2014-08-17 God’s Covenant Of Peace With Us

VN520329 2014-08-17 God’s Covenant Of Peace With Us

We are to understand the Old Testament. A lot of it is laid out as a picture to teach the church of Jesus Christ, and one of the teachings is that God called the children of Israel out of the land, out of Egypt, and He said I’m going to take you to the Promised Land, and that land was a land flowing with milk and honey.
What that is to represent to us is when you’re in bondage what would they feed on? They fed on leeks, onions and cucumbers. We hear that from their own lips. In Egypt we had leeks, onions and cucumbers. God had promised them a Promised Land, but leeks, onions and cucumbers are all crops that you have to bend over to cultivate. It’s bend over, work, sweat and dig. They had water but it was from the Nile, so they had to work to pump the water out of the Nile and into the fields.
Everything that was there points toward the drudgery and the hard work of just trying to get things together in life just so you can live. Work that you can live. I mean struggle to live, where the land that He was taking them to was a land of promise. A land flowing with milk and honey, and He said you will pick from trees that you did not plant, you will pluck from vineyards that you did not tend, and harvest fields that you didn’t have to work for.
The idea there is when we became Christians the church of Jesus Christ should have a better lifestyle, should have a better way of living. We’re not to be grubbing down. We’re to be trusting our God. We’re to be looking up and reaching up to pluck the fruit. We’re to be receiving from His blessing, and we should expect that He is there for us all the time and it’s not drudgery.
When we get together we should be rejoicing in the Lord, we should be happy in what He has taught us, that we are called to a higher and better place. We can trust Him to always meet our needs and He is always sufficient in that area when we walk by faith.
We’re going to chapter 24 of Matthew. Matthew 24. That had nothing to do with the sermon other than the Bible says that Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness above His brethren so when we get together we should be a happy lot. Matthew 24:37-39. Let’s start with 35, it’s a preview. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.”

So as we know that this is usually used as a big second coming verse talking about the events of the end times because it says as in the day of Noah, that the Lord is going to come back and he points out the things that are supposed to be going on. I shouldn’t use the word supposed to be. He points out the things that will be going on that are similar to the days of Noah. People were eating and drinking. No big problem there is there? Marrying and giving in marriage. No problem there.

Basically, people are going to be living a normal lifestyle but did you notice there was something that was left out? It didn’t say that they would be seeking the presence of God. They were eating, and drinking, and marrying, and living, and giving in marriage. Living a life of seeking out physical pleasures, physical things that bring them enjoyment, but they didn’t say that they were there seeking after the Lord. He said this is the way it was before the flood, before the times of Noah’s flood, but if we go back over to Genesis chapter 6, and that’s all the way at the beginning of the book, Genesis chapter 6 and we’re just going to read verse 8 through 13. Genesis chapter 6. This is more information about what was going on at that time. “But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his time; Noah walked with God. Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Now the earth was corrupt in the sight of God, and the earth was filled with violence. God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way upon the earth. Then God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.'”

So we have some more information of what was going on at this time. The people themselves were living their life eating, drinking, marrying, giving in marriage, having a search for physical pleasure, not seeking after God, and it said that they were violent, violent people. It also says that they were corrupt in all their ways, and God was not happy with what was going on upon the face of the earth.
Do I believe that there was a flood? I sure do. Do I believe that God caused it? I sure do. Do I believe in Noah? Absolutely. Do I believe in an Ark? Mm-hmm. We can get into all the details of that later.
One of the interesting things is the word Noah. His name means rest. Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. In the New Testament we’re always told that we are to rest in Christ, we are to rest in his work, and as we rest we find grace. Grace is the favor of God. Rest, we rest from our own works and our own troubles and our own struggles. God did His 6 days and then He rested and He says that we can enter into His rest which means He completes all His works and then we trust Him to take care of everything.
The first mention is one of the principles of hermeneutics. You go back to where a word is first mentioned and read it in its context and it will give you special insight usually on that particular word. It just happens that Noah’s name means rest, and he rested. It says he walked with the Lord, but he walked in trust with the Lord. He rested and he found grace, he found favor.
