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08 Free to Rest

Mark Howard Kameron DeVasher
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Ah, camera, baser, and I'm mark howard, and this is talking points. We are now on less than 8 of our 3rd quarter of the year 2021. The whole thing called rest in christ. And this less than the titled free to rest. So we're very tied into this theme still about rest and pastor, how would you repair the talking points for this week? So give us know, what did we find in this week? less well, this week's lesson draws primarily from the stories of the paralytic, whose friends let him down to the roof of my jesus. And then also the story of the line. Jo, when you have the encounter on mount carmel and then the follow up running off to mount horrible and drawing from that. The concepts of forgiveness in order to find rest. And then freedom from depression. That's kind of where the lesson goes and we'll talk about that a little bit more. All right, so we're going to look for physical things to spiritual things and a lot of things are touched on in this lesson. So no doubt there's a lot to talk about and so we need to get dive in. But before we do that, let's start with the word prayer gently, father, thank you so much for the opportunity to study your word. Thank you for being god who communicates to us and not just on overarching things, but on practical realities of life, to in this lesson or looking at some practical things that help us to understand it and make that application by your holy spirit in our lives. We pray in jesus name. Amen. Amen. I brother howard. What are talking voices week? Well, let's, let's look at the intro a little bit. First of all on Saturday afternoon, just the 3rd paragraph. The lesson says this week we look at 2 very different examples of healing. In the one, the suffer was so ill that he could not even come to jesus on his own. His symptoms were clearly visible to everyone. In the other, there were no obvious visible symptoms in both cases. Healing came in god's time and way. And as I mentioned, you're going to look, we're going to the paralytic. And then the story of elijah. Now the talking points that I have drawn out are number one, physical and spiritual healing are inseparable. To go together. We find that from sunday and mondays lessons. Ok, talking point number 2, salty expectations lead to spiritual despondency. And that is draw from tuesday, Wednesday, and finally drawn from thursday lesson, laboring for others. Is the cure for despondency ment. Okay, are you going to put the sure fire cure but you know, then when we do the videos, camera, you know, think if the point goes long, then you have the kind of the return weird on this is which are we like that that I have read recognize that like our little half page limitations here on a thing and the lower thirds you put in here like it, it seems like frustrating. Like why can't we just say everything we want? Well, there's not time and place for that. So it's helpful tool to have to trim everything down to the most clear as the sink state. Right? So anyway, those are the 3 talking points. Physical, spiritual, healing are inseparable, full text back taishan to lead to spiritual despondency and laboring for other carrier, for despondency. OK, so let's talk about how physical and spiritual healing are separable. Anybody who has done a bible study on health and avenue bible study and health is going to find their john, verse 2 there. John is just one chapter and verse 2. Money to read that. And this is not in the lesson by the way, it is verse, but the concept is and so this is the 1st thing in my mind, sir john to parcel says, beloved, i pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health just as your soul prospers, and typically we explain that as the relation john here is saying that one prospers of the other. The physical as well as speaking, not a disembodied spirit or we are a soul. We have a soul for your life. The bible is sometimes so your spiritual life and your physical life go hand in hand. Now that lesson highlights that as it takes us to the story of the healing, of paralytic and Mark chapter 2, and in the healing. Of course, if you review the lesson, you know that this man, as it said in the introduction his, he couldn't get to jesus and his friends brought him. But the great burden of heart for him was the physical. I'm sorry, the spiritual healing, not the physical healing, and you get that implication pretty clearly from scripture, but then you go to desire of ages on it. Right? So we are so in scripture, the 1st thing jesus does is not healed a man's body. Now that's ironic is most people who came to jesus for healing. You see him healing the physical morality. So why in this case are the 1st things here all the trouble they go to to get him to jesus? Why the 1st thing jesus address is your sons, are some a son, be a good cheer your sense of forgiven? Well, he knew that was the burden of this man's heart. And there's a lesson in that that the, in fact I should bring out that our quarterly lesson highlights that his paralysis was the result of his sin. They refer to the desire of ages who gives the back story. I just put a little bit of the quote here in our handout to verify just to 67.2. His disease was the result of the life of sin. And his sufferings were embittered by remorse. So it's almost like 2 