Faith's Arsenal by Larry Wynn

FAITH'S ARSENAL
ISAIAH 26:3
JANUARY 28, 1996 P.M. SERVICE
SUBJECT: FAITH

INTRODUCTION

A. YEARS AGO A SMALL TOWN IN MAINE WAS PROPOSED FOR THE SITE OF
A GREAT HYDROELECTRIC PLANT. SINCE A DAM WOULD BE BUILT
ACROSS THE RIVER, THE TOWN WOULD BE SUBMERGED. WHEN THE
PROJECT WAS ANNOUNCED, THE PEOPLE WERE GIVEN MONTHS TO
ARRANGE THEIR AFFAIRS AND RELOCATE. DURING THE TIME BEFORE
THE DAM WAS BUILT, AN INTERESTING THING HAPPENED. ALL
IMPROVEMENTS CEASED! NO PAINTING WAS DONE. NO REPAIRS WERE
MADE ON THE BUILDINGS, ROADS, AND SIDEWALKS. DAY BY DAY THE
WHOLE TOWN GOT SHABBIER AND SHABBIER. A LONG TIME BEFORE THE
DAM WAS BUILT AND THE WATERS CAME, THE TOWN LOOKED UNCARED
FOR AN ABANDONED--EVEN THOUGH THE PEOPLE HAD NOT YET MOVED
AWAY. ONE CITIZEN EXPLAINED: "WHERE THERE IS NO FAITH IN THE
FUTURE, THERE IS NO POWER IN THE PRESENT."

B. THERE IS A LOT OF TRUTH TO THAT STATEMENT.

1. HOPE BRINGS PEACE; A LACK OF IT DESTROYS PEACE.

2. FAITH IS THE KEY INGREDIENT TO HOPE.

C. ISAIAH 26:3 EXPLAINS THE POWER OF FAITH.

1. THE VERSE LITERALLY SAYS, "THE LORD WILL GUARD AND
PROTECT IN PERFECT PEACE THOSE WHOSE PLANS AND
PURPOSES ARE FOUND IN THE LORD; THOSE WHO ATTACH
THEMSELVES, TRUST IN, CONFIDE IN, FEEL SAFE AND SECURE IN
THE LORD.

2. THE WHOLE IDEA OF THE VERSE IS THERE IS FIRMNESS FOR
THOSE WHO HAVE FAITH.

B. FAITH'S ARSENAL IS SO POWERFUL TO GIVE US HOPE FOR THE FUTURE
AND POWER IN THE PRESENT.

I. FAITH ALLOWS US TO SEE THE INVISIBLE.

A. ILL. A YOUNG MAN LOST BOTH EYES IN AN EXPLOSION DURING WW II.
WHEN A BRITISH ENT ...


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