“In Times Like These”

Posted: May 21, 2015 in Gospel, Salvation, Thanksgiving

Perhaps you’re among those who feel like the world is up-side-down and reeling out of control. Maybe you’re wondering why things are happening as they are now. Do you think that these words need to be repeated? “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, And prudent in their own sight! Woe to men mighty at drinking wine, Woe to men valiant for mixing intoxicating drink, Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away just from the righteous man!” Isaiah 5:20-23

Song. Perhaps you will agree with author Ruth Caye Jones who wrote: In times like these, we need a Savior / In times like these, we need an anchor / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock. / This Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the one / This Rock is Jesus, The only One / Be very sure, be very sure / Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.”

Ebenezer. In Hebrew, this name means “Rock of Help.” The Old Testament prophet Samuel gave this name to a stone that was set up in recognition of God’s assistance in the Jews defeating the Philistines (1 Samuel 7:12). With God on one’s side, there was/is victory over all kinds of enemies that would seek to bring the people of God down. What do you know about the Christian’s three spiritual enemies? How can a Christian be victorious over them?

Help. The Psalmist wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah…Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (Psalm 46:1-3; 10).

Atheists. Did you know that there are powerful people who want to dismiss God from everything in our lives? Some want to take the words, “In God We Trust” off our money. Don’t be surprised if it happens. Personally, I feel sorry for those who call themselves “Atheists.” Think about these things. An atheist is the fellow who shakes his fist and defies the God he claims doesn’t exist. He hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief. He has no one to thank when he feels grateful. He would really be much more honest to say that he was an agnostic who isn’t sure if God exists or not. The Psalmist wrote, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ They are corrupt, They have done abominable works, There is none who does good” (Psalm 14:1).

Nature. From nature we can learn that there is a God who is all powerful (Romans 1:20-32). And yet there are those who don’t want to be accountable to Him. So they try to dismiss Him from their thinking. Because of this, God often gives such people over to do whatever they want to do for a short period of time until God puts an end to their foolish ways. Anyone who truly wants to learn more about the true and living God will be given the Good News concerning the Lord Jesus Christ who died for our sins…and rose again bodily on the third day (1 Corinthians 15:3-8). Is your faith resting in Him alone?

Believe. You have a choice to make. You can believe on Him as your personal Savior or you can reject Him. After His death and bodily resurrection, God the Father highly exalted Jesus. One day every knee will bow, and every tongue will confess that He is Lord (i.e. God) to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).

Questions. Do you know for sure that you would go immediately into God’s presence if you were to die today? Why should God let you into His heaven? If you think you’re saved, is there anything you could do or fail to do that would cause you to lose your salvation? If so, what would it be? What is the difference between assurance of salvation and eternal security?

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