problems a, he's got the physical problem, but the remorse on top of it. So you've got both the spiritual and the physical go well, then you have a current current, then current mindset that all suffering as a result of is a curse of god because of your actually the consequence of your action. But it's actually no. Yeah. So he knows he's got the consequences, but in addition to that it must be punishing him. And if God punishing him then god certainly not going to forgive it. Spirit. So he's got that. And so jesus is addressing that when he comes into the situation that the paralysis of, as a result of the fan, and he knew that demand long for forgiveness. I have also a note in here in the, in the quarterly makes a point of as well, that good living in the quarterly mentioned that we have health principles in the bible. And those health principles are to safeguard us both physically and spiritually. But as I noted here, all good living is no guarantee for segment, right? They make a point again, segments, as long as we're in the sense that the world there will be no guarantees of health, no matter how diligently fall health principal say, well, throw me out. No, no, they're good for what they do, but they are not the panacea. They don't care at. All right, so what's interesting in this story is jesus heals the man and I want you to read from our handout here very just to 68 paragraphs, 3 and for the burden of despair rolls back from the sick man soul. The peace of forgiveness rests upon his spirit and shines out upon his countenance. His physical pain is gone and his whole being is transformed. The helpless paralytic is healed. The guilty center is pardoned in simple faith. He accepted the words of jesus as the boon of new life. He urged no further request, but lay in blissful silence too happy for words. The light of heaven. It radiated his countenance and the people looked with all upon the scene. Now you would, you would read this in assume maybe at 1st glance without reading the rest of the ages that this must have after the physical healing. Well, just say his physical pain is gone, right? But the emphasis is clearly the sin, sick soul. But if you read it in desire ages, the physical healing hasn't even taken place yet. In other words, this paragraph comes in and then the religious leader start talking and saying who this man thinks he can bring in. You know that you may know the power, the son of man has power and then he heals the body. So the context of this statement where it says the helpless paralytic is healed. The good is highlighting the spiritual healing. And I think it's important to note in the lesson is trying to bring this out. There is never such thing as god always wants to completely heal the person and more so spiritually and physically, which is why there are many. As we mentioned, a person can live and follow all the help principals and everything, and still suffer. There are some of you who are watching. There are some of you who are teachers cervical teachers who suffer from illness and you prayed for deliverance and wondered why god has it physically healed when he can physically heal. But god will always, spiritually he'll and ultimately will physically he'll as well. But that timing of that physical healing may not be right away. Well if you make that contact, then he says he earn no further request. That was your point. If that's all that jesus did, he'd have been a happy man. That's huge enough for the request, but lay in blissful silence you have before it goes, he didn't stand up. So he wasn't. But just even in his stuck condition, he was really happy just laying there, enjoying the forgive my friends, come and get me to you know, tell me to carry me back home, right. Fine. Yeah. Which, which I couldn't help when I read this thinking. How much do we value? Yes. The assurance of forgiveness. Yeah. Since forgiven. And you know this man, I was it like I go through life as a cripple. I'm fine. Yeah. And we would, I think like a good winner, my leg. You think like I'm good. It's incredible. But jesus did end up healing the man physically as well. And I don't know if you read the paragraph monday paragraph to and the quarterly. I thought it was a good note here, says because we are often unaware of a disease until we notice the symptoms. We often think of the disease as, as merely the symptoms. We think that getting rid of the symptoms means healing. Jesus approaches disease very differently. He knows the root of all suffering these and wants to treat this 1st. I think this is important as we seek to minister to people needs. Now this is, this is I found a statement that we're going to look at here in a 2nd. But we often talk and rightfully so about when we're trying to reach people with spiritual truth, it's important to meet their physical needs as well. In fact, we typically will seek to feed me to meet a person's physical needs 1st because it wins confidence, right? And for good reason, the counsel to do that. Now we are happy, right? But what can happen and we see happening a lot in our church. We discussed this is there are a lot of felt needs ministries that never get around to the spiritual. Now, as I go, I'm going to help them and I'm going to meet their needs here. They're hungry or they're there. They need shelter, they need that now. But we don't get around to addressing the spiritual. And so this is where the lesson is