How to Get a Spiritual Lift

How To Get Up When You’re Down

Adrian Rogers

By Adrian Rogers / Longtime Minster of Bellwood Baptist Church – Memphis TN / Now in Heaven
Adrian Rogers once observed that as a pastor he had learned there is a heartache in every pew, and—as the old Spanish proverb says—“There is no home without its hush.”
We all have storms and difficulties. But what many of us experience goes beyond just feeling “down.” It becomes depression—a despair so deep it has put
many in the hospital and quite a few in the grave. Depression is a killer, and God’s people are not immune.
Feeling “down” is like a thunderstorm that comes and goes, but depression is a lingering fog that takes the sunshine out of life. Hopelessness overshadows life. We think we may never recover. We wonder, “Will I ever know joy? Will I ever smile again?”
If this sounds familiar, you’re in good company. Some of God’s greatest servants found themselves there.

Moses got so depressed, he asked God to kill him. Jonah did the same. Elijah sat under a juniper tree and wished he might die. The apostle Paul talked of despairing even of life. John the Baptist’s despair had him doubting for a moment that Jesus was the Messiah.
Winston Churchill called depression “a black dog” chasing after him. Charles Spurgeon, perhaps the greatest preacher who ever lived, had times of depression. So did Abraham Lincoln.
And so did King David, a man after God’s own heart. Betrayed by Absalom, a beloved son, David lost his wealth, home, power, and fled for his life. Absalom is killed and David weeps, “…would to God I had died for thee, Absalom.”
On top of that, David had sinned against God and lost an infant child he loved. Things could not have looked worse when he penned Psalm 42, almost a clinical description of depression.
But God has made provision. You don’t have to be depressed. Psalm 42 gives you three things to do.
Look within—analyze your heart.
David began talking to himself—to his soul. “Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me?” (Psalm 42:5). The soul is the “you” that lives inside, your emotions, mind, and will.
Someone inside—that old nature, unredeemed, unsanctified—is constantly talking to you, saying, “You have reason to feel sorry for yourself. You’ll never make it. Life isn’t worth living.” This is where you must take control. Take your soul by the nape of the neck, look your soul straight in the eye and say, “Soul, why are you feeling this way?” That’s what David did (v. 5).
Look upward—recognize your help.
You may have good reasons to be depressed. You may feel God has let you down—David felt that way. You may have a broken heart. Perhaps you’re haunted by the ghost of guilt. But God has not forgotten. Pour your grief out to God. He knows, understands, and cares. He is your help even when you cannot understand. Life is not over for you.
Yet the LORD will command His lovingkindness in the day time, and in the night His song shall be with me, and my prayer unto the God of my life. (v. 8)
David looks upward. “God, You are my help, my hope; You will command Your lovingkindness to me.”
Look onward—realize your hope.
…Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance, and my God. (v. 11)
You are here by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, for His time. No matter what is happening, it’s not God’s final plan. However bleak your circumstances, God is with you.
For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)
And hope does not mean a vain wish. It is a definite assurance based in anticipation. Don’t lose hope! God has a future filled with hope for you. God loves you and He’s going to meet the deepest needs of your heart. He’s going to turn your Calvary into an Easter and your heartache to a hallelujah.
So don’t let Satan blow out the candle of hope in your life. Not a sparrow falls to the ground without His notice. Though Christians are not immune to trials, tribulation, pain and suffering, take comfort in knowing God will see you through.

Salvation Made Crystal Clear from the Bible

A Special Message for You!

By Evangelist Robert L. Sumner

Men and brethren, children of the stock of Abraham, and whosoever among you feareth God, to you is the word of this salvation sent … 

    “Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins:

    “And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.”

                                                            – Acts 13:26, 38-39, emphasis added

 

Dr. Robert L. Sumner

Note especially the words in the above text we have emphasized: “to you is the word of this salvation sent.” It is not alone a message to the “children of the stock of Abraham,” but it is for anyone who fears God. In other words, it is a message of salvation directed by God to you!

It is a “sent” message. God sent this message through His Son. In I John 4:9, 10, we read: “In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.” 

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God is Big! Very Big! He Can and Will Do for You.

Michael Guido

MAKE YOUR PLANS LARGE!

One of my most prized possessions is my mother’s Bible. Its cover is well worn – the brown leather comes through the black dye. The pages are turned up at the corners and show wrinkles from tear stains. Verses are underlined and endless notes in the margins show her thoughts and insights about different passages. There are dates next to many promises of God where she claimed them for her husband and children, missionaries and friends.
But there is one verse that sums up her undying faith in God: Ephesians 3:20. In the column next to it she wrote: If God s your partner, make your plans large!
Why?
Ephesians 3:20 says, God is able to do. Well, people can do too. But the verse continues…
God is able to do abundantly. Many times, however, people are limited and unable to do what needs to be done. And then Paul added something else…
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask. What more, if anything, is there, Paul?
God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think!
Is there anything beyond exceedingly abundantly?
Only asking and thinking. No wonder she wrote, If God s your partner, make your plans large.

