June 30, 2022

Leaving Sorrow Behind

Leaving Sorrow Behind

We experience a lot of sorrow in ministry at the abortion centers. It’s very difficult to watch women walk into the abortion center day after day and leave with the heaviness of that situation unscathed. In this episode, we talk about how to process all of this and stay effective on the sidewalk.

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WEBVTT 1 00:00:00.040 --> 00:00:04.320 At the end of the day, if we carry a load of guilt or 2 00:00:04.360 --> 00:00:10.359 sorrow with us from circumstances that we have no control over, that stuff will 3 00:00:10.400 --> 00:00:16.239 weigh us down. I Am Yours, I am yours, I am yours, 4 00:00:16.679 --> 00:00:22.079 and me, Lord, I am yours, I am yours. I'm 5 00:00:22.120 --> 00:00:27.160 welcome to the Gospel Center Pro Life Podcast, a podcast designed to equip, 6 00:00:27.359 --> 00:00:31.679 encourage and challenge you in pro life ministry, and always with a focus on 7 00:00:31.719 --> 00:00:41.719 the Gospel. Stay tuned. I felt show passish, touch your heart. 8 00:00:42.880 --> 00:00:49.479 Use He there. Welcome to the Gospel centered pro life podcast. I'm Vicki 9 00:00:49.560 --> 00:00:53.640 Cos yerk. I'm here with Daniel Parks. How's it going? So we're 10 00:00:53.679 --> 00:00:58.280 here in Charlotte and, as always, hoping to encourage and equip you with 11 00:00:58.359 --> 00:01:06.599 these weekly podcast this one was really pretty interesting because three times this very week, 12 00:01:06.640 --> 00:01:10.840 three of our volunteers came to me with basically the same question. Yeah, 13 00:01:10.879 --> 00:01:15.040 and that's the the crux of this of this podcast. Okay, they 14 00:01:15.040 --> 00:01:19.439 they said, they all three, had seen some pretty awful things. We 15 00:01:19.480 --> 00:01:23.359 always see awful things on the sideback, but this was for them all pretty 16 00:01:23.359 --> 00:01:29.359 particularly awful and sorrowful. And they said, how do you fully engage your 17 00:01:29.400 --> 00:01:33.239 heart, do what you need to do, feel the level of compassion, 18 00:01:33.280 --> 00:01:37.719 the the gravity of what you're facing while you're on the sidewalk and then, 19 00:01:37.719 --> 00:01:42.120 when your shift is up, disengage right and be able to leave all that 20 00:01:42.159 --> 00:01:48.719 behind you go home and live your life without guilt and without sorrow. Yeah, 21 00:01:48.760 --> 00:01:52.280 that's basically the crux right, the crux of their question. Yeah, 22 00:01:52.120 --> 00:01:53.280 yeah, I mean I think there's a sense in which, as we talked 23 00:01:53.280 --> 00:01:57.680 about this episode before we started recording, there's a sense in which you feel 24 00:01:57.680 --> 00:02:02.480 guilty when you leave the sidewalk. You feel guilty for kind of going on 25 00:02:02.519 --> 00:02:06.840 with your life right, feel guilty. Okay, after you get done with 26 00:02:06.879 --> 00:02:08.319 the sidewalk, if you're there in the morning and you're hunger you go eat 27 00:02:08.400 --> 00:02:13.039 lunch. Yeah, and like realizing, okay, I just left from a 28 00:02:13.080 --> 00:02:16.400 place, Hmmm, where babies were dying inside, and now here I am 29 00:02:16.159 --> 00:02:21.199 at chick fil a or nonmals or whatever, eat lunch, enjoying life. 30 00:02:21.199 --> 00:02:23.960 It's two babies died today, to tell you the truth, that that did 31 00:02:23.039 --> 00:02:27.840 happen today and they're all going out for lunch today to build to immunity. 32 00:02:27.919 --> 00:02:31.479 And that's the disconnect that that is what these three counselor said. How, 33 00:02:31.479 --> 00:02:35.360 how do we do this? Yeah, yeah, absolutely, yeah, and 34 00:02:35.400 --> 00:02:39.240 it's a very to me it's a telling question. It's these people understand the 35 00:02:39.240 --> 00:02:43.759 gravity of what they're doing exactly, and I think that's a good thing. 36 00:02:43.800 --> 00:02:46.759 It's a good thing that we don't just kind of we're not doing this to 37 00:02:46.840 --> 00:02:49.879 check a box, and I would say the vast majority of people that are 38 00:02:49.879 --> 00:02:53.520 involved in this ministry are not just check in a box, right, right, 39 00:02:53.639 --> 00:02:55.919 doing it because their hearts are engaged. So I guess the crux of 40 00:02:55.960 --> 00:03:00.360 the issue is, how do you how do you keep your heart soft before 41 00:03:00.360 --> 00:03:04.080 the Lord without hardening your heart? How do you deal with the guilt of 42 00:03:04.120 --> 00:03:07.280 like, yeah, just left a place that babies are dying and even sometimes 43 00:03:07.319 --> 00:03:12.800 no babies were saves? We don't know that allows or change yeah, and 44 00:03:13.000 --> 00:03:15.039 go home, for example, and play with your own kids, like there's 45 00:03:15.080 --> 00:03:20.879 just this weightingess there that I think is a necessary weightingness, but it's also 46 00:03:21.120 --> 00:03:25.360 necessary that we deal with it and, like we've always said, we cannot 47 00:03:25.400 --> 00:03:30.439 be driven by guilt. I cannot be driven by guilt. Now, does 48 00:03:30.520 --> 00:03:35.159 God use guilt and can God use guilt in the lives of Christians to get 49 00:03:35.199 --> 00:03:38.520 them to do things that they're supposed to do. Yes, he can, 50 00:03:38.840 --> 00:03:42.400 God can use guilt. Guilt is not a bad thing. It's not a 51 00:03:42.439 --> 00:03:46.479 bad thing as far as like an initial motivator, but it's a horrible sustainer. 