HAVING A GOOD MIND

 

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INSANITY GRIPS THE WORLD.
THERE COMES A POINT IN A HUMAN’S DEVELOPMENT WHEN THEY HAVE REJECTED GOD’S WILL SO MUCH THAT GOD ALLOWS AN INFLUENCE OVER THEM WHICH DESTROYS THEIR ABILITY TO THINK AND REASON PROPERLY.
WHY DO PEOPLE THINK DIFFERENTLY TODAY ? THEY HAVE BEEN BLINDED.  FIRST, AS A RESULT OF JUDGMENT FROM GOD. SECONDLY, FROM THEM YIELDING TO THE INFLUENCE OF THE DEVIL.

2 Corinthians 3:14  But their minds were blinded: for until this day remaineth the same vail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which vail is done away in Christ.
2 Corinthians 4:4  In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

CAN SATAN CHANGE A PERSON’S THINKING ?

CAN GOD CHANGE IT BACK ? GOD GIVES IT TO US. BUT WE CAN LOSE IT.

2 Timothy 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

RENEWING OF THE MIND.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1. THE WORLD HAS ALREADY CONCLUDED THAT THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IS INSANE.

**Government officials have stated that for a person to think that homosexuality is wrong or that abortion is wrong, that those people are not mentally balanced. In other words, they are calling true Christians insane.

A. THE WORLD ACCUSED JESUS OF BEING INSANE.

John 10:20  And many of them said, He hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

HE WAS CONSIDERED INSANE BECAUSE HE SPOKE THE TRUTH AND WAS UNWILLING TO AGREE WITH THE WORLD’S LOGIC.

B. CHRISTIANS ACCUSED OF BEING INSANE.

Acts 26:24-25  And as he thus spake for himself, Festus said with a loud voice, Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad. But he said, I am not mad, most noble Festus; but speak forth the words of truth and soberness.

–MISUSE OF THE GIFTS WILL CAUSE THE WORLD TO ASSUME WE ARE INSANE.

1 Corinthians 14:23  If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

–FALSE CHRISTIANS ARE INDEED AWAY FROM THE MIND OF CHRIST.

1 Timothy 6:5  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.

2. WE DON’T WANT TO ALLOW THE INSANITY OF THIS WORLD TO AFFECT US.

A. BEING TOO SPONTANEOUS IN OUR SPEACH DOES NOT ALLOW OUR HEARTS TO BE REVIEWED BY THE SP[IRIT OF GOD. THIS RESULTS IN FOOLISH TALK.

**THE WORLD TODAY WANTS INSTANT COMMUNICATION AND INSTANT ANSWERS. THIS IS NOT GOOD. THEY NEED TO ALLOW GOD’S SPIRIT TO WORK.

Proverbs 29:11  A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

–O.T. JURIES SOUGHT ANSWERS FROM GOD. THEY TOOK TIME TO COME TO A DECISION. TODAY, EVERYTHING IS TRIED IMMEDIATELY IN THE PRESS, AND PEOPLE ACCEPT THOSE VERDICTS BECAUSE THEY ARE TOO BUSY TO THINK AND PRAY THINGS THROUGH.

Leviticus 24:12  And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them.

B. MISINTERPRETING INFORMATION CAN MAKE A PERSON’S MIND DRAW THE WRONG CONCLUSIONS. NEBUCHADNEZZAR THOUGHT THE ACHIEVEMENTS WERE HIS OWN.

Daniel 5:20-21  But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, he was deposed from his kingly throne, and they took his glory from him: And he was driven from the sons of men; and his heart was made like the beasts, and his dwelling was with the wild asses: they fed him with grass like oxen, and his body was wet with the dew of heaven; till he knew that the most high God ruled in the kingdom of men, and that he appointeth over it whomsoever he will.

3. THOUGH INSANITY MAY BECOME EPIDEMIC, CHRISTIANS STILL HAVE POWER AND HEALING FOR THE MIND AND SOUL.

A. WE ARE ENCOURAGED TO HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.

DOES HE FREELY SHARE THINGS WITH US ? YES ! WHAT IF ADAM AND EVE HAD SOUGHT THE MIND OF THE LORD INSTEAD OF ACTING SPONTANEOUSLY ?

