The Assyrians challenged Israel’s belief in the one true God. They shouted defeat. We as believers feel this today. The world and the devil ridicule us. Sometimes our answers to this are artificial. How about crying out to the living God? Live in quietness and confidence. Hear words of faith. This will shut the big mouths. (Psalm 130:1-2; Isaiah 36:2-19; 37:14-1)

Speaker: Thomas Schaller, Peter Westera
Sermon # 12627
Date: 2023-12-06
Time: Wed 7:00 PM

P. Schaller –

Okay. Great. Beautiful. That was Zoe, huh. It was good, wasn’t it? Really. She’s one of the primary folks at
Fed Hill church and we kind of miss her, but we’re so happy you’re here tonight and minister to
us a lot. Thank you so much. Wow. It’s great to be here.
Today is the Finish – praise the Lord! Amen. Praise God. Let’s – today’s Finish Independence
Day, December 6 th , right? Yeah. December 6, 1917, they declared their independence. I saw
their service today and just rejoice with them that they are a free and independent country and
how much we love the Fins. Wow. It’s great.

I’m going to use that as an illustration in the message tonight that maybe we could call the war
of words. The war of words. So, that’ll be the title of the message, but before we do, let’s just
have a good time praising Jesus Christ with all our hearts. Amen. And thanking him for
everything. Quickening us. Filling us. Anointing us. Ministering to us. Helping us in our lives,
Lord, in every way. We thank you and praise you. Thank you, God. Praise you. In Jesus’ name.
Amen.

I think you’re in a mood to listen and to really hear a word from the Holy Spirit, aren’t you? I
think you are. I think you have a great attitude tonight. Praise the Lord for that. I appreciate
that so much. P. Pete said we just came from Central Asia, and we had this amazing time. And I
just say the Body is praying. People who are obeying and learning how to live in a world where
there is a war of words. A war of words.

So, we’ll on that in a minute, but I’d like you just to stand up. I know it’s Wednesday night. You
worked all day. Just put – give another push. Stand up. That’s it. Come on. Come on, children.
Stand up. Hey, the play last night was excellent I heard. Did any of you get to see it? The play
was excellent. All right. Just praise the Lord with your neighbor and just build them up and just
say so nice to see you here tonight. God bless you. Okay. You may be seated.

Okay. Let’s turn to Psalm 130 as an opening verse. Psalm 130. I feel that if the Holy Spirit could
help me deliver this message. I know it’s a good message. I just want it to be coming across the
right way, and for you to hear it and understand what we want to say. Sometimes we have an
artificial idea about life. Sometimes we think everybody’s goal in life is to be perpetually healthy
and constantly happy. Sometimes we think Christians should be successful all the time, have
great families, be prosperous, be upright, be effective and so on. But actually, those false
concepts need to be corrected by God’s Word, and we read in God’s Word that suffering is an
important part of our lives. That we learn that life isn’t always easy in Psalm 130:1. It says out of
the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. The Message Bible, an open, free translation says
when the bottom falls out of my life I cry unto you.

I think that is – I don’t have my iPad tonight, but I could do a couple little pictures, but I’d like to
say that if man is made to be so high, very high; he’s made in the image of God, so his trouble in
life can go very deep. Like you can go very high and when you fall, you fall very far. Like Lucifer
was very high and his fall is very far, so in a way, how deeply down we can go is an indication of
how high we can go. Or another way of saying how valuable we are.

So, this Psalm 130 is really saying beautiful things about God and that we must realize and
understand that our life can be filled with trouble, and we know that when we know the
Scripture and we know it when we look around on the outside of us; and by the way, when you
travel internationally you realize that Christians who are walking with God don’t have those
false concepts of what it means to be a Christian.

Well, of course, they do but then the culture in America, the culture we have is one of being
profitable or successful or – but in every culture of course and we’re all the same, but I’m just
saying that when you’re unhappy in our country, you take a pill. You shouldn’t be unhappy. But
in many countries, if you’re unhappy, it’s part of life. In our country, you should succeed. But in
many countries, they don’t think like that, but they would like to know God and that’s an
important part of this. This is a point that I want to bring out to help you understand what I
want to say tonight.