52 00:03:46.719 --> 00:03:50.199 Right, right, and so guilt might get you on the sidewalk, 53 00:03:50.240 --> 00:03:53.400 but it's not going to sustain you there. Yeah, what's going to sustain 54 00:03:53.439 --> 00:03:57.479 you there and keep you from going bonkers, because that's what can happen, 55 00:03:57.759 --> 00:04:01.639 is a love for Jesus and an acknowledgement of who Jesus is, right, 56 00:04:01.680 --> 00:04:08.840 that he's the Lord over everything. Now, he's not controlling the abortionist forceps, 57 00:04:08.879 --> 00:04:12.800 he's not influencing the abortionist to kill babies. Right, God's against that 58 00:04:12.840 --> 00:04:17.240 stuff. So God's not doing the wickedness, but he is Lord over everything 59 00:04:17.279 --> 00:04:21.600 and he's going to right all the wrongs. It's not our charge to right 60 00:04:21.600 --> 00:04:25.879 all the wrongs. Yes, we should, we should right the wrongs that 61 00:04:26.000 --> 00:04:30.759 are within our control. Hey, but what's within our control? Using our 62 00:04:30.839 --> 00:04:34.560 voice, HMM, being out there, reaching out, offering literature, speaking 63 00:04:34.600 --> 00:04:39.879 the truth and love, proclaiming the Gospel, like we can do those things. 64 00:04:39.920 --> 00:04:44.120 But what's not in our control is the changing of a human heart. 65 00:04:44.199 --> 00:04:48.360 Yeah, Paul, the this man of God who walked more closely with God 66 00:04:48.399 --> 00:04:55.279 than probably anybody, said that basically all he's doing is planning seeds and watering 67 00:04:55.279 --> 00:04:58.720 seats. Yeah, and God gives the increase. Even Paul, a man 68 00:04:58.759 --> 00:05:01.759 of faith and power who God used to turn the world right side up, 69 00:05:02.000 --> 00:05:08.000 realize that he couldn't do more than just plant seeds and water. Yeah. 70 00:05:08.199 --> 00:05:10.079 So, a matter of fact, that one point. He says, I'm 71 00:05:10.079 --> 00:05:12.759 going to butcher the scripture. It's in First Corinthians, of believe, first 72 00:05:12.800 --> 00:05:15.319 couple of chapters. But he talks about people who are rebellion against God and 73 00:05:15.319 --> 00:05:18.480 people who are receptive toward God. And he says to one we are the 74 00:05:18.519 --> 00:05:24.360 fragrance of life unto life, and to other the fragrance of death leading to 75 00:05:24.399 --> 00:05:27.800 death. And then he says, who is sufficient for these things? The 76 00:05:27.920 --> 00:05:30.560 question is like a rhetorical question. We're not sufficient. Where the fragrance of 77 00:05:30.600 --> 00:05:33.600 life to life, death to death, like we're going to be received in 78 00:05:33.639 --> 00:05:36.519 some ways, we're going to be rejected in some ways. WHO's sufficient? 79 00:05:36.600 --> 00:05:43.240 Like who can do this work? Nobody can. The Lord the Holy Spirit, 80 00:05:43.279 --> 00:05:45.519 he can do it through us, and so we've got to be yielded 81 00:05:45.519 --> 00:05:47.800 to him. And so I guess what I'm getting to is it's not our 82 00:05:47.920 --> 00:05:53.240 job to change hearts. We can't take ownership of the babies that were like 83 00:05:53.279 --> 00:05:56.319 we said, we don't take ownership of the victories. Are Glory and God 84 00:05:56.319 --> 00:06:00.000 for the victories that are aught, but we can't take glory for those things 85 00:06:00.000 --> 00:06:01.399 things. It's God doing the work. Yeah, in the same way, 86 00:06:01.439 --> 00:06:05.360 we can't take ownership of the apparent defeats, like fifty two babies dying. 87 00:06:05.800 --> 00:06:11.519 Yeah, those women, those men that are associated with that, the abortionist, 88 00:06:11.560 --> 00:06:14.639 the abortion workers, all they're accountable to God. We warned them, 89 00:06:14.680 --> 00:06:16.800 we shared the truth and it's between them and the Lord. We did what 90 00:06:16.800 --> 00:06:20.319 we were called to do. We planted seeds, we watered seeds. It's 91 00:06:20.439 --> 00:06:24.720 between them and the Lord if the increase comes. Yeah, so once again 92 00:06:24.839 --> 00:06:28.079 we could probably step right here. Daniel has summarized in five minutes, but 93 00:06:28.959 --> 00:06:30.800 my long article. But actually we do have an article. Yeah, the 94 00:06:30.879 --> 00:06:33.360 company says, and what Daniel did, I think can what you always do 95 00:06:33.399 --> 00:06:36.879 so well, is kind of give us summary of the issue. Yeah, 96 00:06:36.920 --> 00:06:43.439 and and what I did in this article was I really thought through how do 97 00:06:43.560 --> 00:06:46.240 I deal with it, because I of course I have to deal with this. 98 00:06:46.360 --> 00:06:48.519 Anyone who's been out here for any length of time has had to deal 99 00:06:48.560 --> 00:06:53.879 with this, and I kind of broke it down into this steps of how 100 00:06:53.920 --> 00:06:57.199 I deal with it. Okay, I'm sure you'll have some stuff to add 101 00:06:57.240 --> 00:07:00.319 to that, but but well, I hope to be able to teach you 102 00:07:00.319 --> 00:07:02.040 guys something at the end. Hopefully we'll have enough time. We'll try and 103 00:07:02.120 --> 00:07:04.680 leave teach you kind of like you know, I've taught about putting on the 104 00:07:04.720 --> 00:07:08.879 armor of God and and that sort of thing, and just something the Lord's 105 00:07:08.879 --> 00:07:11.399 taught me over the years. I don't think I'm great or anything, but 106 00:07:11.399 --> 00:07:15.680 the Lord's been very gracious to teach me some things and just ways to pray. 107 00:07:15.720 --> 00:07:18.199 That helped me to process and unwand by mine and kind of, like 108 00:07:18.240 --> 00:07:21.519 the Bible says, cast my cares on the Lord. Yeah, because we 109 00:07:21.560 --> 00:07:24.439 have to do that. So I'm going to teach you guys, maybe a 110 00:07:24.439 --> 00:07:28.959 little something from the gospel of John that that I do on a regular basis. 