We're here because You brought us here. Your presence is so real. God I would ask that every life here receive a new awareness of who You really are, of your might, of your power. God I also ask that we would have a new awareness of who we really are and are position, are standing with You. God may we see it today. May we have a confidence, may we have a faith that will echo from everything and be reflected from everything we say and do. Thank you for this service, thank you for those that have come. We thank you for brining them. In Jesus Name. Amen.
My message this morning was entitled from God's view point. I think so often because we feel that we have no other way to see a thing we look at things the way they look instead of seeing them the way they really are. So much of our information is based on the way things seem to appear, when God tells us to look past them, there's something more. And we can look at things, we can look at our lives, we can look at situations, we can observe when we read the word of God how God sees things. How they look from His view point through His eyes. It seems as though so much of the time we are concerned with really how we look to people; how it's going to be accepted whether it's favorable or not. And this is good; God doesn't want us to in defiance hurt people. But he doesn't want that to have our top priority. He wants our priority to be, how does this look to God, how does it set with Him.
Today in this message we're going to look at two or three things from God's view point and I trust that God will give us an answer not only for our own hearts but for people who may be disturbed and hurt in other ways. It's my intention this morning not merely to draw attention to the evils about us. I know it's possible for us to be so sin conscious, so problem conscious that we're not God conscious, and not seeing Him. But I want to make us aware this morning of a problem and then turn our eyes to the great problem solver, the King of all the earth. There are some tapes with a message on it circulating through the country that are magnifying the work of the enemy. Some of you may have received them. When I first heard of them I didn't feel that it would be necessary to bring this message because I felt that people especially believers would have their spiritual defenses up to the point where it wouldn't trouble them.
But I have discovered that people need to know and that with the sinister attacks of the enemy often comes the spirit of delusion and the truth is hidden in the fog and the deception of the enemy comes to them and they believe a lie. There are many different attempts that Satan has made to hurt God and to destroy his work. And by reason of these lies and this deception the way of truth is evil spoken of. These are quotations right from the Word of God that I'm giving you. This tape has been circulated by many people but it was given by a man by the name of John Todd. John Todd claims to have been a witch. And I wouldn't discount his claims and at this point I'm not going to go into a lot of things that are supported there because I don't feel like dignifying these statements but I will say this, that it has caused great devastation in the lives of many people. It has led them into fear. The Lord has helped me by the liberating truth to deliver these people that have come to me from fear. I see this happening in various parts of the country. On Monday a formal youth pastor of this church was in California; visited a very fine Charismatic church in the Bay Area. And the pastor was literally heart sick because of something that had happened in his church through his people listening to this tape. And the messages as it penetrated their minds led from one thing to another until a repetition of the Jim Jones story is taking place. Because the enemy when he comes with his deception often brings a smoke screen and hides the truth and hides the warning, it hides good sense. And these people are buying weapons now. They have bought a piece of property in Montana and they're planning on building some type of a commune there similar to the one in Giana. Two hundred people from this one church. And many other groups of people from other churches are embracing this wholeheartedly and will be joining forces with them. I have here a paper published by another group that through listening to this has bought a large campground in Michigan where they're doing the same thing. The reason why they're storing up these weapons and food is because the fear, the message that is being brought is that witches are taking over the country and own all of the chain stores and other things. And so they're getting what food they can. They're planning on raising what they can in these places but they have the weapons so that if they happen to be overrun or attacked by these satanically controlled witches they'll have the weapons to shoot the witches with. Sounds foolish, it would almost sound humorous if it wasn't so serious. This thing is not going to go very far. I have some inside information that it's going to be short lived. But the reason I'm giving this message this morning is there are going to be some people hurt by this that we can keep from being hurt if they know about it. I want this tape to go out to everybody that you know of that has this other message. Because what I'm going to give you is Spirit directed, from God's heart that will remove fear and restore faith and it's got to get out. And I want you to keep this in mind when you hear this message I want you to be sure and get that order. I'm going to come back to this in just a moment but I want to give you something else first.
