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3 Benefits of Assurance

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March 13, 2021 12:00 am

3 Benefits of Assurance

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PNG radio, or today's culture and timeless truths come together it's reasoned relevant content apologetics worldview and answers to the questions that you need to know from Alex McFarlane ministries. This is true for a new generation radio and now the man who preached in 50 states and 50 days speaker, writer, and advocate for Christian apologetics Dr. Alex McFarlane in Exodus 1513 the word of God says this in your unfailing love, you will lead the people you have redeemed in your strength will guide them to your holy dwelling hi Alex McFarland, you're welcome to truth for new generation this Scripture's is part of Exodus 15 and it's sometimes referred to in Bibles as the song of Moses and were going to talk about three benefits of knowing the Lord that give us assurance not remember Israel had been delivered from Egypt. They been slaves for hundreds of years. Moses squared off against Pharaoh and Pharaoh threatened to make their servitude even harder. But through the plagues into the power of God. They were led out of Egypt while Pharaoh's army pursued and the Red Sea parted the children of Israel came across on dry ground, but Pharaoh's army, horses, chariot wheels, weapons, and all were buried in the ocean and just as the sides of the ocean were parted left and right, and Israel was able to pass through and be delivered in a think about this the guilt of our sins, though the law of God. They were parted and we were able to pass through on this dry ground that we call the narrow road, the pathway of life.

You know, in John 14 six when Jesus said I am the way, the truth, the life Jesus is that pathway. Proverbs 3, five and six in the Old Testament trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Do not lean on your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your path literally God will put you on the path of life and deliverance. So in the song of Moses. Moses recounts some of the ways God has blessed and delivered and protected, and we read about this. It says in your unfailing love, you will lead the people you have redeemed in your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling in this one verse. There are actually two messages. What I want to give you our three benefits of knowing the Lord that give us assurance but really first four attributes or characteristics of God are visible in this verse and and the nature of God sent on scholars talk about the, the attributes of God that the character of God, characteristics of the true and living God.

These really do give us assurance and it makes our stability and our peace of mind possible okay look in this verse you got God's strength God's wisdom God's holiness. And yes, God's dwelling okay. It talks about his holy dwelling. You know, part of the fact that God is eternal and part of the reason that he could be the eternal God is because of his absolute unblemished holiness, righteousness, absolute purity, virtue, holiness, and and let's just use that biblical word righteousness God is a righteous God. What does that mean well in reference to biblical passages for one Exodus 314 when Moses got his call to the ministry that you remember the burning bush and God had said you're going to go to Pharaoh and tell Pharaoh let my people go, who shall I say, sent me. Moses asked in the voice of the Bush said I am that I am that is amazing. I mean, some of the most amazing words in the Bible, but I would say to you some of the most amazing words that could ever or have ever coursed through the mind of a human. In fact, when people asked me, you know, Alex, what you believe in God and specifically the biblical God.

One of the reasons that I passionately do believe in the biblical God, not only because my life was changed at age 21. When I accepted Christ in my life. Many, many reasons answered prayer that the power the Scriptures fulfill prophecy, the resurrection of Jesus. The empty tomb. Another reason that I definitely do believe in the biblical God is because it is that the biblical worldview alone that really really really makes sense. The biblical worldview answers the relevant questions origin, purpose, destiny, where did we come from, why are we here where we going the biblical worldview answers the question of what is wrong with the world, yet wise the world the way it is positively and negatively in a white wire. Humans like they are.

Why are there bad things in the world. The biblical worldview alone gives a substantive, cohesive, comprehensive answer and an answer corroborated by evidence like the empty tomb, but another reason folks one of the reasons that I would submit to you that the Christian view of God is truth because the conception of God. The biblical God is different from any of the other gods of the other belief systems or religions and and I would submit to you like the Exodus 314 verse where God tells Moses, I am that I am not only is that different from every other belief system that history I would submit to you that the I am of Jehovah God. The biblical God and in the Trinity father-son Holy Ghost, one God, three persons, this is not something that man did make up.

This is not something that man could make up because it's altogether different.

Now let's talk about the nature of God as righteous because what brings death is sin, not now we know in Romans 623 says the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Now we know sin separates us from God. Sin separates us from each other but sin, among other things, sin is that which tends toward non-being and part of the reason that God is the eternal God is because in him is no darkness at all. All of the, the belief systems that are yen and Yang and that there's two poles forever entwined in some cosmic dance that's false. That's not the real God, the true and living God, the real God is righteous and because you have them in your life. He sees you as righteous if you're born again Christian.

