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May 18, 2022 12:30 am
Today Pastor Russ Andrews continues his lesson on teaching us to be wary of the schemes of the enemy. Thus putting on the armor of God is our one defense against the powers of darkness in the world.
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Pastor Russ Sanders will walk us through Scripture to answer these questions join us on finding purpose, glorifying God by helping men find their purpose for living. For more information and to connect with Russ Sanders and finding purpose could visit us email@example.com or connect with us on Facebook. Now let's listen to Russ Andrews as he teaches us how to be a Christian without being religious since the fall in Genesis 3 and famines that are they sending your runners might shorten the time we get a shortage of food here, but Osaka is a these are all the result of the fall occurred back in Genesis 3 and Satan is all about politics. What he wanted to he wants to destroy everything God created.
He wants us to destroy the physical world that God created was what good and he wants to destroy you and me, because we are image bearers. We bear the image of God, and he wants to make sure that if you have any of that image left in you. By the time you.and what he do that is is got to get your mind because you get your body in the future so to hear Lake. We found these disciples out in the midst of storm in the middle of the sea of Galilee.
But where's Jesus is asleep in the back of the bike and promissory drinks that were about thing. Look at verse 22. One day Jesus sent his disciples, let us go over to the other satellite so they got into a boat and set out as they sailed he fell asleep a squall nearly a mini hurricane came down on the lake suddenly said that the boat was being swamped and they were in great danger. Literally, they were great danger, but not really disciples went and woke them up send master master. We're going to try out the got up and rebuked the storm in the raging waters. The storm subsided and all was calm.
If senior ocean after storm passes through this like glass APS swales. The best time to go surfing. Where's your faith he asked his disciples. This is in fear and amazement they sit and asked for another who is this he commands even the winds and the water and they die him From from this one story. I want to show you for truths about the storms in life that we all have encountered many caring right now you message right now deal with a horrible storm and you don't know what you're doing right now you're lost in turmoil and this if you not. It had to face a storm and then wonders what storms are coming all of us restrictive on the storms often come suddenly and with little warning about the way the sea of Galilee is actually known for sudden and violent storms. It they come out of nowhere and so that's why sailors they always check it like we did on the beach.
Check see what the winds no one weather forecast is, and we get an award he always looking to see where the clouds are any thunderstorms coming up and you see when you come to keep an eye out you made about away from indulgently and you get trapped out there. The sea of Galilee is a fresh water in the lake is only about 12 miles long and about 6 miles wide and River Jordan flows through it from north to south identity and it is itself into the Dead Sea that the thing is so unique about the sea of Galilee as it is almost 700 feet below sea level and therefore in the summer months. He can get asked Dworkin to almost too hot even what you're doing. One of the so you have got the warm war and you have a Scholastic and blowing it over the hills and Lily I went. I stood right there in the sea of Galilee, about two or three days back in 2019 is glorious. We never saw a storms but their heels across based on the Golan Heights. On the other side and who we as witches come rushing down if they're forceful, they can cause your headset warm air and also you got us when ripping through their family with hurricane force and huge waves and those enlisted all it takes is one way a good way to break of about talking to Mike about that you got is that in the end that what that can be swamped in a minute. This is so much volume of water in one wife and that's what happened here. They got swamped by at least my probably multiple wives and they were filling up and was probably on the verge of sinking what is Jesus doing all this.
He's asleep in the back of his number today but he was in the history of military for believers, I have to emphasize it for believers. Storms are coming your life are divine storms and is always a purpose in the storm said nothing. This this is true. Nothing can come into a believer's life that doesn't first pass through the hands of God and he says it's okay.
Let it be. I have a purpose and that storm you may not like that. But this simmers you discipline your children try to make them want good sense and dollars. I want you to notice that Jesus didn't say maybe we should go to. He said what, let's go to the site and was he sent them into the storm and he knew full well procedure take place.
Verse 22 says one day Jesus sent his disciples go over to the other satellite so they got into a boat and they set off for the other side of the light like a beautiful day, probably licensed IN the distance. The advance is a question why this is the question that leads many people astray.