If you have your Bibles I'd like to have you turn to Psalm 24. Listen as we read. "The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and they that dwell therein. For He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the floods. Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord and who shall stand in the holy place? He that has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul unto vanity nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the Lord and righteousness form the God of His salvation." This is very important to know that your righteousness doesn't come from inside of you, doesn't come from your efforts, and doesn't come from your accomplishments. It's a free gift that Jesus purchased for you and gave to us. "This is the generation that seeks your face o Jacob. Selah. Lift up your heads o ye gates and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors and the king of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord, the Lord strong in battle. Lift up your heads o ye gates. And the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts. He is the King of glory. Unto thee oh Lord do I lift up my soul. Oh my God I trust in thee let me not be ashamed. Let not my enemies triumph over me. Let none that wait on you be ashamed. Show me thy ways O Lord, teach me thy paths, lead me in thy truth and teach me for thou art the God of my salvation. On thee do I wait all of the day. Remember Oh Lord thy tender mercies and thy loving kindnesses for they have been ever of old. Remember not the sins of my youth. According to thy mercy remember me for thy goodness sake oh Lord."
This reminds me of that book the Lord showed me of Abraham and Sarah's over there. And when I asked Him where all of those other things that were against them, God said He didn't record the failure. And David found this out. David had a chance to ascend and take a look at things over God's shoulder. He was looking at it from God's point of view. "Remember me according to thy mercy." That mercy is that covering. "For your goodness sake. Good and upright is the Lord therefore will He teach sinners in the way. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth unto such that keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy names sake Oh Lord pardon my iniquities for it is great. What man is he that fears the Lord, him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. His soul shall dwell at ease." You don't have to be in an uproar and in torment all the time. "The secret of the Lord is with them that fear Him. And he will show them His covenant." His covenant is found over in Hebrews the tenth chapter. Hebrews 10:16-17. "This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days saith the Lord. I will put my laws into their hearts and into their minds I will write them. And their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." That's God's covenant for you. He's letting people know where they stand with Him.
The messages that God has been bringing to me by supernatural messenger has been messages just along this line. This is so important to God. He wants us to know where we stand. Who does the world belong to anyway? It's God's. The world belongs to God. Now I realize there's a little conjecture here. People say well wasn't satan made the prince of this world. God let him live here but God made this world for us to be inhabited. He very definitely spelled it all out that He made this world; He created it that we might inhabit it. Way before He made the earth He planned who was going to live here and that's you and me. This earth belongs to God. I don't care who would say satan owns it. Satan does not own one inch of real estate here. But the great fear is that satan owns this and he's taking it over. He won't go very far, don't worry about that. We don't want people to get hurt by him. But I want you to know that God is in control. Praise God forever more. Satan may control some parts of this earth. He may control some possessions and some wealth and some means of this earth. But he can only control what people have who are serving him. And he can control that through those people. But those people only have use of it for a little while, it's not really there's. God owns this earth. God let David have such a beautiful insight here. Do you know that the Lord allowed David to see His whole plan? He let David see His plan of grace and salvation, not by works not by the law. In fact if the religious leaders of that day were like the religious leaders of today they would have crucified David. He would have been branded the worst heretic there was. Because he was talking about salvation by grace and he was living in a dispensation of law. But he found this beautiful grace and he talked about it all of the time. So I want you to write that down some place, satan does not own one inch of real estate and he has no power to create any. Then we read about this great God, He is the King, He is mighty in battle, He's not going to lose any bouts with the enemy. God's view of the believer is so beautiful here. He let's us see not only a view of the world from His view point, this world is His and God knows what He's doing. He's in control and He's not going to allow Satan to call his shots for him.
God knows what He's doing. And the believer from His viewpoint is cared for and loved and protected. I'd like to ask you the question what do you have to do to merit God's love? Somebody said nothing. Do you think that God loves people that don't love Him? What would you have to do to get Him to quit loving you? Totally reject Him; do you think that would cut off His love? Do you know that because you can't do anything to earn His love you can't do anything to remove His love?
Romans 8:35-39. Paul also had a chance to look at it from God's view point. He said it's just so deep, it's so broad, it's so high, and finally he had to say it passes human understanding. It passes all power of thought, all of the ability that we have to understand. And the apostle Paul in talking about this said wars, famine, problems, things present and things to come, height, depth and then he said I'm probably not naming some things that are going to happen down there in that 20th century so then he said, "things to come" and then he said, "well I still might be missing something" so then he said, "any other creature." Nothing, nothing, nothing can separate us from the love of God. You could close yourself out so that you aren't aware of it, and you're not receiving it, you're not taking what God is beaming down to you by you not seeing it, not perceiving. But that love is there and He tells us that He loved us even when we were His enemies.