Philippians 2:5  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

B. WE ARE EXPECTED TO BE REASONABLE PEOPLE. PEOPLE WHO ACT UPON GODLY LOGIC, NOT THE LOGIC OF THIS WORLD.

Romans 12:1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

HERE’S WHAT YOU MUST DO–

1. RECOGNIZE THAT THIS WORLD AND IT’S THINKING IS DOOMED.
2. ACCEPT THE FACT THAT THE WORLD WILL DO EVERYTHING IT CAN TO INFECT YOU WITH ITS DOOMING LOGIC AND REASONING.
3. RECOGNIZE THAT GOD CAN HELP YOU TO RESIST THE WORLD AND ITS THINKING.
4. GOD ALONE CAN GIVE YOU POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY.
5. YOU MUST SEEK GOD’S POWER, AND DESIRE TO ESCAPE THE WAYS OF THE WORLD.
6. SALVATION IS NOT AVAILABLE ANYWHERE ELSE BUT IN JESUS CHRIST.
7. YOU CANNOT BE PASSIVE. YOU HAVE TO MAKE DECISIONS OF FAITH AND FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THEM.

”Having A Good Mind”
A Bible Study with Dr. Ed J. MacWilliams
080215

PSALM 68

This entry is part 65 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 68


~~ Let His Enemies Be Scattered ! ~~


1. OUR HOPE AGAINST THE ENEMY:   the believer’s request
A. THEY WOULD BE SCATTERED. WHY SCATTERED ?
—AT FIRST, OPPORTUNITY TO REPENT. 2 PETER 3:9
—THEY LOSE THEIR STRENGTH.
GENESIS 11:9, PS. 55:9, EZEK. 30:26 (EGYPT)
B. THAT GOD WOULD ARISE. from what ?
—FROM DOING OTHER THINGS, TO ACCOMPLISH A
SPECIFIC REQUEST. 1 CHRON 22:19.
**NOT USUALLY USED OF RISING UP FROM
SLEEP….EX. GEN. 35:3
—TO MANIFEST HIS LIGHT AND POWER. ISAIAH 60:3.
POLICY STATEMENT: PROPHECY: DEUT. 32:39-43.
C. THOSE THAT HATE HIM TO FLEE BEFORE HIM. PS. 21:8.
—NOT ALL WHO HATE GOD OPENLY APPEAR
AS ENEMIES. PS. 64:2-5.
—PEOPLE WHO HATE GOD WILL ALSO HATE THOSE
WHO FOLLOW HIM. JOHN 15:18,
AND THOSE WHO HATE THE BRETHREN, HATE GOD,
TOO. 1 JOHN 2:9, 11.
—THE REASON WHY THEY REFUSE TO COME TO
JESUS. JOHN 3:20.
—ALTHOUGH THEIR ACTIONS ARE VOLUNTARY, THEY
ARE MOTIVATED BY GOD’S HAND. V. 2. EX. 23:28.
D. THAT ENEMIES WOULD BE DESTROYED. V.2.
—BEING BROUGHT BEFORE THE PRESENCE OF GOD.
A RESURRECTION OF THE UNGODLY. JOHN 5:29,
ACTS 24:15, REV. 20:14, 15.
CHARACTER OF THAT RESURRECTION:
THE BODY. IS. 66:24, MATT. 25:46, 2 THES. 1:9.
THE TORMENT. MARK 9:44.

