SEPTEMBER 3, 2006
“WE ARE THE APPLE OF GOD’S EYE”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 17:1-9
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALMS 17:8-9 (KJV)
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under
the shadow of thy wings, from the wicked that
oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me
David was faced with many
different kinds of enemies:
In spite of all that
surrounded David, he never lost sight of God’s love
for him or God’s power of deliverance for very
There may be times we
second guess our relationship with God and His love
for us and His willing to grant us victory.
Pain & sorrow
In spite of all these adverse circumstances we must
never forget that we are very special to God.
I. WE ARE UNDER ATTACK FROM THE ENEMY.
PSALM 17: 9
From the wicked that
oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me
David Psalm may have been
referring to physical enemies but it also referred
to our spiritual enemy, Satan.
EPHESIANS 6:12 (KJV) For we wrestle not
against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness
of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high
As Christians we are
relentlessly under attack from Satan.
Satan has one desire and that is to destroy the
human race, especially those who are seeking to
serve and worship God.
He comes against us in various ways:
As a roaring lion
1 PETER 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion,
walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
These are attacks from
without the Church.
As a wolf in sheep clothing
MATTHEW 7:15 (KJV) Beware of false
prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but
inwardly they are ravening wolves.
These come from within the
As an angel of light
2 CORINTHIANS 11:14 (KJV)
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into
an angel of light.
This is false teachers and
teaching that seek to corrupt the Word of God.
Denying the Truth of God’s
Teaching the dogmas of man
instead of the Doctrines of God.
Twisting God’s Word to fit
David sought God to protect
and deliver him for his enemies, we must seek God to
do the same for us against Satan and his attacks.
II. WE ARE THE OBJECT OF GOD’S AFFECTION.
PSALMS 17:8-9 (KJV)
Keep me as the apple of the eye…
LUKE 12:7 (KJV)
But even the very hairs of
your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye
are of more value than many sparrows.
David wanted God to KEEP
him as the apple of His eye, the center of God’s
In times of trials and difficulties we must trust in
the KEEPING power of God.
He has all power
He will never leave us
He is always watching us
He is always concerned what is happing in our lives.
In times of trials and difficulties we must trust in
the LOVE of God.
He loved us before the world began
He loves us in spite of our failures and weakness
He loves us so much He paid the highest price
possible for our redemption
He loved us so much that He made a way that we could
become His child.
1 JOHN 3:1-3 (KJV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew
him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it
doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him;
for we shall see him as he is. And every man that
hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he
How can we ever doubt His
love towards us.
III. GOD OFFERS PROTECTION FROM OUR
David sought God’s
protection from his enemies.
PSALMS 17:8 (KJV) …hide
me under the shadow of thy wings,
PSALM 9:9 (KJV) The Lord also
will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in
times of trouble.
PSALM 46:1 (KJV) God is our refuge
and strength, a very present help in trouble.
PSALM 57:1 (KJV)
To the chief Musician,
Altaschith, Michtam of David, when he fled from
Saul in the cave.
Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me:
for my soul trusteth in thee: yea, in the shadow of
thy wings will I make my refuge, until these
calamities be overpast.
NOTE: God longs to gather us under His wings
to protect us from the enemy but too often we refuse
to come to Him for deliverance.
MATTHEW 23:37 (KJV)
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem,
thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them
which are sent unto thee, how often would I have
gathered thy children together, even as a hen
gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would
God is a sure refuge if
will we go to Him in times of need.
PSALM 59:16 (KJV) But I will sing
of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in
the morning: for thou hast been my defence and
refuge in the day of my trouble.
PSALM 62:8 (KJV) Trust in him at
all times; ye people, pour out your heart before
him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
ISAIAH 4:6 (KJV) And there shall be
a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the
heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert
from storm and from rain.
ISAIAH 25:4 (KJV) For thou hast
been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy
in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow
from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones
is as a storm against the wall.
CONCLUSION: Don’t forget that no matter what
you may be facing, you are the object of God’s
affections and He longs to protect and deliver you
from Satan’s attacks.
SEPTEMBER 10, 2006
“FAITH HAS FOUR LEGS”
SCRIPTURE READING: HEBREWS 11:1-10
SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 11:6 (KJV) But
without faith it is impossible to please him: for he
that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that
he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
INTRO: Have you heard the saying, “It
doesn’t have a leg to stand on.”?
The foundation of anything is of the utmost
There is a vast difference between worldly faith
(positive thinking) and Biblical faith.
The foundation of Faith has four legs, each one
sharing the load with the others.
