Jesus Is Coming Soon

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Preached at Riverview Baptist on Wednesday, July 19 following prayer meeting. Wednesday night prayer meetings and Sunday night Church meetings are dwindling as the love of many grows cold and iniquity abounds. These things are prophesied by our Lord, and a sign that He is coming soon. Here is the audio for the service.

What follows is my study notes for the sermon. The sermon was preached without notes, Bible in hand, so the notes will not exactly follow what was preached. Let God be God!

Matthew 24:1-3 (KJV)  And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.  [2]  And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.   [3]  And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

The Jews were proud of the Temple. Though Herod’s Temple was not as great as Solomon’s Temple (the first Temple built) the Jews were proud of it’s structure, of it’s finery, of the solidness of it. No Jew thought the Temple would ever be destroyed. Humans think that the things we make are so grand that they will stand forever. Mark recorded that …

Mark 13:1 (NLT) … one of his disciples said, “Teacher, look at these magnificent buildings! Look at the impressive stones in the walls.”

God is not fascinated with the big things we make. God is impressed with us when we make much of Him and His Son, but God is not impressed by our stuff. God made the earth and all that is in it. It is better to brag on God than it is on stuff.

Psalm 146:5-9 (ESV) Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God, 6 who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps faith forever; 7 who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets the prisoners free; 8 the LORD opens the eyes of the blind. The LORD lifts up those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. 9 The LORD watches over the sojourners; he upholds the widow and the fatherless, but the way of the wicked he brings to ruin.

Our God is not impressed by our things. The disciples and all the Jews made much of Herod’s Temple, a temple built not by the godly but by an unbeliever, an Idumean (of Edom, an Edomite). Herod had no right to sit on the Throne of David. He did not love Yahweh, but was appointed Governor of Israel not by God but by Caesar. Jesus responded to the disciples bragging by saying …

Matthew 24:2 (KJV) … See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

SEE” (βλέπω blepō) ALL these things? All these things you have been fawning over – bragging on – shall be taken away from you. Israel shall lose the Temple that she so loves. Israel will lose the Promise Land that she was promised. Why? Will it be because God is not faithful? No, but it will be because Israel will have placed her love on the wrong thing. We must never love things more than we love God.

Matthew 6:33 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

John 14:23-24 (KJV) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 24 He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.

That which Israel loved was not God, but things, buildings, religion, stuff. And God will destroy the Temple that Israel thought was indestructible. In 70 AD Rome will tire of Israel and her constant rebellion, and will march on Jerusalem and destroy the Temple. The Temple furniture will be taken, the gold and silver melted down, and not one stone will be left on another just as Jesus said.

After Jesus tells His Jewish Disciples that the Temple is going to be destroyed we read:

Matthew 24:3 (KJV) And as he sat upon the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

They ask Jesus to give them a sign of Thy Coming, and of the end of the world. The Jews believed that the Messiah would come and overthrow all things. They looked for the fulfillment of the prophecy of Daniel, who wrote:

Daniel 7:13-14 (KJV)  I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.  [14]  And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

The Messiah was given the title “Son of Man” by Daniel, and Jesus had referred to Himself 98 times as “The Son of Man”. The Disciples believed that Jesus was the Messiah who was to come and conquer. They didn’t really understand Jesus when He said He had to GO …

To GO to the Cross

To GO as the Lamb of God

To GO and shed His Blood for us

To GO to the grave

They didn’t understand that Christ the Messiah must first ATONE for the sins of His people. Even after He died and rose again and prepared to ascend into Heaven the Disciples didn’t understand why He was going. They asked:

Acts 1:6 (KJV)  When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?

God cannot restore the Kingdom to an unredeemed people. The Disciples were excited to learn of the Coming of Christ, the time He Comes in power to conquer this world. Jesus is coming again, and He will overthrow all dominions and power. He will rule and reign.

But before Israel can be blessed, Israel must repent.

No people will be blessed by God who do not follow God.

So WHEN will Jesus come again?

The Signs Of Christ’s Coming

I believe we are living in the latter days. But do not fear, because all these things are under the watchful eye of our Creator. Jesus told His Disciples:

  1. There shall be DECEPTION. Jesus said:

    Matthew 24:4-5 (KJV)  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man DECEIVE you.   [5]   For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall DECEIVE many.