~~ SPECIAL STUDY ON THE ENEMIES ~~

1. THE ULTIMATE OUTCOME OF THE BATTLE. Psalms 108:13
2. WE MUST REMEMBER THAT WE WERE ONCE ENEMIES OF GOD.
Colossians 1:21 . Romans 5:10
3. THE ATTITUDE OF THE BELIEVER TOWARD ENEMIES.
Psalms 58:10 Psalms 141:10 Psalms 54:7
4. GOD’S ATTITUDE TOWARD ENEMIES.
A. OPPORTUNITY FOR GRACE AND MERCY.
—JUDAS. Matthew. 26:50
B. WHEN GRACE & MERCY ARE CUT OFF. Ezek. 18:32 Ezek. 33:11
—AFTER THE TRIBULATION. Matthew 22:12.
5. BUT THIS DOES NOT STOP HIM FROM BEING ANGRY,
AND BRINGING CONSEQUENCES TO HIS ENEMIES. John 3:36
Romans 1:18 Ephesians 5:6 Colossians 3:6 Revelation 14:10
6. HOW THE BELIEVER IS TO TREAT HIS ENEMIES. Luke 6:27
Luke 6:35 Romans 12:14 Matthew 5:11
7. COMPASSION FOR THE ENEMY. Psalm 35:13-15
8. IMAGINARY ENEMIES. Galatians 4:16
9. DEALING WITH OTHER CHRISTIANS WHO ARE NOT
FOLLOWING GOD’S WILL. 2 Thessalonians 3:15
HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH SOMEONE IN THE
CONGREGATION WHO IS NOT IN OBEDIENCE TO GOD ?

A. ASK YOURSELF WHAT SIN THEY ARE ACTUALLY COMMITTING.
ONCE YOU KNOW….Galatians 6:1 2 Timothy 2:24-26
WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IS IT TO COME DOWN
HARD ON PEOPLE WHO VIOLATE GOD’S WILL
OPENLY AND REBELLIOUSLY ?

1 Timothy 5:20, 1 Thessalonians 5:12 2 Timothy 4:2
Titus 1:13 Titus 2:15
**The command to rebuke is given only to pastors and bishops.
10. DEALING WITH THE UNREPENTANT AT THE END OF THE TRIBULATION. Luke 19:27


2. OUR APPEARANCE BEFORE THE ENEMY. V. 3.
A. WE ARE GLAD. PS. 40:16, PS. 104:34.
B. WE REJOICE…EXCEEDINGLY. 1 PETER 1:8.
C. WE SING UNTO GOD. ISAIAH 12:5, ROMANS 15:9-11.
D. WE EXTOL (LIFT UP HIGHLY) HIM. THIS IS A
PERSONAL ACTION. PSALM 30:1, PSALM 145:1.
E. WE KNOW HIM BY HIS NAME JAH. (THE LOST JUST
KNOW ABOUT “GOD.” JESUS. JEHOVAH). ACTS 4:12.

          WHAT DOES IT DO TO ANY ENEMY TO SEE US
                                   ACTING LIKE THIS ?

               HOW DOES THIS GLORIFY THE LORD ?

3. WHY WE PRAISE HIS NAME. V. 5-6
A. WE NO LONGER HAVE TO FEAR WHAT PEOPLE CAN DO
TO US. PSALM 56:4, LUKE 12:5.
B. HE IS A JUST JUDGE. V. 5. 2 TIMOTHY 4:8, PSALM 9:8.
C. HE WILL AID THE AFFLICTED. PSALM 140:12.

4. HIS ESSENCE IS WORTHY OF FEAR AND TRUST. V. 7-19.
EXODUS 33:15—MOSES RECOGNIZED THE NEED
FOR HIS PRESENCE. TODAY: HEB. 13:5.
A. THE PHYSICAL PRESENCE OF GOD IS MOVING.
PSALM 16:11.
IT CHANGES THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THINGS
AROUND HIM.
—THE ELEMENTS. NAHUM 1:5, AMOS 9:5, 2 PET. 3:12.
—THE BURNING BUSH (AN EXAMPLE). EXODUS 3:2.

