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God helps the Helpless

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IN OUR HELPLESSNESS WE CRY FOR HELP AND HELP COMES FROM GOD ,

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A sense of helplessness

A sense of helplessness

Psalm 119:53 NASB95
Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who forsake Your law.
Story; every morning 7 am a man cry's in the church

helpless cry

Psalm 130:1–3 NASB95
Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand?
Ps 130:
Psalm 130:1–3 RSV
Out of the depths I cry to thee, O Lord! Lord, hear my voice! Let thy ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications! If thou, O Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
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Psalm 130 NASB95
A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel From all his iniquities.
Ps 130:1
Job 19:8 NASB95
“He has walled up my way so that I cannot pass, And He has put darkness on my paths.
HELPLESS REALITIES
Ps: 130

HELPLESS REALITIES

HELPLESS REALITIES

1.ILLNESS
2. NATURAL DISASTER
3. RELATIONAL CONFLICTS
4.LOSS OF A LOVED ONE
Genesis 27:34 NASB95
When Esau heard the words of his father, he cried out with an exceedingly great and bitter cry, and said to his father, “Bless me, even me also, O my father!”

when we are helpless

we cry our for help/baby cries
who is there ........to help/exodus people cried..God heard them

step one

Bereavement

To Embrace the situation and not running away from them.
problems....has solution.
no solutions......not a problem.....acceptance
balding; hair falling...
2 Samuel 18:33 NASB95
The king was deeply moved and went up to the chamber over the gate and wept. And thus he said as he walked, “O my son Absalom, my son, my son Absalom! Would I had died instead of you, O Absalom, my son, my son!”

FOR GOD EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE

1ST READING,
Ezekiel 37:12–13 NASB95
“Therefore prophesy and say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I will open your graves and cause you to come up out of your graves, My people; and I will bring you into the land of Israel. “Then you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and caused you to come up out of your graves, My people.
Ezekiel 12–13 NASB95
Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house. “Therefore, son of man, prepare for yourself baggage for exile and go into exile by day in their sight; even go into exile from your place to another place in their sight. Perhaps they will understand though they are a rebellious house. “Bring your baggage out by day in their sight, as baggage for exile. Then you will go out at evening in their sight, as those going into exile. “Dig a hole through the wall in their sight and go out through it. “Load the baggage on your shoulder in their sight and carry it out in the dark. You shall cover your face so that you cannot see the land, for I have set you as a sign to the house of Israel.” I did so, as I had been commanded. By day I brought out my baggage like the baggage of an exile. Then in the evening I dug through the wall with my hands; I went out in the dark and carried the baggage on my shoulder in their sight. In the morning the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, has not the house of Israel, the rebellious house, said to you, ‘What are you doing?’ “Say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “This burden concerns the prince in Jerusalem as well as all the house of Israel who are in it.” ’ “Say, ‘I am a sign to you. As I have done, so it will be done to them; they will go into exile, into captivity.’ “The prince who is among them will load his baggage on his shoulder in the dark and go out. They will dig a hole through the wall to bring it out. He will cover his face so that he can not see the land with his eyes. “I will also spread My net over him, and he will be caught in My snare. And I will bring him to Babylon in the land of the Chaldeans; yet he will not see it, though he will die there. “I will scatter to every wind all who are around him, his helpers and all his troops; and I will draw out a sword after them. “So they will know that I am the Lord when I scatter them among the nations and spread them among the countries. “But I will spare a few of them from the sword, the famine and the pestilence that they may tell all their abominations among the nations where they go, and may know that I am the Lord.” Moreover, the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, eat your bread with trembling and drink your water with quivering and anxiety. “Then say to the people of the land, ‘Thus says the Lord God concerning the inhabitants of Jerusalem in the land of Israel, “They will eat their bread with anxiety and drink their water with horror, because their land will be stripped of its fullness on account of the violence of all who live in it. “The inhabited cities will be laid waste and the land will be a desolation. So you will know that I am the Lord.” ’ ” Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, what is this proverb you people have concerning the land of Israel, saying, ‘The days are long and every vision fails’? “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “I will make this proverb cease so that they will no longer use it as a proverb in Israel.” But tell them, “The days draw near as well as the fulfillment of every vision. “For there will no longer be any false vision or flattering divination within the house of Israel. “For I the Lord will speak, and whatever word I speak will be performed. It will no longer be delayed, for in your days, O rebellious house, I will speak the word and perform it,” declares the Lord God.’ ” Furthermore, the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Son of man, behold, the house of Israel is saying, ‘The vision that he sees is for many years from now, and he prophesies of times far off.’ “Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “None of My words will be delayed any longer. Whatever word I speak will be performed,” ’ ” declares the Lord God. Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing. “O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. “You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. “They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. “Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?” ’ ” Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Because you have spoken falsehood and seen a lie, therefore behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord God. “So My hand will be against the prophets who see false visions and utter lying divinations. They will have no place in the council of My people, nor will they be written down in the register of the house of Israel, nor will they enter the land of Israel, that you may know that I am the Lord God. “It is definitely because they have misled My people by saying, ‘Peace!’ when there is no peace. And when anyone builds a wall, behold, they plaster it over with whitewash; so tell those who plaster it over with whitewash, that it will fall. A flooding rain will come, and you, O hailstones, will fall; and a violent wind will break out. “Behold, when the wall has fallen, will you not be asked, ‘Where is the plaster with which you plastered it?’ ” Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “I will make a violent wind break out in My wrath. There will also be in My anger a flooding rain and hailstones to consume it in wrath. “So I will tear down the wall which you plastered over with whitewash and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation is laid bare; and when it falls, you will be consumed in its midst. And you will know that I am the Lord. “Thus I will spend My wrath on the wall and on those who have plastered it over with whitewash; and I will say to you, ‘The wall is gone and its plasterers are gone, along with the prophets of Israel who prophesy to Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace,’ declares the Lord God. “Now you, son of man, set your face against the daughters of your people who are prophesying from their own inspiration. Prophesy against them and say, ‘Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the women who sew magic bands on all wrists and make veils for the heads of persons of every stature to hunt down lives! Will you hunt down the lives of My people, but preserve the lives of others for yourselves? “For handfuls of barley and fragments of bread, you have profaned Me to My people to put to death some who should not die and to keep others alive who should not live, by your lying to My people who listen to lies.” ’ ” Therefore, thus says the Lord God, “Behold, I am against your magic bands by which you hunt lives there as birds and I will tear them from your arms; and I will let them go, even those lives whom you hunt as birds. “I will also tear off your veils and deliver My people from your hands, and they will no longer be in your hands to be hunted; and you will know that I am the Lord. “Because you disheartened the righteous with falsehood when I did not cause him grief, but have encouraged the wicked not to turn from his wicked way and preserve his life, therefore, you women will no longer see false visions or practice divination, and I will deliver My people out of your hand. Thus you will know that I am the Lord.”
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nobody likes to visit the graves because its a place that reminds us of death. But today God is assures the impossible.
Ezekiel :
opening the sealed grave
raising decayed bodies/to freshness
leading us back to HIM

