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"The Dragnet"

by David Legge | Copyright © 2014 | All Rights Reserved | www.preachtheword.com

'Preach The Word'Well, good morning everyone. It's good to be with you again, you're in fine singing voice this morning, that was good! We're turning in our Bibles to Matthew's Gospel chapter 13. We're looking at the parable of 'The Dragnet', in Matthew chapter 13 beginning to read at verse 47 down just to verse 50.

Let's pray together before we read. I want to invite you, please, as I always do, to pray for yourself. Would you do that just now? I don't know who you are, or what your own experience of God is, but I want you to come irrespective of whether you're a professing Christian or not, and ask God to speak to you. Now there have been all sorts of reactions from the ministry I've been giving these Sunday mornings in particular - some of them very interesting - but the important thing is that, whilst we do need to examine ourselves, having examined ourselves before God we look out of ourselves and look to the Lord who alone can save by His grace, and it's through faith in Him. So don't be introspective, at the end of the meeting make sure that you're looking out to Christ by His grace, through faith looking to Him. Yet we are required, in the mirror of God's word, to look at ourselves - but we must look away from ourselves and then look to Him. So let's pray and ask the Lord that we will see ourselves as we truly are, and our state before Him, and then look out to His Saviour that He sent, the Lord Jesus. Would you do that with me, and ask God to speak to you this morning through His word?

We are required, in the mirror of God's word, to look at ourselves - but we must look away from ourselves and then look to Him...

Abba Father, we come to You in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ. We bless You that You have given Him a place higher than any other place in the universe, the highest place that Heaven affords is His by sovereign right. We thank You that, because He humbled Himself and became obedient even unto death, You have given Him that high place, and that high great name. We praise You in Jesus' name, and our Lord Jesus Christ and the blessed Holy Spirit, for the plan of salvation. We thank You, Lord, that You still are expressing Your love not just through the preaching of grace and the cross, but by showing up in gatherings such as this by the power of Your Spirit and applying the truth personally into people's lives. That's what we're asking for now, just at this moment Lord, we are asking You to come by the Holy Spirit, to convince of sin, of righteousness, and judgement, and to testify and witness to Jesus Christ as the only solution and the only Saviour for our predicament. Witness Christ in the mind, we pray, Father, but more to the spirit, to the human spirit reveal Christ and quicken men and women and young people in the place this morning. Those who are wavering and not sure how they stand before You, bring them through to full assurance through looking out of themselves, and away from their sin, and looking to Jesus Christ. We bless His name! We pray, in the name of the Lord Jesus, that His authority would rule and reign in this moment now. We take authority in Jesus' name over every other entity and spiritual force that would seek to rob the seed of the word from our hearts. We rebuke you in the name of the Lord, and we plead the precious blood, and the power of the resurrection in our gathering just now. Come into our midst, we pray, Heavenly Father, in Jesus' name, by the power of Your Holy Spirit, Amen.

Verse 47, then, of Matthew 13. Jesus again is speaking, and He says: "'Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some'" - that is, some fish - "'of every kind, which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth'".

We've been looking these Sunday mornings at parables that the Lord Jesus taught that compare and contrast those who think they have entered the kingdom of God, or the kingdom of Heaven, and those who Jesus says actually do enter and are saved. As we have looked, with some consternation to some, we have seen that it is difficult at times to tell the difference. The parable of the virgins illustrated that, when we saw these ten virgins that looked identical to the naked eye, and they were all seeking the bridegroom, they were all searching we might say, they all fell asleep; but when the bridegroom came - a picture of Jesus returning again - there were only five, only half, 50% of those virgins were ready. The mark of their preparation was that they had oil in their lamps. They all had lamps, but only five of them had oil and could go in to meet the bridegroom. We saw that you can have the frame, you look and have a form of godliness, but actually the true reality of what it is to be a child of God is missing from your life.

Then we looked last week at the wheat and the tares, and we saw that wheat and tares look identical until it comes near to harvest time. We saw that the devil sows his children in the midst of the kingdom of God. It's not up to us to tell the difference, that's not our job, we're not to be spiritual policemen and divide the wheat from the tares now - but God will do that through the Lord Jesus, that Judge that He has appointed by raising Him from the dead, on the day of judgement. You need to make sure now that you know where you're at. It's not for somebody else to tell you where you're at. It's not for you to look at another and tell them where they're at, but we do need to examine ourselves before God and make sure that we are right with God, we are in the faith, not to be under any illusion.

