by John Barnett

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The Consequence Engine (22 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

This morning all of us operate under some very powerful but often unseen laws around us. These are the laws of the physical universe. The laws of gravity, chemistry, and physics are inflexible, unstoppable and very unforgiving--and we all must bow before them.
But what we seldom consider are the other laws, the ones that govern the spiritual world that surrounds us. In the pits of despair David learned about those laws. It is a law that says that there are unavoidable consequences for our choices. And David wanted positive consequences--he didn't like the negative ones he experienced in the pits he had gone through.
David disobeyed God and something happened--called a consequence. He was saddened, troubled, fretful, anxious, depressed and finally despairing. When he sat back and analyzed all that had happened he realized that the Lord allowed all that as a consequence for all of his actions.
Look with me at Psalm 57:7. Here David declares that his heart is fixed. He declared that he would not slip back into the pits of despair again by going his own way in his own strength. He learns how to minister in a place where troubles surround him without being dragged down by those around him.
David goes on to the most fruitful years of his life with an unbroken string of spiritual and material triumphs. He rises to the highest levels of leadership, worship, and heritage. What an incredible time of his life. And all that seems to start right here in Psalm 57. So this is a crucial Psalm for our spiritual nurture and development.
In Psalm 57 David had learned a law of the spiritual universe--there is a consequence for every act that is unavoidable. As sure as the laws of nature are the laws of the spiritual world; and that law can be called the consequence engine.
But before we get into these precious treasure laden verses--go back with me to this concept of the consequence engine. Le ...

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