Just Announced: Philippians Sermon Series

Summary: A study of chapter 26 verses 1 through 21

Chapter 26: 1 – 21

The #1 Answer In Counseling

1 In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks. 2 Open the gates, that the righteous nation which keeps the truth may enter in. 3 You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. 5 For He brings down those who dwell on high, the lofty city; He lays it low, He lays it low to the ground, He brings it down to the dust. 6 The foot shall tread it down-The feet of the poor and the steps of the needy.” 7 The way of the just is uprightness; O Most Upright, You weigh the path of the just. 8 Yes, in the way of Your judgments, O LORD, we have waited for You; The desire of our soul is for Your name and for the remembrance of You. 9 With my soul I have desired You in the night, yes, by my spirit within me I will seek You early; For when Your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness. 10 Let grace be shown to the wicked, yet he will not learn righteousness; In the land of uprightness he will deal unjustly, and will not behold the majesty of the LORD. 11 LORD, when Your hand is lifted up, they will not see. But they will see and be ashamed for their envy of people; Yes, the fire of Your enemies shall devour them. 12 LORD, You will establish peace for us, for You have also done all our works in us. 13 O LORD our God, masters besides You have had dominion over us; But by You only we make mention of Your name. 14 They are dead, they will not live; They are deceased, they will not rise. Therefore You have punished and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish. 15 You have increased the nation, O LORD, You have increased the nation; You are glorified; You have expanded all the borders of the land. 16 LORD, in trouble they have visited You, they poured out a prayer when Your chastening was upon them. 17 As a woman with child is in pain and cries out in her pangs, when she draws near the time of her delivery, so have we been in Your sight, O LORD. 18 We have been with child, we have been in pain; We have, as it were, brought forth wind; We have not accomplished any deliverance in the earth, nor have the inhabitants of the world fallen. 19 Your dead shall live; Together with my dead body they shall arise. Awake and sing, you who dwell in dust; For your dew is like the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past. 21 For behold, the LORD comes out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity; The earth will also disclose her blood, and will no more cover her slain.

I like to help people. I am not the greatest or wisest person, yet it gives my heart joy to see people overcome life’s difficulties as a direct result of God’s work.

There are three major areas in counseling in my opinion. They are individual, marriage, and family issues.

The major problem area in counseling is first depression. It probably affects over 65% of the people I spend significant time with. Then you have loneliness, relationship issues, drug problems, work, and biblical concerns.

One area that is quickly approaching epidemic proportions in negatively affecting people, is their usage of prescription drugs along with seeking worldly advice. Do you know the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist? Most people do not. A Psychologist principally deals with people who have problems but are functioning in society. A Psychiatrist not only goes through medical school but additionally goes through Pharmacy school. They originally came into existence in order to deal with people who cannot function in society. They are the ones who were authorized to use psychotropic drugs. My, my, have things changed.

Take a guess who distributes over two-thirds of these strong ‘Medicines’ today? Your regular Medical Doctor (MD). They are wonderful gifted people in the ‘medical’ field but I would say without trying to be mean that they do not have a clue on what goes on with a person who has emotional issues. What they have done is just respond to what Pharmaceutical sales representative tell them. If a person is depressed give them this [free samples provided]. If they have anxiety problems then give them their special brand [samples provided by company]. No one checks on the patient. They give them a prescription and send them on their way. Do you see something wrong here? This medicine does not help them but they faithfully keep taking them. They are told that it will take 6 to 8 weeks for the items to work. Are you kidding me? Those items if they would work should work right away, not somehow in 6 to 8 weeks.

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