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Summary: GOD IS NOT SILENT WHEN WE LOSE A LOVED ONE... THERE IS INDEED A WORD FROM THE LORD.

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INTRO:

1. WHEN WE LOSE A LOVED ONE, WE OFTEN HAVE QUESTIONS

FOR GOD.

2. SOME HAVE SAID "DOES GOD HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY TO

ME AT THIS MOMENT??"

3. KING ZEDEKIAH ASKED JEREMIAH THE PROPHET THE SAME

QUESTION: IS THERE ANY WORD FROM THE LORD??,

4. I AM THANKFUL TO BE ABLE TO ANSWER TODAY AS JEREMIAH

THE PROPHET ANSWERED THE KING "THERE IS"

5. TODAY LET US CONSIDER THREE WORDS FROM GOD:

I. A WORD ABOUT OUR HURT

1. LOSING A LOVED ONE HURTS...

2. GOD UNDERSTANDS OUR HURT AND ENCOURAGES US TO

EXPRESS OUR HURT TO HIM

3. DON’T DENY OUR HURT...DON’T TRY TO PUSH IT

ASIDE...IT IS A NORMAL PART OF LOSING SOMEONE

WE LOVE.

4. WE WILL MISS THEM...THE FELLOWSHIP, THE DAILY

COMMUNICATION...THE IMPACT THEY HAD ON OUR LIVES

THE ACTIVITIES DONE WITH THEM.

5. GOD UNDERSTANDS HURT MORE THAN ANYONE

("MAN OF SORROWS AQUAINTED WITH GRIEF")

6. SO, GOD’S WORD ABOUT OUR HURT IS THIS:

I UNDERSTAND IT, I WANT YOU TO EXPRESS IT TO ME.

II. A WORD ABOUT OUR HELP

1. GOD WANTS TO HELP US WITH OUR HURT.

2. THE PSALMIST SAYS

"MY HELP COMETH FROM THE LORD" (PS 121)

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT IS OUR HELPER

A. HE IS CONSTANTLY WITH THE BELIEVER

B. HE WANTS TO COMFORT US, STRENGTHEN US,

ENCOURAGE US, AND ENABLE US TO COME THROUGH

THIS LOSS WITH FAITH AND TRUST IN HIM.

4. AN OLD SONG SAYS

"HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH JESUS

TELL HIM ALL ABOUT OUR TROUBLES

HE WILL HEAR OUR FAINTEST CRY

AND HE WILL ANSWER BY AND BY."

5. SO, PLEASE, ALLOW GOD TO HELP YOU THROUGH

YOUR HURT, DIRECTLY, OR BY USING OTHER

FOLKS TO CARE TO HELP YOU BY "JUST LISTENING,

PREPARING A MEAL, HELPING YOU SORT OUT THINGS,

WHATEVER YOU NEED."

III. A WORD ABOUT OUR HOPE

**DEFINITION OF HOPE: GUARANTEED ASSURANCE

1. PAUL SAID "GRIEVE NOT, AS THOSE WHO HAVE

NO HOPE."

2. "IF IN THIS LIFE ONLY WE HAVE HOPE IN CHRIST

WE ARE OF ALL MEN MOST MISERABLE"

3. I AM THANKFUL TO SAY TODAY, BASED ON THE

WORD OF GOD, THAT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE

PERSONALLY RECEIVED JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR

THERE IS A GUARANTEED ASSURANCE (HOPE) BASED

ON THE WORDS OF JESUS HIMSELF:

A. HOPE OF RELIEF FROM PAIN

B. HOPE OF REWARD FOR LIVING FOR HIM

C. HOPE OF REST FROM OUR LABORS

D. HOPE OF REUNION WITH OUR LOVED ONES.

4. JOHN 14: 1-6 JESUS SAID:

"I GO TO PREPARE A PLACE FOR YOU

I WILL COME AGAIN

I WILL RECEIVE YOU UNTO MYSELF

THAT WHERE I AM THERE YE MAY BE ALSO."

CONCLUSION:

1. IS THERE ANY WORD FROM THE LORD?? "THERE IS!!"

2. WE CAN TAKE OUR HURT TO HIM, HE WILL HELP US,

AND IN HIM WE HAVE HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE.


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Clinton Adams

commented on Apr 22, 2011

To the point, great message with a great amount of hope.

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