“HOW NOT TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT” CONCLUSION!

Today, we want to address two main lessons regarding a wounded spirit:

FIRST, DON’T HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT! HOW?

Love the Word of God verse 23. Hear and understand.

Give it all to Jesus and you will not be offended verse 23.

Think of people with a wounded spirit as broken.

Give people a little lee-way and the benefit of doubt.

Make it a project to help them. Make it a ministry.

SECOND, DON’T CAUSE A WOUNDED SPIRIT.

Proverbs 18:19, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city: and their contentions are like the bars of a castle.”18:14,“The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”16:32, “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

  1. Don’t ever shoot or fight back – love your enemies.
  2. Understand those who have a wounded spirit.
  3. Understand what they may be going through.

Conclusion: The spirit keeps everything else healthy. You never catch good health. Look at Daniel, Job, Moses and David for examples.

Three observations:

  1. If you have a wounded spirit – forgive the offender or else, it will make you bitter. The end will be self-destruction.
  2. It is like any other disease – contagious.
  3. There is a cure: REPENTANCE, RESTORATION, RESTITUTION.

HOW NOT TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT!

Matthew 13:18-23, Verse 21 text.
 
It is extremely important that we understand that this lesson is as much for children and teens as it is for adults, as a matter of fact; perhaps even a little more so because children and teens are so easily hurt by the actions or words of another.
 
Proverbs 18:14, “The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?”
 
This is not a typical “seeds” message. This morning we are going to focus on the one offended, wounded, hurt and damaged.
 
Psalm 119:65, “Great peace have they which love Thy law and nothing shall offend them.”
 
We are going to learn that a wounded spirit can be avoided, but, there are several things we must understand:
 
I. IIT IS A SIN TO CAUSE SOMEONE TO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT – INTENTIONALLY.
 
II. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THOSE WHO HAVE A WOUNDED SPIRIT AND, HOW WE CAN HELP THEM.
 
III. WE NEED TO GUARD AGAINST HAVING A WOUNDED SPIRIT.
 
Tomorrow, we want to address two main lessons regarding a wounded spirit:

“HOW IS YOUR FAITH” CONCLUSION!”

Joshua 2:1-22

Every time the Bible refers to Rahab she is called the Harlot. It is true, God forgives our sin, but the scar of its wickedness will always be with us.

I. RAHAB HAD A FRIENDLY FAITH 2:1-11.

Has your home been a friendly home? Has your faith been friendly?

II. SHE HAD A FALTERING FAITH 2:3-5. (To miss the mark).

In verse 6 she lied. God could have gotten them out of jail the way He did in Acts 12. It is never right to lie. God did not bless the lie, but blessed in spite of her lie.

Colossians 3:8-9, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds.”

His Word is truth. We all have a faltering faith.

III. SHE HAD A FIRM FAITH 2:9.

She held firmly to her belief.

IV. SHE HAD A FAMILY FAITH 2:12-14.

She wanted her whole family saved. God believes in families. He setteth His solitary in families.

V. SHE HAD A FUTURE FAITH 2:18-21.

 VI. SHE HAD A FULFILLING FAITH 6:1-2, 22-25.

How is your faith this morning?

“HOW IS YOUR FAITH” PART 2

Joshua 2:1-22

Rachab, KJV perhaps an early sign that God’s grace and forgiveness is extended to all, that it is not limited by nationality or the nature of a person’s sins.

The Scriptures do not tell us how Rahab, who came out of a culture where harlotry and idolatry were acceptable, recognized Jehovah as the one true God. But her insights recorded in Joshua 2:9-11 leave no doubt that she did so.

This Canaanite woman’s declaration of faith led the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews to cite Rahab as one of the heroes of faith Hebrew 11:31, while James commended her as an example of one who has been justified by works James 2:25.

According to Hebrew tradition, Rahab was one of the four most beautiful women in the world and was the ancestor of eight prophets, including Jeremiah and the prophetess Huldah.

Her name means “broad,” “large”. When the Hebrews were encamped at Shittim, in the “Arabah” or Jordan valley opposite Jericho, ready to cross the river, Joshua, as a final preparation, sent out two spies to “spy the land.”

After five days they returned, having swum across the river, which at this season, the month Abib, overflowed its banks from the melting of the snow on Lebanon.

The spies reported how it had fared with them (Joshua 2:1-7). They had been exposed to danger in Jericho, and had been saved by the fidelity of Rahab the harlot, to whose house they had gone for protection.

When the city of Jericho fell (6:17-25), Rahab and her whole family were preserved according to the promise of the spies, and were incorporated among the Jewish people.

