INSTANT GRATIFICATION FOR A TROUBLED SOUL
The ninth chapter of the book of Nehemiah records the longest prayer in the Bible. There is a great story about D.L. Moody who once asked a certain brother to pray at a service in the Chicago Church. The man began to pray and was till droning on after ten minutes had gone by. Finally, Mr. Moody stood up and said, "While our dear brother is finishing his prayer, let's turn to number 342 and sing it together!: This prayer in the book of Nehemiah is not that long, but it is a great model payer which will teach us much about our own praying.
Instant gratification. That's probably a phrase that you've heard before, and probably one you can sometimes relate to.
It is widely believed that the inevitable decay of society and morals in general will point to our desire for instant gratification as a tell-tale sign of how bad things have gotten.
There is nothing I hate more that waiting for page to load on the internet. Forget dial-up internet connections. It is high-speed for me. And even that seems to be to slow sometimes. I don't want to wait 10 or even 5 seconds for the information I want to appear on my screen. I want it now.
I want to talk to you about three things from the shelves of heaven. Three instant products that God offers to every man and woman on the face of the earth.
I. INSTANTLY THERE IS PARDON
Notice if you would in verse 17.
They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery.
But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate; slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.
Look at those powerful words thou art a God who is ready to pardon. That is like music to the ear. What beautiful words that bring comfort to a troubled soul.
Don't you appreciate these powerful ...
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