Abba in My Trial

Abba in My Trial

hebrews chapter 4 we’ll read verses 9 through 16 responsibly i’ll read on verse 9 and then would you please join me on verse number 10 and every other verse down through verse number 16 here this morning in hebrews chapter 4 there remaineth therefore a rest to the people of god for he that is entered into his rest he also hath ceased from his own works as god did from his let us labor therefore to enter into that rest lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief for the word of god is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do seeing then that we have a great high priest that is passed into the heavens jesus the son of god let us hold fast our profession for we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need thank you very much you may be seated have us the word of prayer father help me because i think i can help someone today if you’ll help me and i know i don’t just stand in a pulpit to take up space i’m here lord hopefully as your representative so help me to say what needs to be said this morning to be a blessing and a help to someone even if that one person is me or one person listening online or just one person sitting in this auditorium today and i ask it in jesus most precious name amen i’m going to bring a mini series for the next two sundays including today that’ll be three on the a word that is found in the word of god only three times and we’re going to be looking at that very precious word and in this passage of scripture we find a very interesting word study i want you to follow along if you would please notice the word therefore therefore what does that mean that means because jesus has already been there that means he’s not sending us into something he’s not aware of therefore the bible says let us therefore come boldly and that’s verse number 16. and so the word therefore simply means that he’s been there done that and it’s not new territory for him it’s where he’s been it’s where he is then notice the word us and of course us refers to the children of the heavenly father that’s those who are saved and know jesus as their savior and then notice the word boldly and i think sometimes this little word is is misunderstood by some it’s not a brash coming but rather like a child coming who’s maybe in trouble knowing where to get help and so he runs and rushes to the father in a great time of need it implies love and trust it doesn’t imply anything like being brash or or coming and maybe screaming at god or shaking a fist in his face or whatever it might be and then notice the little phrase time of need i have mentioned to this to you over the last 31 years in this church that god is not talking about just a particular time but the word the phrase that is used here the phraseology draws the picture of a season a season because nobody has trouble that lasts for a single second everybody that has a problem or or a difficulty in life it lasts for a long time it’s uh it really does and so when the bible says a time of need that where time is speaking of a season of need or a special season uh for that time of need when i think about that i think about my children when they were small much of the time my children always referred to me as dad and that was good that’s what they did to my face i have no idea what they said behind my back but i i know that to my face they called me dad but usually this was said in public or while they’re doing some kind of a regular routine of the day hey dad can you help with this dad this dad that however there were times that my children called me daddy and that was different and it was different than when they called me dad and like for example when their hearts were hurting and every parent knows that when their children have hurting hearts they don’t come to you brashly they come to you in need and their language changes suddenly from dad or mom it comes to be daddy or mommy and uh like for example when they were afraid and there were times that my children were afraid and so the bible says at what time i am afraid i’ll trust in the lord well when the children were little of course they they had times of great fear and that’s when their language would change from dad or mom to daddy or mommy and of course they also when they knew they had done wrongly and they knew they were getting busted for something and it was really oh dad it was usually daddy have mercy upon me the the only daughter the one of the youngest son and your oldest son i’m your middle child dad and so but that’s what happens but there is though a name in the new testament for the name daddy believe it or not and it’s used only three times and that is the word abba abb a where did the name abba come from it has an unusual history it’s amazing how the lord used children to you to give them inspiration to give us the word abba meaning i believe it was inspired of god that the word came from the history that it did see uh with the help of the holy spirit it’s it’s an aramaic word which came to us through the mouths of little children of all things and when a little child could not properly pronounce the word father as little children often would do and you know um i i have listened to children through the years you know they don’t say everything straight do they i mean they have their words slurred um when they’re learning how to speak and uh it’ll be on and now parents for whatever the reason have learned the language of their children strangers don’t have a single idea what the kids