Aug. 11, 2022

Encouragement From A Field in a War Zone

Encouragement From A Field in a War Zone

In our ministry at the abortion centers, we are in a war zone. It’s easy to be discouraged and disheartened but the scripture gives us some encouragement in the midst of the war zone. In this episode, we look at the story of Jeremiah as well as other scripture to glean come encouraging principles for the battle.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.120 --> 00:00:02.640 Yeah, you definitely don't want to lose the grief and, again, the 2 00:00:02.680 --> 00:00:07.440 gravity of what's happening. But if you dwell on the grief and the gravity, 3 00:00:07.679 --> 00:00:10.519 Um, yeah, if you if you lose it, your heart could 4 00:00:10.519 --> 00:00:13.880 be callous and can be hardened, but if you dwell on it, you'll 5 00:00:13.880 --> 00:00:20.920 start to become bitter and disillusioned. I Am Yours, I'm yours, I'm 6 00:00:21.039 --> 00:00:27.760 yours, and me, Lord, I'm yours, I'm yours. I'm welcome 7 00:00:27.760 --> 00:00:33.159 to the Gospel centered pro life podcast, a podcast designed to equip, encourage 8 00:00:33.240 --> 00:00:37.000 and challenge you in pro life ministry, and always with a focus on the 9 00:00:37.039 --> 00:00:51.439 Gospel. Stay tuned. I felt your passh touch your heart. Use Welcome 10 00:00:51.560 --> 00:00:57.759 to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. Everyone. I'm yeah, good test 11 00:00:57.799 --> 00:01:03.000 see you, Daniel. I'm Vicky Kasier here Daniel Parks and we have an 12 00:01:03.079 --> 00:01:10.040 encouragement today. I think this is this is an encouragement for all of you 13 00:01:10.120 --> 00:01:17.959 who may be, like our state, are seeing an unbelievable influx of abortions 14 00:01:18.000 --> 00:01:22.319 in their state. So here in Charlotte, we're pretty much in North Carolina. 15 00:01:22.439 --> 00:01:27.879 We are surrounded by states that have some sort of restrictions and people are 16 00:01:27.959 --> 00:01:38.760 flocking from out of state, two Charlotte specifically, and Tuesday of this week 17 00:01:38.400 --> 00:01:48.159 there were probably more than ninety abortions in one center. I know we've always 18 00:01:48.200 --> 00:01:53.000 seen people coming from South Carolina and from Georgia pretty consistently. Sometimes maybe from 19 00:01:53.079 --> 00:01:59.159 Virginia, Alabama, Tennessee, but for the most part South Carolina, North 20 00:01:59.200 --> 00:02:02.120 Carolina's rules because we're not far from the South Carolina border. But now, 21 00:02:02.239 --> 00:02:06.680 yeah, we're seeing I mean I think today the I was out there just 22 00:02:06.680 --> 00:02:08.919 for a little bit on the sidewalk and our team lead was just counting the 23 00:02:08.919 --> 00:02:15.240 cars that had come from Georgia. I mean we pretty consistently we'll see maybe 24 00:02:15.240 --> 00:02:19.479 a car or two per week or something like that from Georgia, and now 25 00:02:19.560 --> 00:02:23.599 it's like multiple people a day coming to at least little tribal abortion center from 26 00:02:23.639 --> 00:02:29.680 Georgia and Alabama and Tennessee and stuff. Yeah, we're thinking probably half of 27 00:02:29.719 --> 00:02:34.199 the arrivals right now are coming from Georgia. So they're clearly being sent from 28 00:02:34.240 --> 00:02:38.319 from Georgia. So, but ninety is it's the record for me then, 29 00:02:38.599 --> 00:02:43.800 the largest number of people coming for an abortion that I have seen in the 30 00:02:43.800 --> 00:02:50.439 ten years I've been out there. Um It's pretty devastating. It's devastating to 31 00:02:50.439 --> 00:02:55.400 be on that sidewalk and watch these women just stream. And Yeah, I 32 00:02:55.400 --> 00:03:00.520 mean there's a certain heaviness just being there has. Anyway, we're in front 33 00:03:00.520 --> 00:03:02.840 of a place where kids are dying right, people are killing their children, 34 00:03:04.879 --> 00:03:08.159 and especially at the latrobe abortion center. Like those ninety cars that showed up 35 00:03:08.159 --> 00:03:12.400 there, we know that they didn't come in for something other than abortion, 36 00:03:12.439 --> 00:03:15.599 because that's all they do there. Right. So it's heavy already being there, 37 00:03:16.199 --> 00:03:20.080 but to see the parking lot full, so full that they have to 38 00:03:20.080 --> 00:03:23.360 park people in a second parking lot and even park people on the street, 39 00:03:23.240 --> 00:03:28.840 that that brings a level of heaviness that's hard to it's hard to grasp, 40 00:03:28.919 --> 00:03:32.120 it's hard to deal with, it's hard to cope with. And, Um, 41 00:03:32.159 --> 00:03:36.800 and so certainly, like we, we know that we need to be 42 00:03:36.840 --> 00:03:38.680 praying all the more for our folks that are serving out there on the sidewalk 43 00:03:39.120 --> 00:03:43.840 and we need to be rallying people to hey, we need more folks out 44 00:03:43.840 --> 00:03:46.840 here, because you could always use more volunteers out there. Um. But 45 00:03:46.919 --> 00:03:50.840 yeah, I mean just the heaviness is kind of what what just is brought 46 00:03:50.919 --> 00:03:54.919 fresh to my mind because I remember years back when I would be out here 47 00:03:54.919 --> 00:03:59.159 on a Saturday. Saturday's used to be the busiest day. Used to be 48 00:03:59.240 --> 00:04:02.120 like they're sometimes sixty, sometimes seventy, five people there on an average, 49 00:04:02.159 --> 00:04:05.639 probably fifty or so on the Saturday. Since the love life started with the 50 00:04:05.639 --> 00:04:10.560 prayer walks and we saw a significant decrease in people coming out here on Saturdays. 