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R. G. Lee - Jesus Above All (Pt. 3 of 3)

Pastor R.G. Lee was born November 11, 1886, and died July 20, 1978. The midwife attending his birth held baby Lee in her black arms while dancing a jig around the room, saying, "Praise God! The Lord has sent a preacher to this house." "God-sent preacher" well describes Dr. Lee. Few in number are the Baptists who have never heard his most famous sermon, "Payday Someday!" If you haven't heard it, or read it, surely you have heard some preacher make a favorable reference to it.

R. G. Lee - Jesus Above All (Pt. 3 of 3)

Pastor R.G. Lee was born November 11, 1886, and died July 20, 1978. The midwife attending his birth held baby Lee in her black arms while dancing a jig around the room, saying, "Praise God! The Lord has sent a preacher to this house." "God-sent preacher" well describes Dr. Lee. Few in number are the Baptists who have never heard his most famous sermon, "Payday Someday!" If you haven't heard it, or read it, surely you have heard some preacher make a favorable reference to it.

R. G. Lee - Jesus Above All (Pt. 2 of 3)

Pastor R.G. Lee was born November 11, 1886, and died July 20, 1978. The midwife attending his birth held baby Lee in her black arms while dancing a jig around the room, saying, "Praise God! The Lord has sent a preacher to this house." "God-sent preacher" well describes Dr. Lee. Few in number are the Baptists who have never heard his most famous sermon, "Payday Someday!" If you haven't heard it, or read it, surely you have heard some preacher make a favorable reference to it.

R. G. Lee - Jesus Above All (Pt. 2 of 3)

Pastor R.G. Lee was born November 11, 1886, and died July 20, 1978. The midwife attending his birth held baby Lee in her black arms while dancing a jig around the room, saying, "Praise God! The Lord has sent a preacher to this house." "God-sent preacher" well describes Dr. Lee. Few in number are the Baptists who have never heard his most famous sermon, "Payday Someday!" If you haven't heard it, or read it, surely you have heard some preacher make a favorable reference to it.

Pastor R. G. Lee - Payday Someday! (Pt. 4 of 4)

 

Pastor R.G. Lee was born November 11, 1886, and died July 20, 1978. The midwife attending his birth held baby Lee in her black arms while dancing a jig around the room, saying, "Praise God! The Lord has sent a preacher to this house." "God-sent preacher" well describes Dr. Lee. Few in number are the Baptists who have never heard his most famous sermon, "Payday Someday!" If you haven't heard it, or read it, surely you have heard some preacher make a favorable reference to it.