Mormonism – founded by Joseph Smith – claims that Jesus began His existence as Michael the Archangel. The Mormons believe that Jesus was the first one created, and then He was used by Jehovah to create everyone else. When Jesus came to earth He was just a perfect human being. Mormon theologian Bruce McConkie states, “The appointment of Jesus to be the Savior of the worlds was contested by one of the other sons of God. He was called Lucifer, son of the morning. Haughty, ambitious, and covetous of power and glory, this spirit-brother of Jesus desperately tried to become the savior of mankind.” Among the Mormons salvation is not all of Christ, but part Christ and part man. The Mormon book The Gospel Principles states Jesus “became our savior and He did His part to help us return to our heavenly home. It is now up to each of us to do our part and become worthy of exaltation.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus is “a god” and not God the Son, and mistranslate every Scripture related to Jesus to make Him no more than a mere man. When Jesus died on the Cross He made salvation possible, but only if you prove yourself worthy of salvation. They write

Jesus, no more and no less than a perfect human, became a ransom that compensated exactly for what Adam lost … Thus, when God sent Jesus to earth as the ransom, he made Jesus to be what would satisfy justice, not an incarnation, not a god-man, but a perfect man, ‘lower than the angels.’ ”

There are thousands of cults the present themselves as the Christ. There are also many mainline denominational and non-denominational Churches that twist Christ. But Christ is not a mere man. He is God Incarnate. John wrote:

John 1:1-3 (KJV)  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  [2]  The same was in the beginning with God.  [3]  All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

And the Apostle Paul wrote:

Hebrews 1:8-9 (KJV)  But unto the Son {the Father} saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a scepter of righteousness is the scepter of thy kingdom.  [9]  Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

Colossians 1:14-17 (KJV)  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:  [15]  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:  [16]  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  [17]  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

  1. There Shall Be DISTRACTION. Jesus said:

    Matthew 24:6-8 (KJV)   And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.   [7]   For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.   [8]   All these are the beginning of sorrows.

If the Devil cannot deceive, He will distract. There will be secular distractions. Wars, rumors of wars. Riots all across America and protests are in every news account. People openly plot to murder the President. The imbalanced shoot people while at a charity event. Nation rises against nation. What will North Korea do? Do they have a viable ICBM? Then there will be famines, pestilences, earthquakes.

These are what Jesus said “the beginning of sorrows”. The word “sorrows” is the Greek ὠδίν ōdin which means “pain of childbirth, birth pangs”. When a mother is in birth pain or in labor it is not unto death, but to bring forth new life. Though the mother cries now, there will come a time when a beautiful reward in the person of a child will be given to her. Jesus wanted His disciples to know that these bad things happening in the secular world were not toward death, but a precursor to life. Just like labor pains these things are temporary, but what comes after is much better.

When Jesus comes things will be much better!

  1. God’s People Shall Be DELIVERED UP As Civilization DECREASES. Jesus said:

    Matthew 24:9-10 (KJV)   Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake.   [10]   And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

Those who stand in the light of Christ can be expected to be attacked by the darkness. The darkness hates the light. Jesus said:

John 15:18-19 (KJV)   If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.   [19]   If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

That part is understandable, but Jesus went further. He said that the sign of the end is when “many shall be offended, and shall betray one another”. Hatred and evil would increase not just toward the light, but even the darkness would battle. We live in a day filled with discourtesy and discord. Common manners are gone. People have no seeming basic decency. In my day we held doors open for people, but today people slam doors in other people’s faces.

We are less civilized today than we have ever been. As people drift from God, they drift from decency. Why? Because the wages of sin is death. Always. Rather than preachers address the problem false prophets rise up.

Matthew 24:11-12 (KJV)   And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.   [12]   And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.

When false prophets RISE civilizations FALL.

When the pulpits are filled with MAN’S WORD,

GOD’S WORD ceases to be.

And as Iniquity or Evil ABOUNDS

LOVE DIES.

