Summary: Ever lose heart? Ever lose hope? We must minimize fear and maximize joy, hope, peace and love. We are in a heated spiritual battle. Have the footmen wearied us? The horses are coming. BE READY...Lift up the arms that hang down.
FEAR! WEARING AWAY, LOSE HEART
MINIMIZE FEAR, MAXIMIZE JOY
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I have a styrofoam glass from McDonalds. I took a small toothpick and poked a few small holes in the bottom. I ask someone to go get me a glass of water.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
• to feel demoralized or pessimistic about something,
• to lose hope, to lose confidence, , to lose hope,
• to become discouraged, guard your heart. If you lose heart you probably start feeling you are a loser.
• You may even think why try? You will never succeed at anything. You have tried and tried and never received any trophies.
IS THE CHURCH READY? ARE YOU READY?? BE HONEST HOW PREPARED ARE OUR FAMILIES, OUR CHURCHES, AND WE AS INDIVIDUALS THE TERRIBLE BATTLES AHEAD?
Jeremiah looked down the scope of time and saw a terrible day coming. Jeremiah’s concern was we have not had great success fighting the little average daily enemies, what are we going to do when THE HORSES COME… White, red, black, pale?
Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustest, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?
JESUS EXPECTS US TO BE READY? HIS MERCY WILL LIMIT, BUT IT WILL BE DIFFICULT AT BEST.
Matthew 24:22 And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened.
Matthew 24:24 For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
THERE APPEARS A WEAKNESS THAT WILL BECOME A NORM OF THE AVERAGE CHRISTIAN.
TEXT: Proverbs 24:10 If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small. 6
HARD? WHEN LIFE IS CRUSHING WE MUST MINIMIZE THE FEAR AND PAIN AND MAXIMIZE JOY, PEACE AND HOPE… LIFE HAS A WAY OF CRUSHING ALL DREAMS…
I was in a lab and the teacher held up a piece of a healthy lung. It was soft, pliable and pink. The professor slammed it on the floor. SPLAT. Next the professor pulled out a black glob of a piece of another lung. He explained this piece of lung came out of a heavy smoker. This person had smoked since childhood, 40+ years. The day after day, month after month of the smoking took a great toll on the pink, pliable lung. The lung had become like LEATHER. Its color was black. After years of smoking the lungs became HARD! Not only was in difficult for oxygen to enter, the real killer is the dirty air, carbon monoxide cannot escape the body… THE MAN DIED…
Romans 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
You can be baptized until every fish in the river knows your first name. You can move into the church for a permanent dwelling. You can study the Bible until you can quote and impress everyone. You can give 30% of your income and STILL NOT KNOW THE FULLNESS OF GOD… A HARD HEART OF FEAR WILL LEAD TO SPIRITUAL DEATH.
GET READY FOR THE BATTLE OF THE HARD HEART, BE READY… WE DO NOT KNOW THE TIME OR THE DAY. NOT ONLY GET YOU READY… GET THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS READY.
Isaiah 35:3 Strengthen ye the weak hands, and confirm the feeble knees.
Hebrews 12:12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; 13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed. 14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;
DO WE FEAR GOD? HEED THE WARNING, SOUND THE TRUMPET… WEARINESS IS COMING…
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not. 10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.