So, Psalm 130 and this, the whole message could be on this, but I just want to – I’m not doing
that tonight. But I just want to get, give a, make a point using it and it is when the life falls,
when the bottom falls out of my life, I will cry to God. I don’t think hypocrites do cry to God
when the bottom falls out. When I’m embarrassed in my life, do I cry out to God? When I’m
under a lot of pressure, do I cry out to God? When I have nothing to boast in, do I cry out to
God? When my life collapses on me, do I cry out to God? And the good news is that you do,
because you are born of God and God’s Spirit in you and maybe you could even say I have
nothing, but I have God. And I’m made in the image of God, and I have value and God speaks to
me and he teaches me.

Look at vs. 2-3. But I have a lot of iniquity. I have iniquity in my heart it says in Job 15:11. I drink
iniquity like water. Sometimes it bubbles up out of your heart in the morning. Sometimes it
bubbles up out of your heart during the day. Sometimes at night, it’s and if you were to mark
that Lord, if you were to take note of that and use that, who would stand? I’m getting to know
you. I’m getting to know you, God, and your Word. What your Word means to me. How much
you love me. How much you are for me. Why you gave Jesus Christ, so that I could be in the, I
could be under pressure and yet know who you are. All right.
So, in Finland, 1917 it became independent. 1919 in Russia, there was a Bolshevik Revolution
and Lenin gave Finland its independence. But there was a civil war in Finland for about four
months with the red Fins, the Communist Fins, or the Fins that wanted to be part of the Soviet

Union or part of the revolution were fighting against the white Fins who were for their
independence, and 41,000 people died. And the white Fins won Finland. Maintained it’s
independence. Then in 1939, there was a mistake made by the Finnish government. I guess you
could call it a mistake or at least it led to a tragic thing where the Nazis were allowed to come
into Finland and use Finland to attack the Soviet Union.
So the Russians attacked Finland, about a million man army from what I understand. And the
Fins fought for their independence, fought to be who they were as an independent nation.
When they were in battle in the winter war 1939, there were lines, battle lines, and they were
pushing forward. P. Juha mentioned it in his message today. That the Fins were on purpose
they deliberately had to maintain their battle lines and not cave.

There’s a lot of tension between the battle lines as you can imagine in the forest, winter gorilla
warfare, and the Russians would call out to the Finns sometimes and say, Finnish boys, come
and get your bread. And the Finnish boys would answer and say, Russians, come and get your
butter for your bread. Yes, the Finns won in effect. They won. They maintained their
independence and they won. And so a lot of that history you can read about it, but I want to
make a point about the war of words, because that happens in our lives, too.

There’s a story in the Old Testament about the Assyrian king who sent his army down to Israel
and he had a spokesman, Rabshakeh, who spoke to the wall there in Jerusalem to King
Hezekiah. So, I’d like you to turn there and read that with me. Isaiah 36. We’ll skip around a
little bit. You can for your own reading read it on your own. Vs. 2. This man. I don’t know if I’m
saying his name right. Rabshakeh. He was the spokesman. He was the one that went there with
a great army when Israel was at a great – or Judah – was at a great disadvantage. And it says
there in vs. 4.

If we could think about the city being under siege, and Hezekiah is in the city in the castle, in
the city of David and Isaiah is there to and the temple and their obedience to God and other
words being in their hearts. We trust in God. And this man has been sent to say who are you
trusting in? And he ridiculed us in effect. And he said this, verse – I want to make it shortened
so we’ll go there to vs. 11. He’s shouting out in Hebrew, and they’re saying don’t speak Hebrew.
Speak in Assyrian because in effect we don’t want other people to hear you because you are
actually blaspheming. You are ridiculing God. You are believing in your pagan god or gods, but
we’re believing in the true God. Vs. 12. Wow.

