Summary: SOME OF OUR WORSE ATTITUDES ARE NOT PLANNED, THEY JUST EVOLVE. I often say: EVEN A DEAD FISH CAN SWIM DOWN STREAM! Are we actively pursuing God’s plan or are we empty zombies?
SPIRITUAL ZOMBIES? COMPASSION FATIQUE?
TALKERS BUT NEVER DOERS.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
James 2:15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled;
notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
I. GOD HAS A BEAUTIFUL PLAN OF DELIVERANCE.
KNOW GOD’S DELIVERANCE’S PLAN LEAVES NO ONE EMPTY.
A. As we step into deliverance, God wants you to be full of joy.
Exodus 3:21 And I will give this people favour in the sight of the Egyptians: and it shall come to pass, that, when ye go, ye shall not go empty:
John 15:11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
John 16:24 Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.
B. THE AIM AND SATANIC GOAL IS TO HAVE EMPTY ZOMBIES.
C. What is a zombie?
A zombie is a will-less, speechless, do nothing individual.
Some call Zombie’s the walking dead.
D.God’s plan is not passive, it is active.
Matthew 11:12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
II. I WANT TO MAKE A BIG, GOOD DIFFERENCE FOR THE CROSS OF MY SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST.
Jude 1:22 And of some have compassion, making a difference:
A. At Vacation Bible School I was making snow cones for any one that wanted one. This one beautiful, tiny girl came up to me and said, JESUS, I WANT A CHERRY
B. I asked her to repeat herself, and she did, she said, JESUS, I WOULD LIKE A CHERRY CONE, PLEASE?
Tears came to my eyes, this little girl called me JESUS!
C. Is our daily talk and walk a portrait or a reflection of Jesus?
III. WHAT IS COMPASSION? HOW DO WE GROW COMPASSION?
A. I know what sympathy is!
Sympathy is a box of Kleenex and a bowl of chicken soup.
B. Lord knows we need sympathy in the church.
C. We need a great work in the church --- it is COMPASSION.
D. WHAT IS COMPASSION?
Deep sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.
Sorrow or pity aroused by suffering or misfortune of another.
E. COMPASSION CAN NOT BE TAUGHT IN A CLASSROOM.
SYMPATHY CAN BE, BUT COMPASSION CAN ONLY COME BY SUFFERING!
F. Moses learned so much at his Mother’s knee.
Moses learned much in the classrooms of the Pharaoh’s palace. He received the best education of his day from master teachers.
G. BUT GOD KNEW MOSES COULD NOT BE A SPIRITUAL LEADER WITH OUT KNOWING THE BACK SIDE OF THE DESERT.
H. 40 long years? How many died in slavery in those 40 years? Couldn’t God have speeded up the process?
I. GOD KNOWS THERE IS THE ISSUE OF DIVINE TIMING...
WHEN THE FULLNESS OF TIME WAS COME...
Galatians 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,
IV. WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL ZOMBIE?
ARE WE GROWING COMPASSION FATIQUE?
WE ARE TIRED AND WEARY? FATIQUE?
Weariness, exhaustion from labor, stress, exertion.
The tendency to break under repeated usage.
The state of being bereft of energy.
Lose of zeal and enthusiasm.
Drained of strength and energy.
Run down, obviously worn from hard use.
To wear out the patience of.
Unable to continue. To loose the ability to endure
Exhausted in strength, endurance, vigor, freshness, or joy.
To have one’s tolerance and patience exhausted.
To loose zeal and provoke boredom, not excited.
Mentally or physically exhausted.
Run down, burned out.
Galatians 6:9 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.
E. WE MUST LEARN TO FEED ON WHAT DRAINS OTHER PEOPLE.
F. A GOOD CHRISTIAN IS MUCH LIKE A CANDLE, THE CANDLE CONSUMES ITSELF FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE LIGHT.
G. JESUS IS OUR COMPASSION EXAMPLE.
Hebrews 5:2 Who can have compassion on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.
F. Why judge another --- maybe we to have fought this same battle?
I. Do you want to pull the switch on the electric chair for others, and then beg for mercy for yourself?