Summary: Who picks you up when the going gets rough. When you have been through hell and you do not know where to find your strength. The dealth of a loved one, divorse, bankruptsy, drugs, booze, sex halls----Who comes to help you stand back up. Failure is NOT
Who’s Got Your Back?
3-13-11 New Liberty Christian Church, Veedersburg, IN Rich McQuinn, Minister
TEXT: MATTHEW 28:16-20
INTRODUCTION: A little boy was waiting for his mother to come out of the grocery store. As he waited, he was approached by a man who asked, "Son, Can you tell me where the Post Office is?” Sure," the boy said, "Just go straight down this street 2 blocks and turn to your right.” The man thanked the boy, and then said, "By the way, I’m the new pastor of Agape Christian Church. If you’ll come to church this Sunday, I’ll show you how to get to heaven.” The way to heaven?" the boy said, "You don’t even know how to get to the post office."
A little girl asked her mother, "How did the human race start?" The mother answered, "God made Adam and Eve and they had children, and so all mankind was made.” Two days later, the girl asked her father the same question. The father answered, "Many years ago, there were monkeys from which the human race evolved." The confused girl returned to her mother and said, "Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?" The mother answered, "Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his."
Do you have your Bibles today? Please raise them up so I can see them. Open them to our text this morning from Matthew 28. I want to give you something to remember today. Something that you can hang your hat on. Something that will cause you to stop dead in your tracks and know assuredly that God loves and cares for you. I want you to fully listen to this message and pray that God will fill your heart as you listen. The reading of the text begins with verse 16:
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshipped Him: but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have command you. And surely I will be with you ALWAYS to the very end of the age.
Please remember that last verse. How many times did He say He would be with us? How much will He be with you. The word I am looking for is simply ALWAYS. He has your back. Amen!
When you have an emotional collapse what goes through your mind. When you are completely drained of all of your inward energy, what do you do? What happens to your life when you are totally depressed and you can not get out of it? Others know about your state of being, but you do not yet realize it. What happens when you die to society yet you go on living in your cave without loved ones, friends or even strangers?
What happens when you can not get over the death of a loved one and go on with your life as they would want you to do? What happens when you can no longer sing with the same joy you use to sing with? Your tune is gone? You are walking around like an empty whistle with no strength or desire to blow the air and make a tune.
When you are spiritually attacked by depression, death, bankruptcy, despair, divorce, where do you run to for assistance? Do you run to the gutters of life to seek relieve one moment at a time? Places like the drug halls, booze halls, sex stadiums, and even marriage? You are on the run, trying to find a way to get out of the state you are in. You are on the loser trail and how can you get out of it.
Who has your back when that happens? Can you ever get back to NORMAL?
The Bible still has all the answers. Prayer is still the most powerful thing on Earth.
The Holy Spirit still moves in your life. God still honors the praises of His people.
There is still God-anointed preaching. There is still singing of praises to God.
God is still pouring out blessings upon His people. There is still be room at the Cross, Jesus still loves you. Jesus still saves the lost when they come to Him.
Isn’t It Great To Remember Who Is Really In Control, and who’s got your back ?
"The Word of the Lord endures forever." (1 Peter 1:25)