The Tysons', Missionary Evangelist
Helping struggling churches in remote areas
Urging missionaries and churches to stand fast in the Last Days

CONFIDENCE IN MAN ??
Psalms 118:8


I suppose the most traumatic let down known to mankind is the betrayal of close friends. God in His infinite wisdom foresaw the pain of betrayal by those we trusted and gave us scripture to help us through these mishaps in life. In this sermon I have five points to ponder.

(1)- The Flesh will Disappoint you. Phil. 3:3.
(2)- Mankind is not trustworthy. Psalms 118:8.
(3)- A Friend will forsake you. Micah
7:5.
(4)- A Guide, (adviser) will betray you. Micah 7:5.
(5)- A Partner in marriage might disagree with you. Micah 7:5.

1-
THE FLESH WILL DISAPPOINT YOU.


Phillipians 3:3- "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh". Christians are saved by the grace of God but unfortunately we are still housed in a fleshly body that has all the desires of a fleshly nature. We will some day get a new body that is not subject to sin but for now we have to buffet our carnal nature and feed our spiritual man in order to keep our testimony clean. See Romans 12: 1-2.

 2- MANKIND IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY.

(1)-Psalms 118:8-
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man."
(2)-Psalms 118:9-

"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes."

Perhaps the most overwhelming hurt my Family and I experienced, was while serving as Missionaries in Alaska. Our Home church promised to help us acquire a trailer unit to move to an Indian village for housing while trying to reach the Alaska Indians with the Gospel of Christ. We sent out prayer letters telling our supporting churches about the need and asked them to pray with us for direction in the matter. One of the Pastors from a church in Virginia notified us that they felt the Lord was leading them to help get the unit but our home church pastor saw that it would be embarrassing to have some one else supply the need, so our pastor stood from the pulpit and addressed the congregation with the purpose of helping their Missionaries get the needed unit. The pastor ended the service with the congregations approval to get the housing unit for us to take to Alaska and we were told to locate one suitable for our needs and they would help purchase it; after a few days had passed the pastor later came and told us that they were not going through with it.

This turned out to be a devastating situation because we had written the other prayer partners and supporters with the word that the prayer had been answered. My wife and I then confronted our Pastor about the broken trust. The pastor made phone calls to every supporting church he knew and talked them into dropping our support which resulted in the loss of over $500 a month. Every Missionary knows how hard it is to raise support with thousands of miles traveled to achieve that support. Deputation is really hard on Children and Missionary wives and many times wives have to use home schooling for their education. After that experience we had to relocate our church membership and try and salvage what was left of our financial support. Things like this are traumatic and often are never fully over come by missionaries with broken hearts over the situation that might very well follow them the rest of their lives. We are reminded from God's word that confidence in mankind will often result in disappointment.

3- A FRIEND WILL FORSAKE YOU.

Micah 7:5- "Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom." 

Psalms 41:9- "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me."
The pastor whom I shared meals with on many occasions, of whom I used mechanical talents to repair his automobile and whom I stood with when battles were being fought; suddenly lifted his heel against us. The object lesson here is; if we put too much confidence in mankind, a sure disappointment is in the making. While on the subject I am reminded of another scripture that relates to what I call "Situation Friends". There is an old saying in the southern United States that I remember hearing as a young boy growing up there; where some people are called "Fair Weather Friends". As long as the conditions are favorable they seem to be your friend but in adverse moments, they are no where to be found! Mention of this is found in Proverbs 19:4 and 14:20.

Proverbs 19:4- "Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated from his neighbor."

Proverbs 14:20- "The poor is hated even of his own neighbor: but the rich hath many friends".

We all to often see the proof of these verses when people seem to favor a rich person and turn against a poor person for no apparent reason. If we don't keep our eyes on the Lord we might become bitter over injustice that we sometimes experience in life but We need to remember that everyone will stand before the Judgment seat of the Lord and give an account for his or her actions. Luke 21:6 -The Bible warns the Child of God what to expect in the last days just before the Second coming of our Lord to Rapture the Church out of this world.

4- A GUIDE, (ADVISER) WILL BETRAY YOU.

Micah 7:5- "Put not confidence in a guide". A guide here is an adviser. He could be a personnel adviser in money matters or a spiritual adviser who would supposedly be a mature minister with years of experience who could share scriptual thoughts about any matter you might need help with. I want to say at this point that a lot of Preachers and church pastors are in need of some spiritual council themselves! One pastor of a church my family and I were members of at one time had a falling out with a fellow preacher because the other preacher owned a television. That pastor also thought it was his duty to tell the ladies of the church if they could get their hair cut and when it was ok to visit a beauty shop.

5- A marriage Partner might disagree with you.

Micah 7:5- "Keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom".
If you have a Godly marriage partner you can discuss spiritual matters with them and you should confide in them about matters that concern your marriage and your children but if you are married to an unsaved partner, you need to be careful how you approach them with what you consider to be the Lord's will for your life and focus on getting them saved!


CONCLUSION:

Luke 21:16- "And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolk's, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death." Jesus gave us this scripture to remind Christians that if the world hated Him we can expect the same treatment. Another scripture tells us,"A man's foes shall be they of his own household" meaning that relatives are often our worst enemies! All we can do is maintain a Christ like testimony before them with a hope that they will be saved and by God's grace begin to have a relationship that honors our Lord.

Doesn't Luke 21:6 sound like a familiar element of modern day life?  Isn't betrayal what we are seeing in the news every time we read a newspaper or view it on TV? That fact makes us know that God's word is true and His coming is very near. The next sound we hear might be the Trumpet of the Lord and the voice of Christ Himself saying, Come up hither.
 
(1)- Are you ready for the rapture?
(2)- Are you saved?
(3)- Do you know him in the free pardon of sin?
 
If not you can know this very moment by simply asking Christ to have mercy on you a sinner and ask Him to place your sins under His Blood and to make you a child of His. Ask Him to come into your heart to abide forever and you will be found worthy at His coming. If you are saved but a double standard exist in your life; you need to place your sin on the altar of the Lord and determine to serve Him from this day forward!
"If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness".


BY JAMES TYSON SR.