are saying but mom and dad seem to understand it quite well well when the little children in bible times would try to say the word father in their language it would come alaba and that’s where the word abba come from it came from children because they said it sweetly uh and it’s interesting it’s usually came out of a slurred abba kind of a like dada instead of daddy or or dad or father and all of us of them have mispronounced names and words in our entire life and children have too and our youngest son jack for example uh when he was little we called him gak kids called him gagnot i called him gak because they did that’s g-a-k gak and then of course uh i think about david our son david it was day day and i think about my uh my oldest son john he was called gong gong g-o-n-g-o-n and my daughter uh cindy was called snindy and that’s just it’s all slurred but when when i said day day they all knew i was talking about david when i said snendy they all knew i was talking about cindy uh when we would say gak everybody knew it was jack and and so forth and you think about that the truth is we understood that because that was their slur of the word i know that when my daughter was little a door was a doy and and it’s gonna go open to doi and that just now today she enunciates words and pronounces them properly but when she was a little kid there was a lot of slurring words that came out of her mouth because that’s the way she spoke and even though the pronunciation was wrong the meaning was well understood in bible times when they said lava they knew it was talking about daddy he was talking about father and i find it interesting that the lord in inspiration of the word of god he only chose to use the word three times in the entire new testament it’s an amazing thing and there are three lessons that we can learn which is the title of today’s message and that is simply this abba in my trial abba in my trial however each one of these names are not ever meant to be disrespectful abba was never said disrespectfully today we have a a younger generation that refers to their father as the old man and i think that’s improper i think it’s wrong and i believe it to be disrespectful when they say oh my old man this or my old lady that i think that is wrong and children need to be taught that that is wrong and so the bottom line is simply this out of a mispronounced pronunciation of daddy we find the word abba which was never said in a disrespectful way it was always said in an endearing way in a needful way because a need had presented itself and so uh as i mentioned before there are three times that our when our heavenly father was referred to as abba abba there’s been songs written about abba father there have been poems written about abba father there have been sermons that have been preached about abba father rather that he was called abba rather than simply father and each one of us each one was used during a very special season of need and that’s what we see in these words and in this message we’re going to mention the first of these three instances over the next two sundays lord willing we’re going to mention the other two so i want you to hang tight because i believe it’ll meet a need somewhere along the line and so uh in this message we’re going to talk about the first one the season of need where we can say as a child would say and come boldly to the father’s throne for help you see and there are times we need to come boldly to our father’s throne for help why because we don’t have any answers mark chapter 14 and verse 36 it says and he said abba father all things are possible unto thee take away this cup from me nevertheless not what i will but as thou wilt the words of the lord jesus referring to the father in heaven as abba but what was his great need why was it such a great need during this time in his life why was it a season of need for the lord jesus you say but jesus was god in the flesh did he have needs apparently he did hear why what was this great trial second corinthians 5 and verse 21 explains it word for word where the word of god says for he hath made him to be sin for us who knew no sin that we might be made the righteousness of god in him you see it was on that day that jesus became sin sacrifice for us he became the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world it was on that day that he took upon him all the sin and all the guilt of every sinner so that we could be forgiven and it was on that day for the first time in all of eternity the father turned his back on his son and jesus cried out in mark 15 and verse 34 he said my god my god why hast thou forsaken me you see that was why he called out to his daddy because that was on the day something had happened that had never happened before he became that scapegoat he became that one who would pay for our sins you see according to the word of god sin is not necessarily forgiven sinners are forgiven the sin had to be paid for and on that day jesus paid sins penalty the wages of sin is death and he called out to his abba father oh what a day that must have been when all of eternity jesus had had fellowship with the father he even spoke of that in john chapter 17 he talked about the fellowship that he and his father had in eon’s past the fellowship which we have known in all eternity past and for the first time in all of eternity he said you’ve forsaken me my god my god why hast thou forsaken me nearly everybody that i know of is in a season of great trial or nearly everyone i know has come