51 00:04:11.240 --> 00:04:14.479 Um. But I mean I remember back in those days we would have 52 00:04:15.080 --> 00:04:17.439 fifty, sixty cars there, so much so they'd be parking them on the 53 00:04:17.480 --> 00:04:21.079 street. I just remember the heaviness that came with that. But to see 54 00:04:21.160 --> 00:04:27.879 ninety like that's just Um, yeah, it's hard to grasp. It's truly 55 00:04:27.920 --> 00:04:31.240 mind boggling and horrific. Uh, that's three kindergarten classes, you know, 56 00:04:31.279 --> 00:04:34.319 if you want to think about it in those terms, maybe even four right 57 00:04:34.319 --> 00:04:40.920 there in one day being slaughtered. So Uh, you know, it's it's 58 00:04:41.000 --> 00:04:46.680 led us all to to really think about how can we help our counselors who 59 00:04:46.759 --> 00:04:50.079 are facing this, because it is so heavy and it is, I think, 60 00:04:50.199 --> 00:04:58.279 very easy to become very discouraged and depressed by Um, by that influx 61 00:04:58.360 --> 00:05:06.000 which is just huge. So Um, we were thinking about what can we 62 00:05:06.120 --> 00:05:13.240 say, well, how can we encourage our counselors to stay in the battle 63 00:05:14.120 --> 00:05:19.079 and not be destroyed by the weight of this battle? And one of the 64 00:05:19.279 --> 00:05:24.879 things we have said many, many times, and I think just preface, 65 00:05:25.680 --> 00:05:30.000 is this is not our battle. This battle belongs to the Lord. This 66 00:05:30.120 --> 00:05:32.839 is we're called to be there. There's no doubt we're called to be there. 67 00:05:32.920 --> 00:05:35.639 We feel very convicted of that, or we wouldn't have been there all 68 00:05:35.680 --> 00:05:43.959 these years. But ultimately it's it's not us that brings the results. Yeah, 69 00:05:43.959 --> 00:05:47.439 we're called to be faithful, we're called to show up and proclaim God's 70 00:05:47.439 --> 00:05:50.439 word, and God is the one that does the work. And that doesn't 71 00:05:50.439 --> 00:05:54.319 make it any less heavy for us. There's kind of this balance that we 72 00:05:54.360 --> 00:05:57.839 need to strike, and I've been talking about this recently just with our staff 73 00:05:57.879 --> 00:06:02.639 here and also just even in my own heart. Um, there's this balance 74 00:06:02.680 --> 00:06:09.000 we've got to strike with understanding the reality ninety babies are dying, but then 75 00:06:09.680 --> 00:06:12.920 we can't let our minds dwell on that. And this is this is a 76 00:06:13.000 --> 00:06:16.800 key right here, guys, and the key Um, it comes out of 77 00:06:17.560 --> 00:06:25.000 Paul, his letter to the Philippians, and Paul specifically says Philippians four, 78 00:06:26.399 --> 00:06:29.720 eight through nine and I believe Paul. You even think about the brother Paul, 79 00:06:30.000 --> 00:06:32.519 Think about the Apostle Paul, Paul. This guy dealt with a lot 80 00:06:32.560 --> 00:06:38.120 of stuff. You talk about heaviness. Not only did he have situations where 81 00:06:38.120 --> 00:06:40.800 he was shipwrecked and he was beaten, he was beaten by the Romans, 82 00:06:40.800 --> 00:06:44.879 he was rejected by the Jews Um, he also had brothers in the Lord 83 00:06:44.920 --> 00:06:46.439 that rejected him, that turned their back on him. He had to deal 84 00:06:46.439 --> 00:06:50.279 with the pressure of the churches turning away from the truth that he had taught 85 00:06:50.319 --> 00:06:54.879 them, turning into, you know, back into Judaism and other kind of 86 00:06:54.920 --> 00:06:59.040 heresies and things. And he had he had a weight about him, right, 87 00:06:59.040 --> 00:07:00.519 and he had to deal with like the reality of these things. And 88 00:07:00.639 --> 00:07:03.000 just like us, we have to deal with the reality babies are dying. 89 00:07:03.639 --> 00:07:10.560 But I believe Paul trained his mind to not dwell on the things that are 90 00:07:10.600 --> 00:07:13.399 bad, the bad things that are happening. We have to be very intentional 91 00:07:13.399 --> 00:07:17.040 about this. The news media knows that the human propensity is to gravitate towards 92 00:07:17.040 --> 00:07:20.519 the bad. Like we like to dwell on the bad, and so that's 93 00:07:20.519 --> 00:07:26.480 why you always see bad news right that's compelling to get sort of an hour 94 00:07:26.560 --> 00:07:30.600 in the monkey so that there's more, more bad news, I call it 95 00:07:30.639 --> 00:07:35.040 the bad news, and they make money off of that human propensity to grasp 96 00:07:35.120 --> 00:07:39.680 those things that are bad. Dwell on the things that are bad. Um, 97 00:07:39.720 --> 00:07:42.920 I know one thing. This is just an example, but and sending 98 00:07:42.920 --> 00:07:46.319 out emails. You know in the past you used to do some email marketing 99 00:07:46.360 --> 00:07:50.040 and stuff. If you have a negative subject line, people are far more 100 00:07:50.079 --> 00:07:54.199 likely to open it than if you have a positive subject line. It's just 101 00:07:54.480 --> 00:07:58.240 a reality. It's