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Video Series On Suffering From Thomas Road Baptist Church

“When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”

Pastor Jonathan Fallwell, Pastor of Thomas Road Baptist Church, has been presenting a series on suffering entitled “When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”,  based upon a book written by his father, Dr. Jerry Fallwell.

This series has been a wonderful personal blessing to me and I wanted to share it with you.

 

Click on the links to access written, video, and audio formats for this series…

How God Works In Our Sufferings
What’s The Answer
God Meant It For Good
Hope When You Are Hurting

 

To download a free copy of the book “When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”:

“When It Hurts Too Much To Cry”

I’m Sorry

SIH STSTA ICONDo you know one of the hardest phrases to say in the English language consists of only 7 letters which make up only two words?  That phrase is “I’m sorry”.

When we say “I’m sorry” we are admitting to ourselves, and to others, that we have erred.  Whether on purpose, or accidentally; we messed up.  We wish we could take it back; but we can’t.  All we can do is come and speak that dreaded phrase, “I’m sorry”, and hope that undeserved forgiveness is granted to us.

The Bible goes into great detail about the need for sorrow when we sin against the Lord and others around us. Let’s see what the Bible teaches us about sorrow, and especially sorrow for our sins against God.

THE SCRIPTURE:

Ps 51:1-19

To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions… Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.  

 

THE STUDY:

Throughout the Bible, our sin, and the need for sorrow before God cannot be overemphasized… the picture of a sorrowful heart is found in Psalm 51:.  Here, the many aspects of sorrow are described by King David, who after having an illicit relationship with Bathsheba, comes to a realization of his Lord’s view of his sin.

Here are basic principles about sin, sorrow and forgiveness we can find in this Psalm….

Principles About Sin

Our sin is revealed to us by the Lord – Nathan the prophet had come in unto David and revealed David’s sin to him. –  

Heading – To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.

Vs 6 – and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.

Sin causes a hindered relation with God.  

Vs 10 –  and renew a right spirit within me.

Vs 11 – Cast me not away from thy presence

Sin causes spiritual weakness and loss of communication between God and man

Vs 11 – and take not thy holy spirit from me.

Sin brings guilt upon the offender and the deserving of punishment, both temporal and eternal.

Vs 14 – Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation:

Principles About Sorrow

True sorrow results in a change in our desires.  Our heart now has desries to to be free from the sin that was committed and a desire to follow the Lord. This change in our desires is called “repentance” 

Vs 2 – Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.

True sorrow results in a willingness to admit the sin and accepting the blame. True sorrow doesn’t seek to justify or excuse its actions, but readily accepts responsibility and acknowledges that wrongs have been done.

Vs 3 – For I acknowledge my transgressions:

Vs 4 – that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, [and] be clear when thou judgest.

Vs 5 – Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.

 True sorrow causes the sin to be a plague, never allowing rest until the sin is dealt with.  It is likened to the breaking of bones, hindering every aspect of one’s life. –

Vs 3 – and my sin [is] ever before me.

Vs 8 – [that] the bones [which] thou hast broken may rejoice.

True sorrow for sin recognizes that not only man, but Almighty, Holy God has been offended

Vs 4 – Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done [this] evil in thy sight:

Vs 6 – Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts:

True sorrow works shame in the heart.

Vs 9 – Hide thy face from my sins,

True sorrow results in a recognition of the filth of sin and the need for cleansing

Vs 10 – Create in me a clean heart, O God;

Godly sorrow is an absolute necessity for forgiveness

Vs 17 – The sacrifices of God [are] a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

True sorrow is concerned with sins affects on others

Vs 18 – Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Vs 19 – Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Principles About Forgiveness

Forgiveness is an act of mercy.

Vs 1 – Have mercy upon me, O God,

Forgiveness is an act of love.

Vs 1 – according to thy lovingkindness:

God’s love, mercy and forgiveness is unlimited.  There is no sin so great God cannot forgive.  There is no sin that God cannot cleanse. 

Vs 1 –  according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.

Vs 7 – Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Vs 9 – and blot out all mine iniquities.

Knowledge of being forgiven by God restores joy, and gladness to the heart that has been broken, knowing the sin has been released.

Vs 8 – Make me to hear joy and gladness;

Vs 12 – Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation;

Divine forgiveness is accompanied by a restoration of fellowship and the enabling of the Holy Spirit to begin service to the Lord again.

Vs 12 – and uphold me [with thy] free spirit.

Vs 13 – [Then] will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.

Vs 14 – [and] my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.

Vs 15 – O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.

Divine forgiveness is not based upon any good works of “retribution”.  True forgiveness is granted based upon God’s gracious intervention in our lives.

Vs 16 – For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give [it]: thou delightest not in burnt offering.

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

For those who are saved …

When we recognize the wickedness of our sin and the completeness of the Lord’s forgiveness, our hearts should be melted and our appreciation overflowing.  Should we not serve Him with all our hearts and lives when we consider all He has done for us?

Romans 12:1-2

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

For those who have yet to be saved…

As fallen mankind, our greatest need is to recognize the heinousness of our sin and the grief we have brought upon our Lord and Savior.  This knowledge, through God’s intervention, should lead us to godly repentance.  Godly repentance is a combination of: a sincere, heartfelt sorrow for our sin; a desire to forsake that sin; a turning to Christ in helplessness, seeking His salvation; and a submission to the desires of Christ for our life.

If you desire more information about salvation be sure to visit my web page entitled “How To Have A Relationship With God”.   Also, please feel free to email me with any questions or comments you may have.  Also I would encourage you to seek out a Bible believing church and talk to the pastor/counselor in that church for more information about sin, sorrow, and forgiveness.