111 00:07:28.959 --> 00:07:30.800 That really helps me and hopefully it will help you guys. Okay, 112 00:07:30.839 --> 00:07:35.040 that would be a great way to end to end all this. But I 113 00:07:35.079 --> 00:07:41.000 think the very first step is to acknowledge the horror. Don't deny it, 114 00:07:41.040 --> 00:07:44.839 don't intend it's not there. It is there. This is a grievous, 115 00:07:44.920 --> 00:07:49.800 unspeakable sin. Yeah, unbearable sin, knowing what really happens out there, 116 00:07:49.879 --> 00:07:54.759 and I think to just kind of gloss over that fact doesn't help us. 117 00:07:54.759 --> 00:07:58.600 I think we have to first acknowledge. Yes, what we are facing is 118 00:07:58.680 --> 00:08:03.959 absolute horror, right, and it grieves the heart of God deeply and that's 119 00:08:03.000 --> 00:08:09.360 part of why we're coming back out. We recognize the incredible depravity that that 120 00:08:09.399 --> 00:08:15.040 we are seeing day after day. So, like in in all this isn't 121 00:08:15.040 --> 00:08:18.120 an illness. The question that they're asking it's how to cope. But in 122 00:08:18.240 --> 00:08:22.319 anything that needs to be healed in a way they're asking, how do I 123 00:08:22.360 --> 00:08:26.439 heal from this? Well, the first step in any healing is acknowledge that 124 00:08:26.439 --> 00:08:30.920 that this is an assault, this is this is horrible. I think that 125 00:08:31.120 --> 00:08:35.200 some point in this article I say it's clear that there are mothers that are 126 00:08:35.240 --> 00:08:39.879 being wounded, babies are clearly being worded. Yeah, but what we do 127 00:08:39.960 --> 00:08:43.679 need to recognize as so are we? So are we as we watching? 128 00:08:43.759 --> 00:08:46.879 Yes, and I think to one of the kind of, I guess, 129 00:08:48.039 --> 00:08:52.000 perspective things that we need to understand is, yes, this is horrible to 130 00:08:52.120 --> 00:08:54.679 us, it grieves our hearts, but how much more does it grieve the 131 00:08:54.679 --> 00:08:58.080 heart of God? Right, God, God created these children in his image, 132 00:08:58.120 --> 00:09:01.759 he formed them in their mother's womb, and he's actually seeing, because 133 00:09:01.799 --> 00:09:05.559 the Bible says the eye the Lord is in every place. He's seeing the 134 00:09:05.559 --> 00:09:11.120 the the graphic and the gruesome reality that's happening. We're we're spared from seeing 135 00:09:11.240 --> 00:09:13.720 that, right, for the most part. Yeah, and we don't see 136 00:09:13.759 --> 00:09:18.320 all the repercussions. We don't see all the family members, all the society, 137 00:09:18.399 --> 00:09:20.919 all of the all of the effects that God does. Yeah, and 138 00:09:20.000 --> 00:09:22.759 so if he grieves our her how much more the heart of God's wo just 139 00:09:22.799 --> 00:09:26.799 helps us to just know that the Lord is in this grief with us. 140 00:09:26.840 --> 00:09:30.919 He is him. But we can't stay there, we can't rest, we 141 00:09:31.039 --> 00:09:35.120 can't abide in that grief because we'll never be effective. Yeah. So the 142 00:09:35.159 --> 00:09:39.440 second thing I think you touched on really well was we need to recognize our 143 00:09:39.559 --> 00:09:43.919 role right in the in the face of this grief. What is our role 144 00:09:43.080 --> 00:09:46.919 and what's God's real and you've already said that perfectly. Our role is to 145 00:09:46.919 --> 00:09:52.919 show up, to speak, to do everything that we are biblically commanded to 146 00:09:52.960 --> 00:09:58.039 do and expressing truth, compassion, offering help, but we're not responsible for 147 00:09:58.240 --> 00:10:03.159 the results. Those totally up to God. And the third step really blends 148 00:10:03.279 --> 00:10:07.639 into that, which is look for God. Yeah, and what I mean 149 00:10:07.639 --> 00:10:11.120 by that we've talked about that another podcast. Looking for God, looking for 150 00:10:11.159 --> 00:10:15.679 his miracles. They are always there, even in the darkest of darkest place, 151 00:10:15.960 --> 00:10:20.440 God is always there and if you seek him, you will find him 152 00:10:20.440 --> 00:10:24.279 and you can see him moving, even if it's not a save to baby 153 00:10:24.559 --> 00:10:28.720 like. Think at about the little things, the fact that there's a friend 154 00:10:28.879 --> 00:10:31.279 next to you who may be a charm around you and notice it you tears. 155 00:10:31.440 --> 00:10:35.080 Yeah, knows that you're sad and it is is there to offer help. 156 00:10:35.159 --> 00:10:39.440 And Yeah, the fact that team member show up at all, right, 157 00:10:39.519 --> 00:10:43.360 the fact that a mom ever stops and takes her there to church, 158 00:10:43.440 --> 00:10:46.480 every one of those things are miracles. Yeah, and if you start to 159 00:10:46.519 --> 00:10:50.559 look at look for the miracles, I think it helps you to see past 160 00:10:50.600 --> 00:10:54.000 the darkness. I think so time. Yeah, we do kind of look 161 00:10:54.039 --> 00:10:56.759 at and certainly the wins, the big wins, or when people come to 162 00:10:56.799 --> 00:11:01.440 the Lord, when babies are saved, right, those are those are big 163 00:11:01.480 --> 00:11:05.919 wins. But sometimes we miss sort of, I guess, the little wins, 164 00:11:05.919 --> 00:11:07.480 but they're kind of big wins. Yeah, so some of the things 165 00:11:07.480 --> 00:11:11.559 we get to see his churches getting mobilized judges. I was in a church 166 00:11:11.639 --> 00:11:16.480 just a couple of