human nature. Yeah, but we have to train our 102 00:07:58.279 --> 00:08:01.720 minds to think on the things that are good. And so Paul says in 103 00:08:01.759 --> 00:08:05.319 Philippians four versus eight through nine. He says, finally, brothers and sisters, 104 00:08:05.800 --> 00:08:09.920 whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is 105 00:08:09.959 --> 00:08:15.319 pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, admirable, if there's anything 106 00:08:15.560 --> 00:08:20.439 excellent or praiseworthy worthy, think about such things. One version says, think 107 00:08:20.639 --> 00:08:26.839 on these things. If there's anything praiseworthy, there's anything, just think on 108 00:08:26.959 --> 00:08:30.839 these things. So what I want to encourage you before we get into kind 109 00:08:30.839 --> 00:08:33.639 of the meat of this podcast episode, you guys who are out there and 110 00:08:33.679 --> 00:08:35.519 there's a heaviness out there, whether there's an influx of people coming in for 111 00:08:35.559 --> 00:08:39.000 abortions or just a fact that you're there in front of a place where where 112 00:08:39.080 --> 00:08:43.440 kids are being murdered. We have to grasp the reality of what's happening and 113 00:08:43.480 --> 00:08:46.639 not lose the gravity, because we talk about that right. We need to 114 00:08:46.639 --> 00:08:52.200 not lose the gravity that babies are dying, but we cannot meditate and and 115 00:08:52.279 --> 00:08:56.320 have our minds dwell on that. We have to dwell on the good things. 116 00:08:56.320 --> 00:08:58.679 What's a good thing? Well, if you're out there on the sidewalk, 117 00:08:58.320 --> 00:09:01.039 you're a good that God is doing. God has called you to be 118 00:09:01.080 --> 00:09:05.519 out there. People are there, you have a team with you. Praise 119 00:09:05.559 --> 00:09:07.559 God. Maybe it's only you and another person. Think on the fact that 120 00:09:07.600 --> 00:09:11.919 God took someone who was dead in their trespasses and sins, saved them, 121 00:09:13.240 --> 00:09:16.879 put his word in them and his Holy Spirit in them and placed them at 122 00:09:16.879 --> 00:09:20.360 a place of death. You're there. That's praiseworthy. Think about that. 123 00:09:20.440 --> 00:09:24.360 Think about God working through you and how he's using you. If you've seen 124 00:09:24.399 --> 00:09:28.240 babies saved, think about the babies that have been saved instead of just dwelling 125 00:09:28.279 --> 00:09:31.799 on the ones who are dying. Think about that, which is Praiseworthy, 126 00:09:31.799 --> 00:09:35.080 and praise God for his work. Salvations, people that are coming to the 127 00:09:35.080 --> 00:09:39.639 Lord. Think about that, the body of Christ being united and mobilized, 128 00:09:39.720 --> 00:09:43.120 churches that are in your city who are doing nothing about abortion now are doing 129 00:09:43.159 --> 00:09:48.279 something about it. Think on the things. Train your mind, bring your 130 00:09:48.320 --> 00:09:52.120 mind in subjection, take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. Bring 131 00:09:52.120 --> 00:09:56.840 your mind and subjection to those things which are praiseworthy and think on those things, 132 00:09:56.919 --> 00:10:01.799 not losing the gravity of what's going on. That's my encouragement and I 133 00:10:01.840 --> 00:10:03.759 agree totally with all of that. And it is there. There will be 134 00:10:03.799 --> 00:10:07.559 that tension. I just had a counselor say to me, I think it 135 00:10:07.639 --> 00:10:13.600 was yesterday, I don't want to lose them, the grief, because my 136 00:10:13.679 --> 00:10:18.440 heart will become hard and we don't want to be hard hearted. It's our 137 00:10:18.480 --> 00:10:22.039 soft hearts that allow us, I think too, to be there for those 138 00:10:22.120 --> 00:10:26.559 MOMS. So, but you definitely don't want to lose the grief and again, 139 00:10:26.600 --> 00:10:31.279 the gravity of what's happening. But if you dwell on the grief and 140 00:10:31.320 --> 00:10:35.039 the gravity, Um, yeah, if you if you lose it, your 141 00:10:35.159 --> 00:10:37.440 heart could be callous and can be hardened, but if you dwell on it 142 00:10:37.720 --> 00:10:43.279 you'll start to become bitter and disillusioned. Right, exactly. So, as 143 00:10:43.320 --> 00:10:48.000 I was thinking about this, uh, the story in the Bible that came 144 00:10:48.039 --> 00:10:50.679 to mind is one of my favorite books in the Bible, the story of 145 00:10:50.759 --> 00:10:56.879 Jeremiah, the weeping profit, and there is a very well, there's a 146 00:10:56.919 --> 00:11:03.320 few encouraging passages in Jeremiah, but one of the most odd encouragements has to 147 00:11:03.360 --> 00:11:09.519 do with a field in a war zone. And so in Jeremiah, just 148 00:11:09.679 --> 00:11:13.600 to kind of recap Jeremiah, his his story really is very tragic. He's 149 00:11:13.639 --> 00:11:16.600 he's called to this ministry as a youth and he says, but I'm just 150 00:11:16.679 --> 00:11:20.519 a youth. I mean, he tries kind of to like argue God, 151 00:11:20.600 --> 00:11:26.399 how can I speak? I'm just a youth and Um, and that's where 152 00:11:26.399 --> 00:11:28.159 that passage comes from. And Jeremiah, one five that we use on the 153 00:11:28.200 --> 00:11:31.559 sidewalk a lot. Before I formed you, I knew you and before you 154 00:11:31.559 --> 00:11:33.960 were born, I set you apart as a prophet to the nation's right. 