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July 23, 2016
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[Hab 3:19 ESV] GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
This is a worship Verse! 

Do you rememeber 911? What were you doing?

The Prophet Habakkuk:
630 BC.
Israel divided Nation. 
Fall of Jerusalem 1st 597 and final 586.  BC.   

Chapter 1:  How long will, God? will you allow Israel to be so evil? 

[Hab 1:2 ESV] O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
[Hab 1:3 ESV] Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise.
[Hab 1:4 ESV] So the law is paralyzed, and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous; so justice goes forth perverted.

God answers:  I will send the Chaldeans to invade Israel. 
[Hab 1:6 ESV] For behold, I am raising up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, who march through the breadth of the earth, to seize dwellings not their own.

Chapter 2: God says He will punish the Chaldeans for being evil. 

God does as He wills. 
[Hab 2:13 ESV] Behold, is it not from the LORD of hosts that peoples labor merely for fire, and nations weary themselves for nothing?

Chapter 3.  Habakkuk prays and worships. 
He was just told that evil nation He is living in will be destroyed in his lifetime. The nation that destroys his nation will be destroyed. 
(Where did God say He would prosper Habakkuk with a new chariot, lots of money and a happy family. So go buy yourself something nice.)

In the prayer, Habakkuk talks about How God will judge all the nations of the earth with no mercy, to save His anointed people. 
[Hab 3:13 ESV] You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah

Circumstantially Habakkuk has been told he is going to witness a whole lot of bad things in his lifetime 
[Hab 3:16 ESV] I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us.

Now look as he yields and puts his trust in God. 
[Hab 3:17 ESV] Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls,
[Hab 3:18 ESV] yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation.

Then he ends with. 
[Hab 3:19 ESV] GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.

Just this week:   A Politician will be charged, deadly force by law enforcement and a deadly attack on law enforcement in Texas.  What about your struggles? Sick loved ones, struggling to pay bills, broken homes.  What sins still have you trapped?  

The peace of God is not about your circumstances. 
It’s about your relationship to the one who made you. 

Are you God’s enemy?
[Rom 8:6 ESV] For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
[Rom 8:7 ESV] For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.
[Rom 8:8 ESV] Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

[Jas 4:4 ESV] You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

How can we become friends with God and not His enemy?
[2Co 5:17 ESV] Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
[2Co 5:18 ESV] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation;
[2Co 5:19 ESV] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

Through Christ
The gospel is historical event where Jesus died for sinners on the cross, was buried, and rose from the dead (1 Cor. 15:1-4).  
His death was a sacrifice that turns away the wrath of God (1 John 2:2).  
This is the only way to be saved from God's righteous judgment upon those who have sinned by breaking his Law.
Jesus is the one who died for the sins of the world (1 John 2:2).  
He is the only way to God the Father (John 14:6).  
He alone reveals God (Matt. 11:27).  
He has all authority in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).  
It is only through Him that you can be saved from God's wrath (Eph. 2:3).  
He can forgive you of your sin (Luke 5:20; Matt. 9:1-8).  
He can remove the guilt that is upon your soul.  
Jesus can set you free from the bondage of sin that blinds your eyes, weakens your soul, and brings you to despair.  
He can do this because He bore sin in His body on the cross (1 Peter. 2:24) so that those who trust in Him would be saved.

Rejoice:  to be glad; take delight also means: revel, exult, glory.
[Phl 4:4 ESV] Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.
[Phl 4:5 ESV] Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand;
[Phl 4:6 ESV] do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

[Phl 4:7 ESV] And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

[Psa 119:165 ESV] Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble.
[Psa 119:166 ESV] I hope for your salvation, O LORD, and I do your commandments.

Are you in the Bible daily?  Do you care? What are you doing to make it a discipline to Get In the Bible daily? 

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