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Temple Baptist Church - 11-22-20192 Peter 1:1-2Introduction:A. Any time that you have a 2nd or 3rd epistle with the same name, the first is normally doctrinal in nature while the others are prophetic of the times preceding the Second Coming of Christ.1. The key word in 2 Peter is “knowledge.” God's people, in light of knowledge, are destroyed in two ways.2. God's children are destroyed by a lack of knowledge. Not giving God's children the truth of Scripture. Knowledge is what the Bible is all about. Knowledge of God, knowledge of sin, knowledge of Christ, knowledge of propitiation, knowledge of salvation, and knowledge of doctrine. God's people have a right to be taught the Word of God.3. God's children are destroyed by a false knowledge or teaching. On one side of the “coin,” we see Biblical knowledge withheld; on the other side, we find Biblical knowledge perverted or rejected.4. 2 Peter is all about false teaching or heresy. In 1 Peter, Satan is a “roaring lion” seeking whom he may devour. In 2 Peter, Satan is a “serpent,” subtly deceiving God's people through heresy.5. False teaching within the local church is far more dangerous than persecution from without as persecution from without strengthens while false teaching from within destroys.B. Chapter 3:1 tells us that Peter is writing to the same “strangers scattered.” First, I want to call our attention to Peter's opening statement and compare it to that in 1 Peter.C. In 1 Peter, he described himself only as an Apostle: one with a divine commission—one with authority. It is because God entrusted him with sound doctrine and 1 Peter is doctrinal in nature.D. In 2 Peter, he describes himself as one “with them” instead of one “over them.”1. “Simon.” Peter's humanity. Simon, in the New Testament, was a common name. It comes from the Hebrew word of Simeon, one of Jacob's sons. Because of the commonness of the name, it identifies Peter with the common people. Our Lord called Peter “Simon” when he was in trouble. (John Milton!) This was the fleshly side of the great Apostle that identified him with us common people.Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: (Was he ever in trouble.)2. “Peter.” Peter's strength. Our Lord called Simon “Peter,” (Petros): a rock, larger that a small stone but smaller that Petra—a mass or massive Rock which is Christ. Though a “rock” of a man, not the Rock of God!Matthew 16:18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter (Petros), and upon this rock (Petra) I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Petra, or rock, was the statement “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”)3. “Servant … of God.” Peter's humility. A servant was one of low class in Biblical times. One who waited upon others. A servant of God! One who waited upon the Lord and ministered, not only for Him, but to Him. Stewards were required to be faithful. Peter was faithful to Christ!1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.2 Corinthians 6:4 But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses,4. “An apostle.” Peter's purpose. He has declared himself a common man and yet a rock. Now he has declared himself a servant and yet an apostle: a man sent with a mission, a man with apostolic power. Though he is a servant of Christ and the people, he is also one commissioned by God with authority. Apostles were chosen, empowered, and sent with a commission.Luke 6:13-14 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; (14) Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,5. “Of Jesus Christ.” Peter's obedience. Jesus Chris was Peter's Master! Though Peter was a servant of man, he was obedient to Christ. A beautiful picture of the New Testament pastor and evangelist: though they are servants to the people (ministers), they are to be obedient only to Christ.John 21:20-22 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? (21) Peter seeing him saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? (22) Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.E. Those to whom Peter was writing: “to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Let us look at these words:1. The Preciousness of our salvation – “obtained” Our salvation is personal and it is finished. We are not obtaining our salvation but eternally saved by God's amazing grace. It belongs to us. What a gift.2. The Performance of our salvation – “like” Everyone has the same saving faith in the finished work of Christ. He is our salvation and He is our life. 3. The Preciousness of our salvation – “precious” “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee!” The most important, the most wonderful, the most thrilling thing in this world is our salvation.Acres of Diamonds, mountains of gold, Rivers of silver, jewels untold; All these together, wouldn't buy you or me Peace when we're sleeping or a conscience that's free. A heart that's contented, a satisfied mind, These are the treasures, money can't buy; If you have Jesus, there's more wealth in your soul, Than Acres of Diamonds, mountains of gold. 4. The Purity of our salvation – “righteousness of God” Faultless we shall one day stand before the throne of His glory. “Dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”5. The Person of our salvation – “our Saviour Jesus Christ.” What makes Christianity different from every other religion in the world. Our salvation is in a Person! It is not about us, it is all about Him.Romans 11:36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Temple Baptist Church - 11-19-2017Psalm 100Introduction: A. One of the signs of these last days is that of ingratitude. 