Of course there is the sheep and the goats, and I'll not venture into that one - Matthew 25 - certainly on this visit with you. But the sheep and the goats in Palestine are very, very similar, and often it's only a trained shepherd could tell you the difference. Sheep and goats will be mixed in this day and generation, but the Lord Jesus is going to come and separate them when He returns again.

We do need to examine ourselves before God and make sure that we are right with God, we are in the faith, not to be under any illusion...

This morning we're looking at the parable of the dragnet, which is essentially the same message. Jesus says: 'The kingdom of God is like a dragnet'. Now, what is 'a dragnet'? Well, a dragnet is a net, a fishing net, that draws everything after it. A dragnet is a net that allows nothing to escape. Now what you've got to understand is that these illustrations that Jesus was using, everybody would have been familiar with them. Yet in the passage of time we lose some of the impact of them - unless you're a fisherman in the gathering this morning! So I have put up a couple of slides - not that one! - I didn't draw this by the way, but this is essentially the mechanism of a dragnet. It's a sweeping manoeuvre, you can see the men holding the ropes, and the net spans quite a breadth there in the water - and they just drag, just as the name describes, they drag that net and it draws everything after it, allowing nothing to escape.

Now Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet. That is distinguished from what we would call 'a casting net'. A casting net is what Simon and Andrew were using when Jesus called them, it says in Mark that they were casting their nets - and this is [a picture of] somebody in the present day with a casting net. So you look for a specific point where you think the fish are, you cast the net out, and the next slide shows you the mechanism of a casting net. There is a weight that falls over the fish, and then when you think you've got them you pull this cord, and it closes over the fish. There is more of a particular, specific nature to a casting net, but Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet - it catches everything before it, and nothing escapes.

So the application of that is that the kingdom of heaven picks up all sorts - and there should be a few 'Amens' to that here in the gathering! Now Google is a great phenomenon, isn't it? I found out that there are around 15,000 species of fish in the sea that they have discovered - that's fish now, not marine life, just fish, 15,000. But in the Lake of Galilee, which is more pertinent to where we are in this passage of Scripture, there were 18 species of indigenous fish to the Lake of Galilee. Jesus is saying to these - some of them are seasoned fisherman, and all the folk that would be familiar with this language - that the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that draws everything with it, some fish of every kind.

Now Jesus, we know, used fishing analogies quite a bit. When He called the disciples, He said: 'Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men'. On other occasions He talked about casting the Gospel net. Not just related to fishing illustrations, but in other parables He talked about gathering people in. But in all that Jesus said about fishing for men, casting out the net, and drawing people in, He never gave any guarantee about what type of people the net would draw in. What Jesus is saying here is that there is a mixture, just like the wheat and the tares at the beginning of this chapter - the wheat and the tare, the wheat and the weeds grow together, and it's not until harvest time that they are distinguished and separated - so the kingdom of God is like a dragnet: it brings all sorts of different fish in, but there is no guarantee that all of them will be God's children.

The kingdom of God is like a dragnet: it brings all sorts of different fish in, but there is no guarantee that all of them will be God's children...

Now, of course, in general there is great variety in humanity. It says here there were 'some of every kind'. The Great Commission to preach the Gospel is to go into all the world and preach to every creature, to everyone - but there are so many different kinds, aren't there? So many divisions and distinctions in humanity. There is the gender distinction, age differences, nationality, colour, class, culture, language, religion, levels of intelligence, privileges of education - but Jesus is saying that the kingdom of heaven will drag all kinds of people like that, all kinds will come in, but in the end there is only one division that is ultimately important. The different kinds of fish are mixed in this dragnet, but when dragged to shore by the fishermen, they sit down and they sort them out. They put the good fish into barrels, and then they throw away the bad. What the Lord is saying is: there are many kinds of fish that will appear to enter the kingdom of heaven, but this is the only distinction and division that really matters, and only the judgement in the last day will bring this to light.

So Jesus says in these very sobering words, verses 49 and 50: 'So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth'. Just as the wheat and the tares were allowed to grow until harvest, and we read in verse 30 of this same chapter: 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, 'First gather together the tares'', the weeds, ''and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn''. Oh, that the Holy Spirit would bring very heavily to anyone who is not right with God in the meeting this morning, the import of what it is to stand at the judgement without Christ.

