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The word of God also teaches that in the last days perilous times will come. It also teaches that holy men will become extinct, holy men will be hard to find

I want you to turn with me to 2 Samuel in your Bibles for our initial reading of the word of God, which we will be using later as we look at the word of God. It's quite a long reading, but just to put it into our mind. You know the story well I'm sure, it's the account of David and Bathsheba, and his committing of adultery with her, then the subsequent sin of drunkenness of Uriah - David made Uriah drunk - and then we see it all accumulates in murder. Three sins that stem from the one sin in the beginning.

We're reading at verse 1 of chapter 11 of 2 Samuel: "And it came to pass, after the year was expired, at the time when kings go forth to battle, that David sent Joab, and his servants with him, and all Israel; and they destroyed the children of Ammon, and besieged Rabbah" - and this is the bit I want you to notice - "But David tarried still at Jerusalem. And it came to pass in an eveningtide, that David arose from off his bed, and walked upon the roof of the king's house: and from the roof he saw a woman washing herself; and the woman was very beautiful to look upon. And David sent and inquired after the woman. And one said, Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite? And David sent messengers, and took her; and she came in unto him, and he lay with her; for she was purified from her uncleanness: and she returned unto her house. And the woman conceived, and sent and told David, and said, I am with child. And David sent to Joab, saying, Send me Uriah the Hittite. And Joab sent Uriah to David. And when Uriah was come unto him, David demanded of him how Joab did, and how the people did, and how the war prospered. And David said to Uriah, Go down to thy house, and wash thy feet. And Uriah departed out of the king's house, and there followed him a mess of meat from the king. But Uriah slept at the door of the king's house with all the servants of his lord, and went not down to his house. And when they had told David, saying, Uriah went not down unto his house, David said unto Uriah, Camest thou not from thy journey? Why then didst thou not go down unto thine house? And Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord, are encamped in the open fields; shall I then go into mine house, to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? As thou livest, and as thy soul liveth, I will not do this thing. And David said to Uriah, Tarry here to day also, and to morrow I will let thee depart. So Uriah abode in Jerusalem that day, and the morrow. And when David had called him, he did eat and drink before him; and he made him drunk: and at even he went out to lie on his bed with the servants of his lord, but went not down to his house. And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah. And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire", or retreat, "ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die. And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were. And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also".

Now I want you to keep your finger in the passage of Scripture that we read together already this morning, that's 2 Samuel chapter 11. We're turning for our text to Psalm 12, and if you were out at the prayer meeting on Friday evening you would have heard that I've entitled my message today: 'Are There Any Left?'. Are there any left? What are we talking about? Well, I want to be as practical as possible in this message that I believe the Lord has laid upon my heart to bring to you today. I want to lay down some principles: how we can know that we are one of the ones, at least, that are left.

Psalm 12, and it's only one verse, verse 1: "Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men". Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. Let us pray, just for a moment, and ask God's blessing: Our Father, we always feel inadequate when we come to Thy truth, for when we read it we immediately see our awful state and we are confronted with the mighty holiness of God. Lord help us today, help us to see ourselves, to be honest with ourselves, and to be honest with Thee. Help us to go away today with a resolution of repentance and turning to Thee again. Send Thy Spirit in fullness we pray, in Jesus name. Amen.

The context of Psalm 12 and verse 1, and all the subsequent verses, we find within 1 Samuel 22 and verse 17. There we have the account of what happened when God had chosen David as King, and Saul didn't like it too much. Because of Saul's sin, God had removed His blessing from him, and now His blessing was going unto David - but David, as yet, was not King. He was King elect, God had chosen him, much of the country were turning to David's side. You remember, after David's defeat of Goliath, many turned to him and sang the praises of David who was not King. Saul, in his sinful state, eaten up with bitterness, pride, and jealousy, resented this - so much so, in 1 Samuel 22 and verse 17, that we see this: 'The king said unto the footmen that stood about him', this is Saul, 'Turn, and slay the priests of the Lord; because their hand also is with David, and because they knew when he fled, and did not show it to me'.

I believe in the Iron Hall, in Belfast, in Ulster, in Ireland, in the United Kingdom, in Europe as a whole, the church of Jesus Christ in the West is showing lukewarmness!