There is grave danger in having strong faith but
We must have a good understanding of Who God is and
what His Word teaches us about Him.
The more we know about God and the more we
understand His Word, the stronger our faith will
There are four basic ingredients in Biblical faith
for it to produce proper results.
HEBREWS 6:18-19 (KJV)
That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong
consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold
upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as
an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and
which entereth into that within the veil;
Biblical Faith is based
only on God and in His promises.
ROMANS 8:24 (NIV)
For in this hope we were
saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who
hopes for what he already has?
For our faith to be
productive it must put its hope in God and God
JEREMIAH 17:5-8 (NLT)
This is what the LORD says: "Cursed are those who
put their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts
away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in
the desert, with no hope for the future. They will
live in the barren wilderness, on the salty flats
where no one lives. "But blessed are those who trust
in the LORD and have made the LORD their HOPE
and confidence. They are like trees planted along a
riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the
water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or
worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay
green, and they go right on producing delicious
It is our vision that gives
our Faith its goal.
Where there is no vision there is no need for faith.
Where there is no faith there will be no Godly
A. A VISION GIVES OUR FAITH ITS PURPOSE.
PROVERBS 29:18 (KJV)
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he
that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Unless there is a vision for growth or change, none
Paul had a vision.
PHILIPPIANS 3:10, 14 (KJV)
That I may know him, and the power of his
resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings,
being made conformable unto his death…I press toward
the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in
B. OUR VISION BRINGS UNITY.
PROVERBS 29:18 (NLT) When people
do not accept divine guidance, they run wild. But
whoever obeys the law is happy.
NOTE: When a Church sees the vision God has
for the Church it will bring all true Believers into
NUMBERS 13:20 (KJV) And what the
land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be
wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and
bring of the fruit of the land. Now the time was the
time of the first ripe grapes.
We can say we have put our
trust in God, we can claim to have a vision of what
God will do for us, but unless we have the courage
to step out in obedience to the will of God we do
not have faith.
When the Children of Israel
stood on the brink of entering the Promise Land they
lacked the courage to step out in obedience to God.
DEUTERONOMY 31:6 (KJV) Be strong
and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of
them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go
with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
ILL: Peter had the courage to step out of
the boat and walk on the water towards Jesus; it was
when he took his eyes off Jesus that fear took
PSALMS 118:6 (KJV)
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can
man do unto me?
ISAIAH 12:2-3 (KJV)
Behold, God is my
salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the
LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is
become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye
draw water out of the wells of salvation.
LUKE 21:19 (KJV)
In your patience
possess ye your souls.
One of the hardest things
to do is to wait.
Whenever God is slow to answer our prayers, what we
believe about God is revealed. Do we change our
plans and move in a different direction when
pressure mounts? Or do we continue on the path God
has directed for us?
EPHESIANS 6:13 (KJV) Wherefore take unto you
the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to
withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to
ILL: Lack of patience, Abraham
NOTE: The failure to wait for God to work
things out in His way and according to His time will
always lead to disaster.
Possession of faith, David
Although David had been anointed king, and had
opportunities to kill Saul, he waited until it was
PSALMS 62:5 (KJV) My soul, wait thou only
upon God; for my expectation is from him.
PSALMS 123:1-2 (KJV) Unto thee
lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the
heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto
the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a
maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes
wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy
ISAIAH 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon
the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and
not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
CONCLUSION: We each need to examine our
hearts and see which of the four legs of faith we
need to build up.
Are we trusting God or leaning on the arm of flesh?
Do we have a vision or see a need that must be met?
Do we have the courage to step out and obey the
voice of God?
Are we willing to wait for God’s timing?
SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 (AM)
“THE BY-PRODUCTS OF
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 46:1-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: HEBREWS 11:23 (NIV)
By faith Moses' parents hid him for three months
after he was born, because they saw he was no
ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the
INTRO: It is critical that we understand
that Faith is an imperative part of the Christian’s
The Christian lives his life by Faith.
HABAKKUK 2:4b (KJV) …the
just shall live by his faith.
This is repeated three times in the New Testament (Rom.
1:17, Gal. 3:11 & Heb. 10:38).
Without Faith we cannot please God. Heb.
Too often we seek to please God by our works instead
of by our faith.
Remember, Faith has four legs:
The question we wish to ask today is, “When we live
by Faith, what will it produce in our life?”
What are some of the by-products of Faith?
The story of Amram & Jochebed, Moses’ parents,
reveals what Faith is and what it will produce in
the heart and lives of those who walk by Faith.
Let us consider their walk of faith.