As we come to a place of resting in Christ we are actually, at that point, walking with the Lord and we will find favor, we will find grace. But another interesting thing is it says that Noah was blameless in his generation. Noah was blameless in his time. Actually, this time I prefer the King James. It says, “He was perfect in his generation,” and perfect is closer to the original Hebrew than washed blameless is.
You know how when you open up like a Merriam Pictionary or some dictionary, you open it up and it will give you the word and it will give you meaning number one which is the primary meaning, then two, three, four, five, six, and the variations of that meaning, but meaning number one is the primary definition of the term. You go back to the word perfect or blameless in the Hebrew and its primary meaning is complete in the sense of entire. Noah was complete and entire in his generation is the right way of saying it in his generation. What could that possibly mean? It could mean blameless. He was blameless in his time because he rested in the Lord and he found grace, but there is something also here that’s interesting when you start putting things in context. 80% to 90% of evangelicals take this kind of stand, that the word perfect there, that he was complete in his generation, is referring to his genetic makeup, was human.
You never heard that one before have you? But he was complete. His genetic makeup is human. Now why would I say something like that? Because in context, we’re reading chapter 6 of Genesis, if you go to chapter 6 of Genesis verses 2 through 4, this is interesting. By the way, I had to write a paper on this when I was in college. Let’s start at 6:1-4, “Now it came about, when men began to multiply on the face of the land, and daughters were born to them, that the sons of God saw that the daughters of men were beautiful; and they took wives for themselves, whomever they chose. Then the Lord said, ‘My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, because he also is flesh; nevertheless his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were on the earth in those days, and also afterward, when the sons of God came in to the daughters of men, and they bore children to them. Those were the mighty men who were of old, men of great renown.”
If you start digging around in that Nephilim term, what you’re basically going to end up with is this. Oh by the way, my research, my paper, I went with the 10%. I think it’s just because I’m that way. I went with the 10%, but the 80% to 90% of people that go the other way, they say that the fallen angels, the fallen angels is who it’s referring to when it said the sons of God, there’s another reference in Job where he talks about the sons of God gathering before the throne and its translated Sons, technically there are different words being used there but the idea is the same, the angels gathered before God to give an account of what they were doing. The sons of God is who is referred to there.
Here the sons of God, and it talks about the sons of God saw the daughters of men and said mm-hmm, they are good looking and they are the angels who fell and left their first estate. They quit following after God and chose to come down and to marry the women. They ended up with what we would call chimera. Yes, you can look it up. Chimera. It’s a real honest to goodness word. A chimera is a genetic hybrid, something that is crossed between two species, usually between two species of different kinds. The Greek used it. One of their famous chimeras had the body of a lion, the head of an antelope, and a tail that looked like a snake.
Do I believe those existed? Absolutely not. But the angelic hosts, we know from the teaching of the Old Testament that angels have periodically taken the form of men and so the idea here, and this is what they back up and they believe, and by the way after I studied it some more I’ve come around to their way of thinking, that the fallen angels actually selected wives and they had children, and that’s the Nephilim. The Nephilim are what we refer to as the giants. The gigantic people were usually malformed, but they were strong and they were mighty men, and when it says like Nimrod was a mighty man before God, people think well, that means he was a mighty man before God, before God you know. They don’t see it in a negative way, but when you read it in Hebrew it says he was a strong man who was in God’s face.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like people that get in my face. I don’t like people who say now listen here, I want to talk to you. I don’t like people who walk up real close and just talk to me and get in my face when they’re talking, and that can be the idea of Nimrod got in the face of God. These people were mighty men before the presence of God. So the chimera, the genetic mutation is what was, according to this understanding, would have been sweeping the country and going across, and that’s why he said the flesh is corrupt but Noah is complete. Noah is complete, perfect in his generation. I found a man who is totally genetically human and his kids, they are genetically human. They are complete. They walk with me. They found grace in the eyes of the Lord and He will save them, He says the other people are also flesh, meaning they had a spiritual side, but they are also flesh and He was going to wipe them out. Now we have the idea of corruption, and we have a better idea of corruption. We also have violence because they were fighting and (bold) in the face of God and there was violence going on.