2 Timothy 3:2says, “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy.” Unfortunately, it is a characteristic of the professing Christian as well as the religious lost person. The word thanks is found in many places and in several forms in the Bible: Thanks – 71x Thank – 26x Thankful – 3x Thanksgiving – 27x. B. We live in the day of “entitlements.” People believe that they are entitled to things without working for them. Instead of being thankful, people are expectant. They have been taught that this world and this nation owes them something. We areENTITLED TO GET A JOB, TO BE PRODUCTIVE, AND TO PROVIDE FOR OUR FAMILIES!C. Most people are not thankful because they do not take the time to reflect upon just how good the Lord has been to them! They take the blessings of God for granted.D. Here is a short breakdown of Psalm 100: a Psalm of praise.1. The Purposing of Thanksgiving – “Make”2. The Praise of Thanksgiving – “a joyful noise”3. The Person of Thanksgiving – “unto the Lord”4. The People of Thanksgiving – “all ye lands”5. The Presence of Thanksgiving – “come before His presence”6. The Pondering of Thanksgiving – “He is God … He hath made us7. The Place of Thanksgiving – “His gates … His courts”8. The Perpetuity of Thanksgiving – “For the LORD is good; his mercy iseverlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” E. Just a few things that I am thankful for:1. I Thank God For My Salvation.a. At age 28, He came to me when I could not come to Him.b. He gave me the faith to be exercised.c. He granted me repentance.d. His mercy keeps me from hell.e. His grace gives me Heaven.f. His power to keep me saved.g. His watch care to keep me safe.h. His chastening to keep me straight.2. I Thank God For His Grace.a. Grace to live.b. Grace to suffer.c. Grace to stand.d. Grace in sorrow.e. Grace when it is my time to die.3. I Thank God For His Longsuffering And Mercy.a. When I am good He loves me.b. When I am not so good He loves me.c. When He chastens me it is with love and compassion.4. I Thank God For My Family.a. I thank God for my wife.1) For her faithfulness.2) For her forbearance (she has to put up with me 24/7 while you only put up with me forabout 5 hours/week!)b. I thank God for my family. I am proud of them.c. I thank God for my family in Kentucky. 5. I Thank God For Mine And Barbara's Health.a. I am getting older and still feel good and am able to work. As far as the doctors are concerned, I am cancer free.b. Barbara has been cancer free for 19+ years now thanks to the Lord.6. I Thank God For My Nation.a. I love America! I am an American by both birth and choice!b. I love her freedom.c. I love her prosperity.d. I love her mountains, plains, deserts, farmlands, for the north to the south, and from the east to the west. This is my country!7. I Thank God For His Inerrant Word.a. Its calm assurance.b. Its open prophecy.c. Its power to save. (It still works!)d. Its comfort in troublesome times.e. It is inerrant, infallible, inspired, powerful, wonderful, and it is free!8. I Thank God For Calling Me Into The Ministry.a. That God could use a sinner such as I. Unworthy and unprofitable!b. To let me preach in a time such as this. There are more sinners to preach to; more sin to preach against; more opportunity to shine for the Lord than at any other time since the beginning of time. c. The school from which I graduated. Tabernacle Baptist Bible College. It was a good school: faithful to God's Word and the doctrines of the faith. It was a place of old-fashioned worship where God was praised and pleased.d. Godly pastors and laymen who faithfully taught us the Word of God.9. I Thank God For The Church That God Called Me To Pastor. Temple Baptist Church of Laurens, SC. The greatest church on the face of the earth!a. For 7 people to start with. I couldn't have handled 8!b. For godly deacons and their familys who have never given me one ounce of trouble. Who have stayed by the stuff and continue to faithfully serve their Lord. (Deacon jokes are like mother-in-law jokes, but I have none to tell!)c. For a church full of people who are not only members of Temple Baptist Church, but are my friends. They follow instead of fight! I am theirs and they are mine. I am proud of them.10. I Thank God For His Many Blessings.a. Food on the table.b. A good bed to sleep in.c. Two cars and a truck to drive.d. Shoes on my feet and clothes on my back.e. We could camp here for a while!11. I Thank God For A Heavenly Hope.a. All of this and Heaven too. Glory!!b. The blessed hope of His soon appearing.c. The blessed hope of my disappearing.d. Ruling and reigning with Him.e. Living in the New Jerusalem in a mansion.f. Spending an eternity with my blessed Saviour and those who have been redeemed throughout all ages. Conclusion: This year, let us be thankful for God's many blessings!
Temple Baptist Church - 10-29-20171 Chronicles 16:23-17:23Introduction:A. Last week, I made the statement that Demas left God in his heart long before he physically left Paul. This morning, we see a perfect example of this. A man who suffered wrong became bitter to his own demise. A man by the name of Ahithophel. A man who harbored hurt in his heart.B. Who was this man, Ahithophel? I believe that he is often thought of as a “wicked man” or, in our terminology, a “lost man.” That is not the Bible's commentary on his life. Ahithophel was a godly man who started well but ended his life in bitterness. C. This message will be one with a long introduction and a short summation. 1. Ahithophel was a man of great wisdom. 1 Chronicles 27:33a And Ahithophel was the king's counsellor:Proverbs 20:18 Every purpose is established by counsel: and with good advice make war.2. Ahithophel was a man who could be trusted. 