“GOD IS our refuge and STRENGTH, a very present help in trouble.
THEREFORE, will not we fear.” Psalm 46:1-2a
“GOD IS” – This is to be an established fact and certainty in order for us to live so as fear will not be able to terrorize us.
- Not God shall be but God is.
- “Our” = the people of God – NT = body of Christ – church
Turn these 2 words around and we have a question we need to honestly ask ourselves:
IS GOD OUR REFUGE? (where we go first in storms of life)
IS GOD OUR STRENGTH? Do we know Him firsthand as our strength and very present help in trouble? You need to answer this yourself.
If we can say this confidently and know it is true of us THEN the proof or evidence is the next 5 words.
“THEREFORE, WILL NOT - WE FEAR.”
Fear is faith that something bad will happen. Fear brings torment with it. Jesus probably said, “Fear not” in some form more than any other saying. When Jairus daughter died Jesus first words “Fear not”.
Jesus walking on water and disciples screaming like little girls “Fear not it is Me.” After resurrection Jesus appeared after Thomas gave is defiant speech he would not believe unless. Just then Jesus walked through wall – people were about to freak out but Jesus first words were “Peace be with you.”
Fear can be a spirit or demon attacking you – 2 Tim. 1:7
Ill. If you could see a demon spirit of fear it would look like a python or boa constrictor snake.
PIC of snake coiled on animal:
Contrary to popular opinion constrictor snakes do not kill their prey by crushing their bones. They kill them by suffocation. Once the victim in their coils they keep pressure on them. The animal has to breath so every time it exhales the constrictor squeezes down and takes more ground and keeps the pressure on. Until finally the pressure on the outside is greater than the pressure on the inside and there is no more strength to draw breath.
Fear is like this- it pressures you until you literally die of fear. “In the last days men’s hearts will fail them for fear.”
Satan will attack everyone at one time or another. He may even get his coils wrapped around you. You may be feeling his pressure right now. But if you know the truth – own it – experience it and can speak confidently
“God IS our Refuge and STRENGTH, a very present Help in trouble. Therefore, will not – we fear.”
Then Satan’s coils wrapped around you on the outside will not be able to squeeze out the life inside you.
“Greater is He who is IN YOU, than he that is in the world.” I John 4:4
Almighty God lives in you if you are born from above. The greater One lives in us. There is no battle between God and the devil. The devil is already our defeated adversary. James 2:19 “You believe in God- good but don’t you know the demons believe in God but also tremble with fear before God.”
Believers who know this truth of how much greater God is in us that the enemy around us – they live differently.
- They step out boldly in faith and confidence knowing God lives big inside us. They use their mouths to cast out devils, still storms, uproot mountains and trees standing in the way of accomplishing God’s purposes in the earth.
If God Almighty is living on the inside of Xns, then why are some Christians not living in the Strength of the Lord and overcoming habits and strongholds the enemy has in them? Good question!
- We have to wonder are they really saved? If yes then why still living in bondage?
Christians are free from the penalty of sin.
But not all Christians are free from the bondage of sin.
There is a difference between set free and made free.
You are set free from all sin the day of your salvation.
Ill. After I got saved I remember saying “I will never sin again.” I was so in love with God I meant it. For 2 weeks things were glorious. Suddenly I found myself back into sins I swore I would never do again. The devil tried to tell me I wasn’t saved. If it were not the Lord Himself living in me then the devil would have suffocated me to death. The still small voice of God in me would say, “That’s not true. You did not get saved based on your performance but based on believing the truth about My Son.” I wasn’t strong in the Lord yet or strong in the Word but God was my strength living inside me and greater than the pressure from the enemy outside me. As I renewed my mind with truth of God’s Word over a period of time I was made free form the devil’s torment telling me I was not saved.
“You shall know the truth, and the truth shall MAKE you free.” John 8:32
“Know” – ginosko – to know intimately and absolutely
Used to describe sexual intercourse between man and wife.
The goal is to be made free.
You have to know the truth for yourself.
You have to own truth for yourself.
You have to apply truth for yourself.
- Coming to church is good but it won’t make you free.
- Reading the Bible is good but it won’t make you free.
Ill. Every time you sit under the anointed teaching/preaching Word you should get one piece of truth you know God is showing you. Take notes and at end of services like ours come to the altar and talk to God about that one piece of truth He gave you and ask Him to show you how to apply it this week.
- From here to that one piece of truth and meditate upon it and talk to God about it all week. Make up songs about it, etc.
As you apply TRUTH it will free you up in areas God knows you need.
What is happening is this – as you meditate and apply truth you are growing stronger in the strength of the Lord.
As strength increases on the inside of you, bondages of the enemy begin to break off on the outside of you!
What is this strength?
“God is our refuge and strength . . .”
