The people of God where in the wilderness for 40 years after centuries of slavery. They had to learn how to live by every word of God. They had to learn how to think with the Lord in their homes and around their tables so that they could experience victory. They to learn how to flee things, to follow other things, and the fight the right fights. (Deuteronomy 1:26-36; 1 Timothy 6:6-12)
Speaker(s): Pastor Thomas Schaller
11:00 AM on 11/1/2020
P. Schaller –
I was thinking what motivates me to be here or in my Christian life, what really got ahold of me and motivated
me to be a hearer, to worship, listen, and be a hearer. The answer is simple: I just started to
hear the Bible speak to my heart and it just made sense, to understand the Bible. So I would
come back to the church because I understood. I was learning the Bible. Then I sat there, and
the Spirit would minister to me and I got this hope and encouragement and love and then in
the Body and with my other brothers and sisters, we’re getting the same thing. We’re kind of
excited about it. We’re listening and listening and listening. I had a couple very good teachers
and when the teacher was making sense, I was excited about it. That’s amazing! That’s written
right there in the Bible! That’s amazing. So now we are way down he road, 48 years later. Forty-
eight years later here I am, and I have the same thing in my heart. Why do I love to hear what
God is saying from the Word?
This is a great time for it because you see there’s not a lot
happening in the world we are living in outside of tension, fear, worry, troubles and questions.
There’s a famine not of bread. What is the famine of? Remember Amos, the book of Amos?
God said I’m going to send a famine and it’s a famine not of bread but of his Word. People
won’t have it. I used to live in a communist country. One of the things that happened under
communism is that they removed the Bibles, removed the pastors. They were sent to Siberia.
Churches were shut down. Some of them bulldozed. Removed. A church turned into a health
club. A church turned into a storage house, a warehouse, a church building. They removed it. I
will send a famine not of bread but of the Word of God. That’s a curse on a country. If you
reverse that, how do I get out of drugs? The Word of God. How do I get out of unbelief? The
Word of God. How do I get out of fear? The Word of God. How did you become like what it is
you are today? It’s God’s presence, God’s Word. You can say that about all of us.
That’s a good word, isn’t it? Really, deeply in my heart it’s really true. It’s really awesome. A missionary goes
and brings the Word of God and we’ve seen it happen. They look at you thinking, what? This is
the Word of God. Why didn’t you come earlier. What? This is the Word of God. Really? And
they go to bed awake. I told the story many times. I don’t know if I should tell it again. I was
preaching in Russia, on a Thursday and Friday night. Thursday night God gave a message. Friday
night, this man came to me. He said, you know what I came back here tonight? I said, no. Why?
He said I was here last night. I was so excited that when I went home I couldn’t sleep. I was
awake and I ate out of the refrigerator and go back to sleep to try to sleep. I couldn’t sleep. I
was so excited about Jesus. I’m so excited.
So I go back to the refrigerator and eat more. In the morning, my wife is angry because I ate everything out of the refrigerator, but I came back tonight. I’m so excited about Jesus Christ and the Bible. Isn’t it awesome? That’s amazing. God sends us. God is with us. God uses us. God sends us. Welcome P. Gary Groenewald for a word
today (Faith Promise).Thank you, pastor (P. Hadley). What a great prayer. Wasn’t that a great
prayer? That was awesome. Thank you. Before the message, would you just stand for a
moment and have a good attitude. Say to yourself, I have a good attitude! Praise the Lord!
Rejoice in that good attitude and say, “praise the Lord” and express it to your neighbor. Are you
awake and everything? Punch in the air. Fighting a good fight. Yes, Halleluiah! Halleluiah! You
may be seated. 1 Timothy 6, I want to speak to your hearts from the Scripture. Not everybody has a lot of confidence in life. We fluctuate. We are men of like passions as Elijah in James 5.
Elijah was a prophet who was extremely confident. He reminds me of myself in this way. Extremely
confident, very much moved by the Spirit, calls fire down from heaven, God is manifested, and
then when he starts to think about Jezebel, he changes. He’s afraid and starts to run south
away from the queen’s territory. Up in Carmel and Samaria that area up in the north, he runs
south about 200 miles. He’s moving very quickly. He’s running away from Jezebel, the queen,
the wife of Ahab and he’s afraid of her. It says that we are men of like passions. Another word
for that is “emotions.” We fluctuate emotionally in life. I think some people in this time with
our pandemic situation and however it is, whatever it is, there are people that do live in some
measure of fear. There are some people who change in a bad way.
There are people that talk from their experience in life. When I say the first floor of the house, the natural world that I live in is very easy to control and dominate my life. In the context, for when Paul wrote to Timothy,
he was concerned about Timothy as a man of God. Vs. 11. The context is the love of money.
The love of money. Money. Money can change a person. A lot of money can change a man of
God. A man of God can be changed by money, can be changed by a relationship with a woman.
