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2. The Angels of Revelation at War

David Wright

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David Wright

Lead/Senior Pastor, Hendersonville SDA Church

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  • April 2, 2016
    11:30 AM
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Tonight's topic we're going to look at Angels of Revelation did God create the devil and why is there so much pain and suffering and heartache in the world so we're going to look at that tonight but before we get started we want to pray is that OK that's about our heads your Heavenly Father we thank you again for another day for life for health for strength and we just ask that your Holy Spirit will be here in our midst so that you will make this topic clear and you will speak through me and that we can learn some things but also that it will impact us in some way as well in your name we pray a man I don't know if you have noticed but angels are making a comeback Have you noticed that as you get around the Internet and you look at bookstores or in movies wherever you look at seems like there's a lot of talk about angels and sometimes it gets a little confusing Are these good angels are they bad angels What are we talking about here there's a lot of books that have come out and they're just constantly coming out so quickly and so fast it's hard to keep up there's been a series I think there's a C.B.S. series that was a little while ago Touched By An Angel and they had 8 seasons of that and I don't know there's another Here's a film angels and demons that looks a little bit scary I don't know I can recommend them then we have a series I think is a T.V. series demons in the city of angels playing off of people's curiosity another film City of Angels this I don't know is a movie or T.V. series just called Angel looks a little bit dark doesn't it is that the angel that guards you are you sleep I sure hope it's not the one that guards me and this is another thing that I found called Legion according to this film what was it I had to jot some of these notes down this says when a group of stranger and dusty roadside diners come under attack by demonic forces the only chance for survival lies with an ark. Angels named Michael where you think they get all this from who informs a pregnant waitress that their unborn child is humanity's last hope interesting maybe or maybe it's just out there and again we have I don't like this idea of angels with guns and weapons So anyway we're going to move on because that doesn't look so good but we have angels in Revelation as well in fact there's quite a few angels that Revelation speaks of I always feel like I'm standing in somebodies way maybe I'll just come back here we have angels that revealed God's message Revelation 7 we have for an angel that are holding back the winds of strife and I don't know about you but I feel like those angels are holding back those wins less and less because it seems like there's more strife more tragedy on the news almost all the time isn't there we almost become numb to it which I don't think that's a good thing but we can't process it back to you seen some statistics that by watching the news over and over and over we can't process all of these things that we're seeing all the tragedy that we're seeing and it's coming at us so fast that it really is can be difficult for us we have in Revelation Chapter 10 a mighty angel encourages God's people to proclaim his last day message we have in Revelation 14 at the heart of the Book of Revelation it's constructed in a Kayasth structure we may talk more about that little bit later but think of it as a pyramid where the center is the most important in the book and we find that not only in Revelation but in a lot of books of scripture and so the 1st in the last kind of mirror a little bit and then the next to the last and the 2nd and I'm kind of doing that backwards but it kind of goes up here by here until you get the top this is right at the top and we're going to spend an evening on this Revelation 143 angels proclaiming God's last day message so this is one that is very important for us and so revelation reveals an angelic struggle between good and. Evil and we're going to look at that we're going to try and pick that apart because I really think that's at the core of a lot of what we're going to talk about in fact any book any movie or film or anything else you have this back and forth controversy good versus evil the good guys versus the bad guys they used to make it easy on us when and maybe they'd still do this a little bit but the bad guys always wear what black is anybody wearing black tonight we want and the good guys always wear white That's right some guys are horses even match I don't know but you see that dichotomy throughout and that's oftentimes what gives a storyline interest and all the rest and intrigue and here's a problem and how they're going to get out of it but we see that very much throughout Scripture and so if we turn to Revelation beginning tonight in chapter 12 verse 7 we read and war broke out in heaven that's a strange place to have war isn't it and war broke out in heaven Michael and his angels fought with the dragon and the dragon as and his angels fought back who's Michael Jesus Christ and so we have a war between Jesus and the dragon and who's the dragon Satan and we'll look more about that or a little bit more about that as we continue on but they did not prevail nor was a place found for them in heaven any longer who didn't prevail the dragon is angels so there was war in