just come through a great trial or you’re headed for one that’s where we all are nobody’s really neutral i mean you’re in one you just came out of one or you’re headed for one therefore all of us have the need to call out boldly to our heavenly father because he is the one who has the answers all of my growing up years and i don’t remember all those who said it and i i just know that i’ve heard it from pulpits they say it’s always wrong to ask god why and then i look at jesus and he asks his own father why have you ever gone to god and asked him why you go to god and you ask him why about something that’s come into your life or come into your family’s life or some trial or some mountain that you have to go over and you can’t go around it you can’t go through it somehow or other you’ve got to go over the thing and you look at up to heaven and you say god why why me why do i have to do this why do i go through this but i find out that asking why means you trust it shows trust because you go to somebody that has the answer and therefore i go to my heavenly daddy from time to time and i ask him why do i always get an answers not always immediately sometimes it’s a long time before an answer comes and sometimes i won’t know until here after when i’m in heaven when i look back and see it all but the bottom line is this it’s okay to ask god why it’s all right and once i learned that i got over the guilt of asking god why when i was growing up because it’s okay to ask him why and just as jesus called his father daddy in his great trial you can call him daddy too when you go through your trial you can and what i’m what i’m saying is within the sound of my voice right now in this auditorium and those who may be listening online right now i’ll say it again you’re either in a trial you just got out of one or you’re headed for one and it’s okay to say god why daddy why abba why just like jesus did for example i always need my heavenly father i always do every day that i get up i mean we’re supposed to depend on him for everything anytime and all the time however i think there are times when i especially needed him i remember years ago when we nearly lost robin and jack at his birth it’s a very very hard time and i remember as the doctors wheeled robin off to have the emergency c-section and to try to save her life and that of jack the doctor looked me straight in the eyes and he told me the situation he says he said i just want you to know you know what that means don’t you and i said yes sir and i have to be honest and say i stood there in that room because i was not allowed to go where they took robin and as i paced in that room i said god why yeah see that was that was not praying over the liver and onions and supper that was because i nearly lost my wife because i nearly lost our son i think about the time when my mom had her stroke and that was the same time jack was born all that happened at once that was an incredible time and i remember that as they were saving robin’s life and all the rest of it during that time my mom had a stroke my mom was always strong in our home she was never overbearing my mom was not an overbearing woman at all she was very compliant to my dad and she loved us kids and very unselfish and she’d give you everything she had to sacrifice all that she had for you to have what you need that’s the way my mom was and i grew up that way and i and i love it but i remember i went to indianapolis and i crawled and her i got up in her hospital bed with her and i loved honor for just a little while and i said mom you’ve always been there for us and she did her head like this and i said i we need to be there for you we need to be there for you it’s amazing thing my mom lived for a long time after that she suffered from a thing called aphasia which is a short circuit between the brain and the mouth she uh she’s she kept her memory but she lost her speech and learned about 25 or 30 words before she passed away in the year 2000 and i i remember that when she would say i love you she said ah buff doof that was how she said it she didn’t call the moon a moon she called it a boon and we should they were visiting out here one time we were driving down the mountain and she looked up and saw the beautiful moon for colorado and she said boom boom and we always made fun of her because she then she would laugh and it was a lot of fun and i looked at my mom when they said i buff too and uh it was but you know that was hard i remember when she suffered her heart attacks and and went into the hospital and uh the church family here my church family god bless you guys you let me you let me be gone for a month i came back for one weekend and my mom died and i was holding her hand when she went to heaven we all sang and uh i was the one that had to make the decision to take her off life support my dad couldn’t do it and i didn’t want to do it but we weren’t just going to keep mom around to be like a pet it was time and she was not responsive and i said yeah go ahead my dad would not go in the same room but we all stood around her bed and my dad sat out in the waiting room on the couch and we all held hands and sang and prayed until mom took her last breath that was a season of need for me that wasn’t like praying over the green beans in the mashed potatoes of supper that was a great season of need in my life i think about when my friends and loved ones had gone into sin and i’ve watched them do it and i read these things from time to time and they’ll make a an egregious