June 2011


June 26th – GOD IS OUR REFUGE – Shelter

 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande City, it rains and we all run for cover
 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande City, it gets cold and snows and we all run for shelter
 Sometimes, even in Rio Grande city, the wind blows so hard that shingles, toys left outside and other stuff become flying missiles; and we all head for protection.
 Sometime, even in your life, there are things that are capable of bringing harm and damage into your life.
o Maybe not the outer shell, but to the innermost parts.
 Where do you run?
• Do you ever feel the need to find a hiding place?
• Someplace safe and protected
• In the TV Show “Deadliest Catch” sometimes the weather gets so bad they have to run for safe harbor to ride out the storm. A place protected from the high seas and harsh winds. A refuge
• Life gets hard sometimes
• People get mean and stupid sometimes
• There are times when we need a refuge
o A safe harbor
o A protective shelter
o A force field if you will that protects us from all the pressing dangers

Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is your refuge (Dwelling Place – ESV) , and his everlasting arms are under you. He thrusts out the enemy before you; it is he who cries, ‘Destroy them!’ NLT

Safe place Lifting you up

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” ESV

Safe place Security, Strength Help when you need it

Psalms 62:8 “O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” NLT

God is our refuge
1. God is big enough to protect you
2. God is strong enough to protect you
3. God is wise enough to protect you
4. God is rich enough to protect you
5. God is caring enough to protect you
6. God is loving enough to protect you
7. AND, the best part is: GOD WANTS TO PROTECT YOU

Keys to finding safe harbor:

1. Trust God
a. The reason we run to our cars, our homes or other shelters in a storm is because we trust them to protect us
b. How much more should we trust God (The One who gave us these things to begin with)?
2. Pour out your heart to Him
a. Do not hold anything back
b. Pour your heart out to Him. This is REAL prayer!
c. If you hold back from God YOU are placing yourself outside of His refuge.
d. If you try to deal with all your problems yourself you will likely get damaged
i. Kinda like standing outside in a hailstorm and not seeking shelter.
e. Find the safe harbor you need: SAFE IN THE ARMS OF GOD

You can have Superman, Batman, Spiderman, the Flash and the Green Lantern bubba – GIVE ME GOD every time!

• In the garden, man was held safely in God – God was Adam and Eve’s refuge
• Man messed up, and they were expelled from their garden and needed clothing, food and shelter for refuge: But God remained their refuge
• Today, mankind is still plagued by sin, bad choices, bad influences, bad people and more, we need a safe harbor now more than ever.
• TODAY God is still our refuge, our safe harbor.
• One day Christ will return for His people and we will once again be kept 100% safe in the mighty refuge of God.

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God is…the ultimate father figure – Genesis 2:18 – 24

Bill Cosby tells the story about the difference between Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. He insists that Mother’s Day is a much bigger deal because Mothers are more organized. Mothers say to their children: Now here is a list of what I want. Go get the money from your father and you surprise me on Mother’s Day. You do that for me.

For Father’s Day I give each of my five kids $20 so that they can go out and by me a present——a total of $100. They go to the store and buy two packages of underwear, each of which costs $5 and contains three shorts. They tear them open and each kid wraps up one pair, the sixth going to the Salvation Army. Therefore, on Father’s Day I am walking around with new underwear and my kid’s are walking around with $90 worth of my change in their pockets

• God made males first
• God gave men responsibilities and work to do
o Farmer – Work the ground
o Gardener – Keep up the garden of Eden
o Scientist – Name all the animals
o Keep one commandment
• God knew that man would be bored and get lazy just sitting around so He provided him work and the great outdoors to keep him busy
o The first man lived in the wild – farming, foraging, working outside.
o Going to Cabella’s and spending money on camping, hunting and fishing stuff is NOT AN OPTION…it is a God given need.
• God knew that the males could not survive without help so God made women to keep them alive
• Men need women – that is why men so willingly leave home and become one flesh with the wife God provided for them
o They literally could not live without them

Much has happened over the past few months to keep my mind on my mom and dad.

I heard someone at mom’s funeral say that my sister and I no longer have parents

They could not be more wrong.

1. I am my daddy’s son as long as I live. The commandment to honor your mother and father does not come with an expiration date.

2. The life lessons I learned from mom and dad are still important and valuable to my life today – perhaps even more than when they taught me.

3. I am a product of my mom and dad. God chose them for me. God chose to mix their DNA, education, experiences, temperaments, opinions, ideals, mistakes, attitudes, history and all the other parts of their lives together to form me and my sister.

4. Even though my physical parents have departed this earthly plane, I still have The Perfect Father in Heaven who loves me, cares for me, corrects me, builds me and, in fact, created me.

5. God is always there for me. No Dad is perfect and some are real goofballs; but Dads; here is the key to being a good dad – Be there for your kids through the good and the bad; play time and punishment time, when it is time to change their diapers, their bike tires or their car tires, when they are teething and when they get braces. BE THERE.

5. This Father’s day I am thankful that God gave me my dad here on earth for 46 years and for the influence dad had in my life BUT I am much more thankful for my eternal Almighty heavenly father.

God is the ULTIMATE Father Figure
1. God gives us life
2. God teaches us
3. God provides for us
4. God disciplines us
5. God spends time with us
6. God encourages us
7. God LOVES us