NOTES FROM A SERMON PRESENTED BY DR. GREG SLOOP AT THE KANNAPOLIS CHURCH OF GOD. FOR VIDEO OF SERVICES, GO TO THE CHURCH WEBSITE, HTTP://WWW.KCOG.ORG, AND CLICK ON THE LIVESTREAM LINK TO VIEW LIVE OR FOR A REPLAY OF THE SERVICES. YOU MAY ALSO WATCH LIVE OR A REPLAY ON the DR. Greg SLOOP FACEBOOK PAGE. FOR AUDIO OF THE SERVICES, GO To THE WEBSITE, kcog.org, AND CLICK ON THE MEDIA PAGE.

August 8, 2021

Safety Measures

Guardian Angels

20 “See, I am sending an angel before you to protect you on your journey and lead you safely to the place I have prepared for you. 21 Pay close attention to him, and obey his instructions. Do not rebel against him, for he is my representative, and he will not forgive your rebellion.

22 But if you are careful to obey him, following all my instructions, then I will be an enemy to your enemies, and I will oppose those who oppose you. 23 For my angel will go before you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites, so you may live there. And I will destroy them completely.

24 You must not worship the gods of these nations or serve them in any way or imitate their evil practices. Instead, you must utterly destroy them and smash their sacred pillars.
25 “You must serve only the Lord your God. If you do, I will bless you with food and water, and I will protect you from illness.

Exodus 23:20–25 (NLT)

The Lord Himself (Our Shield)

1  LORD, How are they increased that trouble me!
Many are they that rise up against me.
2  Many there be which say of my soul,
There is no help for him in God. Selah.
3  But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me;
My glory, and the lifter up of mine head.
4  I cried unto the LORD with my voice,
And he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah.
5  I laid me down and slept;
I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.
6  I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people,
That have set themselves against me round about.
7  Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God:
For thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone;
Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8  Salvation belongeth unto the LORD:
Thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.

Psalm 3 (KJV)

Travel Companions

“Bad Company”

32 And what value was there in fighting wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead?
And if there is no resurrection, “Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” 33 Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts good character.” 34 Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t know God at all.

1 Corinthians 15:32–34 (NLT)

“Just a Smidge”

9 A little leaven leavens the whole lump of dough.

Galatians 5:9 (NASB95)

“Under the Influence”

11 Beloved, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. He who does good is of God, but he who does evil has not seen God.

3 John 11 (NKJV)
  • Takeaway Thoughts
    • On a Journey, You Need the Help of Safety Measures Like Guardian Angels and the Lord Your Shield.
    • When Traveling, You Need to Choose Your Companions Carefully. Take along Those Who will Help You Reach Your Destination.

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