God Is Still On His Throne
By David J. Stewart
GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE
(MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles, 1926-2001)
“If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.” —Ecclesiastes 5:8
What a wonderful truth! GOD IS STILL ON HIS THRONE! Let the hordes of Hell come out against us, we are on the winning side in Christ. As my pastor and friend Dr. Jack Hyles used to say, “You don't have to win every fight to win the battle.” Though the Devil attacks us relentlessly as soulwinning Christians, the battle is the Lord's!
Though the wicked prosper around us, God is still on His throne in Heaven! Ecclesiastes 8:12 states, “Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him.” We are living in perilous times of great injustice. Jesus forewarned of these perilous times, when even a man's loved ones would turn against him. Matthew 10:36, “And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.” My friend, know that God is still on His throne!
These are the end times. “For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy ... having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof...” (2nd Timothy 3:2,5). Ecclesiastes 7:18 proclaims, “...he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.” Thank God! Thank God! The Devil may win some of the fights, but the battle is the Lord's.
We are warned in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” What a Scripture! Satan is continually wrestling against soulwinning Christians. The Word of God teaches that Satan influences the unsaved to do his will, “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience” (Ephesians 2:2). Our battle is not against people; but against Satan working in their heart.
As believers we have the Holy Spirit of God (Romans 8:9). Amen! There is no greater feeling than having the presence of the Lord's Spirit within our body. If you've ever been in a wicked place, you can feel the strong contrast between the Spirit of God and the spirit of Satan. There used to be a large apartment building on my church's bus route. It was a crack-house ran by a slum-lord. We used to take our Bibles and go into that hellhole to visit the children, preach the gospel and invite people to church. You could literally feel the presence of demonic spirits in that evil place. That's because of the Holy Spirit of God within us, and the Word of God, that made sin exceedingly sinful (Romans 7:13). We saw druggies, prostitutes and battered families. We saw where alcohol leads. It was an evil place. Brother, I thank God that He is still on His throne!!! Satan is already damned, it's just a matter of time, and his time is running short.
The Devil is a murderous lying thief (John 10:10) and he looks for weakness. Satan looks for weak-minded people, or believers who are not grounded in the faith, to inspire them to do evil. It has often been said, “An idle mind is the Devil's workshop,” but it is also true that “A weak mind is the Devil's workshop.” It is critically important for each believer to KNOW what he or she believes concerning the Word of God, and also that they form a strong relationship with God. The average believer today is blown about by all sorts of heresies and strange doctrines. You can't discern a prophet by what he says, because they'll say anything to deceive people. You can tell a false prophet by what they DON'T say. A false prophet won't warn you about the Roman Catholic church that teaches a false plan of salvation.
The average believer today is shallow, and their Christianity only runs skin deep. These types of Christians only do right when they feel like it. This is the wife who praises her husband one day, but files for divorce the next. This is the pastor who sings “Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there” one day, but stabs his Christian brother in the back the next. The average believer fails to see the demonic spirit behind the corrupt modern versions of the Bible bible. The average believer today is spiritually sleeping, carnally minded and a casualty to the cause of Christ.
If you want to make the Devil's crowd mad, just start preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Anytime you start preaching from the Word of God, look out! The Devil's crowd hates the Bible. 2nd Timothy 3:12 states, “Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.” There's something very wrong with a professed “Christian” who is not suffering any persecution. When you raise a flag for God, you WILL BE persecuted.
God is still on His throne! The Devil can try to kill, steal, and destroy our lives; but “he that is higher than the highest regardeth” (Ecclesiastes 5:8). Ultimately, we all have to answer to God for the lives we live, and God will judge each of us according to our works. Romans 14:12 declares, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
“There's something haywire in this country and we need to return to the Word of God and to Jesus.”
—Pastor Lester Roloff | Thank God for the Roloff Homes!
100 Years From Now We'll All Be In Eternity—Heaven Or Hell
It won't matter 100 years from now how much money you had in this life—you can't take it with you beyond the grave. It won't matter 100 years from now how popular you were in this life, nor how successful you were in this world. All that will matter is whether you died in the Lord with your sins forgiven; or you died in your sins without Christ as your personal Savior. Ye must be born again (John 3:5).
For the Christian, nothing in this life will matter in Heaven except what we do for the Lord. God didn't put us here to eat, drink and be merry. God put us here to please Him (Revelation 4:11). Proverbs 3:5-7 tells us to acknowledge God in all our ways and He will direct our paths. If we don't acknowledge God in all our ways, then He won't direct us. God will means God's choice. It is God's choice for us to seek His opinion in every matter. Acknowledging God means SEARCHING THE SCRIPTURES (John 5:39) to find what God's choice is in every area. This is God's will for every believer. God always gives His best to those who leave the choice to Him. It pleases God when we trust Him. We limit God when we don't trust Him.
Believers who bury their talents and hide their Gospel as 2nd Corinthians 4:3 teaches, won't be as happy in Heaven as those in Daniel 12:3 who shine as the brightness of the stars for turning many to the righteousness of Jesus Christ.
The happiest people in Heaven will be the soulwinners, “And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever” (Daniel 12:3). The most miserable believers in Heaven will be those who hurt others and selfishly lived this life only thinking about themselves. God is still on His throne folks! Are you on the Lord's side? Proverbs 21:30, “There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD.”
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