“WILL THE TEARS EVER STOP FLOWING?” Continued!

Psalm six is the first of David’s seven series of Penitent Psalms (6, 32, 38, 51, 102, 130, and 143).

In verses 1-3 Though I deserve destruction, have mercy on me.

David in his frailty is asking God Why He is using his enemies to chasten him.  While he realizes that he deserves rebuke for his sin with Bathsheba, he is crying out to God to consider his frailty.

I believe there is an important principle in David’s prayer, because he understands that sin must bear the fruit of repentance, but it must also be totally destroyed. He also understands that God will not use him as a dirty vessel. What a truth for us to learn in this permissive generation.

We must learn that sin always weakens the Christian and will always end in tears, heartache, and destruction if not repented of. David cries out, “O Lord, heal me for my bones are vexed.”

No doctor or medication can cure the disease of sin, because when both body and soul are diseased, only God can provide the cure. David’s strength had been exhausted when he says, “O LORD, how long before you will heal my broken heart?

In verses 4-5 he is pleading with God for deliverance.

“Return, O Lord, deliver my soul,” ought to be every sinner’s or backslider’s cry to God. Those that once had the light of God’s mercy, and by their sin have forsaken God must return and God will demonstrate His mercy and grace by returning to them.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WILL THE TEARS EVER STOP FLOWING?” Part 2

The Bible gives us many examples of shedding tears and according to Psalm 56:8, “Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?”  God places our tears in a bottle – stores them in heaven and uses them for a sacrifice.

God not only has our hearts in His hands, but He can also change our hearts however He pleases. It is not a sign of weakness to cry out to God and to trust Him in a crisis, but wise to call upon Him in the day of trouble.

Paul was probably as strong as anyone in the Scripture; yet we read of his many tears in Acts 20:19, “Serving the Lord with all humility of mind, and with many tears, and temptations, which befell me by the lying in wait of the Jews:” and again in 31, “Therefore watch, and remember, that by the space of three years I ceased not to warn every one night and day with tears.”

2 Corinthians 2:4, “For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.”

Paul was mindful of Timothy’s tears in 2 Timothy 1:4, “Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy.”

We need tears like those of Nehemiah, Jeremiah, Isaiah, David and Jesus.

We see quite a contrast between Nehemiah and most of us. He prayed all night and asked God to be “attentive.”  He wanted God to see his tears. We, too, had better learn to pray for God to be attentive and for His continued blessing. Nehemiah realized that he was part of the sin problem; though he was a very humble and righteous man, he still felt unworthy of God’s blessings.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WORRY” Conclusion!” and “Will the Tears Ever Stop Flowing?”

The first part is for June 23,

I can be certain there are no lonely roads, no darkened houses, no hospital waiting rooms, no places at all that He is not there to comfort, sustain and strengthen me.

BELIEVE GOD FOR EVERY NEED 

Matthew 6:30-33, “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Once we believe that most important step to victory over worry, then we will understand:

Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Not our wants, but needs. Don’t allow your concern for tomorrow to rob you of your joy and peace today.

I am reminded of the story of a farmer with a flock of chickens. Among the chickens was a rooster whose crowing bothered a neighbor. The farmer said, “He only crows a few times a night.” “Yes, but waiting to hear when he’ll crow next keeps me awake.” Isn’t that just like us?

Why not claim the following verses right now?

Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Philippians 4:6-7, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Then we, too, will find rest for our souls and not anxiously await the next crow of a rooster.

This is for June 24th

“WILL THE TEARS EVER STOP FLOWING?”

Psalm 6:1-7 

Verse 6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.

Recently I heard of a mother who had lost her twenty-three year-old daughter, and I was moved by one of her statements, “Will the tears ever stop flowing?” In answer to her own question, she said, “No, I doubt it, because there is not a day in my life that she is not missed. I look up into the heavens and realize that the lives she touched in her short life will live on forever.”

Do you ask yourself and wonder if the tears will ever stop flowing? Sometimes they seem to fall like showers, but at other times you wonder if anything ever causes you to shed a tear.  I believe both are absolutely normal. I know of people who have no difficulty shedding tears over emotional or sensitive issues that come into their lives; while others seem to move along in life as though they are made of steel and never shed a tear.

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“WORRY!” Continued!

Why worry for our tomorrows when God so graciously supplies our needs today?

REMEMBER THAT GOD IS ALWAYS FAITHFUL

Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:22-23, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

  1. Danson Smith said it this way:

“Unto this day God has guarded and guided;

Unto this day He has graciously planned:

Unto this day He has sweetly provided.

Yes, has provided with bountiful hand.

Unto this day God has well undertaken;

Unto this day He has kept by His grace;

Why then should spirit or mind be now shaken?

Though future pathways we may not now trace?”

BE AWARE OF HIS PRESENCE IN YOUR DAILY LIFE

Hebrews 13:5-6, “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”

TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW! 

“WORRY!” Part 1 and 2

Philippians 4:1-13

The pressures of our society can be discouraging: competition, money problems, family problems, drugs, sex, tragedies, indifference, violence, terrorism, war and rumors of war, temptations, enticements to do evil, etc.