What had happened? Saul was after David, David fled, those that were on David's side wouldn't tell King Saul where he had gone - and some of them were the priests that are read about here. Then Saul says: 'You go and slay those priests, because they're not on my side, they're on David's side, and they wouldn't tell me where he had gone to'. The word of God says that those foot soldiers would not slay them. So Saul sent Doeg, and he sent others, to go and to slay these men of God. The word of God says that in that one day fourscore and five persons were slain - 85 people were put to death.

Now David gets word, I believe, about this massacre of the men of God. Godly men who were worshipping God, serving God in His temple and tabernacle, and there they were standing up for truth and for righteousness - and because Saul had it in for David he slew them! Therefore, when the messenger brings to David, wherever he was, this news of this massacre of righteous, godly men, he turns to God in prayer. Verse 1: 'Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth! The godly man has died! These men of God that have served You, the faithful fail from among the children of men!'. This is a comment not only about the priests that had died, but this was a comment about the King himself: 'Is there not a godly man left? Is there not a man in authority that will stand up for righteousness, that will stand up for truth, no matter what the cost is for himself? Is there not a godly man upon the face of the earth left?'.

You see where he's coming from? I like to translate, occasionally, the word of God to bring it to light in my own heart. A paraphrase of this verse, it's only my paraphrase but I think it's beautiful: 'Help, Lord!, or, 'Do something, Lord!'. That's the sentiment behind David's cry: 'Help, come, do something, for the holy man is extinct!'. Have you got it? None of them left! 'Lord, You've got to help us! There's not a godly man left!'. Put it into our context, modernise it, contemporise it now: 'Lord do something, for the holy Christian is extinct!'.

Is that true? Well, I don't know, I'm asking you the question. Now, we have to be very careful that we don't fall into the spiritual paranoia of Elijah. You remember how he got so depressed, and he said to the Lord: 'I alone am left'. There are hundreds running around Ulster thinking that they're the last bastion of truth, and they're holding the line of truth and righteousness. We need to be careful that we don't think that we're the only ones that carry the torch of God, because you'll read in the word of God that God knew that He had thousands that had not yet bowed the knee to Baal. But yet the word of God also teaches that in the last days perilous times will come. It also teaches that holy men will become extinct, holy men will be hard to find, holy men, righteous men, men of principle, men of authority - women of holiness, and godliness, and righteousness, and shame-facedness and modesty - will be hard to find among the sons of men.

That is why David cries, in his historical context: 'Help, Lord! Do something, Lord!'. Now, I believe that this ought to be our prayer. I believe in the Iron Hall, in Belfast, in Ulster, in Ireland, in the United Kingdom, in Europe as a whole, the church of Jesus Christ in the West is showing lukewarmness! That is a fact! Now it is not worldwide spread, you will know that in Brazil there are signs of revival, in Korea there are signs of revival, in Vietnam, in India, in various parts of Africa, God is moving through in reviving fire - but it's not happening here! Therefore, I believe that our prayers should be directed, like David's prayer, to ask God: 'Help! Do something!' - because the godly man, the Christian, holy person is almost extinct, it's as if there isn't another one left!

You see the Psalmist feels his inability to deal with the situation, and I want to bear my heart before you today, because this is the only way I can get it across to you, that sometimes I feel like David. I feel like David about myself and about the church of Jesus Christ. I feel desperate! I feel desperate towards God, because I can't do anything - I don't know what to do - for the awful shape of the church of Jesus Christ in the day in which we live! There is hardly a godly man alive any more! Because the Psalmist feels his own inability to deal with the situation he is turning to God, and wanting God to do something, for he's saying: 'Unless You do something, Lord, the situation is hopeless. Nothing can be done, the tide will never be changed - Lord, You're going to have to move!'.

Who can change the filth of the United Kingdom but God? Who can stem the tide of the dirt, of the sewage of immorality that is poured into our nation from Europe and from the United States? Who can do it but God?