What does that mean? Their city is under siege. They don’t have food and water. And this is
what’s going to happen to them. This is what the enemy can say to us. This is like a battle. This
is a confrontation between two armies. This is a contest between God and the world that we
live in. What the world says to us. There are many things that the world says to us every day.
It’s in our culture. It’s in the movies. It’s in the philosophy. It’s in the religion of the day. But we have an advantage and I love this, and I feel that we feel it in our hearts.

That we have words in our hearts that speak to us. Yes, even when the bottom falls out of our life. God speaks to us.
Hallelujah! Yeah. Even when it goes upside down, God speaks to us, but the enemy is there to
just say, no. You can’t. That’s not going to work. And let’s read how he talks. He says, vs. 13.
And by the way, the devil will speak your language. The devil learns your ideas. He speaks your
language, my language. The devil speaks our language. He wants to ridicule us and tell us you’re
not going to win. It’s not going to work.

And by the way, there are times when you have a lot of pressure that comes on your life. This is
the main point of my message tonight, because I have felt it. I’m sure you have. There is
pressure that comes on your life, and you really feel it. And I have seen people run in the
pressure. Run away. I have seen it happen. I understand it. But this is, this is a very valuable
lesson for us. Right tonight, we don’t have that happening to us generally speaking. Maybe you
do. But I’m saying if it hasn’t, it will. If it isn’t at the moment, it will one day, and you will find
yourself under pressure because the devil is speaking with words.

Let’s go back to the text. Vs. 14. Where do you read that? In the book of Revelation. It says the
Antichrist has a big mouth. Revelation 13, propaganda in our world is so intensified. There’s such a big
mouth in the world we live in. Goliath had a big mouth and he’s there very day for 40 days
mocking the armies of Israel. And now this guy has a big mouth. And he’s telling it loudly. This is
what he says, vs. 14.

Hold it. What is he going to say? Don’t let Hezekiah deceive you. Don’t let Jesus Christ deceive
you. Don’t let the theologians deceive you. Don’t let the pastors deceive you. Don’t let your
mom and dad deceive you. Don’t let your friends deceive you, right? Of course. There is the
contest of words. It’s a war of words. It’s a war of heart. A war of ideas and truth.

Okay. Go to the next one. Vs. 15-16. Now, they’re starving. They don’t have water. They don’t
have food. And he’s saying make an agreement with me and you can come out and you can eat
your vines, your figs and vineyard and drink and so on. You’ll be fine.

Have you ever gotten a promise from the devil? I bought a car one time. The guy said, you’ll
never be broken down on the side of the highway with this care. Two weeks later, I was. What
grounds can he make that promise on? What grounds can the devil make promises to you?
Have you listened to the devil? Do you know what he wants to say to you? Yes, we know.
We’ve been there. We understand it. This is different what we have.

Vs. 17. I will take you away. I will deport you and give you a land that is like this one. There isn’t
any land in the Middle East like Israel. There isn’t any Jordan River like this. There isn’t any place
of promise like this one. He is lying about life. So, we have words. Words that are engrafted.
Words that are able to build us up. Let’s look at what happens here.

We have the first part of our message here. Ridicule. Promise of prosperity. Now, look at what
Hezekiah says in vs. 18. And then he says very interesting, vs. 19 about the pagan gods that they
overcame. Vs. 21. That’s quietness. Quietness and trust. It’ll be our strength. Amen. Quietness.
And listening to another voice. What does the Lord have for us? Is there another voice? There
is. That’s here in vs. 6-7. Isaiah. We have quietness, trust, and a prophet. Quietness, trust, and a
word. Prophet. A word of instruction. A word of faith. We are – there’s a lot of pressure here,
but there is that sense of God in our presence. So, this is what Hezekiah did.

And this is the closing part, vs. 14. I mean what did that look like? It was probably a roll or
something. He goes up to the house of the Lord. Maybe he goes down. He brings the
blasphemy before God. The accusation. The whole thing. He brings what he had read. He
brought it before the Lord. And he said, he put it before the Lord and that’s how he dealt with
it. Maybe that means we’re not denying it. It means we know how to deal with it. It means
we’re not pretending it’s not true. We’re saying this is but Lord, what do you have to say about
it? Even if the devil was to bring up my sin, I could bring it before God and say, God, what do
you have to say about it? Or about my troubles. My – you know, I think you understand what I
mean. My life. The bad. The bad. The troubled stuff. The things that bother us.