155 00:11:35.039 --> 00:11:37.240 Yeah, yeah, and I'm glad you brought that up because that's that's so 156 00:11:37.360 --> 00:11:41.320 critical. Well, Jeremiah was called for this God already knew, just as 157 00:11:41.360 --> 00:11:45.080 he already knew all of us that are on the sidewalk. We're going to 158 00:11:45.120 --> 00:11:48.559 be on the sidewalk ID already knew that. We have been called, called 159 00:11:48.559 --> 00:11:52.519 to that work. and Um so Jeremiah is already kind of a reluctant prophet 160 00:11:52.960 --> 00:11:58.559 and then he's told what is going to have to be his life being a 161 00:11:58.559 --> 00:12:01.759 prophet for God in this man a street at that particular time and place. 162 00:12:01.919 --> 00:12:07.159 He was told he would never marry, he could not attend the normal social 163 00:12:07.240 --> 00:12:13.879 customs like Um and celebrations like weddings or funerals. He was told he never 164 00:12:13.919 --> 00:12:20.759 have children. Um So he had a very isolated, lonely life. And 165 00:12:20.799 --> 00:12:26.679 on top of it, his message is to be to a very wicked, 166 00:12:26.759 --> 00:12:33.559 disobedient people who have strayed so far from God, to tell them your wickedness, 167 00:12:33.879 --> 00:12:35.960 now is the time of judgment and you're going to be led away to 168 00:12:37.080 --> 00:12:43.080 captivity. The battylonians are going to take over and you all need to basically 169 00:12:43.480 --> 00:12:48.960 repent and turn back to God. And he he preaches for forty years with 170 00:12:48.000 --> 00:12:54.720 no results. With no results. Can you imagine that? No visible fruit 171 00:12:54.840 --> 00:13:03.480 forty years. Um. So, basically looking at it from, you know, 172 00:13:03.559 --> 00:13:07.639 a human perspective. He was a total failure right. He there was 173 00:13:07.799 --> 00:13:13.879 just zero it. It seemed as though every effort was wasted on on on 174 00:13:13.960 --> 00:13:20.519 his part. But in this story, Um, where it talks about the 175 00:13:20.559 --> 00:13:24.600 field, he's preaching to these people, the Babylonians, I think the childeans. 176 00:13:24.639 --> 00:13:26.559 I'm a little bit fuzzy on like all the people that are a part 177 00:13:26.559 --> 00:13:30.799 of the Babylonians and who took over. Maybe maybe, if I say something 178 00:13:30.840 --> 00:13:35.960 wrong, do correct me. But Um, the Chaldeans have already taken over 179 00:13:35.039 --> 00:13:41.000 a good portion of the land, including a portion that is the middle of 180 00:13:41.000 --> 00:13:45.919 the war zone, a field, and that field is owned by Jeremiah's uncle 181 00:13:46.679 --> 00:13:52.440 and in the middle of Jeremiah. Let's see the the verse is I think 182 00:13:52.480 --> 00:13:56.440 it's chapter thirty two. Yeah, Chapter Thirty two, Jeremiah, and it's 183 00:13:56.480 --> 00:14:01.759 the whole chapter and it talks about how, Um, the uncle basically wants 184 00:14:01.759 --> 00:14:05.840 to get rid of this field because the field is worthless. You know, 185 00:14:05.919 --> 00:14:09.840 it's in the middle of a battle zone that I don't know if the uncle 186 00:14:09.919 --> 00:14:13.440 believed Jeremiah that hey, we're going to be going into exile and that field 187 00:14:13.480 --> 00:14:16.240 is going to be worthless, not only as worthless said as it is now, 188 00:14:16.279 --> 00:14:18.279 but it's going to be worthless. For how long were they in Babylonian 189 00:14:18.320 --> 00:14:24.039 Captivity? Eighty years, something like his, his lifetime. He was never 190 00:14:24.039 --> 00:14:26.519 going to be able to, you know, to to do anything with this 191 00:14:26.559 --> 00:14:31.600 field. So the cousin, Jeremiah's cousin comes and says, Hey, buy 192 00:14:31.600 --> 00:14:35.720 this field, pay, pay good money and buy this field. And Jeremiah, 193 00:14:35.840 --> 00:14:43.600 Here's God's Um word voice telling him by the field. He wants him 194 00:14:43.600 --> 00:14:48.320 to buy the field. and Um Jeremiah knows the field is worthless. He 195 00:14:48.360 --> 00:14:52.720 knows God's prophecy because he's been proclaiming it now for, you know, decades. 196 00:14:52.279 --> 00:14:56.399 And he knows he's spending money for a field that will never be redeemed. 197 00:14:56.879 --> 00:15:00.840 But he does it because God told him to do it. So he 198 00:15:00.960 --> 00:15:07.759 was obedient. He buys the field and then God talks about how that field 199 00:15:07.960 --> 00:15:13.279 one day will be redeemed, the it will be prosperous, the people will 200 00:15:13.399 --> 00:15:18.919 return. There's that beautiful poign in verse where God says they will be my 201 00:15:18.159 --> 00:15:24.320 people and I will be their God, and so there will be repentance and 202 00:15:24.399 --> 00:15:31.960 there will be returned to the land and the field. He specifically says fields 203 00:15:31.960 --> 00:15:37.080 will be bought in this land, of which you say it is a desolation 204 00:15:37.559 --> 00:15:41.799 without manner. Beast men will buy fields for money, sign and seal deeds, 205 00:15:41.879 --> 00:15:48.600 calling witnesses and Um, for I will restore their fortunes, declares the 206 00:15:48.639 --> 00:15:54.759 Lord. That's how that chapter