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It’s in the Word

 
“But he answered and said, it is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4).

Everything you need is already provided for you in the Word of God. He has made specific promises to you and me, and He will deliver. Whatever you need, it’s in the Word. God insures and assures you when you first accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. As a child of God, you are protected under God’s insurance plan.

            Today, I want to talk with you about insurance. First, I want to tell you about man’s insurance and afterwards I want to talk about God’s insurance. Just what is insurance? I don’t think there is one adult here today who cannot define the term insurance.

            Insurance touches our lives in some form or fashion at some time or another. Insurance is a way for individuals or organizations to protect themselves against losses that could cause serious financial difficulties. In a contract of insurance, called a policy, an insurance company agrees to compensate you or your beneficiary, if a specific event, such as fire or death of the insured person takes place. Insurance policies may also provide protection from property loss or lawsuits. A comprehensive automobile insurance policy, for example, will reimburse you if your car is damaged or stolen. Liability insurance will protect you from lawsuits if you have an accident and are at fault.

            There are various types of insurances. You can buy insurance to cover the loss of your house due to fire or flood. You can get insurance to cover loss of your personal property due to theft. You can buy insurance to cover the loss of regular earned income should you become disabled and unable to work. You can receive unemployment insurance benefits should you lose your job or if you are laid off from work. You can buy insurance to cover almost any earthly thing.

            However, my friends, I want to remind you today that there are some things that man’s insurance cannot and never will be able to cover. Man’s insurance cannot give protection against sin and its devastating effects. In some cases, as I’ve already mentioned, man’s insurance may give you temporary relief from some things, but it can’t protect you from the wiles of the devil. You can’t buy insurance to protect you from a broken heart. You can’t buy insurance to protect you from loneliness. You can’t buy insurance to protect you from anxiety or worry.

            I don’t know of any insurance company that will sell you insurance to protect your twelve-year-old daughter from getting pregnant or to protect your fifteen-year old son from going to prison. I don’t know of one insurance company that can sell you insurance to protect your child from becoming a drug addict. You can’t buy insurance that will guarantee you a peace of mind.

            Show me one insurance company that can protect you from sickness and diseases. Show me one company that can protect you from persecution, disappointment, fear and temptation. There is no replacement; there is no fill-in, there is no substitute for God. Only God, through Jesus Christ, can provide you true protection from the evils of this world. Only God can provide you true salvation, deliverance, and everlasting life. Matthew 16:26 tells us, “For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

            It’s okay to protect ourselves temporarily from some of the things and happenings of this world, but we should strive to protect our mind and spirit foremost through God’s mercy and grace. God gave His only begotten Son that we might be protected from eternal damnation. He has offered us eternal life in Jesus Christ.

            Where is your protection today, my friends? If you should die today, where will you go? Have you prepared to meet your maker? If you should fall sick today, who would you call? Would the Lord know you? Would he answer your prayer? If you should lose your job tomorrow, who would deliver you?

            Where is your protection? Is it in your bank account? Is it in your houses and land? Perhaps, it’s in your cars and trucks, boats and motor cycles. Perhaps, it’s in your family and friends. Where is your protection? Where is your deliverance and salvation?

            Your protection from condemnation and destruction is in the Word of God. John 1:1-4 tells us, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men.”

            If you would listen to the Word of God, and if you would keep His commandments, Jesus said at Matthew 7:24-27, “…I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not for it was founded upon a rock: And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

            My friends, do you have protection today against the floods, against the winds that will come to beat upon your house? Will your house stand, or will it fall? I leave these words of Jesus Christ with you from Revelation 3:20-22, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hears my voice, and open the door, I will come into him, and will sup with him, and he with me. To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I overcome, and set down with my Father in his throne. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.” My friends, whatever you need today, it’s in the Word of God. Believe Him; trust Him; ask Him; thank Him.

            Let us pray! O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed; give unto thy servants that peace which the world cannot give; that our hearts may be set to obey thy commandments, and that by Thee, we being defended from the fear of our enemies, may pass our time in rest and quietness; through the merits of Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen.


 Bishop R. McPherson, Ed. D.
Faith Christian Temple Church
September 2, 2018






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