Should that not be our prayer today? Now come on, who can change Ulster but God? Who can change the filth of the United Kingdom but God? Who can stem the tide of the dirt, of the sewage of immorality that is poured into our nation from Europe and from the United States? Who can do it but God? I know that I can't do it, and I'm not going to try to do it because I'd kill myself in the process, and I would never do it! But God can do it! Because God can do anything. We must focus our prayers toward God, not toward what we can do, but toward what God can do because that is faith: when we acknowledge, when we confess, what God can do in our lives and how He can change our situation, not how we can change His situation.

You see only God will do. Only God can solve our problems - and God we must have! That's why David said: 'Help, Lord! Do something, Lord! Because it's as if there's not a godly man left'. What is he saying? Godly men are dying. Godly men are departing from godliness. Godly men are declining in numbers. A generation is dying now that I feel will not be replaced, as we speak, at this moment, in the prayer meeting. You take the average age at prayer meetings today - let's just say that it's old. Who's going to replace those godly men and women? Are you young people? What about the Bible Reading? What about the Open Air? What about door-to-door? What about evangelism? Who are going to replace those that move on and depart, like these priests? David is asking, I am asking, we are asking: 'Lord, they're dying! A generation is passing away Lord, and no-one is replacing them!'.

They're declining from godliness. Oh, we can see that all around us, I don't even need to apply that: how men are moving away from the truth of God's word. I don't want you to get me wrong here, what I'm talking about - and we'll see in a moment, I'm talking about holiness. Moving away from God's word in the respect of holiness, righteousness, godliness. I fear it is a sign of the times, because we find within God's word as things start to get worse and worse within the world, often He takes those of His out of the scene. You can see it in church history, that Augustine died before Hippo was overtaken - that's the place that he lived - before Hippo was overtaken by war. You find that Martin Luther was taken to glory before the whole of Germany was covered in blood in civil war. The tendency is that godly men begin to die, to decline, to disappear, when God is finishing with a people, when God is moving away, and when God is going to come in judgement! Is that not what the rapture is all about?

Now, I want to make myself clear: I do not mean a man with a particular doctrine, I do not mean a man with a particular understanding of salvation, of the church of Jesus Christ, or of eschatology - prophecy. That is not what I am talking about. Those things are important - and you who know me, know that I believe they are important - but that is not godliness! It is not a pharisaical attitude to man-made rules and regulations, that is what Paul - and we've learnt this in recent days - would have called the circumcision of the flesh made by hands. In other words, a purely outward conformity to what should be on the inside and in the heart - man-made religion. If rules, regulations, and practices, and principles are divorced from the heart, you get Pharisaism.

What I am talking about is a matter of the heart, and a matter of conduct that flows from the heart. You find it in 1 Samuel 16 and 7, when Samuel went to David to anoint him King - what was said? 'The Lord said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance', his outward appearance, 'or on the height of his stature; because I have refused all those other men: for the Lord seeth not as man seeth' - listen - 'for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the heart'. In Acts 24:16 we read: 'And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men' - that is holiness! To have your conscience cleared with the person you're sitting beside, or the person on the opposite side of the church, and your conscience clear toward God.

The Lord Jesus Himself put it in Matthew 22: 'Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself'. 'These two commandments', Jesus says, 'have all the law and the prophets built upon them'. That means that if your doctrine is not built on a heart full of love for God, and a heart full of love for your neighbour, it means nothing. James put it like this: 'If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world'. But the problem in our religion today, is that it is not before God, it's before men.

Is there a godly man or woman that God can use? Or is there a progressive degeneration within the church of Jesus Christ, and within individual Christians, that means that God can't use any of us?

True holiness and godliness is summed up in the Sermon on the Mount. True holiness and godliness is seen in the fruit of the Spirit that should emanate from the soul that is regenerated by the Holy Spirit of God, it should be the fruits that we know the Christian by! I know that it's true that we can think that our surroundings, at this moment in the church of Jesus Christ, are worse than they have ever been - but listen to me, please: is there a godly man or woman that God can use? Or is there a progressive degeneration within the church of Jesus Christ, and within individual Christians, that means that God can't use any of us?

I want you to turn to 2 Samuel 11, because there are principles here - the same man is being talked about, David - but there are five things that I want you to beware of. Now David, at this stage of his life, is a successful man. He's now been many years as the King, things are going well for him, God is blessing his reign. He is in his midlife, he is a man filled with charisma, personality. He has musical talent, poetical talent, artistic talent of every type that you can imagine - and he has intellectual capability. What went wrong in this man's life? Well, look at it - it was a progressive degeneration that led to his downfall, and it can be identified to you and to me in our lives in the way we live.