I. THE CIRCUMSTANCES THEY FACED.
EXODUS 1:22 (KJV) And Pharaoh
charged all his people, saying, Every son that is
born ye shall cast into the river, and every
daughter ye shall save alive.
A. IT WAS CRITICAL
Often times the things we
think we really need or only things we want.
Often times it is only when we are faced with
desperate situations that we begin to call on God to
meet our need.
B. HOPELESS IN THE EYES OF MAN
EXODUS 2:1-2 (KJV) And
there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to
wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived,
and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a
goodly child, she hid him three months.
They had done all they
Too often we want God to step in and meet the need
while there are things we can do ourselves to
address the situation.
When faith had done all she can, she looks up.
II. THE ACTION THEY TOOK.
EXODUS 2:3-4 (KJV)
And when she could not longer hide him, she took for
him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime
and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she
laid it in the flags by the river's brink. And his
sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to
Their Hope was in God.
Their Vision was that God will save Moses
Their Courage was preparing the basket and
placing it in the river.
There Patience was waiting on God for his
III. THE BY-PRODUCTS OF THEIR FAITH.
EXODUS 2:6 (KJV) And when she had opened
it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept.
And she had compassion on him, and said, “This is
one of the Hebrews' children. “
Faith will always produce
victory but not always the way we expected.
ILL: Man on an uninhabited island.
Victory does not always
mean deliverance from the circumstances we might be
2 CORINTHIANS 12:7-9 (KJV) And
lest I should be exalted above measure through the
abundance of the revelations, there was given to me
a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to
buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it
might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace
is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made
perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I
rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of
Christ may rest upon me.
The victory we have knows that God is in control and
that He will bring us through and whatever happens
will be for our betterment and His glory.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:18 (KJV)
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will
of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
This is the secret of real victory, trusting God
with the results.
Faith will always produce
joy and often greater than we expected.
EXODUS 2:7-9 (KJV)
Then said his sister to Pharaoh’s daughter, Shall I
go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women,
that she may nurse the child for thee? And
Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, Go. And the maid
went and called the child’s mother. And
Pharaoh’s daughter said unto her, Take this child
away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy
wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.
God often gives us more
than we ask of Him.
PSALMS 30:5b (KJV) …weeping
may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the
God always gives back to us more than we give to
Hanna and Samuel. After
Hanna gave Samuel to the Lord He gave her three sons
and two daughters. I SAMUEL 1 & 2
PSALMS 30:11 (KJV)
Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing:
thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with
EXODUS 2:10 (KJV) And the child grew, and
she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he
became her son. And she called his name Moses: and
she said, Because I drew him out of the water.
The peace of knowing God is in control
The peace of knowing God loves us
The peace of knowing God knows best
JOHN 16:33 (KJV)
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye
might have peace. In the world ye shall have
tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome
JOHN 14:27 (KJV)
Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you:
not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not
your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
The world’s peace is based on circumstances; God’s
peace is based on relationship.
Let us walk in Faith and
enjoy its by-products.
SEPTEMBER 17, 2006 (PM)
“FOUR PRAYERS FOUND
SCRIPTURE TEXT: THE BOOK OF JONAH
When we consider the book
of Jonah, we often see it as a good story, which
demonstrates the power, and mercy of God, but how
often do we try and consider what practical purpose
it has for us today?
From 2 Kings 14:25 (He
restored the coast of Israel from the entering of
Hamath unto the sea of the plain, according to the
word of the Lord
God of Israel, which he spake by the hand of his
servant Jonah, the son of Amittai, the prophet,
which was of Gath-hepher.) Jonah’s
prophetic ministry is known to have been during the
reign of Jeroboam II (786-746 B.C.). He was from
Gath-hepher, a border town in the territory of
Zebulun, mentioned also in Joshua 19:13. His
ministry would have occurred not many years after
the death of Elisha. Amos and Hosea also
prophesied during the reign of Jeroboam II, but
there is no way of knowing whether the three
prophets knew each other.
Jonah is a strange paradox:
A prophet of God, and yet he runs from the call of
A man drowned, and yet alive:
A preacher of repentance, yet one that does not
want the people to repent.
Jonah, saved from the jaws of death
himself on repentance, was the fittest to give a
hope to Nineveh, doomed though it was, of a merciful
reprieve on its repentance. The patience and pity of
God stand in striking contrast with the selfishness
and hard-heartedness of man.
The major purpose of the book is two
A reproof of Israel;
a heathen people were ready
to repent at the first preaching of the prophet, a
stranger to them; but Israel, who boasted of being
God's elect, repented not, though warned by their
own prophets at all seasons.
