Summary: Walking with God under the shadows. SECRETS FROM THE SHADOW ROAD.
Sermon # 348 ¡V SHADOW ROAD
SECRETS FROM THE SHADOW ROAD
Key Verse: Psalm 23:4 -- Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (deep darkness), I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Define: Valley, Mountains, Shadow, Death
„X Valley ¡V a place surrounded by mountains, fruitful, plenty of water, green pastures, unpredictable place in life it may flood, rock slides may come, bears and lions love the valley, and so did shepherds, the best nourishment for the sheep could be in the valley¡K
„X Mountains - represent obstacles, impossibilities¡K
„X Shadow ¡V a figure produced by the blockage of light, a dark image of the obstacle, represents dark times of despair¡K adversity, opposition¡K appearance of danger¡K you don¡¦t know what ahead¡K
„X Death ¡V represents evil¡¦s effort to frighten you¡K a roaring lion¡K
SECRETS FROM THE SHADOW:
1. THE SHADOW CANNOT HARM YOU. ¡V the shadow of a dog cannot bite, the shadow of a gun cannot kill, the shadow of a serpent cannot bite, the shadow of a bee cannot sting¡K
„X Romans 8:31 -- What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us?
„X Hebrews 13:6 -- So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"
„X Luke 10:19 -- I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you.
2. THE SHADOW IS ONLY TEMPORARY. ¡V walk through the shadow¡K don¡¦t remain there ¡V this produces depression!
„X 1 Cor. 10:13 -- No temptation (Greek: peirasmos = adversity) has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted (examined) beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted (opposed), he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. ¡V don¡¦t quit & lay down at deaths valley¡Kstand firm in faith!
„X 2 Cor. 4:17-18 -- For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen (the momentary troubles), but on what is unseen. For what is seen (troubles) is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
„X 1 Peter 5:10 -- And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
3. THERE IS ANOTHER SHADOW IN THE SHADOW ¡V of light, refuge, help, rest, it is the shadow of the Lord. - you don¡¦t have to wait until the end of the tunnel to find the light. Psalm 119:105 -- Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
„X Psalm 17:8 -- Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.
„X Psalm 36:7 -- How priceless is your unfailing love! Both high and low among men find refuge in the shadow of your wings.
„X Psalm 57:1b -- Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me, for in you my soul takes refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.
„X Psalm 63:7 -- Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
„X Psalm 91:1 -- He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
„X Isaiah 43:1b-2 -- "Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.  When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Conclude: -- Joshua 1:6-9 -- "Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them.  Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.  Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.  Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go."