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A cause of sadness. A way to healing.

By: Matt Carver

Our sins cause sadness–God does this with purpose.

For the majority of our sadness we have no further to look than ourselves.

These are two conclusions that I arrive at upon reading the verse below:

Jeremiah 30:15 “Why do you cry about your affliction? Your sorrow is incurable. Because of the multitude of your iniquities, Because your sins have increased, I have done these things to you.”

Many would object: “But my sadness is caused by something somebody did to me. I’m a victim!” Nevertheless it is still our sin that causes the majority of our sadness. We might be in an even more dangerous place in our heart crying “victimized!” if we use it as an excuse not to admit or recognize our sin.  We must never use another’s sin against us as a smokescreen of blame to cover our own sin.

You see it is in our sinful nature, when we sense that sorrow in our hearts due to affliction, to connect it mentally to “my rotten parents” or “that traitor who broke my heart” or “that dummy who hindered me from my success” or even “those ridiculous democrats.”  And since those thoughts are in the forefront, we never reach the right conclusion, namely that my “sorrow is incurable because of the multitude of [my] iniquities.”

God causes our pain as a megaphone to wake us up to the reality of what sin is. By nature we do not recognize sin to be ugly, disgusting, or offensive. AND YET IT IS! How would we ever see it if we did not go through the pain? If we do something contrary to nature, then we need to learn that nature wins. The old adage, “…hand in the fire…gonna get burned.” Getting burned might be the best lesson concerning the nature of sin we will ever receive.  We must learn at all costs not to fight against the true nature of things as God designed.

And yet God does not delight in burning us!  Even two verses down from this one, V17, we see God “healing our wounds” —that is His aim.  It is never simply for the end of causing sorrow that God causes sin to cause sorrow!  We will be people of festering wounds all over our body until we believe this.

Therefore what would he have us do? I think I see an implication in this verse, namely that God wants us to agree with him concerning what sin is. He would say, “no more crying about the pain until you admit it for what it is!” This is true confession, exposing ourselves to his light. Confessing the true nature of our sin, recognizing the cause of our pain, these things need to be daily events in our lives—that we may be healed.

“It’s me, I did that.”

Believe it or not, a daily lifestyle of that kind of confession, predicated upon the fact that God’s desire is to heal us, is the only and most direct route to the healing of our wounds.

By |2021-03-31T09:25:27-07:00March 31st, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Six steps toward a finding a podcast that results in the growth of your faith

Six steps toward a finding a podcast that results in the growth of your faith
(from 2 Corinthians 2:1-5)
by: Matt Carver
1) “And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom.”
Too many people have excellent speech and appear to have a lot of wisdom on podcasts of our day. It’s time to lose the educational posturing, lose the man created arguments that display evidence of prior agendas, lose the clever comebacks and intellectual trash talk. Instead we must look for prophets of God, hearing his voice and speaking his wisdom into our social situations.
2) “declaring to you the testimony of God.”
No more self-exaltation. No more testimonies of how great men are, whether themselves or others. No more flattery. God has a testimony and it needs to be heard, let’s tell his story and maybe it will apply to some of the stuff we’re going through today.
3) “For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
People know too much, we lean too much on reasoning. Often podcaster’s attempt to know a lot leads them to know a lot of unimportant things. In God’s counsel there is actually only one important thing upon which every bit of truth finds its foundation. Know it. Talk about it. Apply it to everything.
4) “I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling.”
Make sure they don’t look confident, or you’ll put too much faith in them. They must have a trembling fearful look that says, “I could be wrong, I’m just seeking the truth to the best of my ability, we are pursuing and discovering of the mind of Christ together.” Humility is the key.
5) “And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom…”
Make sure they’re unpersuasive as far as techniques go. Being able to use illustrations, eloquence, knowledge, examples, stats, facts, jokes, personality, etc. Lies are accompanied with extra fireworks because they are lies. People that tell the truth in love don’t need fireworks.
6) “…but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.”
They must do whatever they can to ensure that people see that they are speaking and acting and working in response to a power that it is supernatural, coming from outside of them, so that God gets all the credit.
You might be hard pressed to find a podcaster with all of these characteristics, but if you do, be assured that your faith will grow instead of become emptied by the podcasts you listen to.
By |2021-02-05T20:55:53-07:00January 26th, 2021|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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