Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

The Doctrine of Emotion. Conclusion.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

JOB 16:13 His arrows surround me. Without mercy He splits my kidneys open; He pours out my gall on the ground.

(LAM 3:1) I’m the man who has seen trouble, trouble coming from the lash of GOD’s anger.
(LAM 3:2) He took me by the hand and walked me into pitch-black darkness.

(LAM 3:3) Yes, he’s given me the back of his hand over and over and over again.
(LAM 3:4) He turned me into a scarecrow of skin and bones, then broke the bones.

(LAM 3:5) He hemmed me in, ganged up on me, poured on the trouble and hard times.
(LAM 3:6) He locked me up in deep darkness, like a corpse nailed inside a coffin.

(LAM 3:7) He shuts me in so I’ll never get out, manacles my hands, shackles my feet.
(LAM 3:8) Even when I cry out and plead for help, he locks up my prayers and throws away the key.

(LAM 3:9) He sets up blockades with quarried limestone. He’s got me cornered.
(LAM 3:10) He’s a prowling bear tracking me down, a lion in hiding ready to pounce.

(LAM 3:11) He knocked me from the path and ripped me to pieces. When he finished, there was nothing left of me.
(LAM 3:12) He took out his bow and arrows and used me for target practice.

(LAM 3:13) He shot me in the stomach with arrows from his quiver.
(LAM 3:14) Everyone took me for a joke, made me the butt of their mocking ballads. (LAM 3:15) He forced rotten, stinking food down my throat, bloated me with vile drinks.
(LAM 3:16) He ground my face into the gravel. He pounded me into the mud.

(LAM 3:17) I gave up on life altogether. I’ve forgotten what the good life is like.
(LAM 3:18) I said to myself, “This is it. I’m finished. GOD is a lost cause.”
(LAM 3:19) I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
(LAM 3:20) I remember it all - oh, how well I remember - the feeling of hitting the bottom.

(LAM 3:21) But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
(LAM 3:22) GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
(LAM 3:23) They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!
(LAM 3:24) I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.

(LAM 3:25) GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.
(LAM 3:26) It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD.

(LAM 3:27) It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times.
(LAM 3:28) When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.

(LAM 3:29) Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear.
(LAM 3:30) Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst.

(LAM 3:31) Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.
(LAM 3:32) If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.

(LAM 3:33) He takes no pleasure in making life hard, in throwing roadblocks in the way:
(LAM 3:34) Stomping down hard on luckless prisoners,

(LAM 3:35) Refusing justice to victims in the court of High God,
(LAM 3:36) Tampering with evidence - the Master does not approve of such things. (LAM 3:37) Who do you think “spoke and it happened”? It’s the Master who gives such orders.
(LAM 3:38) Doesn’t the High God speak everything, good things and hard things alike, into being?

(LAM 3:39) And why would anyone gifted with life complain when punished for sin?
(LAM 3:40) Let’s take a good look at the way we’re living and reorder our lives under GOD.
(LAM 3:41) Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven:
(LAM 3:42) “We’ve been contrary and willful, and you haven’t forgiven.”

(LAM 3:43) “You lost your temper with us, holding nothing back. You chased us and cut us down without mercy.”
(LAM 3:44) “You wrapped yourself in thick blankets of clouds so no prayers could get through.”

It is not until Jacob is left alone with the Lord that his named is changed to Israel, a prince with God.

2CH 32:31 - God left Hezekiah “alone to test him, that He might know all that was in his heart.”

JOH 8:9 - it was not until the woman caught in adultery was left alone with the Lord that she was set free.
JOH 16:32 “Behold, an hour is coming, and has already come, for you to be scattered, each to his own home, and to leave Me alone; and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

To be left alone with God is the only true way of arriving at an accurate knowledge of ourselves and our ways.

PSA 26:2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart.
JER 12:3 But Thou knowest me, O Lord; Thou seest me; And Thou dost examine my heart’s attitude toward Thee.
2CO 13:5 Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!

He must be stripped from his own strength, lamed and made to limp.
He has Uncle Laban in back of him who took total advantage of him, and he has his brother Esau ahead of him who he thinks is going to kill him.

First, a man wrestles with Jacob and does not prevail.
Secondly, Jacob struggles with the man and does prevail.

1. Jacob needed to have his “human-strength” beaten out of him.
2. Jacob has been relying on human strength, human power, human viewpoint, human gimmicks, to try and get blessings in life as well as to solve his problems.

3. Jacob needed to be made conscious of his standing with God so that he would stop conniving, plotting, scheming, and using human solutions to try and solve his problems.
4. God initiates this wrestling match which ends in the defeat of the old Jacob.

This means that Yahweh, Jehovah, the God of Israel, is dealing directly and personally with Jacob to change his life and to give him a new name.

PSA 19:12 Who can discern his errors? Acquit me of hidden faults.

PSA 19:12 Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults.

There is a secret closet in every heart where the soul stores up its skeletons and in many cases refuses to even admit that there is a problem.

In many cases, these things are totally different and contrary to the character of the individual and therefore are suppressed and hidden in the secret chamber of men’s hearts.

Gen 32 teaches us that in this discouraging area of our life, our only effectual resource is God.

EPH 4:27 and do not give a place [topaz - a room] to the devil.

ISA 5:13 Therefore My people go into exile for their lack of knowledge;
HOS 4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.

Just as doctrine gives the rooms of the soul pleasure and freedom, a lack of doctrine in the rooms of the soul produces slavery and bondage.

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