heaven between Jesus and the dragon or the devil and some of his angels and they were not able to stay and they were cast out they didn't have a place in heaven were cast out of heaven so the so the great dragon was cast out of the serpent of old called The Devil there the dragon is named in case you had doubts and Satan who deceives how many whole world I'm here to tell you the devil is. It's extremely bright when it comes to deceiving people that's what he majors in is to deceive people that's why one of our questions each night is how do you suppose the devil is trying to counterfeit or what counterfeits Can you see but I think behind every counterfeits the devil his idea right now we're going to talk more and more about this idea of what makes a good counterfeit a little bit later on in this series but if I tried to hand you a $17.00 bill how many of you would take it how about a $3.00 bill you have $1.00 0 man how much is it worth 6 bucks. We'll talk later a good counterfeit is very close to the original always close to the original And so I maybe I'm going ahead of myself in this series but if you go up to Washington D.C. that people that specialize in counterfeit money you would think maybe they've studied all the counterfeits and all the ways that they're they do they'll spend a whole week and they have a seminar where people from banks and all the rest will come up and they'll spend a whole week and what do they study is anybody know you all have been to this seminar that's great they studied the original if you know the original really really well. You're not going to fall for a counterfeit I mean that's not too difficult your 3 year old or 5 year old understands that when the fish dies when they're on vacation trying to replace it with another one of the little pads here and there is no my Go Fish Fry They know that is genuine really really well OK I got off track he deceived the whole world and was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him so not just the devil but the angels and we'll get back to that as well and so here's a picture maybe this war in heaven of a conclusion and these angels are being cast out of heaven I don't know about you but I wouldn't want to be cast out of heaven that would be a terrible awful thing so the question we're asking is why was there war in heaven and where did this dragon come from are those good questions good I came up with a moment sell Alright we're going to turn to the book of easy kill now for a little bit more insight we talked last night for those that weren't here to understand Revelation the last book we really have to understand a lot of scripture that sheds light on the last book of scripture right and so now we're going to go to easy to find some answers these questions. After 28 verse 12 Thus says the Lord God you were this Siol of perfection sounds good as. Full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. This sounds like a great description doesn't it. Guys you are writing this down you can tell us your wife later you are this seal of perfection full of wisdom and perfect in beauty but Verse 14 you are the anointed cherub who covers I stablished you I think there's a picture coming up here but the anointed cherub we have in the sanctuary of the Old Testament sanctuary they are going to come and it may be you seeing pictures of that there's 2 angels on top and in the midst of that was the glory of God that was God's presence and those 2 an angels were this cherubim and there was one on either side and this is saying this individual that was perfect and beautiful and talented in all these things was one of those angels. Maybe though on the right hand I don't know and so he had a close connection with God He had access perhaps like others didn't have access we'd like access right behind the scene passes away I know a friend that works at the White House he's going to give me a behind the scenes tour how did you do that oh I have access. All right so you were the anointed cherub who covers and I stablished you you were on the whole email and tin of God you walk back and forth in the midst of the fiery stones again talking about that axis how close this person was to God you were perfect in your ways from the day you were created till iniquity was found in you now this helps shed light on that but there's an element of this that still is hard for us to understand how does a perfect bean go from being perfect to being sinful How does that happen how does that start when we dissect sin a little bit oftentimes it starts with a thought and we meditate and we marinate that thought a little bit and the more we think about it the more maybe it grows and grows and grows I don't know where that thought come from to begin with I don't know part of that is one of those great mysteries that we have to ask God Later we just have to put on the shelf but we know that this person and we're talking about the devil if you haven't figured it out or Lucifer as he was known in heaven was perfect until iniquity was found in him and so here you have Jesus in heaven here you have I would think Lucifer is probably right here and if you're any one of these other angel you're probably pretty special as well and then you have angels here and here and on back and there's probably millions of angels but of all the millions of angels access right here and I imagine I don't have text for this but I imagine I mean we have we're not spending a night on this but you think of the Trinity the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit and they're all 3 in one and we can do a whole topic on that but