mistake in their lives one that’s life changing they’ll get involved with something or with someone that ruins their lives because the wages of sin is death and they’re going to have their life destroyed a companion of fools will be destroyed the word of god says and i’ve watched as many have fallen i’ve watched as young people even from our church have made egregious decisions that have hurt them terribly i have watched them as they have committed sins that some of them would if i if i may use the terminology that would make a sailor blush because of the choices that they’ve made i’ve watched them i’ve watched some of my preacher friends as they have quit the ministry and gone their way some have quit for maybe legitimate reasons and others have quit because they have been involved in some egregious sin of some kind yeah that’s a season of need for me then i think about there are times in this ministry when i need to call upon my heavenly daddy and over 31 years in this ministry time and again i have gotten on my face before god and called out to my heavenly daddy my abba father time and again why because a a ministry such as ours such as any is filled with people and people have needs and people have difficulties and and and people have failures and people have uh things that they do and uh threats that have come and things that have been said and all the rest of it i’ve watched it and i’ve listened to it and time again i remember had two young people come to my office on a sunday night and i opened the door there’s a preacher we need to talk to you and i said you’ve come to break my heart haven’t you and they looked at each other and said yes and they left they left timberline and they left timberline at the advice of someone who shouldn’t have given them that advice amazing and i said you’ve come to break my heart haven’t you and they did see trials are not new to believers but every trial that that every believer faces is new to them that’s just see there is no temptation taking you but such as is common to man in other words if it’s happened to you it’s happened to someone else but it’s never happened to you before so it’s new to you and it’s something that you’re going through perhaps the first time and someone says a lot of people have gone through that yet but you never have and so therefore everybody’s gone through it and i think about how annie flint johnson who lived from 1866 to 1932 she pinned one of the greatest songs that i love with all of my heart and i know i’ve listened to it probably scores of times through my christian life it’s a song and simply entitled he giveth more grace and you probably know the words but somehow it seems most appropriate for this message today he giveth more grace as our burdens grow greater now you know what that’s a truth that the word of god teaches the bible tells us that god has a grace he has manifold grace that word manifold is a word which means many sided or many colored many of you wear a diamond ring ladies wear a diamond engagement ring or a fascism many of you would wear us a stone that’s faceted the ring that the church family gave me years ago is faceted on top i can hold that up to the light and i can get rainbows out of it same thing true with a 19 cent bic pen you can hold it up to the light and get a rainbow out of it and it reflects all kinds of things and when the word manifold is talking about many sighted or many faceted he’s got red grace when you’re angry and green grace when you’re envious and blue grace when you’re sad and yell at grace when you’re scared and he’s got all kinds of grace he’s got many sighted grace the manifold grace of god because why because our difficulties and our needs in this life are manifold many fold you see he giveth more grace when the burdens grow greater he sendeth more strength as our labors increase he added affliction to added afflictions he addeth his mercy to multiplied trials he multiplies peace his love has no limits his grace has no measure his power has no boundary known unto men for out of his infinite riches in jesus he giveth and giveth and giveth again would did any have wisdom she goes on and writes when we have exhausted our store of endurance you ever get to the end of your rope the end of your means someone says if you get to the end of your rope tie a knot and hang on i’ve been advised to tie a noose and hang in there but that’s neither here nor there when we have exhausted our store of endurance when our strength has failed air the day is half done when we reach the end of our hoarded resources our father’s full giving has only begun fear not that thy need shall exceed his provision our god is our god ever yearns his resources to share lean hard on the arm everlasting availing the father both thee and thy load will up bear his love has no limits his grace has no measure his power has no boundary known unto men for out of his infinite riches in jesus he giveth and giveth and giveth and giveth and giveth and giveth and giveth and giveth again and again and again when the bible says but my god shall supply all your need according to his riches and glory in christ jesus james was not telling us that he will only give us money when we need it or housing when we have to have it or clothes when we need to wear it or whatever it might be he’s saying he supplies our need out of what he has and the apostle paul sometimes went hungry and sometimes the apostle paul went clothed improperly and sometimes he went without heat and sometimes he went without