“No Brainers” & The Cost of Complicating Simple Decisions - Purity 1151
Purity 1151 09/20/2023 Purity 1151 Podcast
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Today’s photo of mountains surrounded by a sea of clouds at sunrise comes to us from Fred Dimmick who shared this mountain morning scene on social media this past Monday from his visit to Wayah Bald in Franklin NC.
Well, it’s Wednesday and Fred’s mountain photo is spectacular and was a “no-brainer” of a selection to visually represent our arrival to yet another “hump day”. As easy a selection as picking Fred’s photo to represent our arrival at the midpoint of another week of our lives, unfortunately all our decisions don’t always seem so clear.
Life is complicated and sometimes the things we think will help us disappoint us or the things we thought are what we thought they were and because of our mistakes and disappointments, we can become a little gun shy about pulling the trigger on making decisions and taking action. When we add in the elements of:
· financial considerations (can I afford it – do I have the money for it? -Do I really want to spend the money on this?),
· The days of our lives (I don’t have time for that! I have to work. I have to go to ____!”
· And Our relationships – Maybe “they” won’t like it? I can’t because I have to take care of _________. I would but ______ has to __________.
So our past experiences of mistakes and disappointments and all these other factors can really muddy the water and we can become even more uncertain about making decisions and taking action.
A simple “no brainer” like “When you’re sick, you go to the doctor” can become a matter of debate. If you have ever gone to a doctor and been sent home with no treatment other than what you were already doing, you know how hesitant you can seek out the assistance of a profession that admits they are just “practicing medicine.”
However, failing to seek medication or going to the doctor sooner rather than later can have severe if not fatal consequences. I was reminded of this as we got the news about my wife, TammyLyn’s diagnosis yesterday. The infection that stemmed from TammyLyn’s gums and spread to her ear and sinuses over the weekend is a serious one. The dentist told TammyLyn that if she didn’t get treatment when she did that it could have been fatal. Fatal as in dead! If she had ignored her worsening pain and swelling or even just gone to sleep on Sunday evening the dentist stated that she could have gone into a sepsis condition and died.
Fortunately, TammyLyn realized the seriousness of her situation and despite her initial hesitations asked me to take her to the emergency room, She admitted to me yesterday that at the time she had the feeling in her spirit that something was wrong and feared that if she fell asleep she would die. But of course, she didn’t voice that concern because she thought she was overreacting.
From her symptoms, I surmised that she had a pretty serious ear infection caused by the “germy kids” at school. But guess what, I am not a doctor and even though I have quite a bit of experience with ear infections and can tell you that if your ear starts making “crackling noises”, like it did with TammyLyn, to get to the doctor ASAP – there are some that would say to just let it take its course, and possibly die apparently.
You the see the “ear infection” and “sinus infection” was a symptom of a more serious problem with wife’s gums and teeth that had no symptoms, and we are both thanking God for His mercy in moving us to get TammyLyn the medical attention she needed.
Woo Hoo, that was a close one, but all’s well that ends well, right? TammyLyn got the help she needed and all is good right? You ever notice that when you tell people about serious medical conditions, they always push to the “comfortable happy ending”. “So, everything’s good now?” is the assumption we all make before we suffer a serious loss or tragedy. “All things work out. Everything is going to be fine.” Is an urban legend of those who have not suffered unexpected losses because, praise the Lord, most of the tragic bad things that could happen don’t come to pass, leaving us somewhat naïve about life.
Yes, TammyLyn got her meds and is scheduled for dental surgery on Thursday, and we are trusting the Lord to use her dentist to rid her of the infection and help her to be healed. “So everything is going to be good now, good – Jeez you had me worried” –
Well, not so fast, because even though I have suffered unexpected tragedy in the past I am still predisposed to believe “everything’s gonna be all right” - but yesterday to fully grasp the severity of TammyLyn’s situation – her dentist advised her NOT to use a warm or hot compress to alleviate the pain or swelling to her face.
Gee, why is that? Well, apparently TammyLyn’s infection is so toxic that the dentist warned her not to use a warm or hot compress on her face because it could cause the infection to come out of the pores of her skin – and the toxicity of the infected material would cause burning or scarring to the point that she would need plastic surgery!
So obviously, I am asking for prayers today for my wife and her healing. We trust the Lord to help us, and we will face whatever comes in faith, with the expectation that all will be well after the surgery – but we are staying in prayer until TammyLyn is cleansed of this infection.
In life, we can’t let the circumstances of our past experiences, finances, time, or relationships and responsibilities get in the way of making those “no brainer” decisions. Often when we fall into calamities or conditions of suffering, we fail to do some simple things that could have prevented disaster, and we are invariably asked “Why didn’t you do what was right?”
Heck, my whole testimony of brokenness could have been avoided if I had only done “what was right”, according to God’s word, time and time again. So much pain and suffering, could have been avoided in my life if I had only done the “no brainer” of believing God’s word and doing what it says.
So whether it affects your physical, mental, emotional, financial, or spiritual health, let me encourage you that it is better to make those hard but simple decisions to take corrective action sooner rather than later. Those decisions to “take care of yourself” or to “repent and follow the Lord” just may save your life if not your soul.
So listen to that still quiet voice – that’s God calling you to do what’s right and follow Him into the healing He has for you.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from “The Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling” By John G. Kruis.
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This morning’s meditation verse comes from the section on Anger, Hot Temper.