we're not going to do that we don't have time but if you are maybe on the right hand of God and if you have access doesn't it make sense that that person could perhaps be a little bit jealous that they're not part of the Trinity. I mean why isn't it a quadrate Why is there only 3 and I have another theory I can again prove this from scripture fully but out my theory is that of those 3 God the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit I think Lucifer and God the Son were probably the most alike why do I think that because his charge was with Jesus it wasn't with God it wasn't with the Holy Spirit it was with Jesus now let me ask you this Who do you get most jealous of the people that are similar to you or the most different from you how many of you were jealous yesterday of the underwater basket weaving champion of the world raise your hand because none of you are underwater basket weaving champions are almost champions how many of you get jealous of somebody who's 50 years or 20 years or 30 years older than you or younger than you probably don't the person you get jealous of is the person that's very similar to you often times most of time and they're the same age have you gone to a high school reunion or some type of reunion and it's that person that you are very much alike but they make a couple $1000000.00 and you're just trying to get by How's that fair we went to the same school we grew up in the same community we had a lot of the same friends we went to the same college and maybe we even majored in the same thing how did they get so successful and I'm not in my step and. So my theory is that Lucifer Saudis and he says how come he's in the Trinity and I'm not how come he's here what makes him so special and why can't i be part of that inner circle and I imagine it start a lot with doubt and jealousy and wondering. And he started to doubt is God fair is he just is he true could I do a better job and he could i think i could i think he's maybe hiding some things from us I don't know so you see him maybe mulling over some of these things now if you allow this to kind of grow a little bit and if you expressed some of these doubts to somebody would you believe me if I told you that Obama was crooked or would you believe his Secret Service man that follows him all around and carries a football he told you he was crooked who would you believe more probably the Secret Service man who sees him all the time why Access he know if anybody would know he would know and so I imagine Lucifer has a little bit of an advantage on ever all the other angels because he can whisper in somebodies ear and say let me tell you something that you don't know. Well how do you know I have what access I can see behind the curtain I pull the curtain back and let me tell you it's not all it's cracked up to be oh he puts on a pretty good show but let me tell you what really happens I mean I can I magically get pretty juicy little bit like gossip I don't know so again back to 28 says your heart was lifted up because of your beauty you corrupted your wisdom for the sake of your splendor so somehow his beauty his his talents turn into pride and we can talk about pride too sometimes we're doing everything really really well and else as all get on with pride you're doing it really really will better than the other guy you should be the one to get the promotion anyway so he's mulling over these things Isaiah 14 sheds light as well as says how you are fallen from heaven over Lucifer son of the morning for you have said in your heart I want you to count all the eyes and see who is focused on I will ascend into heaven that's one I will exalt my throne above the stars of God as to I also will also sit on the Mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north I will ascend above the heights of the clouds I will be like the most high so Lucifer head and I problem Me myself and I So Lucifer desired I believe a higher position he wasn't content I like what Paul says I know what it's like to have much I know what it's like to have a little and I've learned the secret and you member the secret. To be content in all things and Paul could truly say that because sometimes he had plenty and other times he was beaten and all kinds of things shipwrecked and you name it but he learned the secret to be content but Lucifer wanted a higher position to an exalted throne 3 rulership and dominance and I'm mad he's going all around saying God can't be trusted he's not fair he's not just he's not true and I think at the heart of this if you really distill it down Sin is what you can read that's good sin is selfishness thinking about myself I don't think any of those things would have happened we loose of her if he would have gotten off of the I gotten off of the self and would have focused on Christ we didn't do that sin at the core of self and just love at the core I would submit to you is self less ness isn't it selflessness For God so loved the world that he did what gave That's pretty selfless you stop and think about what that meant for him to leave Heaven and to come here to this earth for God the Father to give up his son to watch him go through all of what he went through but God so loved that he gave another one Galatians 220 says I have been crucified with Christ it is no longer I who live but Christ lives in me and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God who loves me and gave Himself for me again this idea Love gives itself less isn't it. Here's another one if 25 husbands love your wives just as Christ also love the church and did what he gave himself for her so over