To teach that the message of God’s grace and
forgiveness should not be withheld from anyone.
The Hebrews had been chosen
by God as a special people but did not understand
their responsibility to share their knowledge of him
with other peoples. They regarded their election as
an exclusive privilege. God desired to teach Israel
through Jonah’s experiences that God’s love and
compassion included all peoples and nations.
The book of Jonah can easily be divided into four
(1) Jonah in a fix (Jonah 1:1-17)
(2) Jonah in a fish (Jonah 2:1-10)
(3) Jonah in a revival (Jonah 3:1-10)
(4) Jonah in a rage (Jonah 4:1-11)
There are four prayers found in the book of Jonah:
The Prayer during the storm
The Prayer of Repentance &
The Prayer of Repentance &
Hope (Jonah 3:5-9)
The Prayer of
Disappointment & Dissatisfaction (Jonah 4:2-3)
The driving force behind these four prayers is
When people become desperate enough, even the
unbelievers will turn to prayer.
I. THE PRAYER DURING THE STORM.
Wherefore they cried unto the Lord, and said, We beseech thee, O Lord, we beseech thee, let us not perish for this man's life,
and lay not upon us innocent blood: for thou, O Lord, hast done as it pleased thee. So they took up Jonah, and
cast him forth into the sea: and the sea ceased from
her raging. Then the men feared the Lord
exceedingly, and offered a sacrifice unto the Lord,
and made vows.
When storms come into your life how do
Do you stand and fight through it the best you know
Do you hide and try to deny that you are facing a
Do you cry out to God for His deliverance?
The “True Believer” was
asleep in the bottom of the boat and did not seek
God’s deliverance; while the unbelievers were
praying to every god they could think of.
It wasn’t until Jonah pointed them to God that they
turned to Him for help.
How does your reaction,
when God answers your prayers, compare to the
sailors responded to God answering their prayers?
II. THE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE & COMMITMENT
Then Jonah prayed unto the Lord
his God out of the fish's belly, and said, I cried
by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord,
and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I,
and thou heardest my voice. For thou
hadst cast me into the deep, in the midst of the
seas; and the floods compassed me about: all thy
billows and thy waves passed over me. Then I said, I
am cast out of thy sight; yet I will look again
toward thy holy temple. The waters compassed
me about, even to the soul: the depth closed me round about, the weeds were
wrapped about my head. I went down to the
bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars
was about me forever: yet hast thou brought up my
life from corruption, O Lord
my God. When my soul fainted within me I
remembered the Lord: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
They that observe lying vanities forsake their own
mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the
voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have
vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.
How quick are you to pray
when you find yourself in a difficult situation?
Have you ever needed God to
give you a second chance?
Have you ever met anyone
who was in serious trouble but still refused to call
upon God? What kept them from calling upon
Have you ever promised God
that you would do something if He got you out of a
jam? Did you keep your promise?
III. THE PRAYER OF REPENTANCE & HOPE.
So the people of Nineveh believed God, and
proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the
greatest of them even to the least of them.
For word came unto
the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne,
and he laid his robe from him, and covered him with
sackcloth, and sat in ashes.
And he caused it to
be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the
decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let
neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any
thing: let them not feed, nor drink water: but let
man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry
mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from
his evil way, and from the violence that is in their
hands. Who can tell if God will turn and
repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we
Why do you think the people of Nineveh believe what
What do you think it means they believe God?
That God was going to bring
That He was a God of mercy.
(Where do you think they got this idea?)
Why did they fast and put on sackcloth and cause
their animals to do it as well?
What does it mean to you to fast & pray?
What must happen that will cause you to fast &
IV. THE PRAYER OF DISAPPOINTMENT &
And he prayed unto the Lord,
and said, I pray thee, O Lord,
was not this my saying, when I was yet in my
country? Therefore I fled before unto Tarshish: for
I knew that thou art a gracious God, and merciful,
slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repentest
thee of the evil. Therefore now, O Lord,
take, I beseech thee, my life from me; for it is
better for me to die than to live.
Why do you think Jonah was
upset because God didn’t destroy Nineveh?
Are there people in your
life that you would not want God to save?
How do you think you would
react if the worst sinner possible started coming to
our church and got saved?
What would your reaction be
if the person you disliked the most, or maybe even
hate, came to church and got saved and God began to
What is God trying to tell
us when He pointed out that Jonah was more concerned
over his own comfort than the souls of Nineveh?
 Going Against The Flow:
Os Hillman, Tuesday, August 29, 2006