trying to tie the 2 together that you can't have one without the other ultimately. And there's an interesting statement from the book, ministry, healing. Why don't you read that for us is are at the page 77. The bottom of the page here. Yeah. Ministry like 77. The parallel is found in christ healing for both the soul and the body. Ok. And she's commenting on this very story. We're looking at right, he needed health of soul before he could appreciate health, a body which by the way is upside out of what we typically hear. But he needed the spiritual 1st right before the physical malady could be healed. Christ must bring relief to the mind incleanse the soul from sin. This lesson should not be overlooked. They are today 1000 suffering from physical disease, who like the paralytic or longing for the message by sins are forgiven the burden of sin with its unrest and unsatisfied desires is the foundation of their maladies deposit from it the foundation. So in other words, this is saying there are in fact element make a statement elsewhere and I forget off the top my head, you may remember that many people die. The result of diseases die of disease is the result of which is almost wholly imaginary. In other words, the mind has a power limits is can actually manifest and physical ailment. And that's going to lead us into the whole idea of despondency in a minute. But, but health of health of soul rightness with god, has a direct effect on the physical well being. Well, the statement continues, they can find no relief until they come to the healer of the soul. The piece which he alone can impart would restore the vigor to the mind and health to the body. You know what I had heard other people thing and maybe I thought it myself, but this term disinterested, benevolence. I just want to do the good for the physical meet the temporal needs and then and I think we've come to, maybe it's just me again, have come to view that is an interested benevolence. But I'm not interested in your spiritual, i'm only interest. But I think which what, when she talks about christ distance but he was interested in your background or your social economic and religious or whatever. The other issues are what I'm going to get out of it, right? Yes, I'm not, I'm just doing it for the sake, but the ultimate good in that benevolence is spiritual as well. I physical and that's the take away here is that you don't, we need to minister to people's physical needs and emotional needs. But god forbid, we neglect the spiritual because it's tied together person never going to have that to rest until they have the spiritual healing which leads us to the next story. The left dives into is the story of life and talking about olaja when he ran, we're not going to recount the whole thing. But when I like to run this from, you know, he, after mount carmel, the fire comes down from heaven and he's a 5th grader form. And then he, you know, word comes back that jazz bell is going to kill you, and he's off. And he run to illustrate how, how, how disconnected, I think we think spiritual and physical or sometimes even when I was reading through this and it said we're going to hear 2 stories of healing. One of the men, the paralytic, and got it. The other one is Elijah, it's like when, when, when was he? Great. We so tie the only healing is physical. That is I think it's an interesting thing to look at a larger as an example of healing. That's right. But, well, you know, the lesson goes into and I'm going to divert a little bit here. The lesson talks a lot about allied to going into depression and talks about things that triggered in depression and almost terminology. The one would expect to be used with a clinical depression, which I think would be unfair to our viewers who have clinical depression, despondency and discouragement or not equivalent to clinical depression. Right. And so the left and I know wasn't trying to bring that out so, so I'm little loose with the term male. I'm going to use what I'm talking about olaja. I'm using the term despondency. He got discouraged and the point talking point number 2 is faulty expectations lead to spiritual spawn as he had expected. I mean look, fire came down from heaven in response to his prayer and he expected that there's the evidence. I mean, all israel's going to return to God, stop worship, mean bail. King a have is going to get some backbone. He's going to tell this is why it is a profit of bay a look. I'm not listening to you anymore. Listen to God. And you know, he goes up the mountain with an expectation of fire and he gets fire. That's exactly what I'm saying. Like you do to has this is my raise exactly. God for rain and just the late have no, but the slightest. Like he doesn't wait for big thunder cloud if you look up. That's it. But he had 3 half years. I'm going to shut this plant by the word of god and it shut down. He said, I'm going to turn it back on when you and it comes with a metal. So everything every expectation of it has been met. Right. And so why was this final act of the great revival? Right? Yes, no, that's so much. And so when he comes, his prayer, lord says, what are you doing here lies you desire to die? I'm not better than my father is his father isn't always referring to your direct lineage, but the forefathers just read assessors. The prophets who went before him, you know, they hadn't been able to effect the great reform, but now alive