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Have We No Shame?

SIH STSTA ICON“Sir, have you no shame?” …This question is said to have been used during the questioning of Sen Joseph McCarthy by Joseph Welch during the Army-McCarthy hearings of 1954.  In reality, this question was never posed to the Senator.  The actual quote from Welch is as follows… “Have you no sense of decency, sir, at long last? Have you left no sense of decency?” (see  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_McCarthy)

Although this question may have never been asked in 1954…  I believe that now is its time.   What better question could bring into focus the current state of the world in which we live?

Today, the murder of unborn infants is justified by the excuse that the unborn are only a part of their mother’s body, when their DNA clearly shows they are a separate human being.

Today, we see the perversion of homosexuality becoming an acceptable lifestyle, while standing against this sin is being publically described as “bigoted” or “hateful” by “gay rights” groups.

The immorality of conceiving a child out of wedlock, is being trumpeted as valued female independence.  Deceit, in order to advance in the workplace, is now a fact of life and looked upon as a sign of being “aggressive” or “hungry”.

Cheating on the part of our professional athletes has become as common as the lies that are told to cover up the cheating.

The removal of God’s Word from our schools, public places and government is being explained as being “politically correct”, while in reality it is “spiritually wicked”.

A multitude of sins are excused away with no thought of assigning responsibility, nor punishing the wrongdoing.

The morals that used to receive honor and respect are now looked upon with ridicule and distain.

The list goes on and on.

Does our nation not see the shredding of our moral fiber, and the resulting shame we have brought upon ourselves?  Do we not, even now, feel the grave results of this type of behavior in our nation?  Do we not see how we have taken the morals graciously given to us from our Lord, and trampled them under foot?

Again, may I ask “Have We No Shame?”

THE SCRIPTURE:

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. (Jer 6:15-16)

THE STUDY:

Long ago the prophet Jeremiah, under the inspiration of the Lord, addressed this issue of a nation who no longer felt shame for their evil deeds.  In the context, Jeremiah addressed the Southern kingdom of Judah, by calling their attention to the heinous sin that had overtaken their society.  What was that sin?  They had left the truths God had given to them, and began living according to what seemed right in their own eyes. (Provs 30:12)   (The condition of Judah during this time period mirrors the condition of our country today.)

Jeremiah 6:15-16 is a short part of the message that The Lord had given Jeremiah to speak to the people of Judah…

Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush:

 

One of the main problems in Judah was lacking sorrow for the sin they were committing.  They had become so hardened toward their Lord, that they were able to commit sinful acts with no shame, nor regret.  It was as if they no longer cared about their Lord’s desire for their nation, but had chosen to turn their back on Him.  In doing so, they were living according to their own set of morals and became blinded to the desires of their God.

 

therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.

 

This is the path they had placed themselves on… the path of imminent destruction.  Remember, the Lord had graciously given them His law to aid them and keep them pure and safe.  The morals of the Lord are beneficial to those who live by them.   When Judah chose to turn their backs on His laws, they were turning their back on their own safety, security and aid.   The Lord would now allow them to continue down the path of their choosing until they would end up as captives to the empire of Babylon. Who was to blame for their downfall?… only Judah.  The Lord had shown them the way of safety, they choose to depart from it, and in doing so, they were writing their own ticket to captivity.

This is the exact condition of our nation… we are going down a path that will eventually lead to our downfall.  We can see this on every hand as our nation struggles with economic, political, security, environmental, and most importantly, spiritual ills.

 

Thus saith the LORD,

 

The Lord gives the only true solution to the problems that Judah was facing.  This solution is divided into three distinct parts:

Part #1Stand ye in the ways, and see

 

Recognize the condition they were in.  By looking back at their history and God’s past blessings to them, they would be able to clearly see the sinful acts being committed in their nation.  They could recognize how horribly they had trodden on His gracious acts for them.  By remembering the blessed times, they could see all the blessings that had slipped away, and the grave situation they were now facing.

Part #2 –  and ask for the old paths, where is the good way,

After seeing their need to turn from their wickedness, their next step was to seek out the truths of His Word once again.

Part #3and walk therein,

 

It is not enough for a nation to “go through the motions” of religion.  The truths of God’s Word must be applied by the citizenry.  As the members of the nation turn back to the old ways and realigning their lives to follow God’s Word, you have true national repentance taking place.

 

and ye shall find rest for your souls.

It is only this type of sincere, practical acceptance of the laws of God, that a nation can be delivered from its downward spiral of disobedience and loss of blessings.

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION

For our Nation….

But they said, We will not walk therein.

What a sad conclusion Judah came to, after all of the Lord’s patience, after His grace and kindness towards them, they failed by not seizing their opportunity for repentance.  When push came to shove, they could not bring themselves to turn from their ways and seek to do what was right.

Just as Judah had reached a point of decision making before God, so, too, our nation is facing the same time of reckoning.  With the current economic, political and spiritual problems in our nation today, we now see the handwriting on the wall.  There is very little doubt as to what our nation faces if it continues on the path it has chosen.  Now is the time…  The Lord has placed before our nation a simple, yet extremely important choice, it can be summarized by the following two passages…

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter! Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight! …

Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be as rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust: because they have cast away the law of the LORD of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”  (Isa 5:20-24)

“If I shut up heaven that there be no rain, or if I command the locusts to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among my people;…

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2Ch 7:13-14)

United States, which path will you choose to follow?

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May the Lord bless your study of His Word.  Like God’s Word… may your soul’s salvation and your life’s faithfulness be “Settled in Heaven.”