*WHAT DOES IT MOVE US TO DO ?
—SING. PSALM 100:2.
—GIVE THANKS. PSALM 95:2.
—MELT ALL REBELLION.
ISAIAH 19:1, PS. 9:3, 1 COR. 1:29.
B. HIS PRESENCE RESULTS IN THE SUPPLYING
OF NEEDS. PHIL 4:19, PS. 37:25 (applies to“RIGHTEOUS”)
—ARE THERE QUALIFICATIONS WE MUST MEET ?
2 THES. 3:10, HEB. 11:6.
C. HIS PRESENCE BRINGS ABOUT THE SHARING OF HIS
TRUTH. V. 11. LUKE 19:40, MARK 1:45, MARK 5:20.
D. THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD REVEALS HIS GREAT
POWER.
—THE CHARIOTS OF GOD. WHAT ARE THEY ? V. 17.
SEEN AT ELIJAH’S TRANSLATION. 2 KINGS 2:12.
HORSES WERE IN CHARIOTS. ZECH. 6:2-3.
THE OBJECTS SEEN BY EZEKIEL ? EZEK. 1:20-21.
UPON A CHERUB. 2 SAM. 22:11, EZEKIEL 10:1.
—THE RESURRECTION. GIVEN TO JESUS TO
PERFORM. EPHESIANS 4:8, JOHN 17:2.
—REVEALED IN THE POWER OF HIS SALVATION.
ROM. 8:35-39, 1 COR. 15:27.
—ENEMIES ARE DEFEATED WITH DEADLY WOUNDS. 21.
THE DEVIL. GENESIS 3:15,
THE WORLDLY. JAMES 4:4.

5. HIS PROMISES ARE FAITHFUL.
A. HE BROUGHT ISRAEL FROM EGYPT, AND WILL BRING
HER FROM OUT OF CAPTIVITY AGAIN. DEUT. 3:3.
B. HER FOOT SHALL BE OVER HER ENEMIES. ZECH 2:8,
EXODUS 23:27-28, EZEKIEL 39:9.
C. THE FUTURE ISRAELITES SHALL EXIST. GEN. 17:7-8
EVEN THE LAND IS THEIRS. GENESIS 17:19.

PSALM 59

This entry is part 56 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 59


~~ Overcoming The Unfairness Of Men ~~


Are You Paranoid If You Believe Someone Is Out To Get You ?

Reality Check—

The Devil REALLY IS Out To Get You !

 

1. SOMETIMES CRYING TO GOD IS THE ONLY OPTION.
A. EVIL PEOPLE SCHEME AND COULD GET YOU BECAUSE THEY WAIT.
—THEY USE THE “SNARE PRINCIPLE.”
>DAVID’S OWN EXPERIENCE. PS. 119:110, PS. 142:3.
>THE SNARES THE ENEMY SETS. I TIM. 3:7, 1 TIM. 6:9.
>THERE IS A WAY OUT. 2 TIM. 2:25-26.
—THEIR HATE IS LONG-LASTING, EXTENSIVE. MICAH 7:2.
>TEACHERS OF FALSE DOCTRINES LINGER AS A SNARE.
EPH. 4:14.
>THEY USE ANY METHOD THEY CAN. PS. 140:5.
B. GOD IS MIGHTIER THAN THE ENEMY.
PS. 93:4, LUKE 1:37, LUKE 18:27.
—HE WANTS TO WORK THROUGH PEOPLE. MATTHEW 17:20.
—HE ANSWERS FAITH. V. 2—DAVID’S PLEA.
>HE WON’T RESPOND TO DOUBTS. JAMES 1:6-8.

2. EVIL PEOPLE SOMETIMES DO THINGS WITHOUT A CAUSE.    V.3.
A. DAVID EXPERIENCED THIS MORE THAN ONCE. PS. 35:7
B. JESUS EXPERIENCED IT. JOHN 15:25, ACTS 13:28.
C. THE BELIEVER IS MOVED BY THE RIGHT CAUSE. 1 COR. 4:17,
2 COR. 4:16, EPH. 3:1, EPH. 3:14, TITUS 1:5.
D. THEY PLOT AND PLAN TO TRIP UP A BELIEVER.
—EVEN THE MOST RELIGIOUS OF THEM. HOSEA 5:1
—MICAH 7:1-2. PARALLEL FOR THE LAST DAYS ?
E. THEIR REWARD IS A LACK OF MERCY. V. 5.