2 Samuel 16:23 And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.3. Ahithophel was a very dear friend of King David. Psalms 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.a) “mine own” Ahithophel was someone very personal to David.b) “familiar friend” Ahithophel was intimate with David. Ahithophel was allowed into David's personal life like a family member.Psalms 55:12-14 For it was not an enemy (Ahithophel was David's friend) that reproached me; then I could have borne it:neither was it he that hated me (Ahithophel loved David) that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him: (13) But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. (14) We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company (Ahithophel loved God).D. What caused Ahithophel to turn bitter against his “own familiar friend” the king. What caused such hatred and intended harm? What caused Ahithophel to destroy his own life?1. Ahithophel was Bathsheba's grandfather! Ahithophel, according to the scriptural account (2 Samuel, chapter 11), was a victim in the matter of King David's sin with Bathsheba and against Uriah the Hittite. 2 Samuel 11:3 And David sent and enquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?2 Samuel 23:34 Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel the Gilonite,2. King David could have had almost any single woman in the kingdom as a wife, but he stole the wife of one of his mighty men, Uriah the Hittite: a man very close to the king.3. King David, instead of confessing his sin, sought to cover it by using Uriah's flesh against Uriah. Uriah's desire to be with his beautiful wife. Even causing Uriah to get drunk could not undermine the integrity of the man.4. King David sent a letter to Joab by the hand of Uriah that placed Uriah in the hottest place of battle and retiring from him so that he would die.5. Somehow, Ahithophel became privy to the wicked acts committed by King David and the hurt, anger, and bitterness turned into wrath. From that day, he hated the king. He continued to be David's counselor without David knowing that Ahithophel was in the know.6. When Absalom came into power and King David had to flee for his life, Ahithophel remained in the palace as Absalom's counselor. When the right time came, he tried to kill the king.7. When his counsel was rejected, he went home—put his house in order—and hanged himself.E. The King sinned against God, Bathsheba, Uriah the Hittite, Joab, Ahithophel, and Israel. 1. King David got it right with God but Ahithophel never got over it. He became hurt, angry, and bitter against the man of God. 2. Ahithophel's bitterness destroyed his own life, not David's.F. There are only two things that should divide us from the local church:1. Major doctrinal error. Romans 16:17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.2. Open, unrebuked sin. 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. (2) And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.G. Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;1. The Causes of Bitterness can be varied so I would not try to enumerate them. Bitterness is a self-inflicted wound!a. People can be carnal and care nothing for the feelings of others. When people legitimately hurt you, you need to realize that you can hurt yourself by not handling it right. They can say something wrong and forget about it while you stew over it for years.b. People can falsely perceive that they are being hurt by others. There is always the possibility of you “reading them wrong.” Not everyone can speak a word “fitly spoken.” They intend no harm but say something is a wrong way. Always give them the benefit of the doubt realizing that people have bad days or tongue problems at times.c. People can overact to the actions or words of others. One piece of advice given to me by my pastor many years ago was to “minimize things.” Never making a “mountain out of a molehill.”2. The Consequences of Bitterness can have both personal and collateral damage.a. Springing up! Bitterness springs up from the root of hurt and anger. Kill the root before it becomes a tree!b. Trouble you! Personal damage comes when it troubles you. We have enough trouble in this world without causing our own. It troubles you because you do not deal with it. It troubles you because you meditate upon it.c. Many be defiled thereby. Collateral damage is when your bitterness affects those around you. This has attributed to D.L. Moody – “The one sin that is keeping revival from coming to the church, more people from being, and more of the blessings of God from coming upon His people, is the sin of an unforgiving spirit.” 3. The Cure of Bitterness is nothing profound or unreasonable. I want to look at two problem sources. Bitterness generally boils down to carnality and unforgiveness.a. Spirituality vs. Carnality - Psalms 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.b. Forgiveness vs. Unforgiveness - Ephesians 4:31-32 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: (32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.4. Bitterness will destroy your life along with the lives of those closest to you. To be bitter or not to be bitter is up to you! Throughout the trials of this life, we make choices to become better or bitter.
Temple Baptist Church - 10-15-2017Luke 15:25-32Introduction:A. In my first message along this line, we saw that being lukewarm is not a benign neutrality with God. If you are not walking with God, you are walking away from Him.B. The Prodigal Son was a type of the backslidden child of God who ends up in the “hog pen.” They get out of the will of God; get out of church and must be restored.C. Not all backsliders get out of church. There was another Prodigal Son who had remained in his Father's House! I want to make some spiritual applications concerning the Prodigal who stayed at home. The Prodigal who stayed at home was the lukewarm backslider of Revelation, chapter 3. In church but satisfied and having need of nothing. Needing nothing equals receiving nothing equals doing nothing!D. Proverbs gives a great description of the “why” of the backslider on the pew who has remained faithful but has “walked away from God” in his heart.Proverbs 5:12-14 And say, How have I hated instruction, and my heart despised reproof; (13) And have not obeyed the voice of my teachers, nor inclined mine ear to them that instructed me! (14) I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.1. