GOD'S UNSEEN HAND
Ezra 7:28- "And I was strengthened as the hand
of the Lord my God was upon me".
Psalms 46:1- "God is our refuge
strength, a very present help in trouble".
The message today comes from the book
of Ezra in the Old Testament. Ezra was God's anointed who was about to
go into battle with the enemies of the land where
he lived and he mentioned three things that he would need before
attempting to fight
the battle in Ezra chapter 7 and verse 28. The Name EZRA means HELP and
it is only through God's help that we can
maintain the good fight of faith in this earthly life. Ezra's ministry
deals with a feeble remnant that had a heart for God
while the masses remained in Babylonia and Assyria where they were
prospering in a worldly sense. How much like the atmosphere of our day
where people are so indulged in satisfying the flesh and forgetting the
God that prospered them!
1- Three things Ezra
Things he Needed before
going into battle.
Ezra 7:28- "And
hath extended mercy unto me before the king, and his counsellors,
and before all the kings princes",
2- God's unseen
Ezra 7:28- "and
was strengthened as the hand of
the LORD my GOD was upon me",
3- Chief men to go
with him into battle.
Ezra 7:28- "and
I gathered together out of Israel
chief men to go up with me".
When God saves a person
and that person begins to serve the Lord, we need to realize that it is
the Lord's battle and we are not alone in it! Many
when a Man of God thinks that he can do it alone or when Church members
will not follow the pastor when the battles are raging.
The hand of the Lord is always present to strengthen us in our daily
battles but there are moments of fear in the
lives of GOD'S children and we sometimes wonder if God is really there
to protect us when evil comes against us. I want to try by the grace of
God in this sermon; to show how His hand never leaves us unprotected!
If it were so, the devil would destroy us all!
7- Things New
Testament Christians need to know.
Scripture reveals to us God's unseen hand in the life of christians as
our daily battles.
John 10:27-28- "My
sheep hear my voice, and I
know them, and they follow me; and I give unto them eternal life; and
they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck they out of my
1-They are in God's hand.
John 10:27- "Neither
shall any man pluck them out of my hand".
2- Sheep hear God's
John 10:27- "My sheep hear my
I wonder if you hear him today?
3- Jesus knows his sheep.
Sheep follow Jesus.
John 10:27- "I
I wonder if Jesus knows you today!
John 10:27- "they
I wonder; are you following Christ
5- Sheep have eternal life.
John 10:28- "I give unto them
Do you know beyond a shadow of doubt that you are saved today?
Are you resting in God's promise of eternal security?
6- Sheep never perish.
John 10:28- "They
shall never perish".
How long is never?
7- Sheep are not alone in life.
Consecrated Christians follow in fellowship.
1 John 1:7- "But if we walk in
the light, as he is
in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of
Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin".
(1)- GOD'S HAND IS AGAINST THE UNSAVED AND DISOBEDIENT CHRISTIANS.
Cold and Corrupt Christians are like the unsaved and often make
their way in rebellion. The hand of God is against those who refuse to
1 Samuel 12:15- "But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the
of the LORD, then shall
the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers".
GOD'S HAND EMBRACES HIS CHILDREN.
who have fear of losing their salvation need to get it out of your mind
out of your vocabulary because when God saves you by his grace; it can
never happen! You are his child and He never loses what belongs to him!
You are in his hands forever and eternally secure!
Isaiah 49:16- "Behold I have
graven thee upon the
palms of my hands; thy
walls are continually before me".
GOD'S HAND COMFORTS CHRISTIANS DURING TRIALS.
who are constantly frightened about being overtaken by evil need to
place your every care
upon the Lord because he cares for you. 1-Peter 5:7- "Casting all your care upon Him: for He careth for
you" and he will never
allow the devil or his demons to harm you as long as you are walking
fellowship with him. God's
tells us in James 4:7-8- "if we
draw nigh unto God
will draw nigh unto us; and if we resist the devil he will flee from
GOD HAS ANGELS PROTECTING HIS SHEEP.
am often reminded of the scripture in Psalms 37:7- "The angel of the Lord encampeth round
about them that fear him, and delivereth them".
Encampeth is the Hebrew word
Khaw-naw'- which means to
pitch a tent and dwell there.
I don't know about you but I like that! God has a tent pitched and
dwells about us. The Hebrew word for About is Saw-beeb
which means as the dial
of a compass. That excites me even more for there is on a compass dial:
North, South, East and West! Praise the Lord! We are protected from all
positions of the compass!
love the words to that old Gospel song: "THE UNSEEN HAND".
is an unseen hand to me,
That leads through wave I cannot see.
While going through this world of woe,
This hand still leads me as I go.
trusting to, the unseen hand,
That guides me through this weary land.
When some sweet day I'll reach that strand.
Still guided by the unseen hand.
hand has led through drear,
And while it leads I have no fear.
I know t'will lead, me to that home,
Where sin nor sorrow ere can come.
long to see, my Saviours face,
And sing the story saved by grace.
And there upon that golden strand,
I'll praise him for his guiding hand.
you want God's hand to work in your favor but you have never accepted
Christ as the only substitute for your sins and you have never ask Him
to forgive you
and to come into your heart to live forever; you need to start by
making Him your Saviour and Lord! There
are no sins He can not forgive! There is not a problem God can not
handle! There is not an enemy He can not protect us from! There are no
mountains He can not help us climb! There is no impediment that He can
see us through! His word in Isaiah 53 tells us; with His stripes we are
healed! Let us by His grace recognize God for who He is and totally
rely on Him for our every need.
JAMES TYSON SR.