These people were violent, seeking after their own pleasure, and they had chimera which brings us to today. We have violence. I heard a guy on NPR, National Public Radio, who made this statement, “Actually this is the most peaceful time that we have ever had on planet earth. There are less people at war, less people are being killed, fewer people…” He goes, “Oh, I know the numbers are great but if you start doing my math equation…”I’m going yeah, start doing your math equation. I’m looking at it, knowing there is a lot of violence going on and he’s trying to say it’s the most peaceful time that we have ever had, when there is violence all over the world. If you guys didn’t know, ISIS, the Islamic Arabic country that’s declared itself as a caliphate, has just executed a whole bunch of people in Syria, so that violence is going on in the Middle East, and this way of corruption, I’m talking corruption of genetics and corruption of morality is going on, but we are starting to enter an age of chimera. Did you guys know that?
It’s not due to fallen angels. It’s due to we, ourselves, are actually creating chimera. They now have a herd of goats, and they want to have more of these goats, that have had human DNA spliced into them when they were embryos and now they don’t produce goat milk. They actually produce almost 100% human milk so they now have a place to receive human milk from a goatherd.
They also have gene spliced into swine. Isn’t that classy? Swine, so that they are actually producing human insulin. These things have been beneficial to people, but they are also grafting more and more stuff into animals. Human DNA into animals so they can make livers and hearts and you grow a human heart in a swine and then all you have to do if you need a heart transplant is slaughter the hog. You have bacon and you get a heart to go along with it. I mean, the bacon is what clogged your arteries anyway, but now you get a new heart and the bacon, so everybody is happy except the hog.
They’re putting more genetics into these animals all the time so there is actually an international debate going on and the question is this: At what point have we put so much human DNA into an animal that it should be granted human rights? Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These things are being debated, and they are also saying why can’t we start grafting into humans certain traits from animals. Taking genetic DNA and putting it into human embryos so we can have these people with special abilities, height, jump, I don’t know. Don’t go there Doyle. No. No. No. We don’t know that they’re sitting there saying if this is beneficial why don’t we take these genes out of these animals and splice them into humans? At what time will that person quit being a human and actually become an animal?
We are creating our own chimera, and it’s not just going animal-to-animal. They are taking plants and slicing in glow genes like the one you can find a tobacco where they took a glow gene and put it in a tobacco plant so whenever you turn off the lights and pump it up with a blue light or a black light for a while and turn it off, it glows in the dark because they pulled that glow gene out of maybe a glowworm and put it in the tobacco plant itself. There are other people that have been doing these experiments.
The interesting question is, because this is a last day verse, what do you guys think? We’ve got violence, we’ve got corruption, we’ve got the chimeras being created by us, we’ve got people eating, and drinking, and marrying and giving in marriage, and life goes on, and fewer and fewer people attending churches who are actually seeking after God. This goes all across the board. I’ve got friends in all denominations right from independent, fundamental, evangelicals to charismatics to Baptists and all the way over to the Catholic side. I’ve got friends, people who I know are like Moravian, Presbyterians, and they’re all talking about how their churches are just dwindling and they don’t know why.
A few years ago they were there and now they’re dwindling, and they said people are not seeking after God. They are seeking after all sorts of stuff. What do you think? Could we be there? In the last days it will be as in the times of Noah. I don’t know. That’s not what my sermon is about actually. Now we go back to Isaiah chapter 54 and we pick up what I really want to talk about.
Isaiah 54. Alright, you guys will see a tie-in. I’m going to read verse 9-11, 13 and 14, and verse 17. I’m skipping around because not that I’m trying to edit it out, but there is some of this you can read it in context and it’s fine. You’ll see that I’m not twisting. God is speaking, “For this is like the days of Noah to Me,” hah, “when I swore that the waters of Noah would not flood the earth again; so I have sworn that I will not be angry with you nor will I rebuke you. For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake, but My loving kindness will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken,’ says the Lord who has compassion on you. O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted, behold, I will set your stones in antimony, and your foundations I will lay in sapphires.” Verse 13 and 14. “All your sons will be taught of the LORD; and the well-being of your sons will be great. In righteousness you will be established; you will be far from oppression, for you will not fear; and from terror, for it will not come near you.” Verse 17. “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,’ declares the LORD.”