Why does God allow storms difficult storms into the lives of his children. Those whom he loved, I thought he was out shooting a refuge. I thought he was going to protect us about when you come to Jesus like Josie said in an advertiser, Friday. This was this was another Friday.
The storm okay probably Monday morning will worn was because about the best answer you can give faith must be tested before can be trusted to trust your faith you to indicate his investment tested. That's what is best wanting to get the great practice is a test to see how good they are against the defensive plays on the same tumor may be an All-American defensive players and you if you can get hard to get your feet your teammate is try to stop you. When they back and when that test. When I go there to Cameron.
That's why you work hard in practice, you test yourself and if it is investment tested. That's what is best wanting to get the great practice is a test to see how good they are against the defensive plays on the same tumor may be an All-American defensive players in need. If you can get hard to get your feet your teammate is try to stop you. When they back and when that test. When I go there to Cameron. That's why you work hard in practice, you test yourselves. You put yourself through rigorous workouts is from an anonymous source.
The diamond cannot be polished without friction nor the man perfected without trials.
Johnny Erickson taught a man who is one of my heroes. She's been through so much suffering that is ridiculous. She was 17 she diverged. She dived into the Chesapeake Bay, thinking that was about 10 feet. David is about 3 feet deep and she snapped her neck and she was floating upside down on the Savior was her sister Dorothy was walking out upon the beach sure she stepped like a crab and she turned her. Hey, watch out for the craft she saw sister back there floating nothing With that crap there but you could say what he need to stop her from jumping out at night so I got work, God is wiser hard and always we cannot understand God for some other why we would have heard of John Erickson taught if she had broken her neck.
She might not be believers and broken her neck.
John Erickson taught a quadriplegic man for 50 years, and race. Not long ago, she had breast cancer.
She says that God uses suffering to refine perfect strengthening strengthen you and to keep her from falling here that to keep you from falling. Later when you have of course test Hebrews 210 says they listed this carefully in bringing many sons to glory your name. It was fitting that God, for whom and through whom everything exists, should make the author of their salvation, who she talking about who is the author of our salvation. Jesus, that God the father should make God the son off of the salvation perfect through suffering. This is above my pay grade.
But apparently Jesus had to go through suffering to be made perfect.
The audit was.
He did it was already perfect.
This is why you take a automobile and you test it. So therefore can tell you is perfect. The test was nothing automobile. There are numerous part of the test is for you when nothing is perfect. That's why Jesus was tested so that we would nice perfect. He stood test the onslaught of Satan said that he was he was going to attest that you and I would nice perfect God takes us through test. So if Jesus had to be made perfect through testing suffering we think we needed his suffering gas that makes you into a gym that God can use this wanting to sentimentalist all of you wiser than the national they have a hologram storms coming there going be persecuted. Paul will be stoned. He went in that storm. The college player storms. These these disciples would be faced loneliness and depression and persecution and they will be martyred. Jesus was getting ready District number three Jesus will always be with you in whatever story going through you going through a storm tonight. If you are in Christ and guess what, he's with you recent about from the book of Daniel and what one of my favorite stores all about. We learn about Daniels three Hebrew friends Shadrach me shack and Abednego, all of whom they'd been captured.
This was the they were part of the southern kingdom known as Judah, the Golden King Robin Carter off by the Assyrians in the balance command led by King Nebuchadnezzar and they took out an early group back to Babylon and include Daniel in these three Hebrew boys and some others and they they want to conform to mental Babylonian children so they gave him they change their names and they dress them like that that wasn't what Babylon is. But guess what you can't change Daniel Shadrach me shack. Abednego, they were true men of God in Daniel chapter 3, King never, neverhas this great idea. I will make a statute 90 feet tall, and I will commence basest statutes of people can worship it with the washing King Nebuchadnezzar. He saw himself as a God, he will speak about and worship him and he a committed everyone in all the kingdom Hebrews and Babylonians got about worship is idle. Guess what, Daniel, Shadrach me shack Bennett could not do that.
Do you know why.
If you break in the first commandment which is thou shall have no other gods before me. And when word got back to the king at least three refused.
Daniel must've been somewhere else is not in the story, but he did bow down later until you but this is about Shadrach me shack in a minute when King when the king heard at least three refused to bow down. He was furious with rage like Herod was. We had all his children have him killed under the age of two boys.