Helplessness of Martha and Mary

They have lost their only brother, These women now have to live alone with any male protection.
Lord if you had been here, my brother would not have died. We are helpless because you were not here..
In their helpless cry; Jesus comes to their help with tears.
where have you put him.

Childlessness

But its four days already, it will be smelling.
what are those areas in our life, that we have kept securely buried
JESUS CALLS OUT; LAZARUS COME OUT/the name Lazarus in Hebrew means God helps
JANET/JOHN/MARGARET/JAMES
WITHOUT JESUS OUR HELPLESSNESS CAN BECOME UNPLEASANT. WE CAN BE LIKE THE LIVING DEAD..ZOMBIE
UNPLEASANT. WE CAN BE LIKE THE LIVING DEAD..ZOMBIE
LAZARUS WAS DEAD BUT LIVING BECAUSE OF JESUS
WITHOUT JESUS WE WILL BE LIVING BUT DEAD
TODAY WE COME TO THE THRONE OF GOD IN OUR HELPLESSNESS, SO THAT WE MAY COME OUT OF OUR OWN GRAVES AND LIVE WITH HIM
Genesis 30:1 NASB95
Now when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, she became jealous of her sister; and she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or else I die.”
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Parting from loved ones

Acts 20:38 NASB95
grieving especially over the word which he had spoken, that they would not see his face again. And they were accompanying him to the ship.
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Spiritual loss

Luke 13:28 NASB95
“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but yourselves being thrown out.
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Great fear

Genesis 45:3 NASB95
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
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Guilt

Matthew 27:3–4 NASB95
Then when Judas, who had betrayed Him, saw that He had been condemned, he felt remorse and returned the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying, “I have sinned by betraying innocent blood.” But they said, “What is that to us? See to that yourself!”
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Emotional suffering in the Lord’s work

Jesus Christ’s suffering

Isaiah 53:3 NASB95
He was despised and forsaken of men, A man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; And like one from whom men hide their face He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.
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The apostles’ suffering

2 Corinthians 11:28–29 NASB95
Apart from such external things, there is the daily pressure on me of concern for all the churches. Who is weak without my being weak? Who is led into sin without my intense concern?
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Expressions of emotional suffering

Sadness

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Weeping and groaning

Jeremiah 9:1 NASB95
Oh that my head were waters And my eyes a fountain of tears, That I might weep day and night For the slain of the daughter of my people!

Joseph wept as he saw his brothers again:

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Covering the head and going barefoot were also signs of sorrow; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; Peter wept bitterly after disowning Jesus Christ;

Anger

Jonah 4:1 NASB95
But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.
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Bitterness

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God’s response to the emotional suffering of believers

He comforts them

2 Corinthians 1:3–4 NASB95
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

He has delivered them through Jesus Christ

Isaiah 53:4 NASB95
Surely our griefs He Himself bore, And our sorrows He carried; Yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, Smitten of God, and afflicted.

Jesus Christ gives them rest

John 14:1 NASB95
“Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me.
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There is no suffering in heaven

Revelation 21:4 NASB95
and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
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The proper response of believers to emotional suffering

Assessing the problem before God

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Controlled emotion before God

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Prayer

Hebrews 5:7 NASB95
In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety.
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Continuing to do what is right

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