3. THE WICKED ARE MORE ANIMAL-LIKE THAN GOD-LIKE.   V. 6-7.
A. THEY DO THEIR EVIL IN THE NIGHT. JOHN 3:19,
THE BELIEVER IS OF THE LIGHT. COL. 1:13, EPH. 6:12, 1 THES. 5:5,
B. THE BEHAVE AS ANIMALS. 2 PET. 2:22, 2 PET. 2:12, JUDE 1:10.
C. THEY ARE UNAWARE OF HOW THEY ARE BEING SEEN. IS. 47:10,
MATT. 12:36, PS. 94:7. (FOCUS IS STRONG, LIKE STALKING LION).
HAD NO IDEA THEY WOULD BE JUDGED. MATT. 24:39

PSALM 56

This entry is part 53 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 56

~~ Not Worthy, But Able To Ask God, Anyway ! ~~


 

1. THE APPEAL FOR GOD’S MERCY.    V. 1
A. ACKNOWLEDGES GUILT. PS. 51:3, JER. 14:20.
B. RECOGNIZES GOD’S WILLINGNESS TO HEAR. 2 CHRON. 20:9,
PSALM 17:6, PSALM 38:15.
C. IS MOTIVATED BY HIS SITUATION. (IS THAT WHAT IT TAKES
FOR EVERYONE EACH TIME ?) PSALM 94:18.
D. REQUIRES HUMILITY, LACK OF PRIDE. JAMES 4:6, 1 PET. 5:5.
E. BRINGS GOD’S ATTENTION TO YOU. HOSEA 5:15, JER. 3:13-14.

2. RECOGNITION OF THE REAL ACTIVITIES OF ENEMIES.   V. 1
A. TO BRING BELIEVERS TO FAILURE. PS. 140:5.
B. TO SEDUCE INTO FALSE PATHS.
—FALSE RELIGIONS AND BELIEFS. 1 SAM. 12:10, REV. 2:20,
—SEDUCE INTO WAYS OF THE WORLD. PHIL. 3:18, 1 JN 2:15-17.
—SET AN EXAMPLE OF WICKED WORKS. COL. 1:21, PROV. 22:25.
—TO FEAR MAN RATHER THAN GOD. PROV. 29:25.
—TO A CRITICAL OR SCORNFUL SPIRIT. PROV. 29:8.

3. THE HOPES OF THE ENEMIES.    V.2.
A. DAILY SWALLOW YOU UP. LIKE FIRE, CONSUMING; OR A WILD
BEAST DEVOURING. PSALM 57:3, REV. 12:4, 1 PETER 5:8.
>DAVID’S KNEW WHAT WOULD OCCUR. PS. 21:9, PS. 50:3.
B. INCREASE THEIR NUMBERS AGAINST ME. THEY RECRUIT AND
ARE NOT ASHAMED TO DO SO. 2 TIM. 3:13, LUKE 21:8.
C. CANNOT SURMOUNT THE MOST HIGH. DAVID APPEALS TO THE
GREATEST POWER OF ALL. THE DEMONS KNOW IT—MARK 5:7,
LUKE 8:28, ACTS 16:17.
ALL ENEMIES ARE INFERIOR TO THE LORD GOD—LUKE 10:19.
THE ENEMY OF DOUBT IS JUST AS REAL AS A PHYSICAL ENEMY.
ROMANS 14:23, JAMES 1:6.
D. ALL ENEMIES ARE INFERIOR TO THE LORD GOD—LUKE 10:19.
>THE ENEMY OF DOUBT IS JUST AS REAL AS A PHYSICAL
ENEMY. ROMANS 14:23, JAMES 1:6.

4. THE DEPENDABLE SOLUTION.    V. 3
A. THE ISSUE OF A BELIEVER’S FEAR. ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE
HAS IT PERIODICALLY. PS. 55:5, HEB. 11:23, JER. 26:21, IS. 21:4.
>IT CAN BE OVERCOME. REV. 11:6,7 (THEY KNEW WHAT WAS
AHEAD). 1 JOHN 4:18—CASTING IT OUT.
B. THE ISSUE OF DOING SOMETHING WITH OUR TRUST. V. 4.
JAMES 2:20,26. LUKE 5:23, LUKE 6:8, ACTS 3:6, PSALM 46:2.
C. KNOWLEDGE OF WHAT AN ENEMY DOES HELPS US PREPARE
AND SEEK GOD EVEN MORE. V.4-6, ISAIAH 59:19.
>THEY TWIST YOUR WORDS. JER. 14:13-14, JER. 23:30.
>THEY FOCUS THEIR THOUGHTS AGAINST YOU. MATT. 12:25,
LUKE 6:8.
>THEY GANG UP AGAINST YOU. LUKE 22:52-53.
>THEY SECRETLY PLOT AGAINST YOU. JOHN 7:1, ACTS 23:14-15.