nights ago. WAS ONE BIGGER CHURCH HERE IN CHARLOTTE, 167 00:11:16.559 --> 00:11:20.639 a church that about ten years ago, I would have said is never going 168 00:11:20.679 --> 00:11:24.360 to be involved there, that pastors never going to talk about abortion, he's 169 00:11:24.399 --> 00:11:28.360 never going to do with the issue. For Fourth, rightly, I was 170 00:11:28.399 --> 00:11:31.480 in a service the other night where the pastor was plainly from the pulpit calling 171 00:11:31.480 --> 00:11:35.759 abortion murder. Wow, and plainly saying the church, we need to do 172 00:11:35.799 --> 00:11:39.759 something and step up. Yeah, open it up the whole service to talk 173 00:11:39.799 --> 00:11:41.360 about the issue of abortion. They've adopted a week with love life. That's 174 00:11:41.399 --> 00:11:46.799 like a massive victory. Yeah, another victory. I just heard from my 175 00:11:46.919 --> 00:11:52.000 team in northern California and anyach there and there's a guy who now is volunteering 176 00:11:52.039 --> 00:11:54.919 on the sidewalk. He's kind of getting trained up to volunteer on the sidewalk. 177 00:11:54.919 --> 00:11:58.120 He was driving by the local plan parenthood and the Holy Spirit spoke to 178 00:11:58.159 --> 00:12:03.039 his heart and essence like what are you doing? Where are you at when 179 00:12:03.039 --> 00:12:05.320 this thing's happening? Where's my people? And so he saw, ended up 180 00:12:05.360 --> 00:12:09.440 seeing the team out there. Got Actually came to a prayer wall, got 181 00:12:09.440 --> 00:12:11.679 plugged in at sidewalk out reaching. was broken over the fact that he's done 182 00:12:11.720 --> 00:12:16.720 nothing about abortion and now he's doing something. So those are victories. Like 183 00:12:16.720 --> 00:12:22.320 you're talking about people standing next to you. God's building a team of people 184 00:12:22.320 --> 00:12:24.600 in your city, maybe slowly, but surely he's building that team, and 185 00:12:24.720 --> 00:12:28.519 that's something the glory in as well. So I'm going to share a scripture. 186 00:12:28.519 --> 00:12:33.720 Okay, let I think is helpful and I hope I could find it 187 00:12:33.759 --> 00:12:41.039 here in Philippians, and this is Paul the Apostle encouraging the church in Philippi 188 00:12:41.879 --> 00:12:46.159 to meditate on the things, to think on the things that are good, 189 00:12:46.159 --> 00:12:48.039 because we can. I was I was just cheering with my family last night. 190 00:12:48.039 --> 00:12:52.080 We're going through the doing a scripture a day, just kind of talking 191 00:12:52.080 --> 00:12:54.399 through it. I'm kind of teaching my family through it, and this is 192 00:12:54.399 --> 00:12:58.120 what it was. The scripture for yesterday, and just telling my kids. 193 00:12:58.200 --> 00:13:01.000 My wife like how our minds gravitate toward the negative. Look at news, 194 00:13:01.200 --> 00:13:05.519 or all the news is negative because they know that's how they get ratings and 195 00:13:05.559 --> 00:13:09.279 stuff. As our mind's, a human mind, gravitates toward the negative. 196 00:13:09.399 --> 00:13:13.240 And so Paul says here. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, 197 00:13:13.360 --> 00:13:16.639 whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, 198 00:13:16.679 --> 00:13:20.600 whatever things are lovely, whatever things over or of good report, if there 199 00:13:20.639 --> 00:13:26.480 is any virtue, if there's Anything Praiseworthy Worthy, meditate on these things in 200 00:13:26.639 --> 00:13:31.799 mad and so he's not just talking about kind of letting your mind just. 201 00:13:31.080 --> 00:13:35.919 You're freeing your mind now. He says, think about like what you're going 202 00:13:35.919 --> 00:13:39.720 to eat when you get home. He's saying, look right here at there 203 00:13:39.840 --> 00:13:43.039 is something lovely here. Focus on what that is, focus all meditate on. 204 00:13:43.240 --> 00:13:46.120 Yeah, think on the things that are lovely, even on the sidewalk. 205 00:13:46.200 --> 00:13:50.360 Fifty two babies dying. Yeah, but are there are some things that 206 00:13:50.399 --> 00:13:54.240 we can meditate on that we could have a thankful heart toward God. They're 207 00:13:54.320 --> 00:13:58.559 happening. Yes, God is raising up an army of people. Yeah, 208 00:13:58.600 --> 00:14:01.919 God's Word is going forth. Yeah, right, there's a you have a 209 00:14:01.960 --> 00:14:07.759 team that's with you in this thing. They're speaking truth, despite being taunted 210 00:14:07.919 --> 00:14:11.799 and ridiculed, they are speaking truth. How many people will do that? 211 00:14:11.840 --> 00:14:16.320 What amazing people we get to stand alongside. Yeah, those are good and 212 00:14:16.399 --> 00:14:22.799 worthy and noble things to think absolutely and to dwell upon this. That feeds 213 00:14:22.840 --> 00:14:26.440 into the fourth thing that I came up with. What I do, anyway, 214 00:14:26.600 --> 00:14:31.320 is trust by faith, not by sight. We are told the word 215 00:14:31.320 --> 00:14:33.759 of God never returns void. We are planting seats, we are speaking the 216 00:14:33.799 --> 00:14:37.399 word of God. Very briefly, I come from the perspective of being an 217 00:14:37.399 --> 00:14:41.679 atheist, agnostic at best, and there were so many people that witness to 218 00:14:41.720 --> 00:14:48.320 me early in my life and as a Nonbeliever, I remember making fun of 219 00:14:48.360 --> 00:14:50.559 them, taunting them, even sometimes to their face. I was downright nasty 220 00:14:50.600 --> 00:14:54.320 to some of them, but and some of them I never knew. They 221 00:14:54.320 --> 00:14:58.840 