Monday, April 21, 2008

the melted heart pt. 4

Number 7. Another fruit of a melted heart is murmuring.
As I just stated we see that sign raise up in numbers 14:2.
People who complain and murmur are producing signs of a melted heart. Notice they wanted to turn back in verse four.
Their possibilities are now turned to impossibilities.
They are not going where God told them to go.
They are not going what God said to do.
They are drawing back.
When a heart is melted a sense of Hopelessness prevails.
A nothing I can do about it attitude prevails.
Your former passions are only a memory.
The drive that once propelled you through the thick and thin is a distant memory.
Once you focus only on the problem and all that needs to be corrected you lose sight of the answer. The answer slips on by and with it all your hope and courage also. You no longer stand up for what is right and what is yours. Your drive is only something you sue to have.
We really need to search our hearts and see if we have a melted heart in any area of our lives. Any areas that we have given up in, that we complain about, murmur about, lost courage in, no longer stand up for the truth in, lost hope in, lost our drive in, or lost our passion .. If we find these things in us it’s a sign that we’ve become so taken up with our problems, so captivated by our issues, that we have become melted.
Psalms 42: 5-6 KJV.
5. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
6. O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar.
David realized that his soul was cast down. We must check our soul, and guard our heart. If we find our heart in a cast down melted state then we must do as David, and put our self in remembrance of what God has done and promised.
Get our focus back on the Word Of Truth. David knew he couldn’t allow his heart to remain in a cast down state for an extended period of time. You can’t either. At the first inkling of a melted cast down heart you must get that out or it will pull you down.
Psalm 61:1-2 KJV.
1. Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
OVERWHELMED: faint. Covered, feeble
David knew his heart was in trouble, that it was overwhelmed. He was also aware that he could not allow his heart to stay in that condition. It is dangerous to remain in a melted state for hours, days weeks, or months over issues and problems. We must realize that we have a responsibility to maintain our hearts. It’s not going to be what Pastor so and so can do, or brother so and so, or even what our spouse can do for us. It is going to be what we must do for ourselves. Others can step in and help, however if they don’t recognize the fruits of a melted heart in you then no one will step in to help. Can’t wait for other to help. We must patrol our own hearts and keep them strong.
a DEPLETED PERSON IS HEADED FOR A MELTED HEART. We must ask ourselves, " WHAT DO I DO, WHAT AM I TO DO?" If it be that I am depleted and melted in areas of my life. If I have given up, if I have total hopelessness in areas of my life. Go to the rock that is higher than I. The Spirit of God is here to guide and lead us into all truth. WE first have to realize Yeah that’s me and I need help in that area.
It may be about your job.
It may be about your future.
It may be about your kids.
It may be about your ministries.
It may be about anything concerning you.
There is a good possibility that somewhere in each of our lives is an area that we have been distracted and overwhelmed in by a problem and melted.
Numbers 14 gives us a clue to help. People who are weeping, complaining, and exhibiting all the other fruits of the melted heart help for them is available for them. And if we find ourselves in that state help is there for us as well.
Numbers 14:1-9
1. And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night.
2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness!
3. And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt?
4. And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt.
5. Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel.
6. And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes:
7. And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land.
8. If the LORD delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey.
9. Only rebel not ye against the LORD, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the LORD is with us: fear them not
You will not get help during a time of crying and murmuring. You must have a teachable, listening, receptive heart.
Verse 9 tells us to not rebel against the Lord. ( not believing and not acting on His word is rebelling ). Neither fear the people (problems). And the Lord is with us.

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