He was furious and he summoned him and he when he got in his print he warn them if you refuse to bow down I will give you a second chance. If you are is right now. We got a furnace over there.
I will have have it heated up tenfold and you will be cast in their and then with great arrogance.
He said then what God will be able to rescue you from my hand, was a response. They said Nebuchadnezzar. We do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter were thrown into the blazing furnace. The God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand. Okay. But even if he does not who we want to know king that we will not serve your gods worship the image of go you set up. He was so furious he had that furnace so heated up that when the guards threw them into it. They will guard were concerned with the blazing fire. You know what happens next. The king looked into that furnace and he then leapt up from his throne in amazement and he asked his advisor.
I want the three men that we tied up at the they said yeah King there was only three. We should look at the 1234 and there unveil and unharmed in the fourth looks like a son of the gods.
The thing that was it was the son of God, the pre-incarnate Christ the King. Some of them to come out and they did. They just walked out all the stingray were amazed when they saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies was a hair of the head since their robes were not scorched and there was no smell found them after a friend right now that duck in the 1990s 90 total F is missing a survey she cannot house back in the 1990s because I was in touch with his ministry and I would go to the store that I will work quickly when she was born.
At birth the birth life that yanked her body out and pulled one of her legs. The hip out of its joint and death as she grew and say this friend by Greg Ellis of Rusty research is that my could help her in my next letter was Brent vault is the greatest hip Sgt. Rollins. I told him I figure we can take care of us the grace that we need a place for the study S&S and her mother become in the case.
Beginning at five think they would us got to my wife and Creasy had issued took she crazy does arrest if the Lord to do it.
I will, doing his utilities for acid yes ma'am you guessing got married yet that's what you always say yes ma'am the way my wife at this another part of that she was reading Hebrews 13 19 is should be careful how you treat strangers because you might between angels unaware my wife Kim is the rough is okay.
She was a sports I got at work every day she was back in the house with a 13-year-old and a mother from the Ukraine sale Fedora English in order to be sure they fell in love with I Love Lucy. You have to understand the words they load out losing anyway so Aaron now is 41.
Her husband Sergey is 41. They got us on our team whose six and they got dollar out who is 13 and she and friends on Facebook. Your mother Gaia died, her father still lab that they are in hockey this right on the edge of the Russian border is the place up and pounded the last 13 days she not been texting back and forth on Instant Messenger and a few days ago I sent her. Isaiah 43 wanted to, which says the Lord says you're not mental to hear this because if you got the storm this what God is saying to you right now if you're not I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name and you belong your mind. Your mommy says your mind. You belong to me. Stephan don't you know that I know that I belong to God's would not interfere. He says when you pass to the waters, I will be with you and you pass to the rivers, they will not sweep over you when you alter the file you are not a burn. The flames in a secure place for in the Lord your God, Peter Ewell got Tim Tom Lee Jeff GM I call on the right is your God. He says he your mind you about.
She you belong to me with storm are you facing that bestows a horrible storm left some money one sissy who dwells in the shelter of the most is that we are dwelling will rest in the shadow of the Almighty, could you be under his wing.
I will say the Lord is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust. Because this is your bed at night and you're hurting and you're lonely and you're afraid I totally forgot I just take my bowels, and other good writing helping you is truth number four believers should not fear the storms of life in the market account – give them a little bit longer here in the marketing of the same storm we learned some other things Jesus said Mark 438 to 40 says Jesus was in the Stern sleeping on a cushion as I was walking I said him teach. Don't you care if we drown got up. He rebuked the winds and sit and wait quietly steel.
Then he and the wind died down and was completely calm. And then he looked at his disciples is what we don't pick up in Luke, why are you so afraid you still have an effect on the boat with you structure as I created, she snapped my finger in the ways we got down what is the Bible tells repeatedly. Men don't be afraid to not be anxious, don't worry, Emily is from Genesis to Revelation. Why is he knows that he knows were made of dust and he understands is because he knows would go through mom's which is terrified, but that's why he keeps telling us the anxious do not be afraid, was the greatest storm. Most of thing we face in life, death, guess what you wish you have a favorite – when you die is just a doorway and you step into paradise is just paradise.
