Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Feb 10, 2019

He Who Is In the Lord

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He Who Is In the Lord
(Ps18:1-6; Lk18:1-8)

God is the faithful Lord.
He keeps His covenant to a thousand generations (Dt7:9) and
He keeps His covenant with those who keep His commandments, who continue wholeheartedly in His way (1Ki8:23).

Faith is trusting His faithfulness and His covenant.
The life of this faith is crying out in the day of trouble and receiving His help.

While in the case of emergency such as illness, disaster, unemployment, retirement etc
People prepare and invest in insurance, savings, real estate, stocks etc to have security,
No individual or nation can be trusted forever.

Nevertheless, the Bible illustrates the way to prepare and plan for the day of trouble:
Those who come before the temple where the name of the Lord is and cry out
The Lord will hear and save (2Ch20:9).

The suffering of mankind was forewarned for
After Adam was deceived by the devil and sinned (Ge3:4-6)
The ground was cursed to produce thorns and thistles (Ge3:17-19).

Jacob, however, cried out to God before death and was spared from trouble (Ge35:3),
Receiving the name Israel (Ge32:24-28).

God heard the groaning of his descendants, the Israelites (Ex2:24), and
The households that put the blood of the passover lamb (Ex12:13) became
A stronghold, a refuge in the day of trouble (2Sa22:2-3), thus 

They were able to leave Egypt (Ge15:13).

The history of Israel is a repeat of trouble-salvation for
God brings prosperity and creates disaster (Is45:7).
When they did evil God struck them with troubles (Dt4:25-31) and
When they returned to Him He heard them (Neh9:27).
King Manasseh experienced this himself when God revealed His faithfulness (2Ch33:1-13).

For the sanctuary was the security and the guarantee for Israel,
When they returned there from their distress and cried out (2Ch20:9)
The Lord in heaven heard them (Ps18:6, 27:5).

As such, when Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19),
He was hated by the Jews (M26:61) but
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would become the eternal security, refuge for the souls of all men in the name Yeshua and
Do whatever, whoever asked in Yeshua name (Jn14:14).
As such, He rescued the disciples who cried out in the storm (Mk4:35-41) and
Healed the blind man who cried out loud to Him (Mk10:46-52).

Before His death He offered up prayers and petitions with fervent cries and tears (He5:7).
As He died, He said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Laid down His life according to the covenant with the Father who would save Him from death (Jn10:18);
2) Judged the devil who on his own left his position of authority (Jude1:6); and
3) With His blood redeemed all men who were slaves of the devil, headed to hell with him (Mt25:41; Eph1:7).

He resurrected and sat on the heavenly throne as the Lord before whom is
A golden censer of incense, the prayers of saints (Rev8:3-4).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent
Gives the Spirit of prayer to the souls purchased by the blood of Yeshua (Rm8:26).

He who became a servant of Christ is
Not free of troubles but rather
Even in trouble he does not lose heart but
Cries out persistently until answer comes (Lk18:1-7).

O Lord,
Pour out to me and all those You have given me who 

Live in these uncertain times
The power to cry out to the Lord.
Give us the Spirit of prayer! Amen.
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