Love has died in many Churches – Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Anglican. Why? Because where sin abounds it destroys Grace. God’s Grace was given to make us more like Christ, not more like the world. What has God said to His Children:

2 Corinthians 6:17-18 (KJV)  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  [18]  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

God’s people are meant to be IN the world but not OF the world. As iniquity or evil abounds it destroys unity with God. God is love. The closer we are to God, the greater our love will be. But the farther from God the farther from love. The more sin abounds, the farther from God we are. People say:

What does it matter? Let’s be inclusive. Let’s be tolerant”

If you rub against poison ivy you will get a rash. If you rub against someone who handled poison ivy you will get a rash.

1 Corinthians 5:6-8 (KJV)  Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?  [7]  Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:  [8]  Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Jesus was sacrificed for us, but many do not process what this means. He died because sin is horrid. He died because God loves us, and wanted to redeem us. But the sign of the times is that iniquity has grown, and love has decreased. C.H. Spurgeon said:

Oh friends, if the frost of sin rules in a Church, every tender flower is injured and nothing flourishes! Love is a sensitive plant and if it is touched by the finger of sin, it will show it. The lilies of love’s paradise cannot bloom amid the smoke and dust of unholiness.”

Israel and it’s Temple was destroyed by Rome because Israel and it’s Temple loved sin and loved God less. They rejected the Son. He came unto His own, but His own did not receive Him. He spoke and they would not listen.

Matthew 23:37-39 (KJV)   O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!   [38]   Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.   [39]   For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

As iniquity grows there is but one stay against it, and it is the love that God’s people have for God and His Word. As God’s people compromise His Word we cease being effective in stopping evil. Jesus warned His Church:

Matthew 5:13-16 (KJV)   Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.   [14]   Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.   [15]   Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.   [16]   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

God’s people are to love God first. We are to put Him first. We are to stand strong no matter what may come. Jesus said:

Matthew 24:13 (KJV)   But he that shall endure unto the end,
the same shall be saved.

Those born again of God will endure to the end. We will endure because God is in us, and God is with us. Though the world will fail, and Churches cease, those who are Christ’s will continue on. As the world spins down and the end comes I can say with the Apostle:

Philippians 1:6 (KJV)  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:

Those who are His will stand even when everything else falls. Why hasn’t Jesus come back yet? Jesus said that there is one crucial thing that must occur before He returns:

Matthew 24:14 (KJV)   And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and THEN shall the end come.

The whole world must hear the Gospel, THEN the end shall come. We must share the Gospel of love. We must tell others of His Cross. We must help missionaries do what they need to do in spreading the Gospel of His Kingdom. THEN Jesus will come.

I look forward to that day!

May God touch your hearts with His Word!

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Story Behind The Song – He Hideth My Soul

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Story behind the song – He Hideth My Soul

Composser Fanny Crosby Writes He Hideth My Soul

She could not see with her natural eyes, but she could see with her heart. She could not explain what a human face looked like, but she knew the face of God. Blind from six weeks old because of a surgical mishap, her life was different than most, but it was not worse than most.

Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) supported herself as a teacher at a blind school, she had dear and close friends around the world, and she wrote and published thousands of beautiful hymns, many that are still sung today. Regarding her plight in life she wrote the following words:

“It seemed intended by the blessed providence of God that I should be blind all my life, and I thank Him for the dispensation. If perfect earthly sight were offered me…

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Sunday July 16 2017 Services at Riverview

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Morning Message from Matthew 21:33-46 “Another Parable”

Evening Message from Matthew 22:34-40 “The Great Commandment”

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Sunday July 9 2017 at Riverview Baptist

Audio of services we had today. What a wonderful day in God’s Family. Come join us at 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN.

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Sunday morning message from Matthew 22:41-46 “Examining The Lamb”

Sunday night message from Matthew 20:22-29 “The Cup”

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Pride in Good Things is Still Pride

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Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters.Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. -James 1:16-18 (NIV)

I was -and am- full of pride..much more than I realized, which makes it even more dangerous. 🙂 You see, I was this good little Christian girl. I hadn’t ever done anything seriously wrong. Maybe you can see where this is going, even if I didn’t at the time?

I was proud of things that were good things! I was proud of my emotional strength, I was proud when people would compliment my maturity or physical beauty, I was proud of my purity, my writing, my ministries, my physical ability, my ability…

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The Warning Of The Fig Tree

Preached at Riverview Baptist July 5, 2017.

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Do We Sleep In The Grave When We Die?

