God To The Rescue
Today I want to talk about being rescued. I want to take a look at how God can come and rescue us when we encounter mental or spiritual troubles.
As usual let’s get started with a prayer — Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, there are times in my life when I find myself in situations where I need to be rescued. During these times, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit to help rescue me usually from myself. Amen
Jim Reeves, Whispering Hope
Johnny Cash, Rock of Ages
Our scripture reading today is from Psalm 87
A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.
87 His foundation is in the holy mountains.
The Lord loves the gates of Zion
More than all the other dwelling places of Jacob.
Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God.
“I shall mention Rahab and Babylon among those who know Me;
Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia:
‘This one was born there.’”
But of Zion it shall be said, “This one and that one were born in her”;
And the Most High Himself will establish her.
The Lord will count when He registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.”
Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say,
“All my springs of joy are in you.”
Marty Robbins, the Great Speckled Bird
Ray Price, In the Garden
Let God come to your rescue
When I was in the Coast Guard, I was stationed at what known as a ‘life boat’ station. Whenever a boater encountered trouble, it was our job to go out and help them. It did not matter the weather, it did not matter the time, when the horn went off, we went out, it was our mission to try to help, to try to rescue them from their trouble, even if the trouble was caused by their own actions and even if it meant that our own lives were put in danger. We went out regardless.
There are people who are willing to come to our rescue whenever our physical safety is in danger, first responders, the police, the fire fighters, and the EMTs run towards danger when others are running away.
But what about when we mess up our spiritual lives, or our mental state, how can we be rescued then? Regardless of how we have managed to mess them up, there is always one way we can turn and admit we are in trouble and someone will come to our rescue. That way is through prayer and God will come to our rescue.
There are a couple of lyrics from the song Fire and Rain sung by James Taylor
“Won’t you look down upon me, Jesus, You’ve got to help me make a stand
You’ve just got to see me through another day, My body’s aching and my time is at hand
I won’t make it any other way”
“I won’t make it any other way”, there have been times when I’ve known that without the help of God, without His intercession there was no way I could figure out what to do.
So I thought about how we can depend on God to rescue us and I want to talk about From what does God rescue us, how does God Rescue us, and why doesn’t seem to rescue us from all of our problems?
What does God rescue us from? The first thing He rescues us from is the pain and eternal consequences of sin. Now we are free from the hurt that comes from sin and we can experience the joy and freedom of a relationship with the eternal God
Galatians 1:4 “who gave Himself for our sins so that He might rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father,”
If we look around the world today, it is easy to see that we are in serious trouble. Just looking at the FBI crime statistic for the past couple of years shows that violent crime is way up. But really all you have to do is read the news headlines, or watch television. And if you watch television you will be bombarded by messages promoting lifestyles that are dangerous, and in some cases absolutely degrading. If you protest, if you say that the behavior is wrong, then you are told ‘you shouldn’t judge others. Or the classic ‘just let them be’ and ‘everybody has a right to do and live however they want’, well unless you disagree with the lifestyle that is on display, then you are called a hater because you do not condone everything you see.
No matter what the world thinks, does, or says, we have to remember that if we hold true to our belief in the resurrected Jesus, if we do our best to maintain a steady course, then God will always be there for us. If may not be in the time we want, because it is all up to the will of the Father.
Even though we may not think so at the time, God rescues us from the power of sin. With His help, we are able to withstand the onslaught of the world, we can reject the sins of the world and live a life that is different. Once we are rescued, we are free to serve God and others in love
2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” That’s the thing we have to understand. Once we have accepted God, once we have brought the Holy Spirit into our lives, we have liberty, we have the freedom, not like the ‘freedom’ the world wants to impose, we have true freedom, it is a freedom of Spirit. We are not bound by any constraints of the world, we can find an inner peace and with that peace comes the ability to live a more pleasant life. It is easier to smile, to laugh, to enjoy this beautiful world God has given us.