Paradise James opposite death is the great grand beginning to a life that will never end the year they were assessed right I have ALS runtime on patient personal bankruptcy, that sounds great but you know, my wife just left me. My son was careless not to correct this is unknown. These additional storms. But remember, if you belong to Jesus. He's in the boat with you and he'll get you through it you get you in. Give you what you need when you need. Yesterday I got a call from a very close front of 90 days. Actually my second cousin.
We grew up in Bethel's name is Donnie Carson minor Donna Carson from Bethel here Lee you know Donnie he's a great guy. He's loaded all of them may, but he he he loves my family and I love his family were very close, but in the last 10 or 15 years. He just had that healthy then take care of himself on the facility just is facing that health and he he come yesterday and his family's finances. The prayers will Facebook.
I talked to a sister Jackie.txt and she said; Donnie agencies his wants to talk to your cycle a few days ago Denny called me yesterday morning until they get ready to move in the hospice house, shocked that he does go down to that quick to pray with but I asked was it not you learn if we talk about death will not is in no rush going.
Listen, 15, 20 years ago I got invited to preach at home, dinner Bethel you have been there and at the end of my home church.
I give an altar call.
Donnie gets up on the left side of income standing was wrong and is going submit them out of here yet asocial to pray with the rest. Just make sure I'm saved Donnie say I got no doubt about it. Talk about death.
I reminded him that for the believer.
Death is not refer to the ballast death is referred is what sleep Jesus of Lazarus, Jesus is late and they all laughed viciously at first, the phone is 415 assessed according to the Lord's own word, we tell you that we who are still alive the left of the to the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep as he Donnie when you fall asleep and wake up in paradise as if it happens in the next day, began to study the greatest honor. He could ever ask me asked if I do a funeral service will be audited. The total euros on a dollar a month. They say like Jan they gave a negative center seafood markets of the month that casual spoke of death like it was just a doorway and we pride Cliffords for six and seven says do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition with Thanksgiving present your requests to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus guys don't have time to talk about the last storm which is the one is so important undertake briefly as the demon possessed man what he represents is what happens to a man after Satan as your mind it is your body so that you just entered your mind you crazy and did what he does.
He just sent demons out of a believer okay is inevitably you cannot possessed by demons. You know that your believer and be influenced by them but you cannot possessed by what this is what he does to the lost biggest of non-body videos there so and is got in the night and Satan about a thousand demons is a legion. John 1010 says the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy is a private company may have life and have it to the full. Easy. Satan was to destroy your soul.
He wants to destroy your life. Jesus was to give you life is what things does he comes up your mind with doubt and unbelief that he comes up you family physically you physically, he to do things you shouldn't do and you know he just just destroyed your life and then if he's got you just know through drugs often here justly with demons and you just lost in this demon possessed man was tighter without hope. Except for one thing, Jesus is greater than anything is written all the demons that came all after he could just walk them out with the breath of his mouth. Jesus say this man sin free from this demons that's what God wants to do with you and they. If you are addicted to something God we Jesus can set you free man. Jesus came us to set us free to have liberty in him, freedom to Remember the words from a man of God is been given a voice at one of the greatest basketball skills around because of the history of the school. Hubert Davis got on the site has not had a pool for the team. Don't pull for him in this sense that God will use him at that campus and really in the sports world to shed light in a dark world and remove this man is interesting. Plant your feet stand your ground and fight back with this weapon right here have a father, thank you for this day. Thank you for your thank you for this man. Lower Wikipedia pray for those in Ukraine watch over the protected going for battle storms, Lord Martin Mitchell with them that they will lean on you get right being a Christian is not about being religious but about having a dynamic alive relationship with Jesus Christ you been listening to finding purpose with pastor Russ Sanders glorifying God by helping men and their purpose for living. You discover more about finding your purpose in life by checking out the resources purpose.net will connect to finding purpose on Facebook pastor Russ would also like to extend a special invitation for you to join him in over 300 other local men to study God's word together every Tuesday night at 7 PM in downtown Raleigh. Find out more finding purpose.net. This is the Truth Network