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When You Are At Your Wits End..


Good Morning Beloved,
Thank you all for coming to join us today and if this is your first time, we pray you'll return to join us again


Let us pray
Heavenly Father,

I pray that You be with us in this gathering today.
In every interaction, stand by our sides.
When words are needed, help us to find them.
In the give and take of conversation,
help each one of us to give carefully
and take freely.
When others choose to put us down,
be with us in humiliation. 

We know we are to be an instrument of Your peace. 
when within us is self-hatred, help me sow love;
when there is negative self-talk, speak to me in kindness;
where there is loathing of my body, grant me acceptance;
when there is nursing of old wound, release and forgiveness
where there is envy of others, instill within me gratefulness;
in my need for perfection, sow seeds of humanness.


Guard us from returning evil for evil
and teach us and guide us in the way of compassion.
In times of difficult discussions and conversations,
Remind us that You are our center of gravity,
the steadying force, beneath of feet.
Guide us this day O Lord
We ask and pray in the name of our Savior and Redeemer,
Your Son, Jesus
Amen 

I have entitled today's message: When You Are At Your Wits End

I know, that in everyone’s life, there have been times when you felt like you were at your wits end, and don't know what to do.

But beloved, the Scripture has given us hope.
The Apostles and others that followed Jesus Christ, have shown us through their beginnings, and trials, that through it all, Jesus Christ was with them always, even in the biggest storms of life they faced.
Everything that Satan threw at them, Jesus turned it into a miracle that others through, their hardships, might come to know Christ as their Savior.
The writer of Hebrews admonishes the people to turn to God.

"Now may the God of peace who brought up our Lord Jesus from the dead, that great Shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant, make you complete in every good work to do His will, working in you what is well pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen."
Hebrews 13:20-21 

The apostle Paul, in writing his letter to the Philippian Church, in Philippians 4:6-9 he wrote;

"Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Meditate on These Things

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you."

In Isaiah 55:6, the Prophet Isaiah tells us,

"Seek the Lord while He may be found,
Call upon Him while He is near."


The Lord has spoken this promise to us through His word:

"I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.

Indwelling of the Father and the Son

“A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also."
John 14:18-19 

"These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid."
John 14:25-27


What would happen, beloved, in us if we would only give our hearts to God, completely and turn to Him for all our needs?

If we look at the Apostles, they trusted Him even to their death and counted their death as a victory for Christ.
There are people all over the world that are still preaching this gospel and giving their lives and many people here in this country take it for granted. Are we? Would we?
They have shown total dependence on the Lord. Satan can sometimes counteract our faith and cause us to believe that God is not faithful.
  
But the Scripture tells us:

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance."
2 Peter 3:9


"Forever, O Lord,
Your word is settled in heaven. 

Your faithfulness endures to all generations;"
Psalm 119:89-90 

Here the writer is speaking of Abraham and the promise God made to him.

"He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification."
Romans 4:20-25

Can we trust the word of God to bring comfort in the times of trouble? 

I know we proclaim His promises and we say that we trust Him, but do we? Really? Or are the words, habitually spoken, in a rehearsed response? Going through the motions...


"For the Lord will comfort Zion,
He will comfort all her waste places;
He will make her wilderness like Eden,
And her desert like the garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in it,
Thanksgiving and the voice of melody."

Isaiah 51:3 

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence. 

He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler."

That means God is our protector and He will always be there for us.


"Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say:
“The Lord is my helper;
I will not fear.
What can man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

Beloved, we may pray but do we actually believe?
Because God doesn’t want us to lose hope.

I know it is hard to have faith and feel the comfort of the Holy Spirit when it seems everything is going downhill.

"But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways."
James 1:6-8 

In Closing...

Beloved, Almighty God is here this morning, to bring comfort and peace to our weary minds.

We can talk about having faith all we like, but our faith; it wavers a little too much, that we make it hard to see a move of God like we want.

"My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."
James 1:2-5 

And now
may the Lord bless you and keep you;

The Lord make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace

Now and forever, in Jesus' name
Amen



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