One really important thing that God rescues us from is Satan. We are no longer a slave to sin, bound by the control of Satan and his temptations. We are free to live as God wants us to live, Satan no longer has control over us.
The words in Luke chapter 11 verses 21-22 “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are undisturbed. But when someone stronger than he attacks him and overpowers him, he takes away from him all his armor on which he had relied and distributes his plunder.”
In today’s world, Satan has control over a bunch of people. Like I said earlier, all you have to do is turn on the tv to see proof of that. Satan is strong, he is ferocious, but he is NOT stronger than God and when God enters the life of anyone who is ruled by Satan then Satan does not stand a chance. God will clean out the person, He will get rid of everything that Satan put in place.
At that point in time, how God rescues us is seen by Him helping us stand up to temptation. He does not always remove the temptations, I can vouch for that, but He gives us the resources to be victorious over them.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”
When we think about it, it is clear that we are tempted constantly. On TV, advertisements tempt us to spend and live beyond our means. There’s an old saying, about trying to keep up with the Joneses. We want what others want and those feelings, those temptations can lead us astray. I remember being young and being under peer pressure, or following the crowd, even when I knew it wasn’t the right thing to do. Even as we get older, it can be tough to tell a friend no, don’t want to go along. I have some friends who love gambling, and they are always trying to get me to go, I have to politely tell them no thanks. If I try to tell them, the economics of gambling that casinos are not built by losing money, they give me a look, ‘oh everybody gambles, just come along’. The temptation is great, but also something that I know God will give me the power to overcome.
God often rescues us with the help of other believers; these are people who act as his agents of rescue on His behalf in 2 Corinthians chapter 1 verse 11. “you also joining in helping us through your prayers, so that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for the favor bestowed on us through the prayers of many.”
We have seen the power of prayer come alive in this church, we know that when we pray as a body then we can often feel and see the hand of God coming down to rescue folks. Either by physical healing, or spiritual healing, it is almost as if we can hear the siren of God’s ambulance coming down the road.
But why doesn’t God rescue us from all our troubles? After all, it clearly says in 2 Timothy Chapter 4 verse 18 “The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.”
Knowing God does not exempt us from troubles here on earth. But God is clearly able to give us the strength and wisdom to overcome any and every trouble. He lovingly and sovereignly determines the timing and details of our rescue. All believers will eventually be rescued from all earthly troubles to live with him trouble free forever. That is the ultimate rescue God makes for us. Yes we will encounter trouble in this life, but as we grow and overcome things we become better Christians, we are better prepared for the next time we have a problem or we encounter troubles.
So remember, God rescues us from sin, God rescues us from the grip of Satan, God rescues us from temptation, God uses the prayers and presence of other believers to help rescue us, and unfortunately there are occasions when God doesn’t rescue us in the time frame we want, because everything has to be done according to his time frame.
When we dial the heavenly 911 – be certain that the call will be answered and somehow, somewhere, God will ride to your rescue.
Remember our starting prayer – — Dear Heavenly Father, I know that you are in charge of the Universe. I know that you have a grand plan for us. I believe that you sent your Son, my Lord, and Savior Jesus Christ to live and walk among us and to die for us. I believe that you raised Him from the grave and that He sits at your right hand. Father, there are times in my life when I find myself in situations where I need to be rescued. During these times, I ask that you send the Holy Spirit to help rescue me usually from myself. Amen
That is it for today folks, I’m the Reverend Hank Wilson, thank you for joining me here on the Christian Life Gospel Ministry’s – Facing life – A biblical guide to staying upright when life tries to knock you down.
Join In the Conversation
Stop by our website christianlifegospel.org for past recordings, you can join the conversation on Facebook @christianlifegospel, on twitter @txchristianlife. (repeat)
Going to close out today with music from: Charlie Pride, Take my hand precious Lord
Until next time, stay strong, stay in prayer, and you can always find me sitting on the porch out in the country, doing my best to live life as a Christian. God Bless y’all