Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Nehemiah Part 31. A tour of the walls of Jerusalem with Nehemiah, Part 4.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

1. The Sheep Gate revealing the cross of Christ.
2. The Fish Gate revealing the doctrine of evangelism.
3. The Old Gate the way of faith.

Valleys in Scripture represents
times of trial.

Suffering challenges us as believers to learn and utilize the divine assets God has given us.
Suffering is not merely a warning and a restraint but a teacher and motivator as well.

Pain not only discourages us from going in the wrong direction, but it can also help to drive us in the right direction.

The proper application of Bible doctrine under pressure produces spiritual growth.

God is “a very present help in trouble”, PSA 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.”

Suffering is designed for our good and for His glorification, He is glorified by sustaining and blessing us in any situation, whether prosperity or adversity.

It is for His own glory, and that’s why in the midst of hardships and disasters of life God promises,
“I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you”
(JOS 1:5; HEB 13:5).

PSA 55:22 Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

Rather than eliminating suffering from our lives,
He gives us far greater benefits by walking with us even “through the valley of the shadow of death”
(PSA 23:4).

Each stage of spiritual growth contains divine assets that may be used to solve particular problems that cause or accompany suffering.

To help the believer recall and utilize the grace of God in the midst of overwhelming pain, the divine provisions for problem solving are best described in highly objective language.

Under stress the believer needs straight answers.

The purpose for accurate and precise terminology is to make absolutely clear to the suffering believer that God has provided real assets that both transcend his current misery and offer him effective help in time of need.

The Christian way of life is a supernatural way of life that demands
a super­natural means
of execution.

PSD #1, Rebound,
brings us to the invisible, behind-the-scenes ministry of
God the Holy Spirit
in the believer’s life.

We call it Rebound because it causes the believer to bounce back after failure, restoring his fellowship with God, avoiding the trap of a guilt complex.

The next PSD in the Christian way of life, which enables the believer to control his own mental attitude,
is faith-rest.

The accurate application of doctrine appropriate in a crisis demands a stabilized mentality.

A confusing, complicated situation must first be reduced to utter simplicity by claiming stated promises of God,HEB 4:1.

HEB 4:1 Therefore, let us fear lest, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you should seem to have come short of it.

PRO 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.

PSA 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.

1PE 5:7 casting all your anxiety upon Him, because
He cares for you.
PSA 4:8 “I will both lay me down in peace and sleep; for You Lord only make me to dwell in safety.”
PSA 34:19 “Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord delivers him out of all of them.”

PSA 55:22 “Cast all your burdens upon the Lord and He shall sustain you; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”
DEU 31:8 “And the Lord, He it is who goes before you; He will not fail you or forsake you.
Fear not, neither be confused.”

Stabilized by divine promises, the believer can now recall principles he has learned and eventually reach doctrinal conclusions.

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