND WHEN WE'RE SEEN AS WISE BY GOD, WE ARE KNOWN AS HIS CHILDREN. WE ARE KNOWN AS THE FAITHFUL - AND YOU AND I WELL KNOW WHAT THE FAITHFUL RECEIVE. THE FAITHFUL TODAY RECEIVE ALL BLESSINGS. NOT SOME, ALL BLESSINGS THAT THEY HAVE NEED OF. BUT NOT ONLY THAT, THE FAITHFUL HAVE THE PROMISE OF A MANSION SOMEDAY IN HEAVEN. WON'T YOU LIVE TODAY IN SUCH A WAY AS TO PROVE TO YOUR GOD HOW MUCH YOU LOVE HIM.

CLOSING COMMENTS

LET ME THANK YOU AGAIN FOR CHOOSING TO BE WITH US TODAY, IN THIS OFFERING TO GOD. I HOPE OUR TIME TOGETHER HAS BEEN AN ENCOURAGEMENT AND BLESSING TO ALL OF US. WE INVITE YOU BACK EVERY SUNDAY MORNING AT 7:30, AS WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THIS WORSHIP TO GOD!

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ISN’T IT WONDERFUL TO KNOW THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US ALL THINGS THROUGH HIS WORD, THAT WE MIGHT NOW HOW TO LIVE, BOTH SPIRITUALLY AND PHYSICALLY IN THIS LIFE. WILL YOU STAND FAST IN THE LORD ALL THE DAYS OF YOUR LIFE?