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Coming out of the Pit (16 Sept 2016)
How many of us have been in the pit of discouragement? Put up your hands and say, "It's no use." We try to live according to God's Word, but that does not mean that we are not going going have trouble
I read a story about a woman who owned a little Canary, and it sang all day long. The little bird was always happy. He brought joy to the whole household with this singing. One day the mother was cleaning the house with a vacuum cleaner, so she decided to clean the bottom of the bird cage. While cleaning she dropped an attachment to the vacuum cleaner and bent over to pick it up. When she did, the hose flew to the top of the cage. She heard something go phoof!, and he vacuum began to race. The bird had been sucked into the vacuum cleaner. The woman was frantic. She turned the vacuum off and opened the bag. She dug till she found the bird. She cleaned it's mouth up and wash it's eyes, and put him back on his perch. But the little bird never sang again
Have you lost your song today? Has the Devil sucked you up in some dark vacuum, and has caused you o lose your song? I'll tell you most of us have been down in the devil's dark vacuum, and he does his best to get us discouraged. He tries his best to get us to give up and quit. He does his best but for most of us it isn't good enough (Can I get an amen?) You see we serve a God who's greater than the Devil. he sucks us up, but we keep coming out! When you come out of the devil's dark vacuum, or when you come out out of the devil dark pit, you've got to clean your mouth, you've got to wipe your eyes, you've got to shake yourself, and then you've got to trust God to give you your song back
Psalms 40: 2-3 "He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon the rock and established my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto God: many shall see i, and fear, and shall trust in the Lord." Don't stay discouraged. Don't let the devil steal your song. The little bird never sang again. He just got upon his perch and sat. He was in shock. Some of us go into shock when something happens to us and we get discouraged and we want to give up. But God wants us to sing again.. God puts a new song in our hearts and it's up to us to sing it. The devil tries to suck you a dark vacuum, so what! God is alive, so what if trouble comes? Our god is a living God! Our God is alive. Clean your mouth, wipe your eyes, brush yourself off, and get ready to sing, sing, sing!
God hears your cry. David said, "I waited patiently for the Lord..and he heard me. God heard me and brought me out of the pit! God heard me and brought me out of the miry clay, and set my feet on a solid rock. God heard David and He will hear us too. But I've been knocked into the pit. but God hears you in the pit and He sees you even though you don't see Him!
The Children of Israel got discourage because of the way. they spoke out. Joshua was told to be "strong and of good courage.Courage is opposite of discouragement. What kind of word kept Joshua strong? It was the promises of God. It was God's Word that that was suppose to be on their lips, just as ours should be.
So be careful what you say when your are mad. When you get mad you get down. The children of Israel spoke against Moses.The preached was the first one they talked about. Don't down the members either. If you can't say it to their face, it's best to keep your mouth shut. Usually there will be something in your life,when you are harping all the time about things when they are not going your way or something else. You will never get out of the pit doing this, and the singing that your doing is not even getting to the top of the ceiling.
When we get discouraged we try to blame God, even if He did why would you want to make Him madder? O course it is not God's fault, but you are not to smart to go against God will? It's not wise move. God is on your side and if your are discouraged today, quit beating yourself over the head with it. Quit crying over it. Clean your mouth, wipe your eyes, dust yourself off and sing. You may be in the furnace today, but you will come out without the smell of smoke. You may be in the lion's den, but God has send an angel to lock his jaws. The bible said that David was greatly depressed because the people thought to stone him and nobody was there to encourage David. Nobody to say, "I's gonna be alright." But David encouraged himself through God.
As a child of god, He knows when we get in the pit and He told us how to get out of it. So get out of the of dark vacuum, clean your mouth, wash your eyes, and dust yourself pf and sing, sing, sing.