Summary: The Lord Your God in the midst of you is mighty.


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Pastor James May


Zephaniah 3:17, "The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

There is an old chorus that we once sang in our worship services when I was growing up that went like this:

What a mighty God we serve

What a mighty God we serve

Angels bow before Him

Heaven and Earth adore Him

What a mighty God we serve

We sometimes forget just how mighty our God really is.

Exodus 15:3, "The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name."

Hebrews 12:29, "For our God is a consuming fire."

We are not serving a dead God who cowers in fear or refuses to answer. Our God fights for what is right and holy and just. He does not fear and He is not shaken by our circumstances and troubles. His battle plans are already completed and the victory is won before the battle begins.

What do we have to fear? Surely Satan goes around like a roaring lion, but He cannot destroy anything that God has under His protection.

I believe that this church, and each of us as individuals, who are saved and sanctified, and living for God cannot be defeated by the devil unless we throw up our hands in surrender. Let the battles come! Let the devil roar! Let the heathen rage!

My God is powerful and I will not fear for He is my shelter and my tower of defense!

When the storm is raging around us; when the waves tower over us; and when it seems that there is no more hope – run to Jesus! He is not shaken by those storms. He has the power to calm them and deliver you through them and even make you stronger because of them.

Exodus 15:11, "Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?"

There is no other power that can compare to the Mighty God that I serve. No other god can stand before Him! He defeated the Isis, Horeb and Saab of Egypt! He defeated the pharaohs, the Caesars, and every other man who dared exalt himself above God! My God defeated Baal, He defeated Buddha, Mohammed and every other god you can name. There is none who can stand before Him! What have we to fear? Why do we feed defeated? Why do we shrink from the battle? Why do we turn tail and run from the enemy? OUR GOD IS THE MIGHTY ONE OF ISRAEL! WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR!


There have been times when I’ve been lost, away from home, and panic struck my heart -- and yet alone I experienced the wonder of the comfort of God in his nearness.

There have been situations in my home and family that brought me to a point of worry that I don’t even have any words to begin to describe -- only to discover that the Mighty God was there and that it was okay. God spoke calmness into my heart.

I’ve laid on my bed, and hurt greatly for people in their terrible circumstances and somehow felt like I was responsible to do something to help -- yet knowing that their needs far exceeded any capacity or capability that was mine, then seeing and feeling the transformation from fear to trust in the ability of Almighty God to see them through when I could do nothing.

We say that we will fear no evil. But let me tell you that it’s often not like that. I forget that the Shepherd is there. I reach out and take the problems that I thought I gave away, and I pull them back, and I hold them close, and struggle and grope with them. I let my imagination run wild, and I can worry myself sick about the evils that endanger me and those I love.

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Maria Ross

commented on Aug 29, 2007

Pastor, This sermon is excellent!!!

Maria Ross

commented on Aug 29, 2007

Pastor, This sermon is excellent!!!

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