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“Is There No Balm in Gilead”
- Intro: Jeremiah 8:22 …”Is there no balm in Gilead, Is there no physician there? Why then is there no recovery For the health of the daughter of my people?”
- The reality & the “type”
- Topic (“the disease”): stressed over people’s words/actions
- “Loaded words“…..care, careful, judge, discern
- 3 types of RX treatment (and their types)
- Preventative Care (salvation)
- Curative Care (change)
- Palliative Care (coping)
- Curative Care for other “provoked” stress/care
STEP ONE…. (1st selah “pill”) – God’s actions & decisions are perfect
Psalm 18:30 …”As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.”
Psalms 145:17 …”The Lord is righteous in all His ways, Gracious in all His works.”
Ezekiel 18:25 …. ““Yet you say, ‘The way of the Lord is not fair.’ Hear now, O house of Israel, is it not My way which is fair, and your ways which are not fair?”
Genesis 1:31 …”Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”
STEP TWO… (2nd selah “pill”) God established man has “free will” (he’s free to talk/act/think)
Joshua 24:15 …”And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Deuteronomy 30:19 …”I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;”
Matthew 7:13-14 …”Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.
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STEP THREE …(apply Job’s “lip & heart balm”)
Isaiah 55:8-9 … “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Job 38:1-4 …” Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: “Who is this who darkens counsel By words without knowledge? Now prepare yourself like a man; I will question you, and you shall answer Me. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.”
Job 40:3-4 ….”Then Job answered the Lord and said: “Behold, I am vile; What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.”
FINAL STEP… (stepping from palliative to cure)
Matthew 5:10-11 …”Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.”
Ephesians 4:23…. “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, “
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