and over in Scripture we could put them up there a good portion this evening Love is giving love is self self less Here's another one it's a little bit small This is John 1512 to 13 but says this is my commandment that you love one another as I love you greater love has no one than this that somebody lay down his life for his friends is that selfish or self less anybody here had somebody else give their life so you could live I mean that's that's a pretty big deal isn't a very big deal for Libyans to 3 let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better then himself get off the I let each of you look out not only for his own interests but also for the interests of others. You get the idea then Jesus said His disciples If anyone desires to come after me let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me in fact the ultimate act of self less ness right there so much so that he didn't even feel I'm not going to say he didn't feel I guess he did feel the nails in the thorns those were real he felt those but what killed him so quickly crucifixion was a an act of torture and so it would go on and on and on and on and you read the accounts they're surprised if not shocked that on Friday he's already dead why because the weight of your sin and my sin that was crushing his spirit if you've ever done something just a little bit guilty or maybe just a lot guilty and you feel the weight of that sin and it's heavy and it's hard to breathe and it's hard to not be overwhelmed it's hard to function what am I going to do how my going to get beyond this or out of this or will God forgive me for that all of that wait times everybody here in this room times the planet that's a lot of weight and it crushed him crushed him selflessness. Love is the answer to the heart's rebellion and we see over and over and over even in and spite of what took place God responds in love doesn't any I mean he could have simply not created Lucifer at all not even the option and if God can see the end from the beginning which I believe he can then he could have looked down to the ages of time and said you know if we create Lucifer he's going to rebel and that's going to get really ugly and that's going to cause a lot of people to suffer so I have an I have a proposal father let's just not create him and none of us would have known about it because we were part of that council but he doesn't do that why because God isn't just good on the outside he is good through and through it goes totally against his character it's dishonest right and God never dishonest and so he knows the answer to this problem is love and I imagine as he was going around as Lucifer was going around bad mouthing him to all of his angels Jesus is there trying to work with Lucifer trying to woo Lucifer trying to get Lucifer to change his mind and I believe if he would have I believe he would have been reinstated because that's the kind of God that we serve one verse that we're going to look at here in a little bit talks about how love suffers long I believe that Jesus suffered along with Lucifer it wasn't on day one he kicked him out of heaven I think he suffered with him for a long time and labored with him for a long time until finally enough was enough it was time to go and it wasn't just Lucifer but we're going to find out that it's a 3rd of his angels were cast out of heaven talk about ripping out the heart of God and he could have said OK I'm going to rebel against me you're done next why don't you know next anybody else what I thought that's where they spin the gun and blow it off and put it back in the right but he didn't do this he's Because for love to exist there has to be. Choice the minute you take away freedom of choice from your spouse you will love me. And you're not going anywhere that's not love that's something very opposite of love you have to have freedom of choice and love to love that doesn't exist out of fear you know after he blows up all those you known to 3 angels with his rifle or whatever it is do you love me. Would you ever do anything and saying bag and no that's not love you have to have freedom of choice so love is the answer to the Hard for a 1000000000 1st John 47 Love is of God and everyone who loves is born of God and then verse 10 this is love not that we love God but that he loved us if he's going to do way and eradicate this problem of sin once and for all it has to be clear to everybody that he is fair he is just and he is true and so there's an element of all this that has to play out so everyone can decide in their own mind beyond a shadow of a doubt who are we going to trust Lucifer and the story he makes or Jesus in the story he makes that's all true and distill it all down that's what it comes to right and we see that back and forth that tug of war throughout the book of Revelation That's it for a god is love now the devil likes to tell you he's Love you want to have a good time I'll show you how to have a good time. 1st of all quit going to that church wasting your time I mean let's get loosened up a little bit try a little of this smoke a little of that how little hanky panky with this girl that just moved in now no one's going to know about it have fun I'm the one that really cares for you I'm the one is looking out for you Have you ever heard the illustration the devil has a 1000 blankets or maybe it's $100.00 blankets only it's a $1100.00 blankets and so you commit a sin after he's coaxed you all along to do something and you finally decide OK and he says don't worry no one's going to about I'm going to cover you up with this blanket works out pretty well and he