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home was a son of the Father. In the spiritual application of this, we will say that he was a child of God. Saved but not knowing it. You might ask, “Preacher, how can you be saved and not know it?” By spending your days for self without praying or, for the most part, not acknowledging the presence of God in your life. Therefore, saved but not showing it.2. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home lived in the Father's House. In the spiritual application, we will say that he attended church on a regular basis. Forgetting that this is God's house where we come to gather with God's people to worship God who is altogether lovely and worthy of our praise. Faithful but not growing.3. The Prodigal Son who stayed at home was working in the Father's fields. In the spiritual application, we will say that he was faithful in the work of the Lord. No weeping or bearing precious seed; no burden for the lost; never handing out a gospel tract or witnessing to those around us. Or laboring but not enjoying it.4. BUT, The Prodigal Son who stayed at home had a Grievance! In the spiritual application, we will say that the child of God was angry or hurt about something. Displeased because something did not go like he though it should; angry because he did not get his way; hurt because his feelings became a “chip on his shoulder.”E. I want to look at three things concerning having a “grievance.”1. The Curse of the Grievance. Vs 28-30a. It Destroyed his Happiness. “And he was angry?” A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.1) Individual words are important and the word “And” is an important one. It implies that everyone else, in the same situation, was happy and having an enjoyable time. 2) So many of God's children have problems with the church, the pastor, the doctrine, the atmosphere of the local church whileEVERYONE else is enjoying it. That is an indication that the one who is out of sorts is the one who is OUT OF STEP!b. It Destroyed his Christian Joy. “angry?” Be angry and sin not. His anger trumped everything else. Church family does not matter; souls do not matter; unity and peace no longer matter.1) Happiness and joy are two different things but one affects the other. Happiness is all about “happenings” while joy is “despite happenings. 2) If one is angry on the outside, they probably have a joyless Christian life on the inside. “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh!”c. It Destroyed his Usefulness. Vs 30. “But as soon as this thy son was come.” Now he has separated himself from all the rest.1) Now, instead of laboring for his father, he is complaining to him. He is no longer the obedient son who labored in the fields along with the servants or hired hands. 2) When one begins to show outwardly what is inward, the tendency is to quit doing outwardly. The harvest is plenteous but the labourers are few. So many people have had a grievance of some sore that has put them on the sidelines.d. It Destroyed his Oneness. Vs. 30. “this thy son” We are all brothers and sisters in Christ if we are all saved.1) They were both “thy sons!” Now, the division in the family becomes evident. I have heard the words “our church” turn into “your church” too often. It is the Lord's church and we are all members together. We are a family. 2) When there is division on the pews, the church becomes more dysfunctional. As baffles confuse the forward motion of liquid in fuel trucks, division baffles the forward motion of the local church. Both were not only “sons of the father,” they were brothers!2. The Cause of the Grievance.a. Restricted Vision. Vs 29. “I … me … my” JOY is Jesus first, others second, and you last.1) With people who have a grievance, it becomes all about self and not the corporate body of the local church. It is not about me, it is about us! Failure to put others first: I … me … my!2) The sin of hurt causes one to think only of self. The sin of pride does the same. When life becomes all about self, others suffer.b. Distorted Values. Vs 29. “a kid.” A “kid” became more important than his brother.1) I wonder how many fatted calves or lambs the one with a grievance had eaten while his brother was gone? I am sure that everyone including the servants had more than enough to eat every day. Verse 17 says, “How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare.” 2) To know that his brother was alive and home again should have brought about the same joy in the one with a grievance as it did all the others. The “kid” was more important than his own flesh and blood.c. Outraged Virtue. Vs. 29. “I served … never gavest me” He probably never asked!1) Service is something that we do for God, not for reward. Service is something that we do for others, not self. Service is something that is to be love motivated, not selfishly motivated. 2) The right perspective is “So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.” (Luke 17:10)3. The Cure of the Grievance.a. Remembering the Father's Abiding Presence. Vs. 31. The Father was always with him and he was always with the Father. I am His and He is mine.b. Realizing the Father's Abundant Provision. Vs. 31. He had more than enough and did without nothing. God has been good to all of us but we too often take these blessings for granted.c. Reveling in the Father's Achieved Purpose. Vs. 32. The value of the Christian life is all about others, not self. His brother who was lost was now restored.When was the last time that God's Word thrilled your heart in church? When was the last time that God demanded something in your life and you gave it to Him? When was the last time that you volunteered to do something in the church? When was the last time that you witnessed to a lost person or handed out a tract? It is easy to backslide while sitting on the pew of the church or standing in the pulpit!