were strangers. But as I look back, once I came to the Lord, 222 00:14:58.840 --> 00:15:01.519 every one of them, God brings them to my mind. I remember 223 00:15:01.559 --> 00:15:05.679 those faces, I remember those things they said that I made fun of, 224 00:15:05.840 --> 00:15:09.720 and I didn't even know their name, but God does, and they were 225 00:15:09.759 --> 00:15:18.159 planting seeds that did come to fruition many years later. Trust that we are 226 00:15:18.200 --> 00:15:22.440 doing the same. Yeah, God's word never returns for it. Amen. 227 00:15:22.840 --> 00:15:26.480 Yeah. I think a fifth thing is to keep an eternal perspective. I 228 00:15:26.519 --> 00:15:31.279 think that is really important. Remember who wins, who wins? In the 229 00:15:31.360 --> 00:15:37.080 end, everything will be made right, justice will be served, every wrong 230 00:15:37.279 --> 00:15:43.240 righted. Everyone will basically give an accounting for their life. And and Jesus 231 00:15:43.279 --> 00:15:46.600 has the victory. He's had the victory. Hates had the victory ever since 232 00:15:46.639 --> 00:15:52.000 he rose from the grave and overcame death, proved he was Lord. Satan 233 00:15:52.080 --> 00:15:56.320 was defeated at that moment. So we know that God has the victory and 234 00:15:56.320 --> 00:16:02.080 we need to cling to that perspective. Yeah, yeah, some, some 235 00:16:02.159 --> 00:16:04.159 preachers have said, and I think it's good to say this, we are 236 00:16:04.240 --> 00:16:08.039 battling from a place of victory. Yes, right, yes, we're already 237 00:16:08.120 --> 00:16:11.720 victorious. If you're in Christ, yeah, you get everything that he gets. 238 00:16:12.000 --> 00:16:18.039 Yeah, and if you're in Christ, eternal victory is one right. 239 00:16:18.200 --> 00:16:21.360 You don't have to fight for your own salvation, right, you don't have 240 00:16:21.440 --> 00:16:26.759 to fight for favor with God. You're already in. and Jesus has already 241 00:16:26.840 --> 00:16:30.960 won the battle between the devil is the devil still live and doing his thing 242 00:16:30.960 --> 00:16:36.519 currently, but he knows his time is up very soon and we're on Jesus 243 00:16:36.679 --> 00:16:40.639 side. So we're winners, because Jesus is the winner. We're victorious in 244 00:16:40.720 --> 00:16:44.039 him. Now that doesn't mean we lay down our you know, and go 245 00:16:44.120 --> 00:16:48.440 eat chocolate cake and we are still called to the battle until it has been 246 00:16:48.480 --> 00:16:53.120 all played out. Yeah, but bating from a place of victory correct and 247 00:16:53.200 --> 00:16:56.720 so and we know the ending, we know God wins. Thinks that we 248 00:16:56.759 --> 00:17:00.519 can think about. Did you show up? Did you speak his truth? 249 00:17:00.519 --> 00:17:04.039 Did you consuct yourself in a math manner worthy of the Lord? Are you 250 00:17:04.119 --> 00:17:11.880 faithfully presenting Jesus as his ambassador? And if you've done those things, praise 251 00:17:11.960 --> 00:17:15.519 God. Those those are all keeping an intern eternal perspective. The last thing, 252 00:17:15.519 --> 00:17:19.640 and then we'll get into your little scenario that you wanted to tell us, 253 00:17:19.880 --> 00:17:25.079 is at when it's over, when you have finished with what you've been 254 00:17:25.119 --> 00:17:30.440 doing on the sidewalk, brush off the dust of that place and find something 255 00:17:30.440 --> 00:17:33.720 where you abide in and recharge in the Lord. Yeah, that you love, 256 00:17:33.720 --> 00:17:37.160 something enjoyable. Maybe it's a you're just being with your family. For 257 00:17:37.200 --> 00:17:41.839 me, I've said this many times, it's it's being alone on the river 258 00:17:41.960 --> 00:17:49.240 in my Kayak, but but do find that thing that restores your your spirit, 259 00:17:49.279 --> 00:17:56.000 your soul in God. Yeah, absolutely, so. So two things. 260 00:17:56.000 --> 00:18:00.480 Okay, that helped me and they tie into one another and I'll share 261 00:18:00.519 --> 00:18:03.240 this, these things with you, guys, and in my mind this is 262 00:18:03.240 --> 00:18:07.799 okay. The scenario is I'm leaving the abortion center right I've just dealt with 263 00:18:07.839 --> 00:18:11.799 the heaviness of seeing sixty people go into the abortion center. I remember years 264 00:18:11.839 --> 00:18:17.440 back on a Saturday when I was out there volunteering, they would be sixty, 265 00:18:17.480 --> 00:18:21.440 sometimes seventy five people. I remember those stays staring out on the street. 266 00:18:21.799 --> 00:18:23.720 Parking lot was so full. Yeah, and that was heavy. And 267 00:18:23.759 --> 00:18:26.319 then on top of that, of course, you have pro abortion people yelling 268 00:18:26.359 --> 00:18:32.680 at you and all kinds of false accusations and you are I remember seeing scenarios 269 00:18:32.680 --> 00:18:34.960 where I saw a young girl, she had to been twelve, thirteen years 270 00:18:36.000 --> 00:18:38.160 old, her, I guess it was her mom or grandma, whoever, 271 00:18:38.240 --> 00:18:42.240 was driving her into the abortion center and as she was pulling in, the 272 00:18:42.240 --> 00:18:47.799 young lady got out of the back of the car and took off running and 273 00:18:48.160 --> 00:18:51.000 she obviously didn't want to have the abortion. And I've seen a couple of 274 00:18:51.000 --> 00:18:53.920 scenarios like that yeah, the grandma of the Moma whatever, went after her 275 00:18:53.920 --> 00:18:56.519 in the car, got her in the car. We called the police to 276 00:18:56.759 --> 00:19:02.240 hey, this girl's being forced to have an abortion. Police didn't do anything 277 00:19:02.240 --> 00:19:06.000 either. They couldn't do anything or whatever. I was heavy. So stuff 278 00:19:06.079 --> 00:19:08.640 like that. You've gotten cussed out by someone. You just trying to offer 279 00:19:08.680 --> 00:19:11.920 him help and they're cussing you out and they're accusing you all these things. 