PRAY FOR AND WITH YOUR CHILDREN BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING ELSE TODAY! THIS IS SERIOUS!. All of us who are Christians should take it as a matter of course to pray for our children and for the children of others. These are very dangerous times that we live in as countless stories on the news attest. Prayer is our first line of defense, and who of us who has children wouldn’t want to do all we can to protect them. Please make it a point to pray for the children of this country, and all countries. It’s the least we can do.
Notice the three areas in which Satan tempted Christ: (1) Provision. “Command that these stones become bread” (Mt 4:3 NKJV). This addresses one of our greatest fears-that if we don’t look out for ourselves nobody else will. So Jesus says: “Do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’…. your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you” (Mt 6:31-33 NKJV). (2) Protection. Satan took Jesus to the pinnacle of the temple and said, “If You are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: ‘He shall give His angels charge over You'” (Mt 4:5-6 NKJV). This addresses another of our core fears-that God may not protect us. Satan whispers, “You’re on the pinnacle of success right now, but you could easily go over the edge.” When you start thinking like that-claim this promise: “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavillion” (Ps 27:5 NKJV). (3) Position. “The devil took Him up an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.’ Then Jesus said to him, ‘Away with you, Satan! For it is written, You shall worship the Lord Your God, and Him only shall you serve.'” (Mt 4:8-10 NKJV). Now, there’s nothing wrong with wanting provision, protection, and position. The temptation is to try and get them through your own devices and for your own ends.
So what is tonight’s subject? It’s on the most profound, least understood, most controversial, most misinterpreted, most ill-used, most beautiful and thought-provoking issue of all time. It has spurred more disgust, more argument, more disdain, more discussion, more thought, more hate, and more love than any other know entity. Nations have risen, fallen, transformed, and died because of it. It has led some to great prosperity, and led others to great poverty. It’s influence has been world-wide, and none of us have escaped its influence. Throughout history it’s been burned, banned, shunned, denied, and still it persists and it’s voice echos through the corridors of history as strongly as ever it first did when man first embraced it, and from that first man, it has always been embraced by someone who has loved it and cherished it. Never has it not been loved, never has it not been sought, never has it been ignored, and I can say with full confidence that it shall never not be relevant.
It’s has united, divided and separated more people, spurred and spurned both the great and the small, the weak and the strong, the wise and the ignorant, the humble and the arrogant. Nothing, since its inception, not one thing, not one person, has not in some way been touched and influenced by it. If you live today, in this country (America), or any modern country, you have been touched by it – though it’s touch may have been as light as down – you have felt it’s influence though you may not have recognized it for what it was.
So what do you think it is? As you answer this question, I ask you to hesitate for just a second, and ask this question of yourself first: why has it been what it is. Why has it endured when everything else, everything else, is subject to decay, destruction, and ultimate death, this one thing has prevailed; has continued to thrive in spite of the war against it, that continues to quietly stand in the face of the warriors against it and laugh; that continues to stand in front of those who have embraced it, and shields them from every dark and evil flight of arrow that tries to penetrate the armor of those who wear it.
The greatest of all men, both the common and the uncommon, the educated and the illiterate, have been held sway by its beauty, have been captivated and captured by it, and have been held the most loving prisoner because of it. No man, nor woman, nor child, apart from it has ever known their true worth, their role, and their duty; nor their destination without it. No guru, college professor, politician, media mogul, or religious leader can compare, compete, or conquer the one it embraces – for you see – the one who holds it most dearly in his or her heart is held by it in return.
You must be careful in its handling, and in your approach to it, for it above all other things can condemn you as nothing else can, and yet for those who approach it with the right heart, who seek its revelation as the most precious of all jewels, and accept its value as beyond price nothing will ever hold more importance for you.
What is it? It’s the Word of God; The Holy Bible