Now some of you may be asking: 'Why did the Lord Jesus tell this parable at all?' - because it's essentially the same as the wheat and the tares, with different figures being used in the analogy. Well, there are some differences - one is that in the wheat and the tares there is one sower of the seed, speaking of Christ sowing His children in the world; but here we get the inference that there are fishermen operating, there have to be, operating one of these dragnet. So we see the correlation between the Lord Jesus, who ultimately is the One who has given us the Gospel, but we are to be His fishermen and go, and we work in conjunction with Him, and cooperate with Him, engaged as workers together with God as He calls us to fish for people. Also there's another difference - there are not just two kinds mentioned in this parable. There were only the wheat and the tare, two different kinds of crop; but there are many fish, many kinds that are gathered into this net.

Having said that, there is nothing obviously distinctive about this parable - so why did He tell it at all? Sometimes we can look too closely and miss the obvious, and I think the obvious is: He told it for emphasis. He repeated this same message with different illustrations because the message was what was important! I like Spurgeon's remark about Gospel preaching, he's talking about different points that you bring out from your sermon, he says: 'It's better to hit one nail ten times, than to hit ten nails once'. This is emphasis here, He's hitting the same nail again with different illustrations and figures, so that we might realise that this is what is going to be characteristic of the age in which we live - that's what this parable is about, this moment between Christ's ascension to heaven and the giving of the Holy Spirit, the Great Commission across the whole Earth, the spreading of the Gospel just before Jesus comes and judges the world ultimately. This is the kingdom of heaven now, and we need to get ready for them to make sure that we're not cast away as bad fish.

He repeated this same message with different illustrations because the message was what was important!

It also not only reveals the urgency of the hour, but it reveals the character of Christ - His heart, His compassion. He essentially tells the same message twice because He wants us to know that we are in the faith, He wants us to be sure. Lest anybody go away from these Sunday mornings thinking that David Legge's just trying to rock your boat and rob us of assurance - listen: Christ wants you to be sure, you can be sure, absolutely secure in the Lord Jesus Christ! But make sure you are in Him, not some delusion or dupe of a man or a teaching! The Lord repeats this because He wants us to be warned that there is a judgement, and we need to ensure that we are saved and we are secure in Jesus Christ. The message is that judgement will differentiate.

So I want to ask you today very simply: are you going to take a chance? Are you going to wait until that day to see which side you're on? Which type of fish? Whether you're wheat or tare, sheep or goats? Will you wait until then? Across the whole spectrum of what we would call Christendom today - or even evangelicalism for that matter, those who claim to really believe the Bible and preach the good news that Jesus died for our sins, was buried, rose again, and He can save by grace through faith those who believe in Him - across the wide spectrum (and some of you are aware of how wide that actually is) there is a concern. Bill Bright, now with the Lord, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ ministering to students all over the United States in particular, said: 'Many who call themselves Christians are not really biblical Christians at all. Although they may be religious people who attend church regularly, they have never experienced the new birth and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ'. Dr Rod Bell, on the right wing, president of the Fundamentalist Baptist Fellowship of America, believes that perhaps 50% of people who go to church - this is in America of course - 50% are lost. Now, I don't know where he gets that figure - and I have to say that it is futile quoting figures - but it's reflecting the concern in his heart. Evangelist Luis Palau said, and again he's quoting figures, but he must feel the need to, he said: 'Of 80% of Americans who claim to be Christian', I'm quoting him now, 'few live any differently from pagans or atheists, as though God has no claim on their lives'. Dr James Dobson of Focus on the Family admitted, again I'm quoting: 'The majority of Americans are dabbling in religious expression that has no substance'. A.W. Tozer, whose writings I commend to you, said: 'Probably less than 1 out of 10 evangelicals knows anything experimentally about the new birth'.

