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On Absalom's Rebellion

Psalm 3

I. Soul Threatened (1-2)

A. ‑The pathetic account (see 2 Sam. 15:10ff)

B. ‑The practical application (Ps. 3:1-2)

C. ‑The parenthetical anticipation-"Selah"

II. Solace Given (3-4)

A. ‑The adversaries of the King (see 2 Samuel 15:10ff)

B. The attributes of the Lord (Ps. 3:3-4)

III. Sustenance Provided (5-6)

A. A life of repose (5)

B. A soul to rouse (5)

C. A fear to refuse (6)

IV. Salvation Granted (7-8)

A. ‑The Lord saves the one who calls on Him (7)

B. ‑The Lord smites the cheek of the enemy (7)

C. ‑The Lord shatters the teeth of the wicked(7)

D. ‑The Lord sanctifies by blessing His people(8)

Bill Taylor

He Giveth Power

"He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength" Isaiah 40:29.

Intro.: Isaiah chapter 40 begins the part of his prophecies that not only included warnings for the current time but also gave us the clearest picture of the coming promised Messiah.

I. God Our Comfort:

A. ‑The Old Testament: The prophecies of Isaiah (cf. 40:11, etc.) and most all of the prophets had woven into them a message of comfort-as did the Psalms.

B. ‑The New Testament: Matthew 11:28, John 14:27, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 4:15, 16.

II. God Our Counselor:

A. ‑Old Testament: Who is more capable as an advisor? (Isa. 40:13-14).

B. ‑New Testament: God sent the Holy Spirit to be our Guide and our Counselor (1 Cor. 2:13-14; cf. 2 Peter 3:17).

III. God Our Creator

A. ‑Old Testament: God created all things (Isa. 40:18, 21, 25, 26; Ezek. 9:9).

B. ‑New Testament: Christ is revealed as Creator, acting as His Father's agent (Acts 14:15; 1 Cor. 8:6; Heb. 1:1; etc.).

Conclusion: The everlasting God, the Creator of this universe doesn't get tired and doesn't become exhausted; He is intimately acquainted with the wants and desires of his people; and He gives power and strength to those who are exhausted, both young and old alike.

Douglas Reiche
First Assembly of God
Sparta, Illinois

Seven Beams of Mercy

Habakkuk

Intro.: J. Vernon McGee said the Book of Habakkuk opens in gloom and closes in glory. Here are 7 beams of mercy that penetrate the gloom and point to glory.

I. ‑We Shall Not Die (Hab. 1:12; see John 11:26).

II. ‑The Just Shall Live by Faith (Hab. 2:4. See Rom. 1:17).

III. ‑The Earth Will Be Filled with the Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord (Hab. 2:14).

IV. ‑The Lord Is in His Holy Temple (Hab. 2:20).

V. ‑Even in Wrath God Remembers Mercy (Hab. 3:2).

VI. ‑God Goes Forth for the Salvation of His People (Hab. 3:13).

VII. ‑Even in Hard Times We Can Rejoice in the Lord (Hab. 3:17, 18).

Conclusion: Several years ago I preached this message in Zimbabwe and the words of Habakkuk brought great comfort to God's suffering saints.

Victor Knowles
www.poeministries.org

No Longer Living for Self

"For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died" 2 Cor. 5:14.

Foundational Inquiry: What have those who're controlled by Christ's love concluded?

I. ‑They have concluded that only One has died!

II. ‑They have concluded that One died for all!

III. ‑They have concluded all therefore died!

Application/Challenge: See verses 15-17

J. A. Gillmartin,
sheepcribtwo.blogspot.com

Remember God's Benefits

"Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities; Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit; Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle" (Psalm 103:1-5).

Truth/Context: This psalm, attributed to David, expresses the utter joy of the believer's heart when God reveals Himself. Spurgeon described Psalm 103 as "one of those all-comprehending Scriptures which is a Bible in itself, and might alone almost suffice for the hymnbook of the church."

Inquiry: How does God reveal Himself to you?

I. ‑He Reveals Himself As He "Pardons All Your Iniquities" -God's Court (Rom. 5:8; 1 John 2:1).

II. ‑He Reveals Himself As He "Heals All Your Diseases" -God's Hospital (1 Pet. 2:24; Luke 9:3).

III. ‑He Reveals Himself As He Redeemed You "From the Pit" -from Satan's Slave Ship (John 8:34, 36).

IV. He Reveals Himself As He "Crowns" You

A. "Crowned with lovingkindness"

B. ‑"Crowned with compassion" ("tender mercies," (kjv)

V. ‑He Reveals Himself as He "Satisfies Your Years (Mouth, kjv) with Good Things"

Application/Challenge: Q: Why does He do this for you? A: "So that your youth is renewed like the eagle." So you may soar in lofty spiritual places as a young eagle.

J. A. Gillmartin,
sheepcribtwo.blogspot.com

God's Picture of the Natural Man

Ephesians 2:1-12

I. ‑The Natural Man Is "Dead in Transgressions and Sins" (v. 1).

II. ‑The Natural Man Walks "According to the Ways of This World" (v. 2).

III. ‑The Natural Man Follows "the Ways of This World and of the Ruler of the Kingdom of the Air..." (v. 2).

IV. ‑The Natural Man Is a Child "of Disobedience" (v. 2).

V. ‑The Natural Man Wants to Gratify the Cravings of His Sinful Nature (v. 3).

VI. ‑The Natural Man Is a Child "of Wrath" (v. 3).

VII. ‑The Natural Man Is "Separate from Christ" (v. 12).

VIII. ‑The Natural Man Is "Excluded from Citizenship" (v. 12).

IX. ‑The Natural Man Is a "Foreigner" (v. 12).

X. ‑The Natural Man Is "Without Hope" (v. 12).

XI. ‑The Natural Man Is "Without God" (v. 12).

XII. ‑The Natural Man Is an "Enemy" of God (vv. 15-16).

Conclusion: How wonderful it is that in spite of all that we are by nature, God loves us and wants us-revel in the glorious truth of Ephesians 2:4-7.

Francis W. Dixon
Word of Life Ministries
www.wordsoflife.co.uk

The Gospel 3:16s

I. The Son of God (Matt. 3:16)

II. The Calling of God (Mark 3:16)

III. The Church of God (Luke 3:16)

IV. The Love of God (John 3:16)

Bob McCutcheon
Sturgeon (MO) Baptist Church

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