ends. So he ends with this vision for 207 00:15:54.879 --> 00:16:00.879 Jeremiah, saying it's okay, this really what that field is is a symbol 208 00:16:02.159 --> 00:16:06.440 of yes, there is desolation right now. Yes, you don't see the 209 00:16:06.440 --> 00:16:11.360 fulfillment of my promises, but trust me, the promises will be fulfilled and 210 00:16:11.399 --> 00:16:18.799 that field will be of great value. So as I'm as I'm thinking of 211 00:16:18.840 --> 00:16:23.600 that story and feeling so sorry for Jeremiah, but thinking what a privilege that 212 00:16:23.679 --> 00:16:27.039 God did reveal what was going to happen. And, by the way, 213 00:16:27.240 --> 00:16:33.360 Jeremiah never did see that day. He never did get in human life. 214 00:16:34.200 --> 00:16:38.440 In his life he never saw the field redeemed, he never saw the return 215 00:16:38.519 --> 00:16:42.879 from captivity Um, he never saw his people repent and turn back to God. 216 00:16:44.759 --> 00:16:48.080 But he kept preaching faithfully anyway. And I was thinking in so many 217 00:16:48.120 --> 00:16:53.480 ways I could see this as an analogy of what we face as sideball counselors. 218 00:16:55.240 --> 00:17:03.399 Our field sometimes looks desolate, our efforts sometimes seem absolutely feudal. Ninety 219 00:17:03.559 --> 00:17:08.039 babies were killed Tuesday. There was one baby saved that we and we knew 220 00:17:08.079 --> 00:17:12.680 that it was a confirmed save. That's the only one we knew about. 221 00:17:12.880 --> 00:17:18.119 So that to me, is looking at it, that desolate field, knowing 222 00:17:18.240 --> 00:17:21.680 God doesn't want those babies to die. Why? Why? God? Why 223 00:17:21.759 --> 00:17:26.960 are all these babies dying now? And yet are our folks are standing there 224 00:17:26.960 --> 00:17:33.279 in obedience to God's call, knowing his promises, knowing his attributes, knowing 225 00:17:33.319 --> 00:17:37.720 God is good, knowing he promises that all things will work together for the 226 00:17:37.759 --> 00:17:41.519 good of those who call, who love the Lord, who have been called 227 00:17:41.519 --> 00:17:49.079 according to his purpose. And we may not see that field of abortion redeemed 228 00:17:49.599 --> 00:17:55.599 in in our lifetime, we may not see it until Jesus comes again, 229 00:17:56.200 --> 00:18:00.000 but we do have God's promises that in the end all will be made right 230 00:18:00.759 --> 00:18:06.960 and we are standing there for a purpose and we're standing there from a place 231 00:18:06.960 --> 00:18:11.519 of victory, because Jesus has already secured the victory. Yeah, yeah, 232 00:18:11.759 --> 00:18:15.000 a man. Yeah, I don't I don't know if I shared this with 233 00:18:15.039 --> 00:18:18.519 you and maybe I've shared it on the previous episode of the podcast, but 234 00:18:18.559 --> 00:18:22.559 I shared with our staff a couple of weeks ago just the devotional before we 235 00:18:22.559 --> 00:18:26.920 did our staff meeting, and the title of my devotional was life sucks. 236 00:18:26.200 --> 00:18:32.960 Sometimes life sucks, but we win. And the premise is that there's difficulties, 237 00:18:33.000 --> 00:18:34.880 there's things Jesus said. In this world you will have tribulation, you 238 00:18:34.880 --> 00:18:38.559 know, because we're in a fallen world. There are falling people. We 239 00:18:38.640 --> 00:18:44.640 are falling people in perfect in many ways, many aspects, and uh so, 240 00:18:44.759 --> 00:18:48.359 issues are gonna come, we're gonna face issues, we're gonna see things 241 00:18:48.400 --> 00:18:52.400 like ninety babies dying. We're gonna feel the pressure and the weight and the 242 00:18:52.559 --> 00:18:56.279 grief from things like that. But at the end of the day, Jesus 243 00:18:56.359 --> 00:19:03.319 Christ has defeated the worst enemy of all death and if we're in him, 244 00:19:03.480 --> 00:19:06.480 we win. As a matter of fact, the passage that I went to 245 00:19:07.359 --> 00:19:10.680 was in acts chapter two, where Peter Again, this is a guy who 246 00:19:10.720 --> 00:19:14.160 rejected Jesus when he said, when all else reject you, I won't reject 247 00:19:14.200 --> 00:19:18.000 you, but he did anyway outright denied, even cursed when he denied even 248 00:19:18.000 --> 00:19:23.200 knowing Jesus three times. So this is a loser like he he was a 249 00:19:23.200 --> 00:19:30.079 loser, rejected Jesus and all that. And yet in Jesus resurrection, Jesus 250 00:19:30.119 --> 00:19:33.880 Calls Him To be a leader right ultimately fills him with his Holy Spirit. 251 00:19:33.880 --> 00:19:37.720 In Acts Chapter two, when the spirits poured out and this man who was 252 00:19:37.759 --> 00:19:44.079 a loser before became a bold proclaimer of the Gospel, even so bold. 253 00:19:44.279 --> 00:19:45.480 Then, in front of a crowd of three thousand people in the day of 254 00:19:45.480 --> 00:19:49.279 Pentecost, he pens the crucifixion of Jesus on them. He says this Jesus, 255 00:19:49.279 --> 00:19:52.599 that you guys crucified, pointing the finger at them. So he was 256 00:19:52.640 --> 00:19:55.960 so bold. He's going to preach to this crowd of three thousand people who 257 00:19:56.000 --> 00:19:59.880 some were probably angry and somewhere wondering what's going on in this day of Pentecost. 