Summary: Rising above a broken heart to live in the joy of the Lord.

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Title: Heart Attack

Text: Psalms 25:17

Psalms 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my distresses.

Intro: How many here today would say that you have suffered from a broken heart. This scripture describes how you may have felt or how you are feeling today. You may be feeling lost or abandon, like everything that you believed in has deserted you. I want to tell you today that you are not alone. Everyone at one time or another has had their heart broken in this life. But how do you survive when all of hell is attacking your heart? There are people here today that Satan has you under attack right now; The husband who’s wife is fighting cancer; The wife who has been abused and abandon. There is a way to rise above that broken heart and live in the joy of the Lord.

I. Wait on The Lord

Psalms 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

ILL. Old cowboy movies the cavalry always came just in the knick of time to save the day. God may not be early in your situation BUT He is NEVER late.

1. God is close to us when we are hurting.

Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

A. When someone is hurting they get God’s attention

- If a bird falls to the ground, He knows it.

- If a hair falls from your head, he knows it.

- The person who is hurting financially drops a coin into the offering IT GETS GOD”S ATTENTION.

B. If you are broken hearted today it means that you are the object of His care; you have His attention.

- If you have been crushed by problems

- If you have been neglected

- If you have been abused

- If you have been wronged

- He is here today to mend your broken heart

2. The first sermon Jesus preached said the reason He came was to heal the broken hearted.

Psalms 51:17 a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

- Satan would have you think that God is not to be bothered with our problems

- That He is not concerned with us

- That even if we went to him nothing would happen, so why bother.

- But God says, “come unto me… I will give you rest”

- God says, “call on me while I am near”

- God wants to touch that heart that is under attack

3. When your heart comes under attack by the enemy run to the rock, the Rock of Ages.

Psalms 61:2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.

A. You will find rest from the storm in the rock

B. You will find a healing balm for the heart

C. You will find renewed strength

D. You will find the Prince of Peace.

- Where ever we are; what ever we are going through we can draw near to God and find: protection from the attacks, peace from the storm, power to overcome.

To rise above that Broken Heart you must:

II. Keep a Right Spirit

1. The danger of a broken heart is what it can lead to, a broken spirit.

Proverbs 15:13 A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Proverbs 18:14 The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

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