5. THE AMAZING COMPASSION OF THE LORD.    V. 8-9.
A. GOD REMEMBERS OUR TRIALS FOR HIM.
B. GOD HAS A TRACK RECORD OF COMING TO THE AID OF HIS
CHILDREN. PS. 28:7, PS. 37:40, 1 SAM. 7:12, 1 CHRON. 15:26,
2 CHRON. 18:31, 2 CHRON. 26:7, ROMANS 8:26.
—HE IS FAITHFUL. I PETER 4:19.
—HE IS CAPABLE OF DEFENDING US. REV. 19:11.

6. GOD ENABLES THE BELIEVER TO FACE TROUBLES.    V. 10-13
A. BY PRAISING HIS WORD.
WHAT IS IT ? HEBREW 13:15.
IT BRINGS THE LORD CLOSER TO US. PS. 22:3
IT MUST ACCOMPANY OTHER THINGS WHICH GOD MAY USE.
PS. 149:5-6.
B. BY OVERCOMING FEAR. PS. 34:4, PS. 91:5, PS. 112:7, IS. 12:2.
C. BY FULFILLING THEIR VOWS TO GOD. ACTS 18:18.
WHAT DOES A VOW DO FOR OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD ?
VOW TO KEEP ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD. EPH. 6:11-13,
VOW TO MAKE LIFE A LIVING SACRIFICE FOR CHRIST.
ROM. 12:1-3.
VOW TO COMMIT YOURSELF TO THE WORK OF GOD.
I TIM. 1:18, 2 TIM. 2:2.

PSALM 55

This entry is part 52 of 65 in the series Psalms

PSALM CHAPTER 55


~~ Concerns Over God Hearing Us ~~


 

1. THE QUESTION OF GOD HEARING.
A. ASKING HIM TO HEAR.
—IMPLIES THAT HE HAS TO HEAR ALREADY.
IS. 65:24, JER. 1:5. BUT, HE WANTS US TO PRAY, ANYWAY.
—DAVID WANTED GOD TO HEAR A SPECIFIC THING.
DOES GOD HEAR EVERYTHING WE BRING TO HIM ?
I SAM. 8:18, JOB 35:13, 2 COR. 12:8 (WERE ALL PAUL’S
PRAYERS IGNORED ?).
B. GETTING OVER THE ILLUSION OF ABANDONMENT.
HEB. 13:5, ISAIAH 49:7, GENESIS 28:15.

2. DEALING WITH FALSE FEELINGS.
A. THE MOURNING. PS. 38:6-8.
B. THE PHYSICAL CONSEQUENCES OF A LACK OF FAITH.
JOHN 5:6, MATT. 9:22—IT TOOK A LONG TIME IN COMING.
(THESE REQUIRE HEALING, JUST AS OTHER PHYSICAL
PROBLEMS DO).
C. PARTIAL RESULTS POSSIBLE. MATT. 9:29.

3. THE REASONS FOR DAVID’S CONDITION.   V. 3
A. THE VOICE OF THE ENEMY.
— IT RESULTS IN CONFUSION (“AM I REALLY GUILTY ?”)
PSALM 44:15-16—
B. OPPRESSION OF THE WICKED. TAKING WHAT IS NOT
THEIRS TO TAKE. EZEKIEL 22:29.
C. ACCUSATIONS BY THE ENEMY. THE ONLY WAY TO APPEAR
JUSTIFIED BEFORE PEOPLE FOR EVIL ACTIONS. JN. 18:29.
D. THE VEHEMENCE OF THE ENEMY. PS. 124:2-6, ISAIAH 7:4-6.
— DON’T BE AFRAID OF THEM. MATT. 10:28, REV. 2:10,.
—GOD IS WITH HIS PEOPLE WHO SERVE HIM. JER. 1:8, 19,
ISAIAH 41:10-13.