280 00:19:11.960 --> 00:19:15.400 Again, the pro abortion people are accusing you of all kinds of things, 281 00:19:15.519 --> 00:19:21.559 right, and that's stuff. Sometimes it'll kind of stick to you don't even 282 00:19:21.559 --> 00:19:23.880 realize it, it'll kind of stick to your psyche. Right, it'll start 283 00:19:23.960 --> 00:19:27.759 to if you're not careful, these false accusations and the things that people say 284 00:19:27.799 --> 00:19:32.720 about you. Um, you know about you, Ikey, Vicki, Vicki. 285 00:19:32.920 --> 00:19:37.440 Yeah, they call me little D chrhyind. You know, these people, 286 00:19:37.480 --> 00:19:41.440 these pro abortion people, are really just bullies that when they were in 287 00:19:41.480 --> 00:19:45.119 school it wasn't really socially acceptable to bully people and now it is because we're 288 00:19:45.119 --> 00:19:48.279 in opposition to them. So they're just bullying people and all of that. 289 00:19:48.720 --> 00:19:52.599 And you think what doesn't really affect me, and for the most part, 290 00:19:52.640 --> 00:19:55.839 if you been out there for long enough, it really doesn't, because you've 291 00:19:55.920 --> 00:19:57.599 learned to kind of not take it personal and not, you know, kind 292 00:19:57.599 --> 00:20:00.799 of pray these things off of you. But still, these things can stick 293 00:20:00.839 --> 00:20:04.000 to you you don't realize and they start to define you and they start you 294 00:20:04.000 --> 00:20:07.680 start to think, okay, am I actually like that? Am I actually 295 00:20:07.720 --> 00:20:11.319 harassing people? I don't think I am. I'm not trying to harass you 296 00:20:11.599 --> 00:20:15.799 know, these things will kind of stick in your psyche, yeah, and 297 00:20:15.079 --> 00:20:18.720 start to weigh you down. And so one of the things that I do, 298 00:20:18.759 --> 00:20:22.519 and I tried to be conscious about this, especially if I've had some 299 00:20:22.599 --> 00:20:26.799 kind of heated thing happen at the abortion center, somebody yelling at in my 300 00:20:26.799 --> 00:20:30.240 face or threatened me or whatever it might be, is what I'm leaving the 301 00:20:30.240 --> 00:20:33.759 abortion center. I do something called debriefing with Jesus, okay, and this 302 00:20:33.880 --> 00:20:38.559 is me praying back to the Lord the things the Bible says again, the 303 00:20:38.559 --> 00:20:41.000 eye of the Lord is in every place. He sees everything. He knew 304 00:20:41.000 --> 00:20:44.680 it all, he knew it before it was going to take place. Right, 305 00:20:44.920 --> 00:20:47.599 but it does help you to get it out of your psyche, out 306 00:20:47.599 --> 00:20:49.480 of your mind, out of your heart and kind of cast your cares on 307 00:20:49.559 --> 00:20:52.799 the Lord to pray it back to the Lord. Lord, you hear, 308 00:20:52.880 --> 00:20:56.799 you saw that person come at me and threaten me. You heard what they 309 00:20:56.880 --> 00:20:59.720 accused me of, Lord, and I just want to bring it before you 310 00:20:59.720 --> 00:21:03.400 got so I'll just be kind of rehearsing what happened, if especially if it's 311 00:21:03.400 --> 00:21:07.799 an intense situation, and just debrief it with the Lord. And even if 312 00:21:07.799 --> 00:21:10.559 there's some things I need to repent of, because sometimes there are. The 313 00:21:10.960 --> 00:21:12.599 Devil can really get you on that. If you got in the flesh or 314 00:21:12.680 --> 00:21:17.480 something. Listen, just because you got in the flesh and you responded in 315 00:21:17.480 --> 00:21:21.039 a way maybe you shouldn't have responded. Maybe you responded, you snapped back 316 00:21:21.079 --> 00:21:23.839 at somebody. That does not disqualify you for being on the sidewalk. Let 317 00:21:23.839 --> 00:21:27.400 me just say that. Okay, but you might need to repent before the 318 00:21:27.440 --> 00:21:30.799 Lord. Just just bring it to the Lord and you can do that. 319 00:21:32.240 --> 00:21:34.039 And so that's one thing. Debriefing with Jesus, that's a good one. 320 00:21:34.319 --> 00:21:38.400 Yeah, but this is kind of taken it to the next step, to 321 00:21:38.480 --> 00:21:44.039 the next level, I guess. And and this is really a powerful thing, 322 00:21:44.079 --> 00:21:49.319 and I call it this is kind of how I encourage people asking Jesus 323 00:21:49.359 --> 00:21:53.880 to wash your feet. HMM. And it comes out of John Chapter Thirteen, 324 00:21:55.440 --> 00:21:57.640 and I can there's a whole like teaching I can do with this, 325 00:21:57.680 --> 00:22:00.839 but I won't go into all of that. But kind of the picture is 326 00:22:00.880 --> 00:22:07.160 one of Barnacles. Ships. They're in water, sea water. By virtue 327 00:22:07.160 --> 00:22:10.839 of the fact that they're in water, they get these barnacles on them and 328 00:22:10.880 --> 00:22:15.200 these barnacles calls drag on the ship. Actually it costs us about fifty million 329 00:22:15.240 --> 00:22:18.400 dollars a year in the United States of America to deal with Barnacles and also 330 00:22:18.599 --> 00:22:25.240 the fuel inefficiency on our navel ships that barnacles calls. So there's barnacles has 331 00:22:25.279 --> 00:22:27.359 to be removed so that that ship can the glide through the water like it 332 00:22:27.400 --> 00:22:33.440 needs to. Great symbolism lot that. Yeah, and