He can be changed by a crisis, a tragedy. He can be changed by a phone call. But you Timothy
are a man of God. What is a man of God? What is a man of God? How could he handle his
emotion? This is what I want to speak about for a few minutes. vs. 11. Do you see the context.
Vs. 9. This is not going to happen to you.
This will not happen to you. Vs. 10. The love of money is the root of all evil. How many rich people have such a sad life because the problems that this wealth produces in their lives. The money is not my point but how we need help. Vs. 11. The first word there is “flee.” Run away from them. Have you ever run away from electricity, like a
danger? Have you ever ran away from, in the zoo, – there is a lion in the cage and a child runs
away. Have you run away from how about disease or run away from a bad situation? Run away
from maybe a bad group of people? Run away. Run away. Have you ever run away from
something. Maybe a man could say I ran away from a woman. Like she was not good. It was not
good. I ran away. Or a woman ran away from a man. What do you flee from? Fleeing is part of
life. We are not just going but we are walking wisely. Ephesians 5, walking circumspectly. That
acrobat word. The Greek word “akros”.
From the word accurate, acrobat is a person who has that balance and we walk this way, not carelessly but wisely we are walking and living. Vs. 11. This is a list of words by the Apostle Paul. By the way, Paul often has lists. A list of words of the Apostle Paul. One word isn’t enough. He makes a list of words. Every word is different from
another word. He’s making his point. It’s great teaching here in vs. 11. Then he has the word
“fight” the good fight of faith. Many of us know this list and maybe you do as well. Flee, follow,
and fight. What happens but you have a good confession. In the KJ it’s profession but it’s the
word HOMOLOGEO, this noun for saying the same thing. It’s the word for confession. Making a
confession. You are called and profess a good confession before many witnesses. This comes to
mind because last night my wife and I went to a little Halloween party on the street in the
neighborhood near my son’s house.
There was a cull de sac and a table for hot cider and chocolate and a little fire pit and people with some costumes and people walking around with families, little children running around. I got into a conversation with one of the neighbors and he was willing to talk. We had an interesting talk. His ideas were so different from mine. I’m on
purpose wanting to be not preaching because I’m a preacher so, I can do that. I don’t want to
just say everything I know and be that way with him. I want to hear from him and talk. So we
did. I was thinking of how many people are searching but many, many people need what we
have. They need us to have a good confession, a good witness or something to say, a word in
season or a word of life. In my conversation, I just knew I couldn’t talk about his view which was
something like an octopus and people are like tentacles and what we learn feeds back to the
head of the octopus, like some very weird ideas.
I was trying to understand, but I’m not so interested because, you know. My point was do you believe in Christ? Christ is the answer. We all have our ideas. If I have 100 people, I have 100 ideas, and you have one, Steve. You have one. That’s his name. I have. But who knows. Who knows? Jesus does. Was he raised from the
dead? Was Jesus raised from the dead or not? If he wasn’t, then it doesn’t matter. But if he
was, then everything he says and who he is and he is the Messiah, the Savior. We’re talking and
then but was he raised from the dead or not? Was he raised from the dead? That’s the issue.
Not only when you talk to someone out there on the street or your neighbor, what do you say
or believe in your heart but when you are home by yourself, what do you say and what do you
believe. What do you believe in you heart when things are bad on the outside. What am I
saying on the inside? What is in my heart? This is the text here. Oh Timothy, man of God, you
must flee some things, follow some things, and so you fight a good fight. This is what it’s saying.
Then you have a good confession.
Then he compares it to Jesus before Pontius Pilate. Vs. 13. “I give you charge” meaning – another way of saying this is Timothy. I am serious. I am talking to you. I’m saying something to you in the presence of God and you got to hear me. I’m telling you. You are to have a good confession in the presence of many witnesses. Christ has been
raised, vs. 13. Why did he bring Jesus and Pontius Pilate into the picture? Why did he talk about
Pontius Pilate and Jesus? Because when Jesus was before Pontius Pilate, it was perhaps one of
his weaker moments. It was when the whole world was crying out crucify him. When Jesus
could have felt and experienced a very low point and could have said I am a victim. It’s over.
He’s going to crucify me. He has power over me. Pilate said to him, don’t you know I have
power over you to crucify you or not? Jesus says to him you would have no power over me
except it was given from my Father above. Pilate is like, woe! Who are you? It says from that
hour he tried to get him off the hook, but he couldn’t.