Romans 5. He says sometimes for a good man somebody would even dare to die but God loved us so much that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us. Then he said, "If when we were His enemies he loved us this much." So there is nothing, and I believe that Paul said it all when he said, "there is nothing that can separate us from the Love of God." Why? Because God's nature is love. God is love. There are some people around quite a few that would say Pastor Buck has watered down the gospel and He's weakened it and He's talking about God being a God of love and he ought to preach the wrath of God more instead of the love of God. And a few years ago there have been people almost crucified for telling people what God was really like and so they got frightened and they didn't do it. It took a lot more courage to tell people that God was a God of love then to tell them that he was a mean old man. Because the concept that many people have of God is that He is that great Ogre that walks around with that huge club with that big spike driven through the end looking for somebody to make a mistake, and because heaven is so overcrowded He's got to start eliminating people and throwing them away, looking for reasons to cut you off. But heaven is so big and because God has it in His plans and He wants you and He loves you and He has plenty of room for you, He's looking for every reason in the world to pull you in. And when He sent Jesus to die, He died not only for our sins, but also for the sins of the whole world. And He has enough covering for everybody, everybody who puts their faith in Him. This is what God is like. This is your position in God's view point. When He looks down at you because you have put your faith in what Jesus has done he sees you looking just exactly like Jesus.
Last Sunday morning God let me have a glimpse of another aspect of that total clear standing that we have with God. This must be very, very important to God to send these truths down. God let me as you remember see this, Jesus as the high priest with the filthy garments on. And the garments being removed and destroyed carrying the sins of the whole wide world. God let me see another time Jesus the lamb that was sacrificed there and as He rose victorious He rose with all power of the seven horns depicting, horns standing for power, 7 depicting the completeness of God's program. So when Jesus came back to the earth after His resurrection, he said, "all power in heaven and in earth is given unto me and I'm with you always." He covered up the broken laws in the tabernacle in heaven completely with His blood. Jesus fulfilled the law, He didn't come to destroy them, He fulfilled them completely. Now we're accepted, the blood is there. We're identified with Him. And now some of you husbands and wives may have had a scrap over something and you violated some of those laws in the old covenant. Don't worry about them, there under that blood. Tell your wife to forgive you and go your way because God doesn't have any record of them. This is something so important to God. God wants people to be free from fear. This is God's view point. It's different than your viewpoint. This was God's plan.
Satan at his strongest is not God. He is not omnipresent. He has no power of creation. The only real power that he has as far as his ability to hurt you would be what you allowed him in his deception and through your fear you could be hurting yourself and bringing yourself into bondage until you could practically be destroying yourself. Satan still has the power of an archangel. He can still cause grief and problems, and possibly illness and the things that he does through people who have surrendered to him, but he doesn't have the power of God.
In Colossians 2:13-15. "You who were spiritually dead because of sin God has now made you to share the very life of Christ. He has forgiven all of your sins. He has wiped out the damning evidence of broken laws and commandments which always hung over our heads. And has completely annulled them by nailing them over his own head on the cross. And then having drawn the sting out of all the powers ranged against us, He exposed them, shattered and defeated them in his final glorious act."
Satan plays on fear, he is a deceiver. He has deceived people down through the ages. Jesus said he can not tell the truth neither is there any truth in him. He can mix some facts in with his lies. Satan is doing his level best in putting out some false propaganda. Do you know that satan does not have a timetable because there is nothing that he is able to produce? All that satan and his evil forces are doing are having an annoying tactic against the church. There's nothing that they're shooting for. They know what the end is. But once in a while people will believe the lie and he's able to take that person and as they yield themselves to him they become useful to Satan. And it could be in the form of witchcraft, spiritism, or Satanism. But the only ones that he can capture are those that believe his lies. And then while they are with him he pours his lies into them. What's happened with this John Todd, he believed satan's lies and he got into witchcraft and then he decided he was going the wrong way and he turned his life over to the Lord. And I will not question this because I don't know the man, if he said he turned his life over to the Lord that's his story and I'm not going to question it. But what I do question is this; that the information that he learned from satan is the kind of information that satan puts together. It's his false propaganda. All he has are what people who serve him have. And when people live for God, all that they have belongs to God.
God owns this world and those things that belong to you when you belong to God, I don't care who has used them in the past, they belong to God. He has given us the authority to overcome all of the enemy's power. There is nothing at all that can do you any harm. I want you to thank God for his care, His concern. His plans are to reconcile, that is to make peace, to restore you into fellowship with Him and then to reunite you with Him in His home.
Three R's of the Christian; Reconciliation, Restoration and Reuniting.