Sunday Service Sermons

27-September-2020

Take Your doubts to the Lord
Why not take your doubts to the Lord, you are supposed to take everything to him in prayer, yes?
Ok, just so you know, I did start singing , “Take it to the Lord in prayer”.
No I will not make you sing it now.
But it does express what we are speaking of for today.
Why do we sing these hymns if they are not helpful, inspirational and get to the heart of Christianity?
The hymn is, “What a friend we have in Jesus”, which we sang for a special today.
Oh what peace we often forfeit oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to the Lord in prayer.  Amen!
I would imagine that there are people who do not take a lifetime to “get it”.
But it does just keep on getting better and better.
Since I started for the kingdom, since my life He controls, since I gave my heart to Jesus, the longer I serve him the sweeter he grows.
The more that I love him, more love he bestows, each day is like heaven my heart overflows, the longer I serve Him the sweeter he grows.
Every need he is supplying, plenteous grace he bestows, every day my way gets brighter, the longer I serve him the sweeter he grows.
You should be standing up and shouting Amen right now.
For there is no greater truth than that.
No, I can’t help myself and if you can you need a bigger dose of the Holy Spirit in your soul.
For our souls should start praising Jesus when we think about how wonderful he is.
Being immersed in the Holy Spirit is the only way to be one with God, through Jesus the Son.
You can say it anyway you want to but you had better be under the Spirits control in order to be God’s person.
If you do not like the term, “Baptized in the Holy Spirit” due to excesses, then use a term with which you are comfortable.
But only those people controlled by the Holy Spirit, God’s presence among and within us, are able to be His people that He can be their God; Period!
Do not argue with me, argue with God for it is the way He made it to be.
Only when God has full possession of our existence can he be the God of existence, our existence.
Then our existence becomes His existence and we are truly His people and He can be truly our God.
Then we can be the person he wants us to be.
Text for today: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? . . . I will look to see what he will say to me”  Hab. 1:2; 2:1
While most Old Testament prophets said “thus saith the Lord” with certainty Habakkuk asked “Why”.
Why did God work the way that he did?
His time is just before Nebuchadnezzar first invaded Judah in 605 BC.
His name means “embracer,” and it speaks symbolically of his “wrestling with God” or “embracing the philosophical problems of the nation.”
He was well aware of the increasing sinfulness of his fellow citizens.
He also had and high concept of the ideal life, including work, enjoyment of fellowship with the Lord, and industry based on equity and justice.
He had a keen insight into the wickedness of his people and a thorough conviction of the only possible cure: faith in the promised Redeemer.
His writing falls into three natural divisions.
Chapter one presents Habakkuk’s problem.
Chapter two gives God’s answer.
Chapter three expresses the prophet’s praise; it is one of the most superb poems in its concept of God and beauty of language to be found in the Old Testament.
In chapter one we see the Prophet’s problem.
It is a conversation with God.
Habakkuk asks if God had forgotten the righteous people and if he had ceased to care.
His time was a time when vanity, lies, and injustice prevailed.
He had been crying out to God to do something but God had not answered him.
He states: “How long, Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, ‘Violence! But you do not save?”  verse2.
He tells God that the law is paralyzed and justice never prevails.
He is stating the age old problem of why the righteous suffer and the wicked prosper.
This is seen in every generation and each generation wonders what God is doing about it or if he cares.
God states that he is on the field even when he is invisible.
He is neither indifferent nor inadequate.
Justice and punishment is on the way.
Judah will be dealt with soon, their time is running out.
Babylon would soon be knocking on Judah’s door with one purpose in mind, to conquer them.
Habakkuk’s description of the coming army is very graphic.
A bitter and nasty nation with no regard for human life or social values is on its way.
The Babylonians arrogantly glorified their own strength and performed acts of unspeakable cruelty to accomplish their ungodly aims.
But this answer of God’s was not helpful for Habakkuk.
It instead intensified his problem.
How could a God of holiness permit his people, even though they were disobedient, to be annihilated by a brutal and godless executioner?
This seemed inconsistent with God’s holiness.
What is the answer to suffering saints and prosperous evildoers.
In chapter two Habakkuk is willing to stand and wait for the answer.
He intends to stand watch and see what the Lord would say.
God did answer and he said that Habakkuk was to write down the vision that would come to him so the people could read it, reminding him that it's fulfillment would come in God’s good time.
Babylon itself would be destroyed in time.
Sin will be punished and sin will punish itself.
In God’s moral world history repeatedly testifies to the self-destructiveness of sin.
We are not only punished for our sins, we are also punished by our sins.
God would use Babylon as an instrument to chasten his people, but the pagan king would think that his victory was due to his own ability.
And after being used by God, God would discipline him and in the end destroy him and his kingdom.
Chapter two contains warnings to those who would glorify themselves in pride and ignore the laws of morality.
The last verse in chapter two is a word from God to Habakkuk.
He needed to realize that God was in his holy temple working his sovereign will, and the earth needed to trust God and keep silent.
Chapter three contains the prophet’s prayer.
The answer God gave satisfied Habakkuk as he understood God’s long-ranged plan.
Ours is to trust God and his plan.
As Ella Wheeler Wilcox said: I know there are no errors in the great Eternal plan; and all things work together for the final good of man.

Or as she put it in these words: The world will never adjust itself to suit your whims to the letter; some things will go wrong, your whole life long, and the sooner you know it the better.  It’s folly to fight with the Infinite and go down at last in the wrestle; the wiser man shapes into God’s plan like water shapes into a vessel.
Habakkuk was now ready to sing praises to his great God.
The last chapter of his book contains a majestic hymn.
According to Habakkuk, God is alive and active even though external events seem to indicate the opposite.
Ultimately decency wins.
In due time, right always prevails.
Habakkuk’s brief prophecy closes with a lyrical out burst.
His poem begins with vivid imagery, describing the Lord’s wondrous works in the world.
It concludes with a portrayal of the security and soaring power of those who live in intimate fellowship with God.
Full vindication comes in time and we must wait patiently, quietly, and with confidence in the God of history.
One can trust implicitly in the Lord.
What does Habakkuk have to say to us today?
We should believe our beliefs and doubt our doubts but never believe our doubts and doubt our beliefs.
Habakkuk’s faith was fortified and his insight was purified when he was willing to wait for God’s answer to him.
God honors and rewards anyone who sincerely seeks the truth.
He will not leave such a person hopeless and with unanswered questions.
Individuals who have access to true spiritual power are not those who have never had a doubt.
Rather, they are those who have examined their hearts honestly and faced their doubts candidly, emerging victorious with a tender spirit and complete confidence.
Habakkuk’s experience tells us we should not deny or hide our doubts.
Far less should we be ashamed of them.
We will need all of eternity to understand infinity, but we can use our doubts and rise on them to higher concepts of God than we ever believed were possible.
It all boils down to this:  be open and honest with God and He will be your God, always and forever.




 

 

 

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