We’ve talked about the days of Noah which is going to be what it’s like before Christ comes. The interesting idea here is the days of Noah was the major judgment of God across the whole face of the earth judging mankind for their sins and wiping them out in absolute judgment, except for those who trusted and rested in God. They found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Noah, and the rest, were put in the ark, and we understand that the ark is a picture of Jesus Christ. He’s the one who gets tossed to and fro and is buffed by the storms when God starts pouring out His wrath in the Old Testament against the people and flooding the earth. It’s the ark that took the brunt of the judgment. Noah and his family were inside that ark and they were safe in there, and though it had some rocking and stuff like that, they were inside that ark and they were safe from the judgment.
The idea then after this, after the ark lands as in the days of Noah, you had the days before the flood, you also know how Noah lived after the flood, so as in those days of Noah God starts talking and what we have here is New Testament references as in the days of Noah, after a major judgment. How does this play out to us? It’s not because of a great flood, but there was a great judgment fell upon all of mankind. Oh yeah, all of mankind including me, years and years ago, and this great judgment was at the cross of Jesus Christ.
All sins of all over the world, all the people from the time of Adam and Eve until there is the final human is born and grows up and whatever happens to that particular person, all the sins of all the world and all the corruption, and all the problems we have committed and sins we’ve committed against God and against each other and against ourselves, all of that was brought in a major judgment and landed on Jesus Christ at that cross.
Now as in the days of Noah, rest following afterwards, we find these statements that I just read that God says as in those days I promise I will no longer, like He says I promise then that I will not ever flood the earth again with water. So He says to us in that same picture idea, I will not be angry with you. There is a great judgment, you find rest in Jesus Christ, you trust in Him, you find rest. You will find the grace just like Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord who says, “I will not be angry with you again.” You trust in Christ and God is not angry with you. I will not rebuke you. I’m not going to be on your case 24/7. He has created what He refers to as the covenant of peace and He is saying though the mountains are shaking and the hills look like jello, the covenant of peace that I make with you will not shake, will not shift. It is more solid than the earth itself is solid. It is right there and I have peace. I’ve made a covenant of peace with you, and the covenant is between me and God or between you and God if you’re trusting. The covenant of peace is there that God is no longer after you and wanting to judge your sin, and His righteous and perfect indignation will not come against you because it came against Christ at the cross. If we trust in him and are trusting that Christ willingly laid his life down for us, that His judgment hit Christ instead of us.
When we’re at that point and we trust in Christ He is saying I will no longer be angry with you. I will have this peace with you that cannot and will not be shaken. Then it says that all the people will be taught by the LORD, all in caps. That is the Hebrew word YHWH, which is we say Jehovah, most people are switching to the word Yahweh now because it sounds more Hebraic. So that word Yahweh or Jehovah is used, and you can do studies on this, that particular word is always used in a revelatory manner. God is revealing something. His names are like Jehovah Tsidkenu, Jehovah Gyro, Jehovah Nissi, but it’s always Jehovah with a revelatory attachment even in His names.
He is saying, “I am revealing something to you”, when he uses that word, LORD, in our translation. He’s saying”, the LORD will be the one to teach us.” The Holy Spirit now dwells in every Christian. The Holy Spirit will lead us, guide us, and teach us into what’s right. The Lord will confirm through the preaching of His word and the Holy Spirit in your heart will make an agreement saying that’s the word of God and it is true. Trust in what’s being said. Trust in what you’re reading. The Lord is teaching all the people.
It says that you will be established in righteousness. It’s in the Book of Romans, you will find where it says that it is God Himself who establishes us in righteousness. It’s not me that establishes myself in righteousness. No person has ever established themselves in righteousness, but when we trust in Christ and the fact that He has washed our sins away and we’re now as white as snow, God himself says, New Testament speaking, God establishes us in righteousness. He’s the one that did it.
When He said let there be light, boom, there was light. When He said I establish you in righteousness, boom, we’re established. That’s just the way it is. I’m not saying we’re perfect. I’m just saying in His eyes, standing before His judgment seat, He is saying you have a righteous standing. We are in Christ. It says we are far from oppression and fear. Hmm? Far from oppression and fear? This is something we need to kind of start grasping here. Verse 15, ”If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from me.” If anyone fiercely assails you it will not be from me. Before in the Old Testament there were times that God actually had the children of Israel fiercely assailed.