The first thing that God would say to us this morning to beware of is: beware of losing your sensitivity. Have you got that? Beware of losing your sensitivity. Now you don't need to turn to it, but in 2 Samuel 5 you read that David took up power in the palace in Jerusalem, and in verse 13 of 2 Samuel 5 it says this: '[After he left Hebron] David took more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem'. Now you could read over that matter of fact, and think that it doesn't really mean anything. But when David came to Jerusalem and took more concubines and took more wives, he was disobeying the word of God! Deuteronomy 17:16 and 17 says this: 'But he', the King, 'shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the Lord hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold'.

God says: 'Right, if you're going to have a King, Israel, you make sure that he doesn't have too many wives'. David disobeyed. Now I want you to see this: that his progressive desensitisation to sin had a consequent inner descent in his life from holiness. I'll repeat that: his progressive desensitisation to sin had a consequent inner descent from holiness within his life. You cannot sin without a consequence! I don't care whether you're washed in the blood of Christ or not: you cannot sin without consequence. This was the first [downward] step in his life.

Now I want you to see this: this was legal. It might have been against God's law, but it was legal in the land - he was allowed to do it. Secondly: it was cultural. It was normal for men to have many wives - a cultural thing. It was something that was fashionable! Now look: how many things are we faced with today that are legal, that are cultural, that are fashionable - but if we indulge in them they will desensitise us to sin, and they will cause an inner descent of holiness within our lives. I don't need to name them, but I'll name a few. It's culturally acceptable for many sensualities that are seen, legal indulgences that are acceptable - and even expected of you in society! The dirty joke in the office that you're expected to laugh at - you're maybe not expected to tell it, but you're expected to smile, and many of you do. You're expected to lie in front of the television and watch hours of unguarded television into the early hours of the morning, young people, and enjoy it, think nothing wrong of it - and you do it. You're expected to rent the videos that are not acceptable for a child to watch, yet Jesus Christ said that we have to become as little children. We're expected to take the little social, or business, drink when we're away on a business trip, because everybody else does it - 'No-one will see what I'm doing, and I'm not getting drunk'. We're expected to enjoy the entertainment of the world, the fashion of the world. We're expected to go a little bit further in our relationships - sexually speaking - before marriage. It's the done thing, it's cultural, it's legal, it's fashionable - and all of these little things or big things, music, whatever it may be, media, all of them desensitise you to sin.

Do you pray every day, Christian? I really fear to ask that question! Do you read the Scriptures every day?

That's the first thing: he was desensitised to his adultery with Bathsheba, because he took too many wives. But the second thing is that you need to beware of losing your discipline. That's what I wanted you to notice in the first verse, it says that: 'David tarried still at Jerusalem'. All his mates and his servants and his generals were away shedding blood on the battlefield, and he was at home relaxing. You might think: 'Well, that's alright, there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with that' - but Uriah showed him up when he came home, and he wouldn't as much as go down to his own home because his friends, his loved ones, were on the battlefield. Why should he have comfort? Why should he be under a roof, and enjoy the love of a wife and a good meal, when his friends weren't?

Do you lose your discipline? David should have been out on the battlefield. He ought to have been at war, and the problem was not that he relaxed, but look: the problem was that he relaxed and his relaxation filtered into his spiritual life. That was the problem. It's like when you go holidays and you don't bother going to church - do you know what I'm talking about? That desensitises you to sin - you mightn't think it, but it does. It's laid down in the word of God here, you can lose your discipline. What happens is your guard is down and it's easier for you to fall when you don't regularly pray. Do you pray every day, Christian? I really fear to ask that question! Do you read the Scriptures every day? Do you have a time, a discipline? It's not going to be easy, God's not going to put His finger down and touch you, and you'll just go to the place of prayer and it'll be no bother - it's a discipline! You have to really fight the flesh to get to that place! Do you fellowship with God's people? I'm not talking about the week of prayer - I see many of you at the week of prayer, but what about the prayer in the week? What about the Bible Reading? What about the Lord's Table? Those are disciplines that God has given to us so that we might grow, so that we might become more holy. I want to say this, and I might get abuse for it: but I say to you, that if you let your disciplines down in any of those ways - not praying, not reading, not fellowshipping, not here - you are a backslider. You don't need to be in the pub to be a backslider, because it's not external it is internal. It is a thing of the heart.

