Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
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PRO 16:4 “The Lord has made everything for its own purpose, Even the wicked for the day of evil.”
ZEC 2:5 “For I, declares the Lord, ‘will be a wall of fire around her [God’s people], and I will be the glory in her midst.”
Back in Phi 1:29, the apostle Paul is saying that there’s far more to this life than just trusting in Christ, there’s also suffering for Him.
Phi 2:1 = if you have gotten anything at all out of following Christ, and if His love has made any difference in your life, reveal so by treating one another as Royalty.
In humility, we don’t live in fear, we don’t push our way to the front; we don’t sweet‑talk our way to the top.
Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead.
Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand to others who are especially in need.
Phi 2:5 says to think of yourselves the way Christ Jesus thought of Himself.
Phi 2:6, He had equal status with God but didn’t think so much of himself that he had to cling to the advantages of that status no matter what.
By means of the prophecies of our Lord upon the cross, when the time came, He set aside the privileges of deity and took on the status of a slave, as He became human.
Having become human, He chose to stay human.
It was an incredibly humbling process.
He didn’t claim special privileges.
He lived a selfless, obedient life and then died a selfless, obedient death‑‑and the worst kind of death at that: a crucifixion.
Because of that obedience, God lifted him high and honored him far beyond anyone or anything, ever.
We are not going to look upon the doctrine of fear and how it applies to what we are going through at this time.
I do not know what the coronavirus can do to an individual who comes into contact with it.
I do know what fear can do to an individual who comes into contact with it.
I do not know where the coronavirus comes from, but I do know where fear comes from.
I do not know how to get rid of the coronavirus, but I do know how to get rid of fear, which is far worse than the coronavirus or for that matter any virus at all.
A virus has limitations and can lead to death in time, whereas fear can have an effect upon the believer who becomes a loser believer because of fear.
The problem was that they were all prospering, but they forgot the source of their prosperity, Jehovah Elohim, known to us as our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
He was also known to them as Jehovah Jireh who is “the Lord who provides,” and who also had prospered Damascus, Hamath, and Arpad, who forgot how thankful they should all be to the Lord.
It is also interesting to note the different responses that took place in the different cities even though they had the same environment.
Individuals were brought up in the same environment but turned out quite differently, including differences in their eternal home, which is either Heaven or the Eternal lake of Fire.
Cain and Abel — same environment but different results.
Jacob and Esau — same environment but different results.
Joseph and his brothers. same environment but different results.
Solomon and Absalom— same environment but different results.
One of the most prominent illustrations found under this principle is Moses and Pharaoh.
Knowing anything about ancient Egypt, we would have to put Moses and the Pharaoh of Egypt in the same category, they were successful, wealthy, powerful, wise and great military soldiers.
Moses and Pharaoh were extremely rich and very intelligent, and yet, even though they both lived in the Castle of Prosperity or the most prosperous Nation at the time which was Egypt.
Both were rich men who were also brought up in the same environment but turned out differently.
There is no place for complaining about your environment, your parents, your siblings, your gender, your nationality, the day of your birth and the day of your death.
All of these principles were taught in “Damascus, Hamath and Arpad,” cities who were put to shame and became disheartened when they heard the bad news.