An audio presentation of our Sunday, July 2nd Study at
Riverview Baptist Church, 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia, TN 38401

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Revival At Riverview June 25-28, 2017

Preached by Evangelist Dr Bob Pitman

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June 25th 8:30 AM Service Audio Recording

June 25th 11 AM Service Audio Recording John 1:29

June 25th 6 PM Service Audio Recording

June 26th 7 PM Service Audio Recording Luke 22:31-32

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Why Can’t Hollywood Make A Good Movie?

loganThis may seem a little different than my other posts. I usually focus on sermons I’ve preached, or heard preached. But frankly, I’m very disappointed. I could hardly wait until the newest Marvel Movie on Wolverine came out, a movie called “Logan”.

Don’t waste your money.

The previous X-Men/ Wolverine movies were great fun with little cursing, nudity, or even bloodiness. Not so this movie.  “Logan” portrays Wolverine as an older, drunken, washed up old man who drives a limo for a living. Though Professor X (Dr Xavier) died in an earlier movie we are introduced to a resurrected character going through some type of dementia, a pitiful relic of a deluded director.

And cursing. I lost count of the number of “F Bombs” dropped in the movie, starting within minutes from the opening credits and to the very end. I have come to one conclusion.

Hollywood just can’t make a good movie anymore. And that’s sad.

loganJust the other day I watched a few of the old Hollywood Classics. El Dorado with a young James Caan, John Wayne, and Robert Mitchum. Clean, no cursing, wonderful plot, great acting. Or what about Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman  in Casablanca. Oh, but David, these are old movies. Hollywood could do good movies if they would. Consider The Hunger Games (2012) or Safe House (2012), the latter only having one curse word in it. The Avengers (2012) was a fun movie, worth watching, clean, and with great actors and acting. We Bought A Zoo (2011) was clean, with great acting from Mat Damon. Battleship (2012) was a great action movie devoid of filth.

Hollywood has gone to the dogs in morality. From a washed up comedian holding a gory Presidential head for laughs, to groups gathered together to support the murder of innocent children, Tinseltown has not only lost its moral compass, it has lost its mind. And it’s lost my business. To sit nearly three hours watching garbage is ridiculous.

I’m done being part of the ridiculous. We are told in …

Proverbs 14:34 (NLT) Godliness makes a nation great,
but sin is a disgrace to any people.

Hollywood is a disgrace. On television and in the theater it glorifies rudeness, cursing, tobacco, and drugs. Children are taught to smoke and drink and sleep around by Hollywood. It’s time to just say NO.

In the last scene of Logan a little girl stands over the dead “hero’s” grave. At the head of the grave is a crudely formed Christian Cross. The little girl pulls the Cross up, turns it sideways like an “X” and puts it back over the grave. This is symbolic of modern Hollywood. Anything decent is “X’d” out. Lines between the sexes are blurred. That which is abnormal is triumphed as normal and absolutely acceptable. Why? Because sin sells in the movies and on television. Sex sells. Blood sells. Drugs sell. But the consequences of these bad sells are destroying our families and our nation.

It’s time to just say NO!

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Threefold Cord of Salvation

Preached at Riverview Baptist 798 Santa Fe Pike, Columbia TN on June 21, 2017

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Psalms 27:1-14 (KJV) A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? [2] When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. [3] Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. [4] One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple. [5] For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. [6] And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. [7] Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. [8] When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek. [9] Hide not thy face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. [10] When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up. [11] Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies. [12] Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. [13] I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. [14] Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

King David was the most successful monarch that Israel had ever seen.

He was not the first King of Israel. The first King was God.

But in time Israel drew away from God and cried out to Him saying:

Give us a King, so we will be like the other nations! (1 Samuel 8:5)

When the elders of Israel demanded this of Samuel the Prophet he had the three D’s. He was …

Samuel’s first reaction was “What shall I do about this?” Do you know what God told him to do? He said …

1 Samuel 8:7-9 (ESV) … “Obey the voice of the people in all that they say to you, for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected me from being king over them. 8 According to all the deeds that they have done, from the day I brought them up out of Egypt even to this day, forsaking me and serving other gods, so they are also doing to you. 9 Now then, obey their voice; only you shall solemnly warn them and show them the ways of the king who shall reign over them.”

Sometimes God in His grace allows us to do things our own way.