Temple Baptist Church - 10-4-20171 Peter 5:8-9Introduction:A. We will never fully understand, this side of eternity, the wickedness and power of the one that God calls our “adversary.” “Adversary” means “opponent.” He is against us! He is against all that is good! He is the “arch enemy” of God and hates God with all his being. He cannot touch God so he goes after all that God has made. B. Peter knew much about the wickedness, purpose, and power of Satan as he had “sifted” Peter as “wheat” in the Book of Luke. Our Lord said, “Satan hath DESIRED to have you, that he may SIFT you as wheat.” I thank God for the next verse that says, “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” As much as Satan hates us, God loves us!C. Here, in 1 Peter, Peter warns the Jewish believers of the person, purpose, and power of Satan. He had borne the brunt of Satan's attack and now continued to “strengthen” the brethren. We, as God's children, need to fully understand the person, purpose, and power of our enemy. Satan is active today just as he was in the days of the apostles. Here is a “short” look at Satan:1. Satan's Desire - “your Adversary”a. Need To Realize That You Have An Enemyb. Adversary - An enemy or foe; one who has enmity at heart.2. Satan's Danger - “a roaring lion”a. Need To Realize That He Is A Formidable Foe - Jude 9 Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee. b. We Are No Match For Him In Ourselves3. His Disposition – “the devil”a. Devil – One who slanders or falsely accuses - Revelation 12:10 And I heard a great voice in the heaven saying, Now is come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren has been cast out, who accused them before our God day and night:Job 1:9 And Satan answered Jehovah and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?b. Satan – One who withstands - 1 Chronicles 21:1 And Satan stood up against Israel, and moved David to number Israel.Zechariah 3:1 And he shewed me Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand to resist him.1 Thessalonians 2:18 wherefore we have desired to come to you, even I Paul, both once and twice, and Satan has hindered us.c. Serpent – cunning - 2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.Genesis 3:1 Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?d. Dragon – power and cruelty - Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.e. Lucifer - Light Bearer - 2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.Ezekiel 28:14-19 Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire. Thou wast perfect in thy ways from the day that thou wast created, till iniquity was found in thee. By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire. Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee. Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee. All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.4. Satan's Determination - “walketh about”a. Satan Never Gives Up - Revelation 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.b. Satan Never Gave Up On The Lord Jesus - Luke 4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season.c. Satan Never Gave Up On Job - Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.d. Satan Never Gave Up On Peter - Luke 22:31 And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired [to have] you, that he may sift you as wheat:e. Satan Never Gave Up On Paul - 1 Thessalonians 2:18 Wherefore we would have come unto you, even I Paul, once and again; but Satan hindered us.f. Satan Will Never Give Up On You - 1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:5. Satan's Devouring - “may devour” - 2 Corinthians 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.a. Through Temptation - Matthew 4:1-111. Tempts In The Area of Provision - 3-4 God won't take care of you2. Tempts In The Area of Protection - 5-7 You are on your own3. Tempts In The Area of Promotion - 8-10 Higher paying jobs that take you out of His serviceb. Through Pride - Luke 22:31-34 Self Reliance (Though good is intended!)c. Through Unrepentant Sin - 1 Corinthians 5:5d. Through Unfulfilled Marriages - 1 Corinthians 7:4-5 The Devastation of Infidelity!e. Through Unforgiveness - 2 Corinthians 2:10-11Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. f. Through Anger - Ephesians 4:26-27 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: (27) Neither give place to the devil.1. The Command of Anger - “be ye angry”2. The Condemnation of Anger - “your wrath”3. The Continuance of Anger - “sun go down”4. The conquering of Anger - “let not” - your power!g. Through Not Acknowledging The Truth - 2 Timothy 2:24-26 And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, (25) In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (26) And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.1. They Oppose Themselves (hurting others, but self more)2. They Oppose The Instruction of The Pastor3. They Are Taken Captive At Satan's Will6. Satan's Defeat - “resist steadfast in the faith” (Remember God's Hedge)a. Resist Him - James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. b. Resist Him Steadfastly - Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. c. Resist Steadfastly In the Faith - Ephesians 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth (God's Word), and having on the breastplate of righteousness (holiness of life); And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace (serving the Lord); Above all, taking the shield of faith (trusting god), wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation (knowing you are saved), and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit (praying hard), and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints (watching);
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