258 00:20:00.759 --> 00:20:03.119 But then in that in that past, I believe it's in verse twenty 259 00:20:03.160 --> 00:20:06.480 four, he talks about Jesus, he talks about the resurrection, she said, 260 00:20:06.519 --> 00:20:10.440 whom God raised from the dead Um. And then he says this. 261 00:20:10.519 --> 00:20:15.799 He says because it was impossible that he could be held by death. Peter 262 00:20:17.000 --> 00:20:21.119 was confident. Peter was a bold man who previously had been a loser. 263 00:20:21.200 --> 00:20:23.359 Now he's a winner. It's kind of Cheesy, but we win. We're 264 00:20:23.359 --> 00:20:26.960 in Christ, and Peter knew that because he knew he was in the one 265 00:20:26.960 --> 00:20:29.880 who had defeated death. And he says that it was not possible that he 266 00:20:29.920 --> 00:20:32.880 could be held by it, that he could be held by death. And 267 00:20:32.920 --> 00:20:36.359 so what Peter is saying, this is what we need to understand. It 268 00:20:36.480 --> 00:20:40.440 wasn't that it was improbable, that it probably wouldn't happen, very unlikely to 269 00:20:40.480 --> 00:20:44.759 happen, but Peter's basically saying it didn't even enter into the equation, didn't 270 00:20:44.799 --> 00:20:49.119 even compute, wasn't even worth consideration that Jesus could be held by death. 271 00:20:49.880 --> 00:20:55.759 It's not even it's not possible. It's impossible that Jesus could be held by 272 00:20:55.799 --> 00:21:00.279 death because he is the Lord over everything, he is the victor over free 273 00:21:00.359 --> 00:21:04.680 enemy and those are in him. It's impossible that we can be held by 274 00:21:04.960 --> 00:21:08.400 death. And so we win, no matter what's happening around us, and 275 00:21:08.400 --> 00:21:12.079 we're grieved by those babies that are dying, for sure, but if we're 276 00:21:12.079 --> 00:21:15.160 in Christ, we win. All we have to be to have victory. 277 00:21:15.200 --> 00:21:19.480 We've said it time and again. We just have to obey, just just 278 00:21:19.559 --> 00:21:23.480 be obedient, trust in Jesus, show up on the sidewalk because he's called 279 00:21:23.519 --> 00:21:26.880 you to. And Jeremiah. Jeremiah that he was a failure in the eyes 280 00:21:26.920 --> 00:21:32.440 of the world, was a victor in the eyes of God because he obeyed 281 00:21:32.480 --> 00:21:36.640 what God told him to do. Yeah, so, analyzing and looking at 282 00:21:36.680 --> 00:21:42.240 what Jeremiah did and just this simple little story in with the field, we 283 00:21:42.279 --> 00:21:48.440 came up with some kind of key principle, principles that I think will help 284 00:21:48.519 --> 00:21:53.119 all of us to obey faithfully, to follow God faithfully in the midst of 285 00:21:53.119 --> 00:21:59.799 such great discouragement, such such difficult times. And the first one is my 286 00:21:59.799 --> 00:22:07.279 favorite. He was obedient in the difficult things. It is so easy to 287 00:22:07.359 --> 00:22:11.960 be obedient when God is answering every prayer the way you want it answer, 288 00:22:11.759 --> 00:22:17.799 when things are cushy, comfortable and happy and going the way you hope that 289 00:22:17.920 --> 00:22:23.400 life will go. It is a whole lot harder to obey God when you 290 00:22:23.480 --> 00:22:30.240 see no end and the situation is very difficult. And why I love that 291 00:22:30.359 --> 00:22:33.640 is, first of all, it's true. It has been so true in 292 00:22:33.680 --> 00:22:38.079 my life that, Um, you know, it's scripture, but it also 293 00:22:38.279 --> 00:22:44.640 it rings true in my life and my experience, but it is also the 294 00:22:44.880 --> 00:22:49.799 very thing that allows ninety women to come and aboard their child. Most of 295 00:22:49.799 --> 00:22:53.160 those women would claim to have faith. We know that because we've been there 296 00:22:53.160 --> 00:22:56.279 a long time. We've talked to a lot of women out there. We're 297 00:22:56.279 --> 00:23:00.839 in the Bible belt, and yet their faith is not sustaining them to be 298 00:23:00.920 --> 00:23:06.359 obedient to God's clear command that shall not murder in whatever difficulties they face. 299 00:23:07.440 --> 00:23:11.720 So to me this is one of the most key points for us. Obedience. 300 00:23:11.880 --> 00:23:18.720 No matter what, no matter what you're facing, you still obey God 301 00:23:18.759 --> 00:23:26.319 through those hard times. Yeah, and God honors that. Yes, yeah, 302 00:23:23.279 --> 00:23:32.319 yeah, yeah, so, Um. The second thing that I love 303 00:23:32.359 --> 00:23:38.440 about Jeremiah and breaks my heart for him, is that he had to live 304 00:23:38.599 --> 00:23:44.680 what looks like an unbearable life, not only in his obedience to the calling, 305 00:23:45.160 --> 00:23:51.079 which was so lacking in fruit from what he could tell, but the 306 00:23:51.200 --> 00:23:55.440 things that God required of him. Like I, we don't know why. 307 00:23:55.920 --> 00:24:00.000 I don't know why, Um, but they were very hard things. I 308 00:24:00.039 --> 00:24:04.119 have read some commentaries. For example, why was he not allowed to marry? 