coaxed you again a little bit later that was fun when you enjoyed OK I want to do it again you do it again no problem I'll cover you and he puts another blanket on top nobody knows nobody sees. This is fun might be fun initially but there's something about sin that might be fun but it doesn't last in fact it takes brings you up and it brings you lower and I get a witness and so he was doing that with all of his blanket sorry you had to be my guinea pig here and he was put in the blankets on over and over and over until this habit is well formed in this person's life and your life and in my life and then when it gets to the 100th time is calm like clockwork Oh yeah this is a great time I can do this no want to find out or get away with it and all the sudden instead of the blanket he says I only have 100 blankets I'm going to take these I go cover somebody else and he leaves that person exposed and their life falls apart is that love. Is that some it has your best interest at heart is that with the devil does. I believe that it is and I believe some of your shaking your heads because you know exactly I'm talking about I think all of us have experienced sin on a level that's unpleasant and it's not fun and it's burned us before we need something much better than that and I believe the answer is right here God is true love for 8 and love is the foundation of God's government 1st Corinthians 134 is a beautiful verse love suffers loam and is kind love does not envy love does not parade itself is not puffed up. Is a challenging VS NET love does not behave rudely love does not seek its own it's not provoked it thinks no evil does not read Joyce and iniquity. Doesn't rejoice when other people fall and stumble and are exposed. But it rejoices in the truth. It bears all things believes all things hopes all things endures all things including the same problem love never fails. It's really hard thing when you're accused of something. That is completely faults and somebody goes around spreading lies about you all the time everywhere and for you to maintain your integrity even though you are perfectly innocent and let's suppose you're perfectly innocent as God is perfectly innocent. And sometimes you just have to wait and wait and wait and sometimes if you make a big fanfare about things that almost makes it worse doesn't it and you have to wait until the truth is fully known and fully rises to the surface and by that time a lot of damage may have been done but truth has a way of prevailing doesn't it. It rings true when somebody hears the truth they say that sounds like truth and Jesus patient enough and he knows that love is the answer and that love never fails you have Lucifer on the one hand and got on the other is equal 286 you have set your heart as the heart of a God I need to be there so the opposite of love being self lessness we see that sin originated in self seeking That's what I believe is a Time magazine article not that long ago to me me me generation millennia old are lazy entitled narcissists who still live with their parents hold on a 2nd to take a selfie here. I really should do this and I'll email it to you all. That's just how self-centered I am. I'm not real fast at this though. OK Is everybody turning around everybody smiling she is. That's a scary picture. The me me me generation we want to tell everybody what we're up to and what we're doing the body text of pictures what I'm having for supper oh look how fancy this is this is why when this afternoon this is the view up on the parkway this is this this is this oh this is a gift I got whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa anybody ever leave in fact tests show that people have spent time on Facebook when they're done in fact Facebook is a pretty major cause of depression because everybody's life is so much more fun than mine everybody's make Asian is incredible and never rains on their vacation everything is just picture perfect always it's the same with Twitter and Instagram and all the rest I tend to resonate a little bit with a country song that came out years ago that says I'm so much cooler online. And the song centers around this guy who still lives with his parents he lives in the basement he's overweight he's really short all he does is sit in front of his computer and eat Cheetos but he grabs pictures from everybody else he's hot models driving Ferrari's and all these other things and he puts them up and all these days are just swooning over him online and that's the whole premise of the song I'm so much cooler on line can you take it or leave it up to country music to come up with a song about that but we're obsessed with this stuff. And people are getting depressed over it in fact Facebook is one of the number one cause of divorce right now and it's up there coming in contact with old friends and my spouse isn't paying any attention to me and now we're chatting a little bit. And it centered so much in look at me what I'm doing all the rest back to start with a place called My Space me myself and I who showcase me whose page is mine who are people supposed Look At Me Me Me Me Me. Interesting in the last days perilous times will come for men will be lovers of themselves lovers of money boasters proud blasphemy or disobedient to parents unthankful unholy unloving unforgiving slanderers without self-control brutal despisers of good traitors headstrong hottie lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God having a form of godliness but denying its power that's a list is that describing the world we live in today have mercy and is that last one that really scares