Thirdly - first: beware of losing your sensitivity; two: beware of losing your discipline; three: beware of losing your focus. What did he do? Picture it in your eyes - maybe you'd be better not picturing it. In the twilight of the evening, a humid Mediterranean heat comes down upon the whole district. He, the King of all Israel, looking out of his window, sees the curvaceous form of a woman, naked, bathing. The shadows of the half light make her more attractive, make her more appealing - and that red-blooded male had no midlife crisis! There he was standing, and all the red blood going through his veins of lust, desire, and attraction. Now, what was his problem? He looked twice. He should have looked away the first time, but he looked twice - and the second look was greater than the first look. It says within the word of God that the woman - look, verse 2 - the woman was beautiful, she was absolutely gorgeous, a beautiful woman to look upon. After his first glance, he looked again and continued, and he became fixated - he focused and fixed his eyes on the filth that he saw! Now the filth was not the woman's body, because that was only natural, but the filth that he saw was in his mind.

One Christian writer put it like this: 'In that moment David, who had been a man after God's own heart, became a dirty, leering old man. A lustful fixation came over him that would not be denied'. Are you losing your focus? I believe - I've a bit more to say to you, and I'm going to take time to say it - I believe that one of the greatest problems in the Christian life today is the television. Now I know that years ago they used to say it was the devil's horns! - but I don't think they were too far wrong. They could see, perhaps, the day when the devil would use it. If you're a Christian, and you don't think the devil's using the television - I doubt if you're a Christian at all! Have you the Spirit of God in you? There are two channels in particular on the television that you can get pornography like that on - and the other three aren't too great either! You can sit and fixate your mind on that, that's what's losing your focus in the Christian life, because we imbibe the world's values, the world's principles, the world's doctrines through the television if we are not alert to it.

In your moment of lust, in your moment of sin, in your moment of passion after something that is wrong, the last thing that you think about is God - and the last thing that you want to be reminded about is God

I'm not saying there aren't good uses for television, or there aren't good things on television - but I'm saying this: there aren't many of them, and I haven't found too many in recent years. You know David Frost, the television presenter? Do you know what he says? Listen: 'Television is an invention that permits you to be entertained in your living-room by people that you wouldn't have in your home' - isn't that right? Who would let their child say: 'Oh my God'? Would you? But you let 101 on a daily basis say it through that box. My friend, you might think this is extreme, but what I am trying to say to you is: by listening to impure things, by feeding your mind, fixating it - like David did - upon this, you're desensitising yourself, you're putting your guard and your discipline down, and you're feeding on the things of the world. By watching, indiscriminately, television - inevitably something will come up, and before you know it you've seen it, and that picture has been imprinted on your mind. I have yet to find Philips making a television that turns itself off before you see the thing! Everybody says: 'There's a knob on it' - but it's too late, isn't it? Because it's imprinted on your mind.

What I am pleading with you is not to adjust your life, because there is a fault in the world! I read an amusing little poem called 'The TV Psalm'. Listen to it:

'The TV is my shepherd, I shall not want.
It makes me to sit down and do nothing for His name's sake,
Because it requires all my spare time.
It restores my knowledge of the things of this world.
It keeps me from the study of God's Word.
Its sounds and pictures, they comfort me.
Even though I live to be a hundred, I shall keep on viewing.
As long as it works, surely no good thing will come of my life'.

It's a hard thing to be holy, isn't it? Do you know what Job said? 'I've made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl'. Some of you men want to try and do that, and see how hard it is! A covenant - we're not talking about a wee notion - a covenant! 'I will never!'. David said in Psalm 101 verse 3: 'I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me'.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who suffered death for the Saviour, said this: 'When lust takes control, at that moment God loses all reality. Satan does not fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God' - isn't that right? In your moment of lust, in your moment of sin, in your moment of passion after something that is wrong, the last thing that you think about is God - and the last thing that you want to be reminded about is God. But then, when you've committed the sin and satisfied your lust, you're aware of guilt then, aren't you? That's the devil's ploy.

