This is a new series of sorts that I've wanted to start up for awhile, but just haven't taken the time. Basically when something really sticks with me from a church service I want to share it here on my blog for other people to read and hopefully find encouraging too!
Whining vs. Crying Out
Today's message was about Jeremiah and his book Lamentations. I'm just going to write out the things that
really stuck with me and hope they all make sense!
Personally I've never really enjoyed reading the book of Lamentations and when Pastor Nathaniel said he was going to preach on Lamentations today I thought, "what can someone possibly learn from a book full of whining?"
Lamentations 3 (KJV)
18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord:
19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.
21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hop.
22 It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because of his compassion's fail not.
23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
The devil want's you to remember the wrong things. He doesn't want you to remember the good things God has done for and through you. NO! He want's you to remember the hard times and the troubles and the difficulties! Jeremiah was focusing on the bad when he remembered that God had done good for him. In the first verses of chapter 3 Jeremiah's focus is on all that is going wrong...but in verse 21 his heart changed when he remembered what God did for him.
Psalms 120 (KJV)
1 In my distress I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me.
Lamentations 3 (KJV)
55 I called upon thy name, O Lord, out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon the: thou saidest, Fear not.
Our purpose as Apostolic children of God is NEVER to give up and die. We are to continue to set our focus on God. If we stop whining and instead cry out to God he will hear us!