by John Barnett

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Bring My Soul Out of Prison (25 of 29)
Series: Christ Our Refuge
John Barnett

THERE ARE NO SUPER SAINTS! That is the first lesson of our look at David tonight. We all struggle with the same challenges in life--that is the message of James 5.17.
• James 5:17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
The only other time this word "with a nature like people of Lystra" was used (Acts 14:15) they were human and not divine. Sometimes we need to realize the same thing. God's greatest servants--David, Paul, and Elijah are made of the same stuff we are. Their greatness is of God not of themselves.
GOD WANTS TO USE US. Life is hard, and people all around us struggle. Here is what one wife and mother who was active in church, had a wonderful home and marriage once said: "Eyes get red from weeping. The heavy weights of sorrow press down. Depression, that serpent of despair, slithers silently through the soul's back door."
Depression is debilitating, defeating, deepening gloom.
Trudging wearily through the grocery store, unable to make a simple choice, or to count out correct change.
Surveying an unbelievably messy house, piles of laundry, work undone, and not being able to life a finger.
Doubting that God cares, doubting in my prayers, doubting He's even there.
Sitting, staring wild-eyed into space, desperately wanting out of the human race.[1]
So how can God use us? By each of us learning from the Scriptures and then applying them to our own lives. To start tonight, turn back again to I Thessalonians 5. In this chapter there are more imperative commands than in any other paragraph in God's Word. It is one of the clearest descriptions of the basic duties of a believer in Christ's church.
Why not underline or circle these commands we are to present ourselves as willing servants to our Master to fulfill?
1 Thessalonians 5:11-26
1. v.11a ...

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