so the barnacles need 333 00:22:33.480 --> 00:22:37.279 to be removed or they'll cause drag. They just not the chips not doing 334 00:22:37.319 --> 00:22:40.799 anything wrong. It's where it's supposed to be. It's in the water on 335 00:22:40.839 --> 00:22:42.359 the sidewalk. We're not doing anything wrong. We're doing what God's called us 336 00:22:42.400 --> 00:22:47.279 to just by virtue of the fact that we're on the sidewalk, just living 337 00:22:47.279 --> 00:22:49.319 in a sinful world. It's going to be barnacles that attach themselves to us. 338 00:22:49.400 --> 00:22:53.880 Yeah, I think Jesus gives the example of dirty feet here in John 339 00:22:53.960 --> 00:22:57.759 Chapter Thirteen. So, John Chapter Thirteen, the disciples are in the upper 340 00:22:57.839 --> 00:23:03.000 room with Jesus. Jesus gets a basin and a towel and begins to wash 341 00:23:03.039 --> 00:23:04.799 their feet. We all know the scenario, right. This is during the 342 00:23:04.799 --> 00:23:10.079 the Last Supper here and John Chapter Thirteen, and he comes to Peter and 343 00:23:10.079 --> 00:23:12.359 Peter says you're not going to wash me right, you're not washing my feet 344 00:23:12.359 --> 00:23:15.599 because after I should be washing your feet. That's kind of what what peters 345 00:23:15.640 --> 00:23:21.920 implying here. And Jesus says and John Chapter Thirteen, verse eight, he 346 00:23:21.920 --> 00:23:23.559 says, if I do not wash you, you have no part with me. 347 00:23:23.960 --> 00:23:26.759 Well, Peter, in his zeal, says, okay, Lord, 348 00:23:26.799 --> 00:23:29.240 not my feet, then everything just okay. I want to have a part 349 00:23:29.279 --> 00:23:30.519 with you, like Lauren. I want to I'm going to serve you, 350 00:23:30.519 --> 00:23:34.039 want to follow you. Right. And he says in verse ten, he 351 00:23:34.039 --> 00:23:37.440 says he was bathed, needs only to wash his feet, but it's completely 352 00:23:37.480 --> 00:23:41.920 clean. You're clean, but not all of you. And so he's talking. 353 00:23:42.079 --> 00:23:45.880 I want to shift gears too much. He's talking about his betrayer, 354 00:23:47.039 --> 00:23:51.319 so about Judas is not clean. But he's saying in essence, guys, 355 00:23:51.359 --> 00:23:56.119 you're clean because you're my disciples, like you're clean from the sin of the 356 00:23:56.119 --> 00:24:00.759 world, like you've been washed. Hey, he's talking about ultimately, his 357 00:24:00.799 --> 00:24:03.720 sacrifice on the cross and what that's going to do to take care of the 358 00:24:03.720 --> 00:24:07.319 problem of sin. But he's saying we don't need to be cleaned the whole 359 00:24:07.440 --> 00:24:11.000 of you. Listen, believer in Jesus, follower of Jesus, under daughter 360 00:24:11.039 --> 00:24:15.240 of God, you're already clean. You're washed in the blood of Jesus because 361 00:24:15.240 --> 00:24:18.480 of your faith in him. But sometimes you need to have your feet washed. 362 00:24:18.599 --> 00:24:22.599 Sometimes you need some maintenance to happen. Just like that ship. It 363 00:24:22.720 --> 00:24:26.039 needs some maintenance, needs to barnacles removed. Sometimes, just by virtue of 364 00:24:26.079 --> 00:24:30.799 the fact that you're walking through a dirty, dusty, sinful world, you 365 00:24:30.839 --> 00:24:33.079 get stuff on your feet, right, that's the picture here. You can 366 00:24:33.079 --> 00:24:37.240 take a bath in those days and just walking from the place where you took 367 00:24:37.279 --> 00:24:41.000 your bath to the house you're going to get dirt on your feet because they 368 00:24:41.000 --> 00:24:44.079 didn't have paved roads and gravel and all that stuff. Right. So just 369 00:24:44.119 --> 00:24:47.480 by virtue of the fact that you're walking in the world, just by virtue 370 00:24:47.480 --> 00:24:48.440 of the fact that you're on the sidewalk, you're going to get barnacles, 371 00:24:48.440 --> 00:24:52.279 you're going to get dirt, sin, stuff's going to stick to you, 372 00:24:52.400 --> 00:24:56.400 stuff that other people say, stuff that other people do. It's going to 373 00:24:56.440 --> 00:24:59.799 stick to you and and start to try to define you and weigh you down. 374 00:25:00.799 --> 00:25:03.559 And so what I've learned to do is to sit before the Lord and, 375 00:25:03.599 --> 00:25:10.279 just like Jesus, remember in this passage Jesus not only washed John and 376 00:25:10.400 --> 00:25:14.799 James and Peter's feet, but he also washed the feet of Judas. It 377 00:25:15.000 --> 00:25:18.799 is straight right. Yeah, if he would wash Judas feet, who betrayed 378 00:25:18.920 --> 00:25:22.720 him, how much more would he wash your feet, as you're serving him, 379 00:25:22.720 --> 00:25:26.599 as you're doing the best you can to love and serve Jesus and serve 380 00:25:26.640 --> 00:25:32.160 people and Love Them? And so what I do is I get along and 381 00:25:32.240 --> 00:25:34.880 I sit in a chair and I just say, Lord, would you please 382 00:25:34.920 --> 00:25:38.319 just wash my feet, and I might I might voice some of those things 383 00:25:38.359 --> 00:25:41.039 that, you know, kind of stuck in my mind. I'll ask the 384 00:25:41.079 --> 00:25:45.200 Lord, like Lord, bring anything to my mind that I've let stick to 385 00:25:45.240 --> 00:25:51.920 me that's defining me circumstances, people's opinions, false ideas, these things. 