Introduction – The world teaches that we should desire deliverance simply because the absence of suffering is good. The world strives to avoid all pain and all hardship, no matter the consequences of avoiding pain and hardship. However, this is not the biblical view of suffering and hardship. Our desire for deliverance must be rooted in God’s promises. The Lord is going to deliver His people. The Psalmist longs for salvation because he hopes in the Word of God (v. 81). He wants to see the promises of God because they will comfort where nothing else can (v. 82). He is sure of that. This morning, as we continue to explore Psalm 119 together, we see 3 questions that we all ask in tribulation, and the answers to those questions from the life of the Psalmist.
Why do we need salvation?
What must our response be to tribulation?
Why can we be confident in the Lord’s deliverance?
Challenge – How we will respond in the tribulation that comes into our life? Will we be found faithful? Do you have confidence that not only can the Lord deliver, but that He will deliver His children from all tribulation. It may not come when we want and it may not come at a time where we escape all hardship. However, our Heavenly Father has sent His Son to deliver His people. The cross of Christ is the guarantor of our deliverance when we are found in Him. The great 20th century English preacher Charles Spurgeon put it this way: “In this day’s labors or trials say, ‘The LORD God will help me.’ Go forth boldly. Set your face like a flint and resolve that no faintness or shamefacedness shall come near you. If God helps, who can hinder? If you are sure of omnipotent aid, what can be too heavy for you? Begin the day joyously, and let no shade of doubt come between thee and the eternal sunshine.”
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1 John 3:11-24
I. Introduction – Loving one another is central part of the Christian life. We are able to love because the Father has loved us. Our love toward one another is an outward sign to the world of the inward change Christ has brought about in our lives. This morning we examine. 4 Truths about our love toward one another.
II. Love is a mark of true faith (vv. 11-15)
a. So do not hate, be righteous (v. 12)
b. Do not be surprised when your righteousness is hated (v. 13)
c. Love is the sign that you have been redeemed (v. 14-15)
III. Love is demonstrated through service to others (vv. 16-18)
a. Love may be demonstrated through laying down your life (v. 16)
b. Love will be demonstrated through giving (v. 17-18)
IV. Love reveals God’s process of heart change (vv. 19-22) – love reassures our heart.
a. Our heart condemns (v. 20a)
b. God is bigger and knows everything (v. 20b)
c. Our heard no longer condemns (v. 21a)
d. We are confident before God (v. 21b)
e. We can ask of God according to His will (v. 22) – when we are able to ask according to His will, we are at a place where we love one another.
V. Love is inseparable from right belief about God (vv. 23-24)
a. His one commandment: believe and love! (v. 23)
b. In this the Spirit give confidence (v. 24)
VI. Challenge – Examine your heart. Does your obedience to His command and the confidence of the Spirit confirm for you the redemption from the Lord? Do you struggle to love other Christians? What does this say about the condition of your heart?