Saturday, April 9, 2011

A couple of cures for discouragement

Have you ever talked with a person who had just lost his job? Have you ever attempted to console someone as they were dumping on you what seemed to be their whole life’s story? What can one say? What are the appropriate words to help the person soothe the deep seeded hurt? What encouragement can one give to cheer someone whose hopes and dreams have been jilted and whose spirit is down cast and depressed.

Recently, I was approached by a person who told me of their recent material loss. After intently listening for several minutes, I piped up and replied: “You know – what difference is all this going to make for you, come 100 years down the road?” The person paused and bristled and continued on with the woeful tale of personal hurt.

Those who can jump the hurdle of discouragement


The trusting soul who believes in Creator Lord God and who truly trusts Christ as his Savior from sin, won’t have to worry in the future about present life’s struggles and frustrations. I know of no other safety net for daily discouragements and troubles than to entrust oneself into the loving care and provision of the Triune God of human history. Psalm 23:1f ; John 10:1-30 and Psalm 62:1f

I have been discouraged over the seeming and increasing news reports of unfair and discriminatory actions taken against people of religious faith, particularly, Christians. First Amendment, US rights mean nothing to those rabid individual political activists and organizations who disguise their accusations and legal actions by hiding behind the charge that they have been discriminated against by hate language and intolerance.

Of course, these political activist hacks know what they are doing. They are utilizing the unscrupulous and widely held [erroneous] cultural belief of “Political Correctness” and “Multiculturalism” to advance their immoral and godless agendas. And, they seemingly are making, what they consider great progress, because liberal, leftist leaning courts no longer make it a priority to respect traditional ethics and thousands of years of tested family morality. Hence, we frequently read (for instance) in newspaper print and via internet screen, various homosexual activists attempting to validate their behaviors by the "cultural tools" I’ve just mentioned.

Two great Psalms of encouragement


For the believing, humble and repentant soul who trusts the holy and eternal Creator Christ for his sin cleansing and forgiveness [Acts 2:38 ; Acts 3:19 ; Acts 17:30 ; Matthew 7:13-29 ; John 3:14-21 ; John 1:1-14] – it is great comfort, that in 100 years, all of life’s problems and troubles will mean nothing. So – why fret? Why become bent out of shape? Why work oneself into a perpetual frenzy?

I will not attempt to convey another message on these 2 excellent revelation pieces of Hebrew Scripture. I will simply say that a basic message of Psalm 37:1f, is: not to worry; not to fret – let go. Don’t allow yourself to become freaked out. Almighty Triune God has everything under control. He will deal with the wicked and with those who would vex you, in His own time.

Note: Please also see past message: "The eternal relief of the righteous" (9/3/06)

Psalm 73:1f – and, as well as the previously mentioned, Psalm 37:1f, relate that God’s enemies and those who persecute his disciple children will “get theirs!” God’s holy and just judgment will “take care” of the sinners who not only violate His commandments and perfect (higher and highest) Law – but God’s perfect reckoning will make sure that those same wicked individuals are reserved for the day of His unassailable and eternal verdicts and punishments.

No person, whether pauper, priest, politician or prince, will escape the Good and just Creator Lord’s final judgments. 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10 ; Matthew 25:31- 46 ; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27 ; 1 Corinthians 15:24-27

Only through the intervention of Savior Christ, will souls be given the opportunity to flee for mercy. [Luke 18:9-14 ; Hebrews 5:12-16] God grant that those of you (who have ears to hear) will discover that mercy and grace of God which is so abundant in the birth, life, suffering, death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:1f

Amen.

Related Scriptures [below] -- Intended to be utilized in a simple worship format:

Old Testament Scripture

Isaiah 55:1-9 - The Triune’s God’s tender plea and mercy for the sinner

New Testament Scriptures


Gospel of Luke 18:9-14 – Pride and humility; religiosity and true sorrow for sin, contrasted

Gospel of Luke 19:1-10 – A sinner seeks out Christ with humility and repentance

Romans 1:18-32 – Creator God will not mess around with His creation, for those who reject Him

Romans 11:33-38 – The Lord God is in a league all His own. No one can question His judgments

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Of Whom Does the Prophet Speak" -- by Victor Buksbazen -- Isaiah 53:1-12 -- an in-depth view of and the prophecy of Christ, hundred of years before his birth. Isaiah 53:1-12 underscores the truthfulness of Divine Revelation as exemplified in the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures.
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Pastor (emeritus) Nathan Bickel

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Note: The above message (with minor editing) was previously posted online by Nathan Bickel

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