He prepped the Emperor of Syria to come down and He took the ten northern tribes. We had Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon who came over and took the two southern tribes. We had them all rocked by judgment, and they were fiercely attacked at different times. It’s a time of judgment. Different area tribes would come in and attack different parts of the children of Israel as they became corrupted and quit walking in the ways of the Lord.
You say wait a minute. How come here we have God fiercely letting or fiercely causing attacks to come against his children? It’s all in the fine print. That’s Old Testament. When they agreed to that Old Testament stuff and He spoke from Mount Sinai, lightening, thunder dropping and the voice said, “Here are My commandments. Will you do them?” And they said, “Anything that You say, we will do.” That’s our translation. Hebrew comes out a little more like this; “Moses, we don’t want to talk to Him anymore because He is scary. We’ll stay down here. You go up there. You take the commandments, whatever He tells, whatever He says, whatever He commands, and then you communicate it this way; “Whatever you say we can do.” And He said, “Alright, you agree that whatever I say you can do.” The fine print is when you fail, I will bring judgments upon you. I will cause your enemies to rise against you. I will let diseases that are in Egypt come and overtake you if you don’t do what I say, and they said we can do it. We, on the other hand, this is why the New Testament is so much better than the Old Testament. It’s not on what we do, it’s on what Christ did. We don’t have to worry about am I absolutely perfect? The question is, is Christ absolutely perfect? Did I do something wrong? Is my sacrifice perfect, Jesus Christ? Yes He is. Therefore, because of His perfection and the fact that I’m trusting in him, He says if anyone fiercely assaults you know it’s not from me.
There are teachings out there when people have bad problems, assaulting, I’m not talking your everyday annoying little headache, a little road rage, the kids aren’t acting right and you would just like to… but you don’t. But anyway, we’re not talking that. We’re talking fiercely assaults you and you have major problems come into your life. A lot of people say that’s God bringing them against me and I wonder what I did. Here He says according to the teaching, and this is all prophecy concerning New Testament stuff, he’s saying when somebody fiercely attacks you, it’s not from me. I have no reason to attack you. I’m the one who established you in righteousness. If you’re being fiercely attacked don’t blame it on Me. It is not from Me. Whoever fiercely attacks you will fall because of you.
That’s what it says. Verse 15. “If anyone fiercely assails you, it will not be from me. Whoever assails you will fall because of you.” ”What? If I’m being fiercely attacked I don’t have to just stand there and say oh, it’s the hand of God and I’ve got to just give up and let Him pummel me?” No. If you’re being fiercely attacked, if you’re established in righteousness it’s not from God, it’s from somebody else. Who is it that is willing to fiercely attack you? It says, “I Myself have created the smith who blows the fire of coals and brings out a weapon for its work; And I have created the destroyer to ruin.” Then it goes on to say, “No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn.”
There we are. Who is it that wants to fiercely attack us and accuse us? A little hint. His name is ha-satan. I like ha-satan. It sounds so much more eloquent than just Satan. Ha-satan is Hebrew for the satan, satan. The satan means the accuser. The one that’s wanting to get at you and assail you fiercely, and pummel you, and break you, and destroy you is the one who also accuses you. He says nn-nn. I’m not the one who is fiercely attacking you. It is the one who is accusing you. Don’t take it. Stand there and say this is not from God. Don’t knuckle under. Because of you, it says, those people who attack you or the source of that attack will fall because of you.
Then God said, remember what I read about Him creating the guy who has a billows and he’s blowing coals, hot, and he’s pounding out a weapon and it says that God is the one who created the smith who blows the fires of coal and brings out a weapon for its works. “I have created the destroyer to ruin.” There you go, to ruin. A lot of people, when you read this, you think, “Well, God’s created a weapon but he says He is not assailing you. Why is He creating this weapon? It’s all got to be…” Oh, we’re so egocentric there. What He’s saying is this. He says ”Listen, I’m not the one attacking you. There’s somebody who is attacking you and because of you this accuser, and that accuser, that assailant against you will fall because of you. I’ve created you a weapon. I’ve created you a weapon that will bring ruin. Not to Me, but to the one who is accusing. Because of you the one who is accusing, who is attacking you, will fall into ruin because of the weapon that I have created for you.”
