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Knowledge of the future gives the believer assurance for the present.

Friday, November 2, 2001

MAT 13:4, 19, 32 – the messengers of Satan or individuals under Satan’s influence.

1PE 5:7-8 “casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you. Attain spiritual stability [SSE], be on the alert. Your adversary the devil, prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking some believer to devour.”

The roaring is something to make us worry, and the devouring is when we start to worry.

Paul was delivered from the mouth of the lion, 2TI 4:17.

To drive them away means that he had perfect peace; he was no longer worried.

God provides pressure, adversity and suffering so we will learn to claim His promises and use the doctrine of the Word.

1PE 5:10 “And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”

Another remedy for Abram is the knowledge of prophecy.

Proverbs 3:19
Proverbs 6:20
Proverbs 19:23

Knowledge of the future gives the believer assurance for the present.

The word “to know” is given twice, as a participle and as a finite verb: “Knowing, thou shalt know.”

The first prophecy begins with the Egyptian bondage – for 400 years the Jews will be in slavery.

Accurately prophesied, the Jews were in slavery for 400 years.

Turn to EXO 1:7

Turn to GEN 15:12

This judgment is the ten plagues, including the killing of the first-born in all of Egypt, EXO 8:12-30.

GEN 15:14b “and afterward they will come out with many possessions.” EXO 12:35-36 – the Jews took the wealth of Egypt as they departed.

Promises of the Word Doctrine of the Word Christology (Person of Christ) and Soteriology(Doctrine of Salvation) Prophecy of the Word.

God does not cure fear and worry by removing pressures!

God cures worry through His word, promises, doctrine, and prophecy, but He does not take pressures away.

JOH 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

Passing between the pieces, he had rebounded; his sins were forgiven and blotted out.

Back in fellowship, he can get out of fellowship through worry and become a smoking oven, or stop worrying and become a flaming torch.

Smoke makes the darkness darker and adds confusion to confusion.

The flaming torch is the believer who has stopped living in fear and worrying.

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