me having a form of godliness with good on the outside. But the 9 its power I tend to think that's the power to overcome sin in my life and God has all the power and he's offering me all the power yet I say that's OK I don't need it I got under control my Facebook page was pretty good. So Lucifer question God's authority and Lucifer question God's fairness Lucifer saw God as a rival How in God's face lose the 1st challenge back to Revelation Chapter 12 so the great dragon was cast out that servant of old called the Devil and Satan who deceives the whole world he was cast to the earth and his angels were cast out with him so they came to this planet how do we get involved we're going to have to go here how did this planet become involved this cosmic conflict Well you remember the Garden of Eden does not look nice looks like your front yard doesn't. Genesis 216 of every tree of the garden you may freely eat but of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil You shall not eat for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die now I would imagine and again I can't prove as I don't think that tree is going to be in the garden forever but God said or Lucifer probably said you know this isn't fair they can only choose your way they need to have an option to choose my way OK I'm going to give you this tree for a period of time. And if they want to choose your way they can and I'm going to tell them what's what and so I don't know any dead tree but what happens you know the story she meets up with this serpent in the garden the serpent says this you will not surely die you won't be found out no one has to know about this who told you that your pastor told you that your parents told you that your grammar and want told you are you kidding me see so old school she told you what no no no no no no no you want surely die that was so last year for God knows in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened and you will be like God knowing good from evil Now forgive me for this bottle thing the devil's that creative he uses the same tired line over and over and over and words so stupid we fall for it over and over and over look at the heart of this whole thing this was his struggle he says if it works for me and 30 angels is going to work for Eve And it's going to work for you and it's going to work for me don't you want to be like God you don't want to submit to anybody that's lame you want to be in control you want power you want to be like God and he's hiding things from you don't listen to the Bible close that Bible there's nothing in there for you I'll be the one to tell you how to find power. Knowing good from evil so he takes his fruit and he eats of it and instantly things change and sin produces anxiety and fear and suffering and death and I imagine some here can witness to many of those things if not all of them and so Adam and Eve lost even because of disobedience alternately because they did not trust God fully and completely and that's why we sin there's a directive in scripture that maybe we're just completely naive on scripture but there are many things that we know are not right and we do them anyway and at the heart of that is this idea that I know better than God Yeah I've heard something like that but that can't be the case now in this it you. You know and so 1st before any sin takes place we take got off the throne and we just kind of nuzzle in there and we say oh yeah this feels better. I'm in control that's right and so we have evil and pain and suffering starvation terrorism acts of violence beheadings San Bernadino I mean where does this all come from really kids that are sick and dying and suffering from things that they never asked for they never brought upon themselves but sin as a way of just continually perpetuating and if not even growing and snowballing death and heartache and pain none of which are part of God's design at all but he has to let sin play out what's crazy to me is how long since has played out and how many people are still buying the lie life is so much more fun and fulfilling if you do it have or you want to live and let live. You're the commander of your fate follow your heart know your heart to see fully awake upon measure who can know it I can't follow my heart why because my heart is selfish me myself and I what do I want and we've all been there way too many funerals. And who is responsible we have a parable here Matthew 1327 sir didn't you so good seed in your field where they ended the weeds come from your body for a wonder that have the hardest time growing what you want to but those weeds you don't have any problems growing those people joke about dead yeah I have a green thumb I can grow weeds really well he said to them and then me has done this Lucifer is the enemy and he is the one that has sown the seeds of pain and suffering and heartache we go the Book of Revelation the revelation reveals love's response so here we are in Revelation Chapter one Verse 5 to him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood Jesus going to be is willing and has already paid the price for your sin and for myself and he doesn't want to just forgive us of our sin He wants to save us from our sin not in our sin how many of us have kids and if our kids are I don't know I'm making this up on the fly that maybe they're an ant pile I grew up in California and I remember getting in some fiery and piles and what if when I was in the middle of that and I'm screamin my head off and I'm not sure what's going on I just sat down the middle of to enjoy my popsicle in one. And dad yells out from the back doesn't