Now I said be careful with figures, and it's not up to us - let's not contradict what the parable of the wheat and the tares says. We are meant to be evangelists, not detectives! But we're also meant to call people, as Jesus did, to look to themselves and ask: 'Am I sure I'm in the faith? Do I know that I'm born again? Do I have a personal, dynamic relationship with Jesus Christ? Or am I just in this sort of 'kingdom of God', 'kingdom of heaven' in the broadest sense, I'm lumped in with the whole net - but on judgement day I'm going to be discovered as counterfeit!'. Probably the greatest example of this, and the most obvious, is Judas Iscariot. Some of you even mentioned him to me at the door in the last couple of weeks. With Judas - I mean, we are all with hindsight, 'Oh, aye, Judas is the big hypocrite, and the betrayer, and all the rest' - but nobody knew then! Not one of the disciples had a notion. Even when the Lord Jesus appears to single him out on the night in which He was betrayed, and gives him the sop, they didn't conceive that this was possible. Only Christ knew.

We're also meant to call people, as Jesus did, to look to themselves and ask: 'Am I sure I'm in the faith? Do I know that I'm born again?'...

If you think about Judas, it's remarkable: he heard the words of Christ - imagine what it must have been like to have been there, hearing The Sermon on the Mount for the first time, The Beatitudes, 'Blessed are the poor in heart, turn the other cheek, do unto others' - the golden rule - 'do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. Judas was there in the crowd when he heard this the first time. He was there when the Good Samaritan was told, the Prodigal Son, when Jesus said - after being requested by the disciples to teach them how to pray - 'After this manner pray, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name', he was there and heard it for the first time! He heard the teachings of Christ. He was even in the crowd, after the multitudes went, he was then in the private gathering of the disciples who received extra teaching in the twilight hours - and yet he never truly believed or knew Christ by faith. He knew Christ personally, but he didn't know Him savingly.

He also saw the miracles of Jesus - imagine what that must have been like! The loaves and fishes! I believe actually there Judas was dishing out the loaves and fishes after Jesus blessed and multiplied them. He was a part, if you like, of the chain of this miracle. He's on board the boat in the storm, when Jesus calms and shows that He is Lord even over the created sphere and the elements. So this man was living a daily diet of miracles. Some people will say to you, sceptically, 'You know, if God could prove Himself to me, and I could see and know the supernatural, then I would believe'. I think it helps at times, but it didn't help Judas. He had experienced all these miracles, and yet the greatest miracle of all, the new birth, he hadn't known.

Maybe you're here today and you have seen miracles, maybe God did come through for you when you had a close shave - maybe an accident or an illness, and God answered prayer. Maybe, as many have said, lying on their back: 'Lord, if You would just raise me to health, I will give You my life!' - and you're here this morning and you're still not right with God! Judas heard the words of Christ, he saw the miracles of Christ, and he also saw Christ save others. The list is too much to recount just now, like the woman at the well in John 4 - married five times and living with a fellow, and no one would go near her, at midday she was at the well, they didn't want to associate with her - but Jesus made a special journey through rugged terrain and bandit country to meet that woman. Judas saw that woman's life transformed, she was given living water for her soul and she would never thirst again, and she went into her home town of Samaria, and she shared with the men she had known and all the town what Jesus had done - and there was an awakening among those people! Judas was in the middle of it all, in the middle of a revival. Judas saw the demoniac, possessed with maybe up to 3,000 to 6,000 demons in him, and he's running around naked, cutting himself, a madman, a maniac on a hillside where there was a graveyard! He sees this man run to the feet of Jesus, submit himself, get delivered, he sees all the demons go into the pigs, and the pigs go over the cliff headlong and drown - he sees all this. He even sees Zacchaeus, the wee tax collector who was a thief, lining his own pockets with the taxes, creaming off the taxes that he was taking for the Romans. He sees repentance, and the fruit of repentance in Zacchaeus' life as he repays fourfold what he had stolen, and gave half of his goods to the poor - I bet you that really pricked Judas to some extent, because he was a thief as well, he was pilfering the disciples' resources, the purse. He had seen other people's lives changed, but he remained unchanged - and no one knew! Nobody knew.

The most remarkable thing of all to me is, not only that he heard Christ's words, and saw His miracles, and saw Christ save others, but he did Christ's work himself. I'll let the theologians work this one out, but he spread the word of God, he spread the Gospel of the kingdom. He was sent out with the 12, he was sent out with the 70, and in fact when the 70 returned they exclaimed to Jesus: 'Even the demons are subject to us in Your name!'. That means they were doing exorcisms, or deliverances, in Jesus' name - and Judas was among them, preaching this message, doing these great works, and yet the greatest work of all had not happened in his own heart. How that corresponds, doesn't it, with Matthew chapter 7: 'Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied', or preached, 'in Your name', prophecy is more than preaching, but we could correlate it with that, 'Have we not cast out devils in Your name, have we not done miracles in Your name?'. Jesus will say: 'Depart from Me! I never knew you, you have worked lawlessness and iniquity, for you have not done the will of My Father who is in Heaven'.