Our forefather Adam in the Garden of Eden rejected God as King, choosing instead to follow a snake. Now God’s Israel rejected the Almighty God Who is “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” in order to follow a mortal king. They replaced God with man. They rejected His Word and instead chose man’s word. God warned Israel that the human king would abuse them. God warned Israel …

1 Samuel 8:11-18 … “These will be the ways of the king who will reign over you: he will take your sons and appoint them to his chariots and to be his horsemen and to run before his chariots. 12 And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive orchards and give them to his servants. 15 He will take the tenth of your grain and of your vineyards and give it to his officers and to his servants. 16 He will take your male servants and female servants and the best of your young men and your donkeys, and put them to his work. 17 He will take the tenth of your flocks, and you shall be his slaves. 18 And in that day you will cry out because of your king, whom you have chosen for yourselves, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”

This is what happened. Israel chose Saul to be their King and rejected the Almighty. Israel chose Saul over God. The Bible says that Saul was …

1 Samuel 9:2 …. a handsome young man. There was not a man among the people of Israel more handsome than he. From his shoulders upward he was taller than any of the people.

Rejecting God they chose the lesser. And Saul did just as God said. He damaged the nation. Alexis de Tocqueville (pronounced Alexi De Tokville) the famous 19th century French statesman, historian and social philosopher wrote of America:

I sought for the key to the greatness and genius of America in her harbors… in her fertile fields and boundless forests; in her rich mines and vast world commerce; in her public school system and institutions of learning. I sought for it in her democratic Congress and in her matchless Constitution. … Not until I went INTO THE CHURCHES OF AMERICA AND HEARD HER PULPITS FLAME WITH RIGHTEOUSNESS did I understand the secret of her genius and power. America is great because America is good, and if America ever ceases to be good, America will cease to be great. The safeguard of morality is religion, and morality is the best security of law as well as the surest pledge of freedom.

Our 40th President Ronald Reagan said: “If we ever forget that we are One Nation Under God, then we will be a nation gone under.”

Israel rejected God under Saul and suffered for it. I believe in America we have rejected God and are close to going under because of it. But God saved Israel by raising up a shepherd named David.

David loved the Lord. His son Solomon would one day write in ….

Ecclesiastes 4:12 (ESV) And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand hima threefold cord is not quickly broken.

David was a friend of God. He was a man after God’s own heart. He stood with the Almighty Three in One. He loved His Heavenly Father, and I believe David knew of the Messiah Jesus and the Holy Spirit. David was not ashamed of His Savior.

2 Samuel 6:14 (KJV) David danced before the Lord with ALL his might ….

Saul eventually died by his own hand, but David loved the Lord and became the greatest King Israel would ever see outside of Jesus Christ.

David Was Bound To God By A Threefold Cord

A “threefold cord is not easily broken”, and David was bound to God by a threefold cord. We read:

Psalms 27:1 (KJV) … The LORD is my LIGHT and my SALVATION; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the STRENGTH of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

David was bound to God by three strong cords. Notice these cords.

The LORD (YAHWEH) was David’s LIGHT.

The LORD (YAHWEH) was David’s SALVATION.

The LORD (YAHWEH) was David’s STRENGTH.

The order of these things are very important.

LIGHT Is The First Cord

The first command that God ever gave on our created world was:

Let there be LIGHT” (Genesis 1:3)

It is God Who is the Giver of Light. God created Light before He made the Sun or the Moon. God created Light before He made the stars. Without Light there can be nothing else. NASA studied this and came to the conclusion that if the Sun just went out, the average global temperature in one week would be be below zero degrees Fahrenheit. All plant life would die in a week. In a month or so all oxygen would be depleted. The planet would cease.

Light is important to life. When David said “the LORD is my LIGHT” he was saying that “God’s Word brings light. What God says is true is Light.” David focused on God’s Word as Light. Hear these words:

1 John 1:5-7 (KJV) This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. [6] If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: [7] But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

Our God is the God of Light. His Word is Light. We are told:

Psalms 119:105 (KJV) NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.

The Word of God is Light. God has a written Word, and He has a Living Word. The written Word is our Bible, God’s written revealed Will for us.

Psalms 119:130 (KJV) The entrance of Thy WORDS GIVETH LIGHT; it giveth understanding unto the simple.

To those who will hear God’s Word, they walk in light.