even come out of the bag he does the L.C.D. screen no worry I won't kill you he says one just forgive us of our sin He wants to free us from our sin He wants to pull us out of the ants so I had to keep getting stung all the time Revelation 1211 and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony the blood of the Lamb in the word of their testimony testimonies are so powerful why because your testimony you can argue with it was God done for you and you share your testimony and someone can say didn't happen that way well you don't know this is my testimony it's like trying to argue with somebody else's opinion you're welcome to your opinion but a testimony is powerful what God has done for you people can argue in various churches about this theology and that algae but it's really hard to argue with what God has done for you I don't. About you but when I came to the Lord I got a peace I never had before I had a hope I never had before I had a purpose for living that I didn't have before I had a joy I had an assurance and the list goes on and on and on and don't you want to know I've been there done that and I don't want to go back I know how it makes me feel I know how makes me act I don't want to harbor any of those results testimonies are powerful they overcame by the blood of the land the blood of Jesus Christ by the word of their testimony but here you have a dragon and here you have the opposite and we overcome this terrible dragon by focusing on the life the birth the life and the death of Jesus Christ not just that but this glorious resurrection He overcame for you and for me and some people say well that's it we're done he conquered it all at the cross and we'll talk a little bit more about that and yes a huge thing was accomplished at the cross but now this great controversy between God and saying is waged for you and for me because we still have the power of choice it's kind of like a hot summer day and you're up on the parkway and you get bit by a rattlesnake and it gives you really good goes right into one of your veins and one of your best buddies right there and he says don't worry about Dave I have the end of in I'm right here let me give it to you oh thanks I appreciate it death to Jesus Christ the end of him and I put in my pocket right here and I keep hiking he says What are you doing I'm walkin What don't you want to take the end of it I have it in your pocket don't you want to take it I'll never take it don't don't you swallow it or something I don't know I'm assuming you swallow it what do you say in your head you put it on the moon I don't know how even bit by rattlesnakes you injected OK so I have this thing to inject in my pocket too and he says you have to apply it to yourself but he was the matter with you has already got to your head you're not thinking properly but a lot of people view the cross that way Jesus died that was incredible act of selflessness he paved the way for us but I can still reject it I have to apply that to my life I have to accept it I'm not earning it I'm accepting it I'm not trying to earn this vile in my pocket by the. Jack to enter swallow and enter whatever I have to do I'm simply applying it I'm saying yes to it more fully and completely than just put in my pocket so the devil wants to trip us up but the devil is not going to have his way forever at some point God's going to step in in fact it tells us in Revelation chapter 20 versed in the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone devil will have his in he's not going to be around for ever and for always but before that takes place it has everyone has to be convinced in their own mind of who to choose and who to serve so nobody has any doubt 28 years 18 confirms is therefore I brought fire from your midst it devoured you and I turned you to ashes upon the earth again he'll be destroyed you become a whore and then shall be no more for ever and I believe sin will rise up the 2nd time you know why. I believe it's because of how God deals with it again if he pulled out his revolver Maybe a call of the judge I don't know any shoots him down and he says Who else next and everybody's in fear then who's to say sin will rise up the 2nd time and or a 3rd or 4th or 5th because now I have real doubts what about you but when I see how God handle sin when I see the God of the universe not sending somebody but being that somebody and dying in my place on the cross the ultimate act of selflessness for me it's pretty hard for me ever to convince anybody anywhere in the universe that God is not fair and just and true and he's really looking out for number one who might get mail come into that I mean it's like the friend that says why don't you put your hand on this stove right here you know it's one of those old school round you know and you're like Oh well I was just kind of fun try it OK. And you know for the rest of this seminar I had this ring on my hand I had to hide in my pocket I was on then it goes I'm so embarrassed and somebody else comes along later and says hey you want to put your hand on that stove and I show you this big circular scar on my hand and I say Are you kidding me you must think I'm really really does this same thing with him the way God is allowing it to play out nobody will ever say God isn't fair he's not just and he's not true and I believe and will never rise up the 2nd time he was 415 says for we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses but was in all points tempted as we are yet without sin we serve a God who has walked in the shoes that we have walked in as soon as we think oh well he didn't have this