Life has become more and more difficult. More and more people are struggling with emotional instability. Every age group, social standing, race and income status is affected.

Even Christians are falling to the overwhelming barrage of trials and troubled situations that they must face daily. Does this mean that we must cave in under these circumstances?

Must we become victims of our fast-paced society? NO! We have the Holy Spirit dwelling within. We have a living hope, an anchor for our souls. We have the Bible, God’s Word.

Experts tell us that worry originates not from the outside, but from within. It is not the job, schedule or pressure from other people that produce it; rather; it is how we respond to outside pressures that leads to anxiety. When you analyze it carefully and honestly you realize that the responsibility is on you and me to handle worry successfully.  How?

TRUST IN THE LORD RATHER THAN YOURSELF OR OTHERS

If you tend to worry a lot, you are probably trying to solve problems in your own strength. The wise person has learned to trust in God.

The psalmist said in 43:5, “Hope thou in God.” That’s good advice for all of us. Most important – trust in God. 

DON’T FORGET TO PRAY SPECIFICALLY

In Philippians 4:6-7, Paul gives us some good advice, “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I realize that sometimes we don’t feel like praying, but that is the time to pray. You say, “What’s the use, it won’t do any good anyway – why bother?”

I like what the hymn writer said: O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”

Prayer not only changes things, but it also changes people, and the indwelling Holy Spirit brings calmness to your soul. 

LIVE ONE DAY AT A TIME – DAY BY DAY

Matthew 6:34, “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

Our hands are full of today’s problems, why take on tomorrow’s? Much of what we worry about never happens anyway, and when we trust in God, pray and live day by day we will feel His undergirding and strengthening, “My grace is sufficient for thee.”

CONTINUED TOMORROW!

“SORROW!” CONCLUSION!

Read 1 Thessalonian 4:13-18 again.

Never teach your children to be brave in times of sorrow, but allow them to release their emotions.

RECOGNIZE THE PRESENT REALITIES

Yes, take comfort in past blessings, but also, know that he or she is or will be in His presence and someday will meet you in Heaven. This world is only our temporary home and one day we will be transported to glory. Paul said in 2 Corinthians 5:6-8 he was willing to be with the Lord.

Just think, we close our eyes in sleep down here and open them up there. We breathe our last breath down here and inhale our first breath up there.

Sure, we feel emptiness in sorrow. Certainly we are saddened that there is pain in separation, but the hurt is lessened and the burden is lightened when we remember past blessings and realize the present reality that our loved ones are in Heaven.

They are better off than we are and it would be selfish to wish them back to this sin-cursed world. Rather, look ahead to the day when you can join them, never again to part, and no more disappointments or tears, and no more heartaches etc.

Never wish you had told them “I love you,” rather, tell them now while you can. However, if you did say some terrible things to a loved one who is now in Heaven, don’t be depressed over it; it does not matter to them now, just live with a new kind of love and compassion for those who are in sorrow now.

REJOICE OVER THE FUTURE

Anticipate that future reunion with love ones, because death does not separate believers forever. The Bible promises this in verses 13-14, and verses 16-17.

The day is coming, perhaps today that Jesus will come with a shout, and the souls who are redeemed will descend toward the earth. The graves of departed saints will open and the resurrected bodies and souls will be rejoined; they will meet the Lord in the air and be in the presence of Jesus forever. Verse 18 says, “comfort one another with these words.”

We realize that it hurts to lose a loved one.  No one can take his or her place. The world suddenly seems empty and there is a continuous ache in the heart, but only Jesus can fill that void. Just think of that glorious time of reunion. We have that bright and blessed hope in times of sorrow. If you are grieving over something or someone today, keep in mind these guidelines.

“PASSIONS” CONCLUSION!

Read Romans 6:10-22 again if time permits and briefly review the last 3 days.

Doing His will must be more important to us than giving in to some wicked habit. 

CALL UPON GOD

Claim the spiritual help God has provided because you know the Bible spells out how to live right and wrong. The Holy Spirit dwells in us to give us spiritual power, and through prayer we commune with God, drawing upon His help. We can receive guidance and help from Christian friends and be involved in church, prayer meeting, devotions, and close relationships. Practical suggestions to follow:

  • Avoid surroundings that cause you to fall.

Avoid those who may cause you to think about your weakness. If you get angry when tired, get more rest. If being around certain people causes you to be discouraged avoid them until you are able to get a handle on this problem. Paul said, “Neither give place to the devil.” Don’t give Satan a chance to tempt you.

  • Maintain a true perspective.

Some things are just not worth getting upset about. If a little argument arises, don’t let it become big, it does not deserve the attention. Also, a fleeting moment of pleasure is not worth a broken home or friendship.

  • Watch that your mind does not focus on things that bring spiritual defeat.
  • As a practical means of controlling emotions of passion, you must maintain your self-worth and self-esteem.=

If you are a Christian, you must remember who you are; a child of God, therefore live like one. Many of us go through life living like peasants when we could be living like royalty. Memorize Romans Chapter eight to help you.

Don’t live like a peasant, you are a child of the King.