The question I have to ask you to be honest –
Is God your refuge and strength?
Be honest. If not, or you are not sure then let’s settle that right now. The Bible is truth and it tells us how to be born of God and have Him live inside our bodies. He is more willing to save you than you are to be saved.
Lead them through Romans 10:9-10.
In reverence for this moment let’s stand and talk to God out loud. Have everyone say this to God. After prayer sit back down and thank God that issue is settled. At end of service come up here and tell me you prayed that prayer and are trusting God for your salvation. I have some literature to give to you.
Now with God living inside you as your strength you need to grow stronger in His Spirit.
“His Anointing teaches you all you need to know about yourself and Him, for it will lead you into truth. So just as His Anointing has taught you, live deeply in what you were taught.” I John 2:27 Passion/MSG
His Anointing is His HS that now lives in you. The greater One now lives in you. The more you sit under anointed teaching and feed on God’s truth and grow in your spiritual life the stronger you become in God’s strength.
One thing you will discover as you grow stronger in the Lord and make your relationship with Him your top priority, then bad habits, strongholds or yokes of bondage you have had all your life will suddenly one day just be gone. You can grow stronger in the Anointing of God upon you by yielding to the Anointing in you now. He is trying to help you – lead you.
Churches corporately can grow stronger in the Anointing God has for them.
“It shall come to pass that the burden of the enemy shall be taken off thy shoulder, and his yoke from thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed BECAUSE OF THE ANOINTING.” Isaiah 10:27
Anointing = Messiah = Christ
Literal translation is this: “the yoke shall be destroyed BECAUSE OF THE Fatness or increasing growth of the ANOINTING in you.”
Pic of chains broken with scripture:
Once born of God we have His supernatural strength inside us. This strength called anointing can grow and increase and make us into
Pic of superman
Faster than a speeding bullet! More powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound! Voices: Look, up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman.
Yes, it's Superman, strange visitor from another planet, who came to Earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. Superman, who can change the course of mighty rivers, bend steel in his bare hands, and who, disguised as Clark Kent, mild-mannered reporter for a great metropolitan newspaper, fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way.
Sounds like Jesus. You could put His name in place of Superman and make a few changes and it could be His intro. Jesus is the original Superman. Superman isn’t from this world. He fights evil. He liberates people from villains.
Where is superman and superwoman today? Every born of God person has been tagged by God to be the superman on earth and continue to fight for truth, justice and the kingdom of God.
“He gave us promises so we can be partakers of His divine power.” 2 Peter 1:4
“As He is, so are we in this world.” I John 4:17
This is God’s plan for your life that you will be His superman/woman. If I have God’s anointing in me then why am I not strong enough to break free from bad habits?
The answer? Kryptonite.
Kryptonite was the only thing that could weaken Superman and keep him from living supernaturally.
Expose to K. long enough it made him weak like any other man. Exposed long enough it made him sick, weak and could kill him.
Paul exposed the churches kryptonite in I Cor. 11:28-32
Specifically speaking about the way they partook communion.
“Let a man examine himself, so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks unworthily, eats and drinks damnation to himself, NOT DISCERNING THE LORD’S BODY. FOR THIS REASON, MANY ARE WEAK, AND UNHEALTHY, AND MANY DIE.” I Cor. 11:28-30
“Not discerning the Lord’s body” = the kryptonite that weakens, sickens and can kill the body of Christ (The Anointing).
They were going through the motions of church services without examining themselves and removing the kryptonite that was weakening them. If not careful you can become very religious here. The point is not just that Xns should reverence communion and avoid immorality and division in the church.
They have weakened themselves and the church by accepting a lie that their sin is their own business and not hurting anyone else. Not true. It affects the Anointing – the church – the body. They are not discerning the body and removing their own kryptonite.
There is no separation between the sacred and secular. We exist here on earth to make a difference but we have to be strong in the Lord. Ill. Heaven is a city that has houses, mansions, buildings, maybe work shops, trees, sidewalks, streets of gold, probably fountains, birds, animals, streams just like a city here on earth would have. But surprisingly there is no temple, no church buildings!
The point is there is no separation of daily life and worship there. Life and worship have become one; all of life is worship, all of work is worship in perfect union just as it should be here on earth.
This church is supposed to be strong. You can have strong worship/preaching and still not be a strong church. Every superman has his own kryptonite.
What’s your kryptonite?
Ask God what is making you weak, sick?
Concl: God’s Word reveals His will. We read His will for our life. If you are a Xn you have no excuse for lacking the strength to do what God calls you to do.
“God is our refuge and our strength. . .” Psalm 46:1
If this is true, and it is. Then you need to come up here and talk to God and find out what He wants you to do next.
The Anointing you carry is supernatural and is to go out into all the world.