Now I know somebody will say: 'Oh, Judas was ordained to that role'. Well, that's not my point, my point is this: you couldn't have told the difference! Irrespective of God's predestination or order, you couldn't have told the difference between Judas and the other disciples! Did Judas know himself? Of course he did, of course he did.

Irrespective of God's predestination or order, you couldn't have told the difference between Judas and the other disciples!

I received an email during the week, a devotional from a missionary, and I want to relate it to you. They are a missionary in Hungary, and 16 years ago they went out to the mission field, and they are still there and they love it. They were recounting how at first they entered Hungary as tourists, on a tourist visa. Then they got temporary resident permits, and finally - this is the state they're now in - they got permanent registration as residents of Hungary. Now they can stay for the rest of their lives, because they have finally got permanent registration. They can enjoy all the benefits that anybody in Hungary can, they can be there as retired people and that includes health care and free transport - but they are still not full citizens of Hungary. They are British citizens, and they admit themselves that they have no allegiance in their heart to the nation of Hungary, however much they love it. If they ever commit some misdemeanour, some crime, Hungary will deport them back to the United Kingdom.

It's a bit like that with the kingdom of God. Some people enter as tourists, they enjoy what's on offer, and there is no commitment from their heart - but they are among the people of God. They are 'in church', around 'church' and 'Christian things'. They enjoy Christian events, they like Christian company, the whole atmosphere of the kingdom of God appeals to them. They sample a variety of churches, conferences, organisations, but they are still citizens of the world. They are on tourist visas.

Then some people like the kingdom of God so much that they become permanent residents. They don't float around, but they put down their roots, as it were, and enjoy all the benefits of residence. They do the things that the real citizens do. They may even look and sound like citizens of heaven, but they are still citizens of the world. They are not committed to the kingdom and the King. Jesus says, if you're like that, on judgement day if you try to claim the rights of kingdom citizenship, you will be thrown out!

So the vital question is this, and I know it's a sobering one: what is your status in the kingdom of God? The kingdom of heaven draws all kinds, all sorts in. Are you a tourist? Are you a resident? Or are you truly a citizen? Because if you're simply a tourist and like the atmosphere, or if you're a resident that likes to live and work and enjoy the benefits without full allegiance of heart, at the end the King of the kingdom will say: 'I never knew you'.

Now here's the question: what is it to do the will of the Father who is in heaven? What is it to know that you're in the kingdom, and that you are secure? Very simply, as simply as I can put it, here it is: you've got to repent of your sins. What does that mean? You've got to change your mind, but there's got to be an about turn of heart to realise that your sin is what condemns you before God, and you're going to be judged for your sin if you don't turn from it and turn to Jesus. So you're motivated in your heart - even if you don't have the power to get rid of sin in your life, that's a different thing, God will do that - but you've got to have the willingness and the heart to turn. You turn from your sin to Jesus Christ the Saviour, the only One who can save you from your sins, the sins that weigh you down, the sins that condemn you, and the consequences of sin. So you do an about turn from sin, and selfishness, and this world; and you're turning to Jesus who died on the cross to save you from sin. The audacity to think that you could keep your sin and just love it and hide it, when Jesus died for it! Let's be real! Those sins that maybe you're hiding or enjoying, are the sins that Jesus died for. You've got to turn from them and turn to Him. You've got to believe that it's only - not through good works that you do - but only through Him that you can be saved, what He has done on the cross, bearing your sin, the great exchange where He takes your sin on Himself, and He gives you, if you have faith in Him, His goodness, His righteousness, His cleansing.

The vital question is this, and I know it's a sobering one: what is your status in the kingdom of God?