The meaning of it is that when Jesus is under stress, under a lot of pressure, he is carrying inside in his heart what you and I have in our hearts and minds. When you and I are being taught these things in this period of time in
history, we are being taught to live and walk with God. We are being taught to have a good
confession. We are being taught to embrace the doctrine and the life of Christ that is in our
spirit and to relate to him and worship him and know him and have a good confession in the
presence of Pilate. We could even say it this way, Jesus is standing there and obvious on the
outside it’s a bad day. But on the inside, what does Jesus know? We could say it this way. Pilate,
it looks like you are in charge but it’s bigger than that. It looks like I’m going to die, and I am,
but it’s bigger than what you think. I’m going to die for the sins of the world. You’re going to
bury me, and you’ll think that’s the end. It’s not.
Three days from now, I’m going to be raised from the dead. Then I’m going to ascend into heaven. This isn’t what you think it is. There is something going on in life that is bigger than all of us today. Everything that we are looking at.
Everything we are looking at and to be very honest and frank, I feel the negative and the
external stuff gets under the skin of the Christian. The Christian doesn’t have a message. He’s
afraid like everyone else is. He’s worried about the election or about covid or about his job or
his family. And all of us understand that. We all understand that. There is nobody here any
different in that way, but there is something different. There is something that God is wanting
us to understand and I want to say it. This is the second part. This is the internal life of Deuteronomy 1.
We have Moses rehearsing a very similar scenario. We drew it in our first service. It’s too much,
too busy. I’ll try it again this way. Spain, Italy, Croatia, Greece, Turkey, Middle East, Israel,
Africa, Sea of Galilee, Red Sea Peninsula. Egypt.
Are you guys with me? Three areas in your Bible
you should be familiar with for our geography test and understanding what God did with the
Jewish people. This little map has something to do with how your life goes. Your life and my life
started in Egypt, not literally but figuratively. We were slaves. We were also worse. We were
without a covenant and without promise. Ephesians 2:12. We were without God. We were enslaved
to Pharaoh the king, the god of this world. He’s a metaphor for the person that doesn’t know
God, Exodus 5:2. Who is the Lord that I would obey him? I know not the Lord. That’s what Pharaoh
said. You go that right, Pharaoh. You don’t know the Lord. Your kingdom is not about God. It’s
about your cities, your pyramids. It’s about your gold, your burial grounds, your gods, your
demon worship, your calf gods. It’s about the world and the devil. We were in bondage to it.
We didn’t worship God. We didn’t have the Spirit of God.
We didn’t have the promises of God. We were without God. We were in Egypt lost. God saved us. He gave us the blood of the lamb on the doorposts. We ate the lamb that night with our clothes on standing up. We ate the lamb
standing up ready to move, ready to leave Egypt that night. The whole nation of Israel eating
the lamb roasted quickly. No bread. No leaven bread. Flat bread. We had no time for it to rise
and bake it. No time. We’re in a hurry. We’re getting out of here. God is taking us out of Egypt,
and we went out through the Red Sea into land number two called the wilderness. In the
wilderness, we lived in complaining, unbelief, and fear. We’ll see that here in Deuteronomy 1:22. It’s
when the spies went into the Promised Land. I want you to notice vs. 26. They rebelled against
God when they were in the wilderness. The geography of it goes this way. They crossed over
here and went up to the Promised Land, went in for forty days. There were 12 spies. They went
in looking and came out and said, we can’t do it. They returned here and for 38 more years, a
total of 40, they wandered in the wilderness.
What did they do? They talked in their tents. It’s like you at home with you wife talking in your bedroom. You at home with you wife and kids talking in the kitchen, the living room. They talked in their tents. What did they say in their
tents? Vs. 27. What did they say? How about this, you come out of your tent and you are
saying, the Lord brought us out of Egypt because he loves us. He brought us out of Egypt to
deliver us. You go into the tent and now they say what they really believe. The Lord brought us
out of Egypt because he hated us. There’s not enough tombs in Egypt so he has to bring us out
into the desert to kill us. The Lord brought us out of Egypt to die in the wilderness. They went
from faith to unbelief. They changed. Why? Because that’s what could happen to Timothy. Why? I don’t know. It just happens to us. It happens to us. I have a lot of love, a lot of passion, a
lot of confidence.
Elijah calls fire down. Now he’s running away from Jezebel. I don’t know. It
just happens. Timothy, you are a man of God. But you better learn to flee from some things,
follow some things and to fight a good fight because we need you. We need you to fight a good
fight. I’ve noticed it in my family with my wife. We have amazing fellowship, but I also see I
think of other families maybe that are struggling with this and they might be saying the right
things on the outside in public, but they might be feeling something very different on the inside
in their hearts. They might be saying it in their home. They may be worried and spreading the
fear or the worry around in their family. It can happen. This is a message for today. David said in
Psalm 16 I always set the Lord before my face. Wait upon the Lord and be still and know. Isaiah
26:3 you will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee. Meditate on him and
relate to him. Then to say it in our own hearts in Ephesians 5.