What’s the weapon that God created for us? The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. The Word of God is sharper than a two-edged sword. It says this is our heritage. This is something that is left for us, and to demonstrate this fact we have Christ use this weapon of God. He continually looked at ha-satan, the devil in the New Testament. Satan, the devil, tempted Him in different ways and He said it is written, quoted a verse. It is written, quoted a verse. It is written, quoted a verse.
Christ did not try to reason with the devil. Christ did not try to persuade the devil. He didn’t try to pull the wool over the devil’s eyes. He didn’t try to argue a point. He stood there in the devil’s presence and used that weapon and said, “It is written.” He used that weapon to stop satan and bring him to utter ruin. It is written. We have that as a heritage, and when we are being fiercely attacked yes, it doesn’t say that we will not be fiercely attacked, but He is saying when you are, don’t think it’s sourced in God. Start looking at the real source. There’s something out there, someone out there, a malevolent being who wants to get you.
Satan and the fallen angels, or demonics, or whatever you want to call them, all that stuff is out to get you, but when you’re being attacked use the Word of God, that sharp two-edged sword. Find your promise and do just like Jesus said. It is written. Now remember this, Jesus didn’t look at him and think it. He didn’t try to use ESP. He said it out loud. Satan, it is written. Satan, it is written. Satan, it is written. He said it out loud. We are to follow after Christ and what He demonstrates. When we are being fiercely attacked, when we are being accused, we are to say I reject all that and it’s not from God. This is not from God.
You can say I’m not perfect and I’m not, but my sacrifice, Jesus Christ, is perfectly acceptable to God. His blood has washed away my sins and stains. I stand before Him as righteous, and the attack that’s coming is not from God. It is written… and then you learn these verses that you need and you quote them. It is written and such verses as God has a plan for me. He is not fiercely attacking. God says I have a plan for you that you don’t know, and My plan is to prosper you, to bring you a better quality of life. Jesus said I came that they might have life and have it more abundantly. I came, and I’m giving you prosperity. Remember prosperity is quality of life. He’s saying I am going to give you a better quality of life so that you will have a hope and a future. That’s what we’ve been reading up here. When things aren’t going your way and you’re fiercely attacked say, “It is written”, and find those verses. They are absolutely sharp, and point right to that subject that you’re being attacked under and say right there it is. This is the Word of God. You don’t have to be perfectly saying this stuff. You can mumble it, I don’t care. As long as you’re saying, “This is written. You can whisper it. You don’t have to shout it. You can just say, “It is written”
One of the most famous prayers in the Old Testament, the person mumbled all the way through it. Actually it says that she just kind of moved her lips as best she could. It was Hannah praying for her son, and God heard that she was mumbling and gave her son, and he became the greatest prophet, priest, judge of the Old Testament. Remember, it is written, it is written. As in the days of Noah before the flood. We’re starting to look a lot like it was as in the days of Noah, but after that great judgment God said He wouldn’t judge the world with flood again.
As in the days of Noah, here we are, but there was a great judgment fell upon Jesus Christ and if we’re trusting in him, we have all those other promises. Our attacks that are fierce are not from God. He is there with us. He is not going to ever shake that peace. He established us in righteousness and He has declared He is at peace and not at war with us. He’s given us a sharp two-edged sword to attack those who are accusing us and we’re to reject them. It says in the New Testament having put on the armor of God, put it all on and then take your stand and say this is it. This is it. I will go no farther. This is the word of God, and no matter what happens I stand on the word. Shall we pray?
Father, in the name of Jesus, I seek for Your presence today in our lives, that we would grow in grace and knowledge. Help us to learn, help us to learn the words of Your weapon so we can defend ourselves against the fierce attacks that come against us in this life and could be greatly increased if we’re really living as it were in the days of Noah pre-flood. Father, but we as Christians are standing on the promise just like Noah post-flood of living in grace and rest and no great judgment is going to come against us from You. Father, lead us, guide us, and direct us in all that we do and say. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.