309 00:24:04.319 --> 00:24:07.839 Well, God knew that for the next eighty years life was going to 310 00:24:07.920 --> 00:24:15.640 be pretty unbearable under the Babylonians and Um and that, uh, you know, 311 00:24:15.720 --> 00:24:21.160 he'd be bearing children to a population that was doing all kinds of unspeakable 312 00:24:21.200 --> 00:24:26.240 evil. God knew that and maybe in a sense he was sparing Jeremiah from 313 00:24:26.279 --> 00:24:32.960 the pain of watching his wife and children, his family, be Um raised 314 00:24:33.440 --> 00:24:37.519 formed in that kind of an environment. That's one of the commentaries I've read. 315 00:24:37.559 --> 00:24:41.720 Yeah, well, if you think about it and just dig a little 316 00:24:41.799 --> 00:24:48.599 deeper with Jeremiah, he did suffer rejection and we've said oftentimes the ministry on 317 00:24:48.640 --> 00:24:52.480 the sidewalk is the Ministry of rejection, and so it's tough and so we 318 00:24:52.519 --> 00:24:56.960 identify with that for sure. So he suffered rejection and false accusation and he 319 00:24:57.000 --> 00:25:00.880 had to do some hard stuff, confront the lead and things like that, 320 00:25:00.960 --> 00:25:04.519 which are which are hard things to do. But he also had the glory 321 00:25:04.599 --> 00:25:10.960 of fellowshipping with God. I mean this guy seemed to have some kind of 322 00:25:11.000 --> 00:25:15.960 direct communication. I don't know there was a voice from heaven or something Um, 323 00:25:17.000 --> 00:25:21.680 but this guy had direct communion with God and that's really an important point 324 00:25:21.720 --> 00:25:23.799 here. I don't know if you have it listed in this list of things 325 00:25:23.920 --> 00:25:30.480 key principles to endure faithfully, but communion with God is key. Um, 326 00:25:30.599 --> 00:25:33.880 well, you have that. That's the third point. He knew God, 327 00:25:33.200 --> 00:25:37.759 right, this man knew the Lord. He had an intimate relationship with the 328 00:25:37.799 --> 00:25:44.240 Lord, and that, guys, will sustain you when nothing else will. 329 00:25:44.319 --> 00:25:47.359 That's why we say, and I want to put this warning out there because 330 00:25:47.400 --> 00:25:51.559 I know, especially you guys that are new to sidewalk ministry, the temptation 331 00:25:51.799 --> 00:25:55.559 is to let the ministry on the sidewalk replace your relationship with the Lord. 332 00:25:55.599 --> 00:25:59.559 And so instead of seeking him in prayer and being in the word for that 333 00:25:59.640 --> 00:26:02.960 day that you volunteer or for your whatever, maybe you volunteer a couple of 334 00:26:03.039 --> 00:26:07.480 days or you serve in the leadership capacity, and so you let your service 335 00:26:07.519 --> 00:26:11.160 to the Lord Replace Your intimacy with the Lord, and that is a trap. 336 00:26:11.519 --> 00:26:15.759 Do not fall into that trap. You need intimacy with the Lord. 337 00:26:15.799 --> 00:26:19.240 You need one on one time with Jesus in his word and in prayer and 338 00:26:19.279 --> 00:26:23.759 in worship. That time on the sidewalk is different. That's time where you're 339 00:26:23.759 --> 00:26:27.880 serving him. That's time that you serve him out of the overflow of what 340 00:26:27.920 --> 00:26:32.960 you got while you were in his presence alone. Right, you get filled 341 00:26:33.440 --> 00:26:37.160 to overflowing and the overflow is what happens in public when you go out to 342 00:26:37.240 --> 00:26:41.640 the sidewalk. So don't fall into the trap of replacing intimacy with God with 343 00:26:41.759 --> 00:26:49.039 ministry, and I don't think we easily develop the depth of intimacy God in 344 00:26:49.079 --> 00:26:53.119 a place of comfort. And again, I'm speaking from my own experience. 345 00:26:53.160 --> 00:26:59.359 I would say the times when I have felt the closest to the Lord is 346 00:26:59.359 --> 00:27:03.079 when I've been in the most painful, impossible situations, breast cancer being one 347 00:27:03.079 --> 00:27:07.039 of those times. Terrified. I was terrified, I you know, I 348 00:27:07.079 --> 00:27:10.119 thought I was gonna die. No one wants to hear those words. The 349 00:27:10.640 --> 00:27:14.759 prospect of what I was going to endure was overwhelming, beyond my ability to 350 00:27:14.799 --> 00:27:22.279 bear. And yet God was so present in in my life at that time 351 00:27:22.160 --> 00:27:26.440 and I think that that is maybe I'm glad you did mention this and bring 352 00:27:26.440 --> 00:27:30.000 it out, because I don't think I brought it out that well in the 353 00:27:30.160 --> 00:27:33.880 in the article that we wrote. But Um uh, that it is in 354 00:27:34.079 --> 00:27:42.000 sometimes when we absolutely um are at the end of our ability to cope, 355 00:27:42.039 --> 00:27:52.319 to bear in such difficult circumstances, that God is necessary and that we understand 356 00:27:52.720 --> 00:28:00.400 the necessity for God as truly the only hope. So I think that that 357 00:28:00.440 --> 00:28:06.000 goes right into the third one. Jeremiah knew God. He studied God's word, 358 00:28:06.039 --> 00:28:08.119 he prayed, he listened to God's voice, and we need to do 359 00:28:08.160 --> 00:28:12.279 the to do the same. Yeah, yeah, and next you have here 360 00:28:12.279 --> 00:28:17.440 in number four. Here he didn't try to make God who he wanted God 361 00:28:17.480 --> 00:28:21.319 to be. He understood who God was, and that's we don't bring God 362 00:28:21.359 --> 00:28:26.160 down to kind of match our expectations. God is God and our service to 363 00:28:26.240 --> 00:28:30.400 him is because he's Lord, not his service to us because, you know, 364 00:28:30.000 --> 