July 17th – GOD IS OUR RESCUE

You are in danger.  You may not realize it right this moment, but you are in danger.

1.      You are in danger from mankind

    1. There are evil people out there
      1.    Criminals and gangs
      2.    Cartels and terrorists
      3.    Politicians…oopss how did that get there?
  1. There are careless people out there
  2. There are dangerous people out there
    1. Just in driving there are people driving under the influence, people driving and texting or facebooking and people driving without brains.
  3. They may not be who you think!
    1. Most child kidnappings and abuse are by family or friends

POPULATION      TOTAL       VIOLENT  per/100,000 pop

1960      179,323,175          1,887.2         160.9

2009      307,006,550          3,465.5         429.4

Is it any wonder that David wrote this in Psalm 71:4-6 “Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man. For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O LORD, from my youth.  Upon you I have leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of you.”  ESV

2.      You are in danger from our eternal enemy

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly”  ESV

  1. Satan is at work
    1. In our world
      1. His influence is easy to see on our TV’s, movies and publications
      2. His effect is easy to see in our inner cities and rural areas.
      3. He is constantly on the attack
    2. And even in the church
      1. The church and the Christians who form the church are satans preferred targets
        1. If the evil one can keep us fighting each other then we are not fighting him
        2. If the devil can keep us worn down by the sins that Jesus has already forgiven then we are not available to fight in the war against him.
        3. If satan can keep Christians hiding from their responsibilities then we are of no threat to him.
        4. Once we are unfaithful in our Christian walk the satan can declare a victory

Revelation 2:12-17 “And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: ‘The words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword.  “‘I know where you dwell, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you hold fast my name, and you did not deny my faith even in the days of Antipas my faithful witness, who was killed among you, where Satan dwells. But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality. So also you have some who hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.  Therefore repent. If not, I will come to you soon and war against them with the sword of my mouth. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.  To the one who conquers I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, with a new name written on the stone that no one knows except the one who receives it.”

The Church in Pergamum was dealing with the influence of evil in their midst: legalism and liberalism were damaging the church and its mission and ministry.

NEVER doubt that the church…that YOU are in danger from satans attacks.

But the danger he poses is not the gravest danger you face!

3.      The most danger you are in comes from…YOU!

    1. Your choices
      1. You choose day by day and moment by moment how faithful or unfaithful you will be
      2. You choose where you go and what you do
      3. You choose God or self
  1. Your actions
    1.     What you do matters
    2.     Your character is defined by what you say, do and think when you think no one else is        listening

How do you find safety when you are in such danger?

a.      You need someone to RESCUE you

RESCUE =  to bring (someone or something) out of danger, attack, harm, etc; deliver or save, or; to free or deliver from confinement, violence, danger, or evil.

John Chapter 10:  I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 

b.      REPENT

i.      The first message of Jesus Christ was not love me or love them

ii.      The first message of Jesus Christ was REPENT!

 

Matthew 4:12-17 “Now when he heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew into Galilee. And leaving Nazareth he went and lived in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled:  “The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles— the people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region and shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”  ESV

  • Jesus knows that the greatest danger any person faces is the danger caused by their own sin.
  • Jesus knows the greatest need of any person is their need to repent.
  • You will not go to hell because of someone else’s actions.
  • You will not go to hell because of Satan’s temptations
  • You will go to hell because you choose to live with and in YOUR SINS and not believe in God and turn from your sins.

c.       RECEIVE

  • Yes, you are in danger, perhaps grave danger.
  • You need saved from the danger you are facing.
  • But, who can save you?
    •  You?  No
    • Government?  No
    • Others?  No

Who then?     Only Jesus        We are saved by Grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone!

Ephesians 2:8-10 “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  ESV

Come, step out of danger and into the Arms of Grace.

God is our Rescue.

Joshua 24:17  “For the LORD our God is the one who rescued us and our ancestors from slavery in the land of Egypt. He performed mighty miracles before our very eyes. As we traveled through the wilderness among our enemies, he preserved us.”   NLT

Psalms 68:20 “Our God is a God who saves!  The Sovereign LORD rescues us from death.”    NLT

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