And so that's fascinating reality not only about God, but our relationship with him that we gotta take a brief break, but when we come back we can continue talking about the nature of God and then the benefits of knowing God. On this edition of truth for new generation join Alex McFarlane for spiritual awakening in our times studying the book of acts. June 25-27 in the Billy Graham training center at the Cove near Asheville, North Carolina.

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Visit Alex program Alex before and you think you are listening to truth for a new generation. You know I read a book last fall, the assault on America how to defend our nation before it's too late and I talked about the need for the restoration of a moral compass. Talk about the founders and how they they really wove morality into their their conception of this culture, this government, this nation and out the book I give God the praise but it was number one in three categories on Amazon still selling very well and you know it's funny some of the things that are predicted in the book are in the news like every day and it's funny because one of the publishers that was going to publish this book said no way.

It's too much over the top. Alex these things like felons being given voting rights and opening the borders to hundreds of thousands of of illegals and and giving 12 to 15 million current illegals. Voting rights. Yeah, it's called HR one and it's happening and so I take new joy in that. But you know it's not hard to see where we are and where were going, if we really don't have a revival of morality and turn to God and I want to invite you to something really special. In fact, out, I would ask you to please just right now. Today or within the next day or so. Go online and register for this. I'm going to be at the Cove, the Billy Graham training center in western North Carolina June 25-27. Will you be talking about the book of acts we can to get to the New Testament book of acts written by Luke, the apostle but were going to talk about revival and spiritual awakening in my book the assault on America. The subtitle is how to defend our nation before it's too late and there is a way and there's a pathway there's a roadmap to a spiritual awakening and we can talk about that you'll be with people from all of the country will pray together look forward to visiting with you Randall Murphree of the American family Association. He'll be there. The AFA Journal and were going to study the book of acts, and so go to the THECO the E. The register, it will fill up please go to the website. The and I would love you to be there as we go through the book of acts, let's resume our talk about the nature of God, okay God's perfect thorough complete righteousness is part of why he is the eternal God, because there is no darkness, there's no sand.

There's no evil. There's no death in God.

God is the foundation of life is very comforting because every now and then people asked the question. Could God ever somehow go out of existence and the answer is no, and when he told Moses in Exodus 314 I am that I am.

What this means. We talked about it many times it is God's nature to be God could not not be so. God is not was or will be, but God is God is forever in the eternal now what. What's interesting is that God is not bound by time past, present, future. Although God acts in time God reaches into this world. He's created. And he does things in your part of this world. He and others time, space and matter the creation in Genesis 11 it says in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth not evolved, not spontaneous generation but God called it into existence.

Now scholars have a big fat 85 sent word for that Scott X new Hilo that's Latin for up from out of nothing. God created everything from out of nothing. Now in this space matter universe. You got space that's where things are that matter a part of that is time and the Greek word that stuff needs this Chronos from which we get chronology unit 1234.

Whether it's a chronology of hours or chronology of centuries we're living in a world of time.

Now God can act in time he can do things, but God is not bound by time. Interestingly, as I record this particular radio show. My birthday and so I was born in 1964 so time passes on doesn't. But God is not bound by time because he is the I am that I am and he is forever. Now that's encouraging because, listen God's strength, God is all-powerful, has all the power God is wisdom. God has knowledge and elicit you and I can learn things we can have intelligence or pursue wisdom.

But God is all knowledge, and that's why we get guidance from God and God is holy, his righteousness, as we said makes possible.

His E tonality and then finally Exodus 1513 talks about his holy dwelling now Christ is the King and Kings have a kingdom and God has a kingdom of heaven, but his dwelling is the full universe. In other words all of creation belongs to God. So that outline about God's strength, wisdom, holiness, and his dwelling really takes us to the outline that I want to talk about the benefits of knowing the Lord that give us assurance and frankly I think this fresh vision of God could be the pathway that leads us to revival now there's a great book called revival revived by a man that I used to know and was a colleague at the North American Mission Board years ago when I was the apologetics director for the North American Mission Board.John events is quote apart from revival. The church begins to look something less than a church, a religious club may be perhaps a high-energy show low energy funeral but something less than a church is meant to be or can be, so how do we have revival when one of the things that is so exciting and I think reviving and pumps us up and refreshes our zeal for life. The gospel and worship is a fresh view of God. Listen we know the world is fallen in the world is broken. We know sin is rampant, but listen that the nature of God and the message of God changes lives and part of the key to revival is a fresh view of God may be right now. You need your own heart. Uplifted. You need encouragement you need to know that God is with you. You need to know that your prayers are being heard and you need to know that God's plan for you has not been forfeited. God is with you when we come backs now. Stay tuned. We come back to talk about the benefits of knowing the Lord give us assurance on this edition of truth for a new generation. Welcome to the podcasts I hear you.