00:28:34.039 we're cute and we're special or whatever. He let God be who God 365 00:28:34.160 --> 00:28:37.720 was in his heart, in his mind, and that's why he was able 366 00:28:37.759 --> 00:28:41.559 to be an obedience and there's a sense in which if you're going to be 367 00:28:41.599 --> 00:28:45.039 an effective believer, you're gonna be consistent, you're gonna be faithful, you've 368 00:28:45.079 --> 00:28:48.559 got to fear the Lord, and that's what Jeremiah did. He feared God. 369 00:28:48.599 --> 00:28:52.559 It wasn't wasn't that he was afraid of God. He was intimate with 370 00:28:52.599 --> 00:28:55.480 the Lord, but he had a reverence and a fear for God and who 371 00:28:55.519 --> 00:29:00.279 God is and knowing the true attributes of God. Not what he wanted God's 372 00:29:00.440 --> 00:29:07.119 attributes to be in those struggles. The next one. You've said a lot 373 00:29:07.440 --> 00:29:14.160 to our sidebag counselors, and I think it's again a key point, that 374 00:29:14.160 --> 00:29:19.119 that it's our obedience, that we're responsible for our faithfulness, doing what God 375 00:29:19.160 --> 00:29:22.319 has called us to do, but we're not called for the results. That 376 00:29:22.519 --> 00:29:26.759 that's that's God's, God's job, not ours. The burden is his. 377 00:29:26.960 --> 00:29:30.960 I heard someone else say recently it's God's burden to bear. It might have 378 00:29:30.960 --> 00:29:36.640 been you, Daniel. It's God's burden to bear, not ours, um 379 00:29:36.680 --> 00:29:41.720 which leads to the final point, uh, that when we have that perspective, 380 00:29:42.200 --> 00:29:47.119 when we recognize it's all God, we're just there in obedience and we're 381 00:29:47.160 --> 00:29:51.400 doing our part, but everything else is up to God, well then of 382 00:29:51.440 --> 00:29:56.000 course all the glory also goes to him, not to us. So that 383 00:29:56.079 --> 00:29:59.039 allows a team to be able to go home at the end of the day 384 00:29:59.079 --> 00:30:02.720 when their shift is over, whether there are still babies in there being slaughtered 385 00:30:02.839 --> 00:30:06.359 or not. You know, you've been out there. We had someone collapsed 386 00:30:06.400 --> 00:30:11.200 from heat exhaustion recently and we're learning let God be God, let God be. 387 00:30:11.480 --> 00:30:17.759 He is in control. You do your part and then rest assured that. 388 00:30:17.960 --> 00:30:22.079 Um, that is all he's asking of us. Man. Well, 389 00:30:22.079 --> 00:30:26.480 guys, we hope that this podcast episode was a blessing to you and encouragement 390 00:30:26.519 --> 00:30:30.200 to you and, uh, we always encourage you guys to reach out to 391 00:30:30.240 --> 00:30:33.960 us. If there's any way that we can speak into the situations that you 392 00:30:33.960 --> 00:30:36.200 guys are facing, we'd love to be able to do that. You can 393 00:30:36.240 --> 00:30:38.319 reach me, Daniel at Love Life Dot Org. You can reach her, 394 00:30:38.440 --> 00:30:42.200 Vicky at Love Life Dot Org. Also, we'll mention we're doing a monthly 395 00:30:42.240 --> 00:30:45.279 what we're calling a Q and e. rather than a q and a. 396 00:30:45.400 --> 00:30:49.319 it's questions and encouragement side of what questions and encouragement meeting. We do it 397 00:30:49.400 --> 00:30:56.319 the first Saturday of every month, five PM eastern time, and that actually 398 00:30:56.279 --> 00:31:00.960 an invite to that goes out to everyone who's been through all three of our 399 00:31:00.000 --> 00:31:03.559 training modules. We have three training modules, Sidewalk One oh one through one 400 00:31:03.559 --> 00:31:08.000 oh three, and so if you're in a love life city and you've completed 401 00:31:08.000 --> 00:31:11.160 all those, you should have gotten an invite to that. If not, 402 00:31:11.759 --> 00:31:14.599 we'd like for you to complete all of those modules, even if you're not 403 00:31:14.640 --> 00:31:17.079 in a love life city. If your church is a house of refuge, 404 00:31:17.160 --> 00:31:19.480 Church love life. You can complete those modules and be a part of that 405 00:31:19.680 --> 00:31:22.880 meeting. It's just a meeting where we, Vicky and I, meet with 406 00:31:22.920 --> 00:31:29.839 everyone who's doing sidewalks and encourage you guys and, uh, answer any questions 407 00:31:29.880 --> 00:31:33.440 that you have as best we can. Talk about the stuff together, encourage 408 00:31:33.440 --> 00:31:36.240 each other and not just us encouraging you, but you guys encouraging us, 409 00:31:36.319 --> 00:31:41.160 encouraging other folks who doing sidewalk ministry in cities across the nation under love life. 410 00:31:41.519 --> 00:31:44.119 And so I just wanna, Um, just make you guys aware of 411 00:31:44.160 --> 00:31:45.400 that and if you need more information about that, you can reach out to 412 00:31:45.400 --> 00:31:48.000 me, reach out to your city director if you're in a love life city. 413 00:31:48.480 --> 00:31:51.559 If not, again you can reach out to me. But Um, 414 00:31:51.640 --> 00:31:56.200 yeah, we appreciate you guys listening and until next time, God bless you. 415 00:32:00.000 --> 00:32:08.759 Give me out live for love, give me our life for gratitude. 416 00:32:12.799 --> 00:32:21.640 I know it will cost me my life. Nothing's too precious. Since I 417 00:32:22.079 --> 00:32:30.400 met you, M M