Psalms 19:8 (ESV) the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, ENLIGHTENING the eyes;

God has given us His Light inj His Word. The Apostle said:

2 Peter 1:19-21 (KJV) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: [20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. [21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy {Spirit}.

It is God’s Word that teaches usa right from wrongt. It is God’s Word that gives us light. It is God’s Word that gives us stability in life. It is the Light of God’s Word that brings us to salvation. I want you to notice that LIGHT comes BEFORE SALVATION.

It is the Word of God that tell us we are all sinners.

It is the Word of God that tells us that we all need a Savior.

It is the Word of God that tell us Christ is our Savior.

It is the Word of God that tell us that …

John 1:4-5 (KJV) In him was life; and the life was the light of men. [5] And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

Darkness cannot perceive Light. To be saved we must first turn from the Darkness and turn toward the Light. We must hear the Word. We must hear Jesus.

Without LIGHT there is NO SALVATION.

Salvation Is The Second Cord

Those who reject the Light of God will never be saved. Light shines, then salvation comes. David was a good man, a humble man, but he still needed to be saved. He needed to respond to the Light and move toward God.

Psalms 18:27-28 (KJV) For thou wilt save the afflicted people; but wilt bring down high looks. [28] For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.

God blesses those who humble themselves before Him. When a person hears God’s Word and says:

I know what You said,

But I’m not doing it”

You have light but not salvation. The Scripture declares:

Acts 2:21 (KJV)… WHOSOEVER shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Acts 10:43 (KJV) To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name WHOSOEVER believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.

Romans 10:9-13 (ESV) because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. [10] For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. [11] For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” [12] For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. [13] For “EVERYONE who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

There are many who have LIGHT but have never been saved. God has given them LIGHT, but they ignore that which they have been given. David not only received LIGHT, but he acted onj that LIGHT. He called on the Name of the Lord and was saved.

The Lord Is Also My STRENGTH

Psalms 27:1 (KJV) The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

David didn’t just hear God’s Word for salvation, but he heard God’s Word for LIFE. He lived by God’s Word. As He goes through this Psalm David says:

Psalms 27:2-3 (KJV) When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. [3] Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.

David didn’t say “IF the wicked come against me”, but “WHEN the wicked come against me”. If you are standing with God Who is Light the darkness will attack. If you are doing NOTHING for God, you are no threat to the darkness. But if you are serving Him the devil and his forces will attack. Yet David was not afraid. Why? Because David said:

Psalms 27:4 (KJV) One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

Because David “dwelt in the HOUSE of THE LORD ALL the days of his life”. What is “the HOUSE OF THE LORD”. The word HOUSE is used in Scripture for a dwelling place. But the word HOUSE is also used for AUTHORITY. To be “In the HOUSE of” means “to be under the AUTHORITY of”. David said:

The ONE THING I desired of the LORD …..

The ONE THING I sought after ….

Is to DWELL in the HOUSE OF THE LORD ALL the DAYS OF MY LIFE.

This is not a reference to Heaven, the place where God is. This is not a reference to the Temple. David couldn’t stay in the Temple all the days of his life. As King he had to go out and rule. But this one thing David did. He strove to stay under the authority of God. He didn’t define his life by what the world thought, nor what was politically correct.

David defined his life by God.

David sought to please God.

David sought to honor God.

And so God blessed David.

I wish I had time to preach every line of this text, but I do not. Perhaps we will return here one day soon. David hid himself in God. He immersed himself in the Word of God.

Psalms 27:5 (KJV) For in the time of TROUBLE he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle SHALL HE HIDE ME; HE SHALL SET ME UP UPON A ROCK.

When God is your strength, nothing and no one can overthrow your life. David ended this Psalm with:

Psalms 27:14 (KJV) WAIT on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: WAIT, I say, on the LORD.

The word WAIT doesn’t mean to do nothing, but to SERVE. To live your life for God. To do as God said:

2 Corinthians 6:14-18 (ESV) Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership has righteousness with lawlessness? Or what fellowship has light with darkness? [15] What accord has Christ with Belial? Or what portion does a believer share with an unbeliever? [16] What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. [17] Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, [18] and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.”

Waiting on God means putting God first. Serving God. Loving God above all others.

David put God first, and was blessed. May we all strive to do the same.

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