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Alex McFarland is a voice you can trust to speak the timeless truths of Christianity in a timely way. You're listening to the truth for a new generation radio. You know I love the biographies of great Christian leaders of times past and I think they're very inspiring for us today for the Christian leaders that soft made an impact for the world because he knew who God was, was Samuel Johnson. Now listen this in 1756 Samuel Johnson wrote an introduction to the political state of Great Britain, and he said this quote know people can be great to have ceased to be virtuous. Samuel Johnson was a devout believer in Christ is the second most quoted Englishman in history. I bet you can guess who. The first was yes, William Shakespeare, Samuel Johnson. He was a lexicographer never was a ward man and he wrote the Oxford dictionary Samuel Johnson learned to read by somewhere just before his fourth birthday. His mother one morning put the book of common prayer into his hands and pointed to the reading for the day and said Sam you must learn this by heart." So she turns around to leave him to read it. She's walking upstairs.

The mother hears her little boy's footsteps and she turns around and she was halfway up the steps and he recited the devotional for the day by heart verbatim. She said how did you do that.

I read it twice. My point in this. The thing that moves individuals to invest their life.

In truth, the thing that changes nations and frankly not only saves souls but can save nations is Jesus and truth. Now I want to give you the benefits of knowing the Lord, but let me just say this about why the gospel of Jesus Christ will save this nation because there is a law of logic called the law of composition. The law of composition says the parts make up the whole. If the parts are good equally good will be the whole and listen if lives are changed by Jesus. The nation will be changed, but Samuel Johnson was right, just like God's eater analogy is is directly tied to his pervasive righteousness. Our preservation really depends on the Lord calling us to righteousness virtue goodness believe it folks.

It's a warning it's a reality.

Sin brings death, but the path of righteousness brings life. So what are the benefits of knowing the Lord having a relationship with God number one. His unfailing love. Exodus 1513 says in your unfailing love, you will lead us.

Listen, you might have experienced contingent love conditional love but God's love is unconditional. God's love for you is constant his love never fails.

His guidance, his wisdom, his power, his grace to you his favor, his love is unfailing. Think about that. Do you need unfailing love in your life will Exodus 1513 says that you can have it.

Just like Moses and Israel did. Secondly, his trustworthy leadership. It says that God quote will lead the people.

God will guide the people. It's a Hebrew word in a HAL ne Hall and it means guided to a watering place that this is the very same word used in Psalm 23, two courses. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. And you know Psalm 23 the Lord is my shepherd, listen, just as the good Shepherd leads his sheep by the still waters that very same word says that he will guide you and lead you if you need guidance and certainly we do people talking about the economy is going to crash political instability will America revert to socialism or or divergent related to socialism because we've never been socialist.

Listen we need the leadership of God, and he promises to give that number three is merciful. Redemption notices says the people you have redeemed now, though the wording there listen carefully.

It really says the people to whom you have acted as kinsman. Now remember Ruth and Boaz. Boaz was able to be the savior for indigent homeless Ruth why because he was a near kinsman. He was able and he was willing and he was a messianic figure Jesus is able to be our Savior, because he is able and willing of the line of David. He had the right pedigree. The family lineage. He was holy he was fully God, yet fully man and Jesus was able to take the punishment for us as our kinsman redeemer, so we have God's unfailing love. We have God's trustworthy leadership and we have God's merciful redemption to Hoyer to his holy temple.

His habitation and you know what's so beautiful when you leave this world you will be with Jesus. If you're a believer. But even till we get there.

You have his habitation and where is that while it's in your heart and in your soul but it's you in his presence, and in fact in the palm of his hand. Gina, this is so encouraging. So reassuring. But listen to this as I close were talking about the assurance we get from God's love his leadership, his presence all of those things.

His kingdom first Corinthians 1558 therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast in movable, always abounding in the work of the Lord.

For as much as you know your labor in the Lord is not in vain and in Ephesians 613 wherefore take on you the whole armor of God, that you may be able to with stand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand is not something because of who God is and what God is done we are not moved were not shaken, not trembling in our boots.

We are immovable where steadfast and then it says that we are to stand in Christ and having done all, to stand. My dear friend for God and country for truth for the souls of people for the great commission.

For the moment that we see the king one day soon as we can stand strong. We can carry on. We can be joyful, we know God is in control and Exodus 1513 reminds us of this God's grace is as sufficient in America for us today as it is proved to be throughout history in all times and all places, God is there, and God is in control and we can trust him in this.

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