Summary: There is a something to learn about giving hidden in in the lesson of the Alabaster Box. Two giants that mock God's people are frustration and depressed. Are you in a season of testing? Refuse to fall into the trap of frustration and depression!
THE BROKEN ALASBATER BOX?
TWO GIANTS: FRUSTRATION AND DISCOURAGEMENT
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com (This lesson will be a series.)
I HAVE A CANDLE BURNING UP FRONT. I dance with a butterfly (or my hands) around and around the flame. Have you ever sat around a campfire and watch the moths fly around and around. They get closer and closer to the fire? Then the moths love the warmed of the heat? Then the little moth gets frustrated with where they are and the cool night air. So sad beautiful little moth, your frustration brings you to your end as the bright light and the warm heat will burn you until you fall in the ashes? WHY DO WE REFUSE TO SEE THE JOURNEY OF DEPRESSION AND FRUSTRATION will leads us to a SUDDEN END?
Are we hurt when we wake up one day and realize I will never own a Cadillac? No mansions for me? No great TV ministry? No millions of dollars? I will never walk the streets of London or Paris? I will never be a pilot and own my own airplane? I will never achieve my doctorate? I will never be rich or famous? I will never pastor a large church with a big budget? I will have many read my lessons of hard work and time, but I will never be invited? I have more request of people that want to come and speak for me?
SEEDS? SEEDS? LIFE IS ALL ABOUT SEEDS? MINISTRY IS ABOUT SEEDS. THE QUESTION IS REALLY NOT ABOUT WHAT DID YOU HARVEST TODAY? THE REAL QUESTION IS WHAT KIND AND HOW MANY SEEDS DID YOU PLANT TODAY? FRUSTRATION AND DEPRESSION HINDERS GROWTH IN OUR GARDEN.
Seems the enemy of God has so painted the picture that is about what you are getting today. This is so twisted and vanity. Spiritual life is about what kind of seeds have you plant? It is also about how many seeds have you planted. If you have so many weeds growing in your garden, you will limit your harvest. Wake up! Wake up! It is high time we REDEEM THE TIME.
Let us study how depression and frustration and consider our enemy sneaks into daily life and destroys so many. FRUSTATION and DEPRESSION can be very hazardous to life. HEAVY? What do we do when life gets so heavy and dark? Seems we face dark seasons that blind eternity’s real purpose. These two problems threaten our emotional, mental and spiritual health. COME WITH ME, LET US REASON THE BATTLE OF DEPRESSION AND FRUSTRATION. COMMON? COMMON TO ALL?
2 Corinthians 9: But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
Galatians 6:6 Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. 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.
What a person plants, he will harvest. Will we harvest a crop of weeds? All some have to show for life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life. So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit.
COME, LET US CONSIDER THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A TOY AND A TOOL? IMMATURITY VS MATURITY?
As we consider TOYS vs. TOOLS, a child has more TOYS than tools? An adult should have more TOOLS than toys.
TOY: something a child plays with, something for play, entertainment, an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica, amusement
TOOL: something to accomplish a task, a means to an end, a thing designed to accomplish work.
TOOLS… We need to have the proper tools to complete the work set before us. Our work can be easier to finish if we have the proper tools. Look at a carpenter’s tools. He has a good balanced hammer, plane, saw, level, square, sandpaper, ladder, anvil--- a good anvil outlasts several hammers, air guns, etc. A good carpenter has thousands of dollars of tools.
Look at a mechanic: sockets, wrenches, Allen wrenches, hammer, rubber hammer, jacks, screw driver: Philips head, flathead, etc. A good mechanic has thousands of dollars of tools.
Consider how the TOOLS VARY BY THE TRADE? A doctors tools? A cook‘s tools? A preacher has tools?