1 Peter 4:8 (ESV)
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins.
Today’s verses fall under the third point of our counseling reference guide resource’s section on Anger, Hot Temper
3. Love covers a multitude of sins and overlooks many offenses.
Today’s verse is the fifth of five passages of scripture that our resource provides to demonstrate love's power over anger. And rather than presenting them all at once, we are doing them “one at a time, one day at a time.
Today’s verse highlights the first clause of our resources’ third point by “pointing to love’s power to cover a multitude of sins. This is it guys – the “love covers a multitude of sins” verse is 1 Peter 4:8 – put that in your mental rolodex for quick Bible verse dropping – Love covers a multitude of sins- 1 Peter 4:8 – impress your friends.
But seriously, what does that mean?
Well the verses that precede it encourage repentance from sin and the verses that follow it indicate that we are to stop complaining and serve others. And the reason we behave in these ways is because of the love that was shown to us – that we will willingly face suffering, insults, and trials because we have “entrusted our souls to a faithful Creator” while doing good.
God’s love for us sent Jesus to die for us. It was the only thing that covered our sin. This isn’t a hallmark moment of some nebulous lovey dovey feeling making everything all right. This is the hard love of God that cost the life of His Son and causes us to do the hard things – like repenting and forgiving and being patient and choosing to put others above ourselves – and we do them because the One who loved us did it for us and we reflect His light by living like Jesus.
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Today we continue sharing from The Holy Spirit By A.W. Pink.
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A.W. Pink’s The Holy Spirit
25 -The Spirit Assisting
Help in Intercessory Prayer
It is a great infirmity or weakness for the Christian to faint in the day of adversity, yet such is often the case. It is a sad thing when, like Rachel of old weeping for her children, he “refuses to be comforted” (Jer. 31:15). It is most deplorable for all when he so gives way to unbelief that the Lord has to say to him, “How is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40). Terrible indeed would be his end if God were to leave him entirely to himself. This is clear from what is said in Mark 4:17, “when affliction or persecution ariseth for the Word’s sake, immediately they are offended,” or as Luke says, “Which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away” (8:13). And why does the stony-ground hearer apostatize? Because he is without the assistance of the Holy Spirit! Writer and reader would do the same if no Divine aid were forthcoming!
But thank God, the feeble and fickle believer is not left to himself: “the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities” (Rom. 8:26). That “help” is as manifold as our varied needs; but the Apostle singles out one particular “infirmity” which besets all Christians, and which the blessed Spirit graciously helps: “for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us.” How this Divine declaration should humble us into the dust: so depraved is the saint that in the hour of need he is incapable of asking God aright to minister unto him. Sin has so corrupted his heart and darkened his understanding that, left to himself, he cannot even discern what he should ask God for. Alas, that pride should so blind us to our real condition and our deep, deep need.
In nothing do the saints more need the Spirit’s presence and His gracious assistance than in their addresses of the Throne of Grace. They know that God in His Persons and perfections is the Object of their worship; they know that they cannot come unto the Father but by Christ, the alone Mediator; and they know that their access to Him must be by the Spirit (Eph. 2:18). Yet such are their varying circumstances, temptations, and wanderings, so often are they shut up in their frames and cold in their affections, such deadness of heart is there toward God and spiritual things, that at times they know not what to pray for as they ought. But it is here that the Spirit’s love and grace is most Divinely displayed: He helps their infirmities and makes intercession for them!
One had thought that if ever there were a time when the Christian would really pray, earnestly and perseveringly, and would know what to ask for, it should be when he is sorely tried and oppressed. Alas, how little we really know ourselves. Even a beast will cry out when suffering severe pain, and it is natural (not spiritual!) that we should do the same. Of degenerate Israel of old God said, “they have not cried unto Me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds” (Hosea 7:14): no, relief from their sufferings was all they thought about. And by nature our hearts are just the same! So long as we are left to ourselves (to try us and manifest what we are: 2 Chron. 32:31), when the pressure of sore trial comes upon us, we are concerned only with deliverance from it, and not that God may be glorified or that the trial may be sanctified to our souls.
Left for himself, man asks God for what would be curses rather than blessings, for what would prove to be snares rather than helps to him spiritually. Have we not read of Israel that, “They tempted God in their heart by asking meat for their lust” (Ps. 78:18); and again, “He gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul” (Ps. 106:15)! Perhaps someone replies, But they were not regenerate souls. Then have we not read in James, “Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts” (4:3)? Ah, my reader, this is a truth which is very unpalatable to our proud hearts. Did not Moses “ask” the Lord that he might be permitted to enter Canaan (Deut. 3:26, 27)? Did not the Apostle Paul thrice beseech the Lord for the removal of his thorn in the flesh? What proofs are these that “we know not what we should pray for as we ought!”
“The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities.” This being so, surely the least that we can do is to seek His aid, to definitely ask Him to undertake for us. Alas, how rarely we do so. As intimated above, when the pressure of trouble first presses upon us, usually it is nature which cries out for relief At other times the soul is so cast down that even the voice of natural “prayer” is stifled. Often there is so much rebellion at work in our hearts against the providential dispensations of God toward us that we feel it would be mockery to seek His face; yea, we are ashamed to do so. Such at least has been the experience of the writer more than once, and that not long ago, though he blushes to acknowledge it. O the infinite patience and forbearance of our gracious God!
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