To speak the truth in the heart in Psalm 51:6. God requires truth in the inner part. It actually kind of has a parallel to Sarah and Abraham. Abraham is out here talking to the Lord and the angel said – it was the Lord that said,
and Sarai will have a son. It said Sarai in the tent laughed. The angel said why did Sarai laugh?
She goes, I didn’t laugh. Yes, you did laugh. That laugh of unbelief inside the tent and in her
heart. Thank you, God that you search our hearts and know what it is in there. You want to help
me there in the tent inside in my heart what I believe. It will happen to you that you will love
your church. It will grow in you. You will love your church. This is something that will grow in
your heart. It will happen to you that you love the Bible. It will grow in your heart. You’ll love
the Bible. You’ll love faith. You’ll love the people of God. As I said, I’m on the street last night
with unbelievers. I’m very glad to be there in a small way.
I care about them and went to bed thinking about this guy and prayed for him this morning because he’s very far away, but so was I. I was very far away. You’d never think I could become a believer. So was I. I say in my heart,
Lord, this man, please. Really save him. In Jesus’ name. Yeah. But I can ridicule people in my
heart. I can judge people in my heart. I can be cynical in my heart. Regarding our country, I
could be angry and cynical and all of those things. We understand. That’s part of life. It’s not all
bad. It’s not all wrong. There are things but I need to process what is in my heart. I want Jesus
in my tent. I want Jesus in my tent when I’m murmuring and saying God brought us out of
Egypt. Why didn’t he just leave us alone in Egypt? Why did he bring us out here? Because he
hates us. I’ve heard that. I’ve heard terrible things through the years. I’ve heard believers talk in
a very bad way about the things of God and the work of God.
That’s what Paul is saying to Timothy. But thou O man of God, you are able. I just want to say have you read your Bible prayerfully? Have you humbled yourself before God and say God lead us in these important
times and bring a message into my heart so I can share it with an unbeliever. I have a lot of
friends that are believers, but I don’t have a lot of unbelievers as friends. Some of you do have.
That’s a good thing in the sense that they are not your friends in that way of 1 Corinthians 5, but they
are people that you work with and people you know. It might be you are the only believer that
they know or the only one that they have a contact with as a believer. Thou O man of God and
thou O woman of God flee some things, follow passionately other things and fight a good fight
in your heart on the inside in the tent and say I’m good. I’m okay. I got joy. I know the world out there is trouble. But I got a promise. I got a word. I got a spirit. I got the Holy Spirit. I got an
attitude. You walk out, “hi” to you neighbor. Need anything?
Everything okay? God bless you. How are you doing? Great thank you. We’re good. God is with us. We have a testimony of something. You see. Of course, that’s one way it is expressed but there are other things. I’ll just
finish with this. Two people work at Johns Hopkins. One is a believer and the other is not a
believer. They both get parking tickets. The unbeliever is so rippen angry. The believer is angry
too, but he processes it in a different way. There are two people that work at Black and Decker
and they both have uncles and they both have cancer and both dying. The unbeliever is afraid.
My uncles dying. My uncle’s dying. Three months late, my uncles is dying. My uncle is dying but
there is a difference. They both have tears. They both are sad but there is a difference because
there is something we have to process in life in our hearts.
The tears are the same, but the hearts are different. One heart is knowing, and the other heart knows very little. Nothing. This heart knows and this heart has a promise and this heart has a testimony and we have a good
confession in a world that is very troubled. There is an election on Tuesday. I don’t know who is
going to win. I don’t know what is going to happen. I know this: that I know in my tent deep
inside in my tent, in my home and also in my heart we talk a certain way. We are thinking in a
certain way. We have a good confession and even before Pontius Pilate you are able to say, you
know Pilate, it looks bad for me right now. It looks like you are on top and you’re in charge. It
looks very bad, but I want you to know you are not in charge. There is something going on here
that is bigger than the United States of America, bigger than people that are wrong and bad,
bigger than the evil and the demonic and the murderous and the deceit. It’s bigger than the
personalities and the powers of this world.
What is in you heart and mine is very, very important if it is like so. Jesus said it. I led you through the wilderness so that you would learn I would humble you and I would show myself to you and show you that man does not live by
bread alone but by every word that comes out of the mouth of God. What does it mean? I led
you into the wilderness where there was no food so you could learn I could give you food from
heaven. I put you before Pilate so you would learn that I am with you even in the darkest hours.
Put me in you heart and give you love and teach you faith and teach you how to live. We must
learn how to live. You think this year has been a problem? Maybe nothing compared to our
future. It might be there is a lot more trouble that we are heading into.
This may be nothing compared to what we are looking at. The greatest investment in our time and in our hearts and
in our faith is to get to know what God is saying to us from his Word. So we have not followed
him in vain. Halleluiah! To hear what he has to say is not in vain. It’s that good thing that will
not be taken away from us. Pray with me, please.
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