First Baptist Church of Minneola
A Nation's God
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  • Deuteronomy 33:29 NASB95
    “Blessed are you, O Israel; Who is like you, a people saved by the Lord, Who is the shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! So your enemies will cringe before you, And you will tread upon their high places.”
    Psalm 84:4 NASB95
    How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah.
    Psalm 144:15 NASB95
    How blessed are the people who are so situated; How blessed are the people whose God is the Lord!
    Throughout the Bible we see this idea of being a blessed people.
    God’s selected nation, Isreal, is tied to God.
    When the nation places God before them, God blesses them.
    When the nation places anything before God, they lose the blessing.
    ILL - (visual with the flag fan, “sometimes we are not sure what we see when considering the word nation”)
    TRANS - How does the Bible us the word nation and how should Christians relate what the Bible teaches about a nation to our contemporary world?
    BAK - Our verse for today originally applied to the nation of Israel.
    Yet, the principle in our text applies to any nation or to all nations.
    EST - Our text notes that God blesses a nation that calls on Him.
    ESS - We will look at the message and the principle the text has for people of the USA.
    OSS - We will end with a challenge to do our part to honor God in our nation.
    TRANS - Fist place we must visit is God’s word.

    What does it say?

    Psalm 33:12 NASB95
    Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.

    What does it mean?

    Before we take off, lets get a few terms clear.
    Isreal is God’s own possession:
    Deuteronomy 4:20 NASB95
    “But the Lord has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, from Egypt, to be a people for His own possession, as today.
    The matter we’re considering has to do with the nation that recognizes God claims them as His own.
    The NT builds on this idea of a nation as God’s own possession:
    1 Peter 2:9 NASB95
    But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
    According to the what God teaches us in the Bible, the lost are not the problem in the USA.
    The problems in the USA have more to do with backslidden Christians than any other matter as related to our happiness, that is God’s blessing the nation.
    Some due to sin, some due to disobedience, and some of it due to our ignorance of what the Bible teaches.
    TRANS - Let’s see if we can untangle some of what is going on in our nation by examining what God teaches about the nation’s relationship with God.
    We’ll look at three things as related to our text.
    Let’s begin with examining a nation without God.

    Marks of the God is Missing Nation

    People say our nation is godless.

    Much suggests this is true.
    Time magazine article by Denver Nicks, January 22, 2014 headline read, “America, you may have a new Sodom and Gomorrah.”
    The American Bible Society does research that identifies the most and least Bible-minded cites.
    New York city relates a 17% Bible interested people (I imagine their expansive Jewish population accounts for much of that).
    Orlando relates that only 23% of the population have some degree of Bible mindedness.
    “So wonder we see so much godlessness in our nation.”
    disregard for the Ten Commandments.
    disregard for peoples property.
    disregard for personal purity.
    disregard for human life.
    disregard for laws, man’s or God’s.
    ILL - The makers of caps have gone beyond advertising to putting some humorous and whimsical mottoes on their products. One cap said, “I am Their Leader. Which Way Did They Go?”
    The idea of a Christian living like the lost scares me most.
    I expect the lost to live like the lost; its who they are and all they know.
    Sadly, our nation, something like 85%, claim to be Christians.
    So sad that so many fail the basic “be doers of the Word” test by their inaction to be who they claim they are in Christ.

    The idea of a godless nation is chilling.

    It is like shepherdless sheep.
    It is like a fatherless child.
    TRANS - Now that we’ve looked at a nation without God, let’s consider the nation who looks to all kinds of gods.

    Marks of the gods are Many Nation

    Some say our nation is not godless.

    The problem is that the nation has too many gods.
    There is the god of:
    success, money, pleasure,
    sex, fame, and of power.
    “Not surprising that the one true God is forgotten.”
    TRANS - We’ve considered the nation who doesn’t look to God and the one who looks to all sorts of wrong gods.
    Now we will consider the nation who looks to Yahweh; the one true God.

    Marks of the God is Majestic Nation

    A. When the text was written there were many gods.
    Most nations had several.
    Some had hundreds.
    B. Yahweh declares again and again that He is a zealous God and will permit no rivals:
    Exodus 34:14 NASB95
    —for you shall not worship any other god, for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God—
    Nahum 1:2 NASB95
    A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging and wrathful. The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
    Joel 2:18 NASB95
    Then the Lord will be zealous for His land And will have pity on His people.
    This idea of monotheism changed the world.
    “What is required for a nation to say that their God is the Lord?”
    They must honor His laws and His day.
    They must respect His name and His house.
    Above all, they must respect God!
    “What is the result when a nation honors God?”
    1. They have less turmoil and unrest within.
    2. They have more compassion for helping those who are without.
    3. They have a heightened sense of security.
    4. Perhaps we have yet to see how many blessings might come to any nation that takes this text seriously.
    TRANS - Three positions a nation may take. No God, wrong gods, or true God.
    Where should we go with this?

    What does this all mean?

    On a day when one looks back to the founding of this nation; on a day when we are grateful for the wisdom and the sacrifices of the past; it is good to look ahead to what can be in the future.
    Will we tell others about God?
    Will we challenge people who worship false Gods”
    Will we stand with other Christians to honor and respect God?
      • Deuteronomy 33:29NASB95

      • Psalm 84:4NASB95

      • Psalm 144:15NASB95

      • Psalm 33:12NASB95

      • Deuteronomy 4:20NASB95

      • 1 Peter 2:9NASB95

      • Exodus 34:14NASB95

      • Nahum 1:2NASB95

      • Joel 2:18NASB95

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