Prayer: How unfortunate, Father, that we limit You when we limit what we believe You can do for us and through us. Increase our faith to match Your power. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,

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How to Know You will go to Heaven

This timely presentation by the Editor

 
 

Ron English, Editor

     This is the important question that we all should face before our death.   Dr. Joe Henry Hankins made a provoking statement, “If you are not saved nothing else matters.”   Should you take the time and expend the energy and expense you could go around the world and ask people,  where ever you meet them,  this question: “Can you tell me how I can be sure,  when I die,  I will go to Heaven?”  You will be amazed at the various answers you will receive.  You will soon determine, very few people know the way to Heaven and even fewer can tell you how you can be sure that you will make it there.  Don’t just go to people who never attend a church, but include those that attend church each week, religious people.  The majority of people,  to whom you speak, will not give you a convincing answer.    I will place that important question to you.  I think we can agree that today…this very day that you are living in right now…this day is the first day of the rest of your life…that being said please give your undivided attention to the following question and thought. 

Do you know for certain that if you had to face the Lord in the next 10 seconds, do you know that you would go to Heaven?   If you cannot answer that question with a resounding yes, please watch the following short video and then if you want to read more, then click on the link below it and read a short presentation of “God’s Simple Plan of Salvation.” 

 Watch brief video and know for sure (Click   Link)

 http://youtu.be/lH8iS_QVo6k

      I worked with Dr. John R. Rice for the last eight years of his life serving in the ministry he founded, The Sword of the Lord Foundation.  The greater part of his ministry was the publishing of the foremost revival weekly Christian paper, The Sword of the Lord.  In this paper, published each week, he presented at least three sermons; One addressed to the unsaved; one by a leading pastor or evangelist of the day; another would usually be a sermon or message by Dr. Rice.  The paper was scattered far and wide in the thousands of copies.  At one time over 300,000 ( for a brief time, almost a year, we sent the paper to 500,000 homes in the USA) people subscribed to the paper each week.  In the files at the ministry headquarters in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, there are thousands of salvation decisions from those who read one of these sermons or read Dr. Rice’s Gospel tract, “What Must I Do to be Saved?”    Now you can read his famous tract and learn first-hand how you, too, can be saved and know for sure you will go to Heaven when you die.  Just click the link below and you will see a picture of Dr. Rice and find his tract ready for you to read. 

Dr. John R. Rice, Author

http://salvationlinks.com/what-must-i-do-to-be-saved/

Dr. Mike Stevens Shares: How to Get to Heaven

Dr. Mike Stevens was in my church when I was pastor of Grace Baptist Church of Lumpkin, Georgia.  Mike and his family were charter members of that church born out of an old-fashioned tent meeting conducted by Dr. Paul Johnson.  Dr. Johnson at that time was a teacher at Tennessee Temple University, Chattanooga, TN.  Dr. Johnson was a home-town boy from Lumpkin and his parents were still members of that church while I was there.  They were my dear friends and godly Christians happy to support their new pastor.  I salute their memory as I point you to Dr. Mike Stevens’ website and this little video where he tells you How to Get to Heaven.  Dr. Stevens’ website: http://www.drmikestevens.com

How to Get to Heaven (Click Link)

http://youtu.be/GxYihqWsxJQ

Dr. Mike shown here with his guitar.  Mike is an accomplished musician and experienced Gospel preacher.  A successful pastor and now serving the Lord in evangelism.  Preaches to thousands each year.

The Blood of Jesus Christ

Billy Graham Preaching

Dr. Billy Graham has preached hundreds of sermons, perhaps thousands. But none more important than this one on the precious blood of Jesus Christ.  Here is Billy Graham at his best.

“The Blood of Jesus Christ.”

http://youtu.be/Zjysiv5i7kI

If you have an unsaved loved one, point them to this message.  I spoke to a man that I had known to be the town bootlegger in a little town in Georgia.  He had lived a very ungodly life.  He very happily told me he had been saved watching Billy Graham on TV.  He died a short time later.  This is a great message that all need to hear.

Here is another sermon by Dr. Graham, “Born Again.” What does this Bible term mean?  How can a person be “born again?”  Is it possible for a sinner to turn from that sin and experience a new birth?  Listen as Billy Graham makes this important Bible subject crystal clear from the Scriptures.  Click this link:

http://bit.ly/wr1kfI “Born Again.”