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The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
I preached this message on December 11, 2011 after the death of a sweet Christian lady in our Church. We were with her up until she left us and went to Heaven. During the week of being with her, I read both Psalm 23 and John 14:1-6 at her bedside. Later, one word in Psalm 23 captured my attention. The word is “YEA though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” The word “Yea” means yes, consent, certainty. Please go to 2 Cor. 1:18-21 and notice in particular verse 20 which states, “For all the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” In times like these, we not only see, but experience the joy of “All the promises of God in Him.”
God has made so many “Great and precious promises” to His people and in times like these, they become even more “great and precious” to those of us who are born again. Not only are they “yea”, they are “amen” which means “let it be so.”
Nowhere in the Bible will you find God breaking a promise! Never will you or I find Him unable to fulfill a promise! Let me share some of the times that God says “yes” to us.
1. First of all, God says “yes, I will save whosoever will come to me in faith.” If you are lost and wondering if God will save you, His answer is “yes.” God is waiting on you to say “yes” to His answer to you soul’s need, and if in repentance and faith you cry out for forgiveness, He will never say “NO” to a repentant believer. John 6:37; Romans 10:13 should be read. Notice in Romans 10:13 “whosoever.” That means, anyone. Druggie? Yes! Adulterer? Yes! Murderer? Yes! All sinners? Yes!
2. God said, “Yes, I will help you.” Read Isaiah 41:10 and notice two times God said, “Yes.” Read Psalm 121:1-8 Dear readers. God is a God that is not only willing but able to help us in every situation of life. Why would we struggle in the problems of life and not call out on the God of Heaven and earth to help.
3. God said, “Yes, I will answer you.” Psalm 91:15; Jeremiah 33:3. James 4 tells us that sometimes, we “have not because we ask not.” Maybe God is waiting on you and I to ask! Maybe you are thinking, “God will not say ‘Yes.’”
4. God said, “Yes, I care for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 uses the word “careth” meaning interest, concern, and it matters to Him. Heb. 4:14-16 uses the words “touched with the feeling of our infirmities.” God feels what you and I feel! And He cares.
5. God said, “Yes, I love you…even though you are a sinner and even though you do wrong.” Romans 5:1-9; 1 John 3:1-3. Notice “What manner of love.” Read Romans 8:39 and be encouraged that God loves you.
6. Finally, God said, “Yes, I will be with you (saved) all the way through this journey, and “yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for Thou art with me.” Psalm 23:4; Heb. 13:5-6
May God bless you dear readers and may you know that God is a God of “yes” if we will simply know Him. Please read and believe Psalm 27:13-14