Messages by Larry Davis

God Has A Plan For You (Sunday morning message)

Jeremiah 29:11 “for I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

God was speaking to Israel. The captivity of Israel had just begun. This was a result and consequence of their rebellion; God was judging them. The ten northern tribes were gone because of their idolatry and spirit of lawlessness. The tribes of Benjamin and Judah remained.

God told Jeremiah to speak to the people and also told him they would not listen.  Why would God speak to Israel knowing they would not listen?  It was his great love. Israel was carried off to Babylon. They asked how can we sing a song in a strange land? Prophets, false ones, told the people the captivity would soon end and they could go home. We have such false prophets today.

Salvation is more than thinking good thoughts. There is no heaven on earth. There is not a universal salvation in which all will be saved. The Bible says the road to heaven is straight and narrow and few are on it. The road to hell is wide and many travel it. Only those who acknowledge Jesus as Savior go to heaven.

God told them he had good news. He had plans for them. People look everywhere for help but the Bible. Isaiah 55:6 tells us to seek the Lord while he may be found—while he is near. Isaiah goes on to tell the wicked to forsake his thoughts. God says “my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways.”

We cannot line ourselves up with God except in believing Christ.  God sent the word, and we are the product of it. God rescued us. He had a plan for our life. The plan and design is not coincidental or circumstantial. It was in place before time began. When Adam and Eve sinned God didn’t wonder what he’d do. He knew what they would do. God gave them free choice; we are the only ones who have that. A bird is a bird and has no choice to be anything else. Man has a choice. The plan of God will unfold whether I fall in with it. It cannot be sabotaged. The church of God will go on. It is indestructible.

There are three things in God’s eternal plan that we need to look at.

  1. God’s plan was devised for all to be saved. He is “not willing that any perish, but that all should come to repentance.” People don’t accept it, but God’s plan still exists. He rescues the down and out. Paul was told on the Damascus Road that God had a plan for him. God has a plan for all of us. It is not designed by man but by God.
  2. God has plans to keep us. Paul said “I am persuaded that God is able to keep that which I have committed to him against that day.” We are guarded by supernatural forces. David knew what death looked like. He was a warrior. He killed Goliath, a bear and a lion. David was not afraid of it. He said “yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.” He will never leave or forsake us. We live in an uncertain time, but God can keep us.
  3. God plans to use us. We are safe in the lifeboat and the storms are all around. There is panic in the troubled waters; the lost are struggling; they are going to hell. We can help them. God will use us to make a difference.

God has a plan for each of us. We need to allow him to put us in the plan.

Who Should Praise the Lord? (Sunday evening message)

Psalm 107-when you repeat something, it must be worth saying. It should get our attention when the Lord repeats himself. He does in this Psalm through the mouth of David. This word is our power.

Verse 1 says “O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good.”  Verse 8 says “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness.”  Verse 15 says “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness.”  Verse 21 says “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness.”  Verse 31 says “Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness.”

There are five groups of people who should praise the Lord.

  1. The sinner—we are bought with a price. We are redeemed. The angels can’t be redeemed. Satan cannot and will not be redeemed, but we can be. When do people call on God—in a crisis?  Jonah called from the belly of a whale. We cannot live without the Lord. Let the sinner praise the Lord.
  2. The slaves should praise the Lord. Verse 14 says he broke their bands.  Slavery takes many forms. Alcohol, drugs, and immorality are all forms of slavery.  People are bound by it. There is no freedom without God. Let the slaves  set free praise the Lord.
  3. The silly should praise the Lord. Verse 17 calls them fools.  It’s foolish to deny God and try to go through life without him. Don’t we all do silly things?  Haven’t we all said to ourselves “why did I do that? Or why did I say that?”  Human nature alone is silly; it is foolish. The Bible says to love your enemy. It also says to love your neighbor. We are to love the church and be forgiving and bear one another’s faults. We are all silly and foolish at times, but that gives us no excuse to sin.  The silly should praise the Lord.
  4. Let the sailor praise the Lord. In verses 23-30 we see this reference. A sailor, in our day, could be  a farmer, a coal miner or another occupation. The sea is a dangerous place for any of us to be. The church is in the troubled sea of life; at times it seems as if it will overtake us. We should cry unto the Lord in our panic. Let the sailor praise the Lord.
  5. Let the saved praise the Lord. “Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.” The best way to praise is by the way we live. There should be a song in our heart, a desire to live pleasing to the Lord. What can I give to the Lord for what he’s done for me?  We brag about lots of things, but all we really have to brag about is the Lord.  There is no one like him. Let the saved praise the Lord.
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