temptation and that temptation I promise you he had far worse and more difficult temptations than you and I will ever meet I promise you every evil and Angel and the devil himself was out to stumble and trip up Jesus but he overcame through the Father but we have somebody who can relate with us and can sympathize with our weakness but was in all points tempted as we are yet without thin and he. Wants to bring us to a place where we can overcome sin and our lives and it's not by my own working or striving there's a work for us to do but it's all in in the power of God All that sounds like works and legalism is not works in league with I'm not talking about earning your salvation that we just accept we just drink it or injected or whatever and it's done but if somebody has done that for me you better believe I'm going to respond with trying to obey because I trust that person with everything I have I trust that person and so now this great contrary is being played out and we're going to continue to study that as we go through the Book of Revelation how these great controversies not just be played out in the lives of you and I put on this planet as it's going to continue to Christian go and heightened more and more and more and more and as the pressure gets dialed up people are going to have to choose whose side are you going to be on I like to think the fact that you're here and you're interested in the Bible and prophecy tips the fact that you're interested in God and following the Bible's directives for you and your life and I praise the Lord for that that's a wonderful wonderful thing and we don't have to leave here feeling discouraged or down or anything else we can leave here praising the Lord that he has died for our sins he's forgiven us our sins and we ask him and he gives us not only pardon but power to overcome the sin our life so I don't have to keep living with that filthy monkey on my back that's good news that's true freedom and that's true peace and hope and assurance and all those wonderful things he was for 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may have tamed mercy and find grace to help us in time of need and so this was a little bit of an inner direction we're going to continue to talk about this great controversy a little bit more as we go through the Book of Revelation but just a few promises here fear not for I'm with you be not dismayed for I am your God who is going to strengthen you God he says I will strengthen you yes I will help you I will hold you with a ma a righteous right hand. And there's I am the last live if there's any. I doubt on anybody's mind of who's going to do this is God is going to do it but it's a promise that we can claim any time we want to we can say God you told me not to fear because you are with me that I should not be worried or stressed or dismayed because you are my God And they you will strengthen me and yes you will help me and you will hold me with your righteous right hand I like to think that the other put right hand as most people are right handed and that there's strong as our God says I'm going to hold you in my strongest arm is he powerful he doesn't know about your sin he could help you are you kidding me he could help you overcome anything and everything if you'll surrender it to him so that's mine to talk to see me and that's my call to you and I to just be aware and sometimes when junk happens in our life when junk happens this week sometimes I don't know about you but it helps me to think the Devils a jerk the Devil's a jerk sometimes we blame God Factor your insurance claim might say I was an act of God knows the act of the devil he's a jerk and sometimes maybe it's just my own stubbornness but when the Devil's a jerk it makes me all the more stubborn I'm not going to fall for your mess because you're a jerk and I know you caused this and I'm going to claim the power of Jesus Christ the devil doesn't like that in fact I've heard people say that when they're tempted to start praying for all your friends don't pray for the temptation because that puts your mind where on the temptation so start praying for your friends make a list keep in your back pocket every time temptation strikes pull it out and pray for all your friends while I'm still tend to will then keep Priam your prayer life may go up a by which but they'll go learn real quick yeah don't tempt that guy because every time we tempt him he goes and prays very Belsen starts and the bombs and everything we're trying to do leave him alone but I believe God wants us to be aware of this great controversy and to know that there is power for us to be free in Jesus Christ to be forgiven to be restored to be renewed and one day to live with him for eternity without sin at all dear Heavenly Father is true you are just the same today your power and your mind have not. Missed at all and through the life that you lived through how you have handled this problem of sin and Lucifer and this great controversy gives us more confidence than ever that you are fair that you're just at your true that you love us and that you have our best interests at heart Lord I pray whatever it is that is standing in the way whatever works in whatever way that we are giving in to the devil in his temptations I pray that you will not only forgive us of our sins but cleanse us from all unrighteousness and empower us to live for you today my prayer in Jesus' name amen. This media was brought to you by audio from a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more service to visit W.W.W. audio or.

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