386 00:25:51.920 --> 00:25:53.920 Like bring anything to mine and I'll just bring those things before the Lord in 387 00:25:55.000 --> 00:25:59.279 prayer and I'll just say, Lord Jesus, would you just come and would 388 00:25:59.279 --> 00:26:02.680 you wash my feet? Would you wash the stuff off of me? Lord, 389 00:26:02.720 --> 00:26:04.519 if there's anything I need to repent of, Lord, I repent right 390 00:26:04.559 --> 00:26:07.920 now. If he brings it to my just repent of it. Be Specific, 391 00:26:08.200 --> 00:26:11.720 but also if there's anything that's defined me, Lord, would you wash 392 00:26:11.799 --> 00:26:15.480 my feet, and I'd actually literally do put my feet out in front of 393 00:26:15.519 --> 00:26:18.720 me and I just imagine. God has given us an imagination, air and 394 00:26:18.279 --> 00:26:22.799 not. I don't have the basement and and a towel. I let the 395 00:26:22.799 --> 00:26:26.839 Lord bring those things, okay, but I use my imagination. The imagination 396 00:26:26.920 --> 00:26:30.319 is a powerful thing and it's a God given thing and we can imagine, 397 00:26:30.400 --> 00:26:33.480 Jesus, and I believe there's a spiritual sense, and let me not get 398 00:26:33.519 --> 00:26:37.519 cooky and weird here, guys, but there's a spiritual sense in which the 399 00:26:37.519 --> 00:26:41.400 Lord does that, like he graciously removes that stuff from my mind. Yeah, 400 00:26:41.440 --> 00:26:45.359 and I feel a weight lifted from me. I feel like you know 401 00:26:45.400 --> 00:26:48.480 that ship, you can imagine that ship that's had the barnacle scraped off of 402 00:26:48.519 --> 00:26:52.839 it and now it's it's smoothly gliding through the water. Right, you're ready 403 00:26:52.880 --> 00:26:56.119 to go at it again the next yeah, with that person has this build 404 00:26:56.200 --> 00:27:00.240 up of cake mud on their feet and they don't know what's dragging them down, 405 00:27:00.240 --> 00:27:03.279 but in reality it's like that's that mud. Yeah, and the Lord 406 00:27:03.319 --> 00:27:07.160 just comes and washes that stuff off. Yeah, and I believe the Lord 407 00:27:07.200 --> 00:27:10.680 will do that. So I don't encourage all of you guys, if you've 408 00:27:10.720 --> 00:27:14.000 never done that. I want you to do that. I want encourage you. 409 00:27:14.079 --> 00:27:18.400 Just get before the Lord in quietness alone and just let the Lord bring 410 00:27:18.440 --> 00:27:22.279 those things to mind that may have stuck to you, and just bring it 411 00:27:22.279 --> 00:27:26.000 to your mind and just imagine Jesus washing that thing off of your feet. 412 00:27:26.119 --> 00:27:30.519 Yeah, yeah, and then do this on a regular basis, I would 413 00:27:30.519 --> 00:27:33.559 say. Even let me ask you because, as yours talking, I'm thinking 414 00:27:33.640 --> 00:27:37.400 so much of what these people expressed to me was it was sorrow. It 415 00:27:37.440 --> 00:27:41.559 wasn't so much the attack and the dirt, it was the sorrow. And 416 00:27:41.720 --> 00:27:47.240 I was thinking when you said anger, I forget what you said. Will 417 00:27:47.279 --> 00:27:51.039 never be a motivate or it will neither will sorrow. Right, sorrow will 418 00:27:51.079 --> 00:27:55.240 not be what will motivate you to keep coming back. Joy Will. Yeah, 419 00:27:55.359 --> 00:27:57.359 joy in the Lord, and there's many verses about joying the Lord. 420 00:27:57.400 --> 00:28:00.640 But would you do that in your feet washing thing would you say? Would 421 00:28:00.680 --> 00:28:06.960 you say please wash away even the sorrow? Yeah, yeah, I mean 422 00:28:07.000 --> 00:28:10.960 when I'm debriefing with the Lord or when I'm doing this before the Lord, 423 00:28:11.279 --> 00:28:14.960 I'll say things like God, you saw that young lady walk in and her 424 00:28:14.960 --> 00:28:17.880 heart was broken. Yeah, the fact that she was going to take the 425 00:28:17.920 --> 00:28:18.920 life of her child and she thought there was no hope. You know, 426 00:28:19.000 --> 00:28:23.079 you saw this, you saw that, all of that stuff, anything that 427 00:28:23.200 --> 00:28:26.200 kind of wighs you down, it could be sorrow of what other people are 428 00:28:26.240 --> 00:28:30.400 doing to themselves or they're doing to others, what's been done to you. 429 00:28:30.440 --> 00:28:33.000 So, yeah, just not not just stuff that's been done to you, 430 00:28:33.200 --> 00:28:36.000 but stuff that you've seen. It's like, yeah, at the end of 431 00:28:36.039 --> 00:28:41.039 the day, if we carry a load of guilt or sorrow with us from 432 00:28:41.079 --> 00:28:45.519 circumstances that we have no control over, that stuff will weigh us down. 433 00:28:45.680 --> 00:28:49.839 Right, you don't have control over other people and what they do, and 434 00:28:49.920 --> 00:28:56.640 so we've got to just bring those things to Jesus to wash off of us 435 00:28:56.640 --> 00:28:59.519 so that those things don't weigh us down. That's the point. Yeah, 436 00:28:59.640 --> 00:29:06.640 sorrow, shame, guilt, anger, failures, victories, all of that 437 00:29:06.680 --> 00:29:10.200 stuff. We've got to bring it to the Lord to ask him to wash 438 00:29:10.319 --> 00:29:12.720 us, and I believe you'll do it. Yeah, that's good, Daniel. 439 00:29:12.799 --> 00:29:17.160 Yeah, Great. So, guys, hopefully this episode was a blessing 440 00:29:17.200 --> 00:29:18.799 to you, guys, and we encourage you to share this episode with who 441 00:29:18.799 --> 00:29:22.559 are, whoever else you think it would be a blessing to. We also 442 00:29:22.640 --> 00:29:26.039 encourage you to reach out to us. Maybe there's other subjects that you would 443 00:29:26.039 --> 00:29:27.759 like for us to cover. We'd love to cover those subjects. You can 444 00:29:27.759 --> 00:29:30.599 reach me, Daniel, at Love Life Dot Org. You can reach her, 445 00:29:30.759 --> 00:29:33.680 Vicki, with a why I love life dot Org. 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