Summary: In this message you will see ten ways that God helps us.
WESTSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
PASTOR: TERRY VAUGHAN
SERMON TITLE: YOU CAN ALWAYS COUNT ON JESUS
“For God so loved the world , that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved. He that believeth on Him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.” John 3:16-18
TEXT VERSE: PSALMS 121:1-8 “I WILL LIFT UP MINE EYES UNTO THE HILLS, FROM WHENCE COMETH MY HELP. MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD, WHICH MADE HEAVEN AND EARTH. HE WILL NOT SUFFER THY FOOT TO BE MOVED: HE THAT KEEPETH THEE WILL NOT SLUMBER. BEHOLD, HE THAT KEEPETH ISRAEL SHALL NEITHER SLUMBER NOR SLEEP. THE LORD IS THY KEEPER; THE LORD IS THY SHADE UPON THY RIGHT HAND. THE SUN SHALL NOT SMITE THEE BY DAY, NOR THE MOON BY NIGHT. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THEE FROM ALL EVIL: HE SHALL PRESERVE THY SOUL. THE LORD SHALL PRESERVE THY GOING OUT AND THY COMING IN FROM THIS TIME FORTH, AND EVEN FOR EVERMORE.”
I noticed three things in this chapter. First of all I want you to notice that the Lord is your helper. Two, I noticed that He’s your keeper. Thirdly, He’s your preserver. The reason I say today if you’re here and you’ve been saved by the Grace of God and the reason that Jesus can do these things is in the book of Hebrews 13:5 “..for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” So I want you to know that Christ is always there for you if you’re one of His. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He’ll never slumber or sleep. There will never be a time when we call upon God that He’s not available for us. The Bible says He’s there even before we call upon His name.
I want you to notice two things. First of all I want you to notice how small and how little we are. Second I want you to notice how big and how great He is. When we notice how great and how big God is and how little and humble we are, we’re heading in the right direction. In John 3:30 it says “He must increase but I must decrease.” You can always count on Jesus. A lot of people think they need other things. You may not always be able to account for those that you’re around but when you’re dealing with humans in the flesh there’s always an opportunity where people can let you down. I remember times when I’ve had my own family members let me down. I’ve had friends that I thought would stick with me till the end and come to realize they weren’t true friends. They left and forsook me. Anytime you’re dealing with the flesh the old flesh will let you down. Paul said that in my flesh dwelleth no good thing. The Bible says that the Spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak. I thought about how God helps us. The text verse says that I will left mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord.
Number one I want you to know today the way God helps us is He thinks about us. Psalms 40 :17 says “But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer...” I’m glad there’s an old sinner boy down here that God thinks about. No matter where I’m at or where I go, He’s thinking about me. You say preacher, what’s he thinking? The Bible said in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Aren’t you glad the Lord helps us by thinking about us? When there’s nobody else around and nobody else to help I want you to know that you can always count on Jesus. One place in the Bible says that when your mother and your father forsaketh thee just draw nigh to Jesus because he never will. He’s looking down right now and he’s thinking about you.
Number two: He looks at us. You ever noticed that? He’s got eyes. He can see. Look at First Samuel 16:7 “But the Lord said unto Samuel, look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart.” You may not see me as anything on the outward appearance but God looks at me and sees a child of God. It doesn’t matter what we have on the outside but what matters is what we have on the inside. I’m glad I have salvation this morning. He doesn’t look at me and say you ain’t no good. He don’t look down and say you ain’t worth anything. He don’t look down and say I’m not going to spend time with you because you’re not worthy of me. He looks down and sees that precious blood he shed on calvary. That’s makes me somebody.