Summary: I love our country as much as anyone but, I’m afraid we are heading in the direction of Gods judgment upon us real quick. The majority of the people are looking to our government for protection and the most are putting their trust in it instead of God
1 Peter 2:3-5 Gods protection, help through persecution and the future for His own (Sermon) Oct 2014
Illus:A young boy went to a grocery store and asked the grocer for a box of Duz detergent.
The grocer was puzzled and asked why he wanted a box of Duz. The boy said that he was going to wash his cat. The grocer said, “Young man, you shouldn’t wash your cat with this kind of soap.”
But the boy insisted that it would be okay.
A few days later, the boy returned, and grocer asked about his cat. “Oh, he died,” said the boy.
The grocer said, “Well, son. I warned you not to wash your cat with Duz detergent.”
The boy replied, “The soap did not hurt him a bit. It was the spin cycle that got him.”
Often it’s the spin cycle of life we get caught in by persecution, trials and troubles.
But, God says throughout the Bible we are to look to Him for strength because of His love for us and what the future holds for those who belong to Him.
1 Peter 2: 3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ
INTRODUCTION: 1 Peter was written at a time when it was dangerous to declare one’s faith in the Lord Jesus. Christianity had been outlawed, and Nero was doing all he could to stop Christianity.
Thank God we still have freedom and it’s not cheap..ask any soldier ...ask any parent who has lost a son or daughter in war …..But, Christians will be persecuted more and more in these last days.
Just look at what’s happening today. We as Christians try to teach our children and grandchildren the morale way of life by teaching them ….God said marriage is between one man and one woman.
That was shot down by our government and today 60% of the states have gay marriages.
***One Senator said “who are we to tell people who they can love and who they can’t….
I would like to tell her that Love has nothing to do with it…but it has everything to do with a lustful heart and living a life acceptable to God.
I love our country as much as anyone but, I’m afraid we are heading in the direction of Gods judgment upon us real quick. The majority of the people are looking to our government for protection and the most are putting their trust in it instead of God.
People can believe what they want to but, every Christian should see the writing on the wall…..our government takes prayer out of our schools….and kids are killing kids…..our government allows gay marriages and a few short weeks a silent killer virus slips into our nation called Ebola….and before that …terrorist are threaten another attack. …..Our economy is on the verge of collapse……the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. …..
***What are we to do?....we do what King David always said “In the Lord I put my trust.”
****You remember when King David and 3 of his mighty men were fighting the Philistines in 2 Samuel chapter 23 and the Bible says in verse 10 He arose, and smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword: and the LORD wrought a great victory that day;
What is the sword to us?.....it’s the word of God…Bible says in Hebrews 4:12 Gods word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two edged sword
*****David hung on to God promises …..David fought back with God’s word until it clave to his hand…he couldn’t let it go…he couldn’t let go until the victory was won!!
That’s what we are to do….hang on to Gods word because the victory has already been won by our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by the way of the cross!
We can’t depend on our government for protection …we can’t depend on our government to do the right thing and live a life pleasing to God….
But we can depend on God and His promises to His own… He loves us and said He would never leave us nor forsake us and He also promised to take us out of here before that great and dreadful Day of Judgment upon this earth.
Apostle Peter is writing this letter in our Scripture today to encourage and give Christians hope in times of persecution, trials and troubles..to help take away the fear and worry of things that threaten Gods people ….and it’s still in effect today.