And Hezekiah had a place to go. He went before God with it. And he spread it out before the
Lord. And so, this is what he says. He prayed, vs. 15. What a privilege that is to pray like that.
The God – not the gods of Hamath and Arphad, the gods of Sephavaim? They could never
deliver Samaria (Isaiah 36:19). Not the pagan god. This is the God that dwells between the
cherubim.

And what happens? He says, vs. 16 (Chapter 17). Vs. 17-18. True. They have, Lord. They have
overcome everywhere they’ve gone. Vs. 19. They’d done it all, but you are not like those gods.
You are the God that dwells between the cherubim. You are the living God. That’s what we
have in our hearts and in our lives. And I hope that you could hear some practical application of
this message to your life and realize that he really is God who hears us. He really is God who
takes care of us and that one night he destroyed the Assyrian army, 185,000 people in one
night.

Then Rabshakeh turned back, and the king was assassinated. And the story is explained there.
But just to say that I think just simply speaking that in your life you’re going to find that, you’re
going to find really, really, that everything you’ve ever done fro Christ will be challenged by the
devil. Everything that you hold dear will be challenged by the devil. The validity of this Bible. It’s
not true. It’s not true. The validity of your life of faith. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous.

Forget about it. Forget about it. Capitulate. Give up. It has no value. It is vain. It is empty. The devil says there
is no heaven. There is no hell. What are you? Some crazy person? Who are you? Don’t listen to
Hezekiah. Do not listen to this and do not believe in this. Do not embrace it and so on.

And you know when you’re in the trenches and you hear that, and you don’t have much, but
you have a trial of faith. Amen. You have words. Words that you’ve heard in the past. Words of
truth. Words that build you up. Words of life. Holding forth the words of life. I wonder when
Paul was in prison did the devil ever come? Did the philosophers or the wise men or the
politicians or the way of the world, did they ever say to him, you’ve been a fool. You’re a fool.
Do not trust in this. Do not believe it.

For sure it’s a war of words. Which word are we going to embrace and face and work it out in
your heart and don’t be afraid when it comes on you. Don’t be afraid when the pressure is on.
Don’t be afraid when you have to make a decision and you yell back and say we’re not backing
up. We’re holding our lines. We’re not coming to get bread. You come to get your butter over
on this side. Hey! We’re in it. We’re fighting to the end, and we are believing to the end.
And when Paul finished he said, I have kept the faith. I’ve ran the race. There is a treasure
waiting, a reward. There is something there. Guys, we have not believed in vain, but we have
embraced it and seen it.

Lastly, one brother in Baku came up to me. I have a little video that I sent to my wife, and I just
realized tonight – I mean, I think you guys would love seeing it, too. So maybe we can do that,
but he showed me a picture 27 years ago with me and him and his son, a newborn son who’s
now 27 years old. And these people, these people are precious because they’re in a battle.
They’re in an Islamic country. They’re in a world like all of us and when I see that and I like – I
saw him yesterday or you know, I see people that are of the same Spirit, the same mind, the
same trust, the full 100% surrender of our heart to the living God and as Jesus said, if you give
me your life, I will give you life. And that life is there, but it’s not just there. It’s like everywhere
in the world. The devil knows it. He’s in a contest with it. He has a lot of power. He has a lot of
experience. And he has a message. But the good news is that we have one, too, right? And
that’s it. Amen.

I got this one paragraph. “Giving dignity to suffering” so I like that, you know. “By setting the
anguish out in the open and voicing it as a prayer, Psalm 130 gives dignity to our suffering. It
doesn’t not look on suffering as something slightly embarrassing that must be hushed up and
locked in the closet, because this sort of thing shouldn’t happen to a real person of faith, and it
doesn’t treat it as a puzzle that must be explained. Therefore, turn it over to” – let’s see –
“suffering is set squarely openly passionately before God. It is acknowledged and expressed. It
is described and lived.” Amen. All right. (Prayer).

 

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