warmth and sometimes he went without food why because god gave him what he needed to make him what he was the bible says in psalm 138 and verse 8 that the lord will perfect that which concerneth me and there’s so many things that we need and then there are things that we think that we need that don’t follow what god has for us when i think about that i think about how god is so wise and what he has for us but i want to bring this message to a close today because i don’t know really what else i can say because everybody that’s listening to me right now every one of you you’ve had a you’ve had a hundred stories go through your mind and illustrations you’ve had a hundred instances in your own life where what i have said has been exactly what you’ve needed or what you’ve gone through but as i bring this to a close i want to read for you a poem that was written a long time ago i was surprised as i did the research on this poem how different it was through the years very interesting it’s actually a poem without an author believe it or not but however it’s been written a number of different times through history and it’s called footprints in the sand it’s an amazing poem in search of an author i think that’s the best way that they put it and the particular version that i’m going to read for you today was rewritten by mary stevenson back in 1936 others have been written since i think two more have been written since some have been printed on plaques you have hanging on your walls at home or you have the poem folded up and put into a bible that you have in your house or whatever it might be or you’ve had it on a greeting card or when someone has gone through a tough time you’ve got footprints in the sand and you’ve given that person that card and i realize that all of us have that at one time or another but here is what she wrote in 36 one night i dreamed i was walking along the beach with the lord many scenes from my life flashed across the sky in each scene i noticed footprints in the sand sometimes there were two sets of footprints other times there was only one this bothered me because i noticed that during the low periods of my life when i was suffering from anguish sorrow and defeat i could only see one set of footprints so i said to the lord you promised me lord that if i followed you you would walk with me always but i have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has been only one set of footprints in the sand why when i needed you most have you not been there for me and the lord replied the years when you have seen only one set of footprints my child is when i carried you when i carried you and i thought to myself how appropriate for my abba father one of us in this room we have those great periods of need in our life not the little need for a day i’m not talking about that i’m not talking about your need for a single meal i’m talking about your need for a single month or a single year or whatever it might be a season of need i’m talking about that time when when they receive the the word from the doctor and nothing happens overnight with most things and it goes on for months and months and months and sometimes years even hearing of the homegoing of our good friend in recent days it didn’t happen overnight it happened over time and you know us during those times that we call out to our abba father let me say daddy i need you daddy i need you so today i want to bring you that message today that during your trial you’ve got a heavenly daddy and he was there all the time as the songwriter said he was there all the time and i think sometimes we forget that don’t we because often in our trials we feel as though we were all alone but i just want to say jesus did promise this he says i will never leave thee nor forsake me what a great promise in hebrews chapter 13 and verse 5 i will never leave thee nor forsake thee all of us have been left alone and all of us have been forsaken by someone somewhere sometime but the lord says i will never leave thee nor forsake thee oh you’ll have lonely times and that’s different but you’re never alone just want you to know that never alone no never alone as that songwriter said so aptly so let me ask you a question what trial are you going through right now are you in one did you just come out of one are you headed for one just remember that you can come boldly to the throne of grace did you see what it said you can come boldly to the throne of grace but he said therefore why because jesus has already been there he’s already been there see we don’t have a high priest that is not touched with the infirmities of our flesh and the feeling of our infirmities we have a high priest he did all those things yet without sin amazing amazing truth so he’s already been there whatever trial you’re going through he’s already been there and that’s fine maybe that’s the reason it says that god is a father to the fatherless maybe that’s the reason god gives all these wonderful truths that are there isn’t the lord good so whatever your trial is today and i realize listen to me now i’m going to bring this to a complete end but i’ve not been real preachy today and you know that and i can do that i don’t mind being loud and walking around and wandering and all the rest of it but for whatever the reason this message today has been so important because i don’t i believe some of us probably need it and if the lord led me right i believe that we got the help that we need and now our heavenly
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