Rahab’s being asked to bring out the spies to the soldiers (Joshua 2:3) sent for them, is in strict keeping with Eastern manners, which would not permit any man to enter a woman’s house without her permission.

Hebrews 11:31, “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”

TO BE CONLUDED TOMORROW!

“HOW IS YOUR FAITH?”

Joshua 2:1-22,
 
Stay with me on this one for three days and I believe you will agree, this has been very helpful.
This morning we are not going to speak about one of the giants of the faith like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Gideon, David, Samuel or Paul. But we are going to focus our attention on a harlot who was used of God.
 
RAHAB harlot of Jericho who hid two Hebrew spies, helping them to escape, and who became an ancestor of David and Jesus Joshua 2:1-21; 6:17-25; Matthew 1:5.
 
Rahab’s house was on the city wall of Jericho. Rahab, who manufactured and dyed linen, secretly housed the two spies whom Joshua sent to explore Jericho and helped them escape by hiding them in stalks of flax on her roof Joshua 2:6.
 
Rahab sent the king’s messengers on a false trail, and then let the two spies down the outside wall by a rope through the window of her house Joshua 2:15.
 
When the Israelites captured Jericho, they spared the house with the scarlet cord in the window– a sign that a friend of God’s people lived within.
 
Rahab, therefore, along with her father, her mother, her brothers, and all her father’s household, was spared. Apparently she and her family were later brought into the nation of Israel.
 
Matthew refers to Rahab as the wife of Salmon Ruth 4:20-21; Matthew 1:4-5; Luke 3:32; Salma, 1 Chronicles 2:11.
 
Their son Boaz married Ruth and became the father of Obed, the grandfather of Jesse, and the great-grandfather of David. Thus, a Canaanite harlot became part of the lineage of King
 
David out of which the Messiah came Matthew 1:5, “Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab, Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth, Obed the father of Jesse.”
 
CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“HOW TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE TODAY!” PART 2

Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12L1.
 
Why don’t we all decide to live right and for Good so that we can have good memories in the future? Do you have pleasure in your memories? Isn’t that what we are really doing to shape the future, by shaping our memories for the future?
 
Don’t trade five minutes of fun for good memories. Will you look back to this summer with pleasure? Or, will you say, “I have no pleasure in them?” Who is the real you? What is he or she all about? Are you different from what your family sees at home? Do you live by double standards?
 
That is exactly where most of our depression comes from in the future. How can I live a future with good memories? What happened to Solomon that he had no pleasure in his memories? How can we avoid making the same mistake?
 
11:9 – LEARN TO REJOICE IN GOD’S BLESSINGS TODAY.
 
I. Act your “own” age.
 
In other words, live your age, and don’t rush the washing machine.
 
II. Add to your years.
 
Or, as Dr. Hyles used to say, “be a childish, juvenile, adult.”
 
III. Arrive at your goal.
 
Set you mind on a goal and don’t get off track. Remember to “Finish Strong.” Make that your goal: by living and doing right today. Two problems:
You get discouraged and quit.
You want to get there too soon.
 
Examples: Quitting school, or getting your sexual desires before marriage. In football the key is teamwork and the goal is to get the first touch down, then another tough down and then win.
 
PART 3 TOMORROW!

“HOW TO LIVE IN THE FUTURE TODAY!” PART 1.

Read Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1
All of us, the best of us, the worst of us are going to face the future. Good times as well as bad times; periods of joy as well as periods of depression, etc.
 
Some may live a very short and some a very long life. Some will be basically happy and others unhappy.
 
Since it has been almost a week since my last devotional. I thought this topic would be a good one to start up again. We ought to at least give some attention to loving and thinking of others.
 
Think of this: Most of our depression comes as a direct result of our past. Let me explain: Most of our depression comes because we have bad memories (be they right or wrong).
 
What are you saying? King Solomon did not have good memories, because he lived for now and found all to be vanity. Read 2:1-11. Solomon is looking back to his younger years and finds no pleasure in them.
 
How about you, young person; how will you look back to your youth. Will it be with a broken heart and no pleasure in them, or will it be with joy and gladness of heart that you did the right thing.
 
How many of us parents wish we could go back to our youth to change some things? The real you is going to reveal himself to you and others this summer if changes are not made.
 
Some are going to fall by the wayside this year, while others will continue to grow and have given to them new fields of opportunity for the future. Some will look back to this summer with bad memories, others with good.
 
Here is food for thought: How many people will be able to point to you with things you will not want to remember at the end of the summer or some date in the future?