There were men who came to Jesus one day and said: 'What must we do that we might do the works of the Father?'. Jesus says: 'This is the work: that you believe on Him whom He has sent'. So it's by faith, by faith in Jesus - but that same faith, the Lord wants you to be secure in it! He wants you to be born again, He wants your heart to be changed, He wants to start cleaning you from the inside out, He wants to come in and live within you and live through you! The assurance comes when you have that adoption as sons and daughters, and His Spirit witnesses with your spirit that you are a child of God. The Spirit doesn't just witness in some subjective manner, although there is that, but in an objective change in your life. You're not perfect - far from it, none of us are - but there is fruit that is fitting for repentance. It's very, very small at the start, I will grant you that, but there will be signs of life.

You're here this morning, and I don't know what point on the scale you're at - whether you're someone who has professed Christianity for years, but you're not sure; or you're doubting your salvation; or you really do know that you're not a Christian, you've never been one and you want to be one - the answer is the same for everybody: it's Christ.

'My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus' blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus' Name.

On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand'.

I'm not standing on my performance, I'm not standing on my good works. I'm looking out of myself, out of my sin, and I'm looking to Jesus Christ - but listen, listen: if you're only making a profession of Jesus Christ, and there is nothing in your life that portrays His life or His fruit, you need to look down and see what you're actually standing on.

Jesus ended the great Sermon on the Mount with another parable, I believe it's speaking of judgement day, that when the storm comes and beats and batters your life, it's only those who have built their lives upon the rock that will endure. The rock is not just Jesus, Jesus said: 'The rock is My sayings, My truth, My life, My words, My heart. If you build your life on what I say, and you believe it, and you step out in faith upon it, you will be on the rock, you will be secure, you will have no doubt - and you will know that on that great day, you are safe and secure'.

There is nothing in your life that portrays His life or His fruit, you need to look down and see what you're actually standing on...

Let us pray. Now I invited you to pray for yourself, whatever your situation is and, as I say, whatever point you are on the scale. I hope that you've heard from God. You know, the last thing anybody doubting their salvation needs - even if they are saved - is for somebody just come along and say: 'Ach, didn't you pray that wee prayer when you were 5 - you're all right, God hears your prayers, away you go'. God does hear prayers, He heard my prayer when I was 8, and He has kept me to this day - He does - but that's not meant to be the ground of your security, Christ is the ground of your security and faith in Him. Where is your faith? Where is your faith? Is your faith in what some man told you, or is your faith in Jesus Christ? Whatever the circumstances of you coming to Jesus - some people don't even know or can't remember when they came to Jesus, and that's OK with me - as long as they know they belong to Him now! Your assurance is not in a moment or in a prayer, your assurance must be in Jesus Christ alone!

Maybe you have never come to Christ? Well, why don't you just say this prayer and mean it. Again, it's the faith, it's not the words, it's the faith. Some people don't even know how to pray or come to the Lord, so let me help you with that. Just say: 'O God, I come to You', repeat it from your heart, 'O God, I come to You in Jesus' name, and I confess my sins. I repent, I turn from them to You, to be saved out of them and from them. I believe that Jesus died for me, and I ask You to cleanse me and set me free from my sins, and come in and live in my life. I surrender to You as Lord, and I ask You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. I renounce Satan and all his works, and ask You to deliver me from evil. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen'.

If you're someone who has always doubted your salvation, and this has been a constant battle with you - why don't you settle it now? It doesn't matter whether you can say: 'Oh, I got saved today', or 'I got saved 10 years ago' - that's not important! What is important is that you're able to say: 'I know today that I am secure' - that's what's important! So where you are, why don't you say: 'Lord, I come to You ' - if that's you - 'I come to You, and, Lord, You know my doubts, You know my fears, You know my insecurities - but now, irrespective of my failures and shortcomings, I look out of myself, I look away and turn from my sin, and I look to Jesus Christ, Your Son, and I ask You now to make me secure in the knowledge of Your salvation. I renounce Satan, his lies, and all his work, and I ask You now to fill me with the Holy Spirit - that Spirit of adoption that cries, 'Father, Abba Father'. Give me the assurance and security that I am right with You now, and may I walk in fellowship with you every day till the day I die or Jesus comes'.

Lord, we just pray now Your blessing upon us, and may Christ have the victory - for He alone is worthy. Amen.

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Transcribed by:
Andrew Watkins,
Preach The Word.
January 2014
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This sermon was delivered at Scrabo Hall in Newtownards, Northern Ireland, by David Legge. It was transcribed from the recording, titled "The Dragnet" - Transcribed by Andrew Watkins, Preach The Word.

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