November 22, 2021

Divine Settlement

Divine Settlement
Title: Divine Settlement
Text: 1 Pet. 5:6-11
[1Pe 5:6]  Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
[1Pe 5:7]  Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
[1Pe 5:8]  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
[1Pe 5:9]  Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
[1Pe 5:10]  But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
[1Pe 5:11]  To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
  • In order to understand and appreciate the gravity of being settled, one must understand what it means to be unsettled.
  • Unsettled situations of life can be chaotic
  • Unsettled situations of life can be dramatic
  • Unsettled situations of life can be stressful
  • Unsettled situations of life can be depressing
Main Topic
  • Unsettled
    • Husband and wife can’t agree on anything, not even what to eat for dinner
    • There will be arguments and fights every day
    • There is no peace in the house
    • No amount of counseling has worked
    • They back-stab and backbite each other
    • Going home from work causes their blood pressure to rise
    • They can’t stand each other.
    • Individually, they are wonderful people. The moment they come together, they bring the worse out of each other.
  • Settled
    • They give in to each other’s wants and desires
    • They share love instead of slaps
    • Peace and joy are always in the home
    • Their home is a place of safety
    • They always look forward to coming home and seeing each other
    • They support each other and protect each other
    • They bring the best out of each other
  • May the Lord settle all the marriages in this house in Jesus mighty name
  • Hannah was unsettled in her home because she had no children
    • [1Sa 1:6]  And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb.
  • Peninnah, the other wife, provoked her sore. If you grew up in a polygamous home, you will understand
  • This went on for years. When Hannah could no longer take it, she prayed:
    • [1Sa 1:10]  And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
    • [1Sa 1:11]  And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
  • God needed a prophet, Hannah needed a child.  Both of their needs were met with that prayer.
  • As many that are mothers in waiting, I pray that God will settle you with children of your own in the name of Jesus Christ.
The Prophet’s Widow
  • [2Ki 4:1]  Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.
  • This woman had lost her husband, and she was about to lose her sons.
    • The family was unsettled.
    • Finances was in disarray
  • The husband, who was a prophet, owed certain creditors and they were coming to take her sons away as payment
  • She cried out for help from Elisha and God settled her.
  • What God needs to use to settle you may be in your hands.
  • Borrowing got them into trouble
  • God used borrowing to get them out of trouble
Other Examples
  • Naaman was settled – He was miraculously healed
  • David was settled – 2 Sam. 30 – The battle at Ziklag, and he recovered all.
  • Joseph was settled – He went from being a slave to being a prisoner, and God did not forget about him.
  • Naomi was settled – Young lady that lost her husband.  She remained faithful. God settled her with Boaz and she became part of the history of our Lord Jesus Christ.
[Php 4:6]  Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
[Php 4:7]  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
If you find yourself in an unsettled situation:
  1. Know that God does not want you in an unsettled situation – Jer. 29:11, 3 Jn 2.
  2. Cry out unto God. Don’t suffer in silence.

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