4. DAVID’S HUMAN DESIRES—LIKE OUR OWN.   V.4-8.
A. TO AVOID THE FEELINGS OF FEARFULNESS. 4-5.
IS FEAR OF MEN A CONDITION ACCEPTABLE TO GOD ?
2 TIM. 1:7, HEB. 13:5-6 (LOSE SIGHT OF THE LORD’S
PRESENCE ?), IF FEAR DISPLACES FAITH, WHAT IS THE
FEARFUL PERSON’S RELATIONSHIP TO GOD ?
B. TO RUN AWAY. JONAH—JONAH 1:3,
JOHN MARK— ACTS 15:38, ELIJAH—1 KINGS 19:1-3.
C. TO GET OUT OF THE ATTACK QUICKLY. V. 8.
SOME ATTACKS REQUIRE ENDURANCE. 2 TIM. 4:5
SOME TROUBLES HELP US STAY CLOSE TO THE LORD.
2 COR. 12:9.

5. THE DEPTH OF DAVID’S HURT.
A. IT CAME FROM A FRIEND. MATT. 26:50 DO THE PEOPLE OF
GOD HAVE OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT GOD
FEELS ?) 2 TIM. 4:10.
B. IT WAS UNEXPECTED. PROV. 3:25, ATTACKS OF A
SPIRITUAL ENEMY ARE OFTEN VERY SUDDEN. LUKE 9:39.

6. THE QUICK RECOGNITION OF AN ENEMY.
A. SOMETIMES THEY ARE CONCEALED ENEMIES. JAMES 4:4,
(NOT COMMITTED) LUKE 11:23, PS. 143:3.
B. SOMETIMES THEY BECOME ENEMIES AFTER BEING
FRIENDS. MATTHEW 26:50. ACTS 20:28-31,
JOB 2:11, 19:19, 42:7.
C. WE HAVE A STEADFAST FRIEND IN THE LORD. V. 16.
DANIEL 6:26, HEBREWS 6:19, FOR US—1 COR. 15:58.

7. THE BATTLE IS THE LORD’S.
A. THE ULTIMATE DESTINY OF SUCH AN ENEMY. V. 15.
1 SAMUEL 17:47, 2 CHRON. 20:15.
B. THE CRY FOR HELP BEGINS THE WAR. V. 16.
—JUSTIFIABLE CRY. MATT. 15:25, PS. 109:26.
—NOT JUSTIFIABLE CRY. LUKE 10:40.
—CONTINUING IN PRAYER KEEPS IT GOING. V.17.
LUKE 11:5-10, COL. 4:2.
C. GOD TAKES OVER AND GIVES US PEACE. 2 COR. 1:4.
WE ARE INVOLVED, BUT NOT CRUCIAL. EXODUS 14:13-14.
D. WHY THE ENEMY IS CONFIDENT. V. 19.
NO CHANGES, NO FEAR OF GOD. JESUS’ FEELINGS
TOWARD THEM. MATT. 11:20, REV. 9:20, 16:9, 16:11.

8 THE OUTCOME SHOULD HAVE BEEN KNOWN ALREADY.
PS. 71:24,
A. THE DEEDS OF THE WICKED. V. 21.
—WORDS WERE MISLEADING, DECEITFUL.
—HIS INTENT WAS TO DO HARM. PROV. 2:11-14, PS. 119:95.
(DO THEY THINK THEY PRAY ?) 1 PET. 3:12
—HOW IS THE CHRISTIAN PROTECTED ? LUKE 10:19,
EPH. 6:10 (ALL OF IT !).
—CAN GOD USE EVIL PEOPLE TO BRING CHASTENING ?
EZEKIEL 38:6. EX.—USING RUSSIA IN LAST DAYS.
B. THE FAITH OF THE BELIEVER. V. 22. ACTS 7:10, PS. 34:17.
C. THE ACTIONS OF GOD. V. 23. PS. 21:7. I SAM. 17:37.