Fourthly: beware of losing your mind. You see, if you look at verse 3, one of David's servants turned to him and said: 'Is not this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?'. 'Do you not know who this is, David? This is a married woman, the daughter of Eliam!'. Now that must, in David's mind, have triggered something: 'He's right, you know, that's someone's wife!' - but he lost his mind. He began to rationalise, and legitimise, his sin. Now it doesn't say that in the text, but do you know why I know that? Because that is human nature - you never do something before legitimising it or rationalising it. It might only be the amount of pleasure and buzz that you get, but yet it is a rationalisation. I don't know what he said in his mind, maybe it was: 'It's alright this time, God understands that I can't help myself', or, 'How can God deprive me of something that is so pleasurable? How can something so good be so wrong? God would not deny me anything that would make me happy. If we love one another, surely it's alright?'.

The Old Testament and the New Testament are not behind the door in teaching that if you sin you will pay the consequences

People believe that they can evaluate pictures and paintings, films and plays, magazines, artistically without them affecting them - and I've heard Christians say that. My friend, you only need to look at David, this step downward - downward, and downward, and downward - where we rationalise everything out until eventually we feel no guilt, but we can never rationalise or legitimise the way that we feel after we fall!

Fifthly: beware of losing your purity. He fell, didn't he? He was desensitised by his life beforehand. He looked upon that woman, and he lost his discipline because he wasn't out at the battle. Then we find that he lost his mind, rationally speaking, and then the fall came! And it's inevitable! The Old Testament and the New Testament are not behind the door in teaching that if you sin you will pay the consequences. One writer said that Uriah was a better man drunk, than David was sober. The Lord can remove your guilt today for sin, but He may not remove the scar.

There are three things that I want to leave you with very quickly - and this is how to avoid it, how you can stay pure. The Psalmist asked the question in Psalm 119 and verse 9: 'How can a young man cleanse his way?'. You ask that in our society: 'How could you possibly, in a world like ours? Would you be real for one second, David! How could you stay pure?'. Well, you can, and the lie of the devil is that you can't.

The first thing is this: read the word of God - read the word of God! Moses said: 'These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts, impress them on your children' - do you do that? 'Talk about them' - when you sit at home what do you talk about? When you walk along what do you talk about? When you lie down what do you talk about? When you get up what do you talk about? Moses says: 'I talk about the word of God'. Do you have a family altar, where you sacrifice the world and pray to God and read His word? Do you?

Secondly - first of all: read - secondly: heed. It's not just reading the word of God, it is obeying the word of God. It is getting a notebook, daily writing down what you have learnt - and trying to implement, by the help of the Holy Ghost, the word of God. Our problem today is not knowledge of the word of God, but implementation of it! Thirdly: hide. Read, heed, hide. Verse 11 of 119 says: 'Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee'.

I'm finished, but you know the beautiful thing about it is this, Jude said: 'Now unto him that is able to keep us from stumbling' - that's what it means: stumbling!

Let us pray. Father - and I'm talking to you as a father - are you going to let your home be dictated to by the script of the soaps, the films? Are you going to let their values be imposed and imprinted upon your children? Mother, will you teach your child the word of God? Mother and father, will you sit down with them, and with each other, and pray on a daily basis and read the word of God? Even for a couple of seconds just to give God His place? Maybe God has spoken to your heart in some way - you can talk to me afterwards about it: about purity and about godliness. But I am asking this question of the church of Jesus Christ: are there any left? Any men and women of God who love holiness and who love God? Why not do business with God now in your heart, and ask Him for cleansing for all that wrong, and ask Him to become the Lord of your life that He has not been? Why not do that now?

Our Father, we acknowledge that Thy word teaches us that we have been chosen to be holy. Help, Lord, for the godly man ceaseth. Amen.

Transcribed by:
Preach The Word.
March 2001

This sermon was delivered at The Iron Hall Assembly in Belfast, Northern Ireland, by Pastor David Legge. It was transcribed from the tape, titled "Are There Any Left?" - Transcribed by Preach The Word.

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