is going to affect the great reform and know better. Because what happens, i mean, how did jazz bell get word out that he's going to die? Why did may have leave he let a have back in the rain? Right. Right. Need to have is going to say no, you're not home and he's not going to go. You're not going to go after that prophet of god, he's going to. But So eliza was, was discouraged because he expected a different outcome. And I think oftentimes are discouragement doesn't come from the fact that god forgot us. And he's off somewhere on a journey to rephrase it. But that we expected him to work in a way that he didn't work mercy. And so the lesson kind of highlights that in the whole still small voice encounter. Right, we're going to and I thought this was interesting camera, god. Like we always talk about the story, how god spoke to elijah in a still small voice, but he didn't start speaking that way. In other words, he came to the cave, they had a conversation. What are you doing? You're olaja. They were and then he says, go out, come out with him, i'm going to go out. Meet me at a earthquake. I mean, he starts rolling out these, well, things that matches expectation. That's right. Where was all this before, you know? And but then the final upshot is, god then speaks and still small voice is like, this is how I thought that's right. And it was, that was intended to be in a lesson for elijah, then listen. You're expecting all this big stuff and if you don't see the big stuff you don't think I'm working. But I'm going to show you that most of the time. I speak in very quiet. And so when I'm working very quiet in several ways. When you read that, when it says profits and kings there in the middle. Yeah. Yeah. And I went to what I was 68. Ok. Not in mighty manifestations of divine power, but by a still small voice. Did god choose revealed himself to a servant he desired to teach, elijah, that it is not always the work that makes the greatest demonstration that is the most successful in accomplishing his purpose. When we need to so good and we've talked about the work like do we get or evangelism or administration, anything that even good works for the Lord. Much less than your own home or something like that. You would think that are to spiritual things. Got really going to let the fire role listen how many times we in our conference to so you know, we in addition to our other responsibilities, just inherited the responsibility of Public evangelism planning. And of course, we've been involved in that, in our ministries, but how many times after a public evangelistic meeting, do you have maybe one or 2 interests instead of 9 or 10 interests? Why we do that? We spend money because we didn't have the big show that we expected the course that was remind people how many did jesus have at the end, a history and a have your campaign like they were all shot and crucify and it wasn't until petticoat. So this, it takes time and the way it got to the point this is the point here is we, we feel like if things don't happen a certain way, then nothing happening. And how many times have you seen it, where god will bring a person in church or come in sometimes because the church itself isn't ready for 5 or 10 mercy. But that one person brings another reason another in and soon there's 10 people in the church because of that one person or that one person goes into ministry and wins. And over over time, you might end up with a better outcome qualitatively than you would have had for a bigger show at the front end. That would have seemed, oh this is the fire we need it right. Anyway. Good point. So far, the expectations lead to spiritual despondency in just drawing the I thought this is an interesting statement. Again, we're trying to draw a distinction between something like a clinical depression. We're talking about despondency. We're ellen white says in profit and kings 162. Incidentally, most of these quotes are from the chapter is dealing with the bible stories we looked at, Mark happy to in the paralytic and desired ages. And then there's 2 chapters on elijah in the whole, mount carmel experience and then the follow up several chapters. Who profit thinking, go live, they're all power. These are all sitting directly to the illustration. Yes. Yeah. And it says into the experience of all their come times. So this experience of all and again I'm clinical depression is not all, but everybody gets discouraged times. There come times of keen disappointment in other discouragement days when sorrow is a portion and it is hard to believe that god is still the kind benefactor of his earth born children. You probably go, where are you guys? What are you just deciding that to be nice today? I you know that those kinds of things enter the mind of all. It's interesting out, you look at that next. It goes a few pages later or one page, 164 where it says there, but hope encourage. Yeah, hope encourage or essential to perfect perfect service for god. These are the Fruit of faith. Despondency is sinful and unreasonable. Who so I figured we better. Yes, I was the simple reasonable i should ever be sorry for that and what she's saying and in that it's in the context of hope and courage or the Fruit of faith. And you think about it? Well, when am I despondent? It's when I start doubting, like if I always could keep focused on the fact that god's in control, no matter why, it doesn't matter what the situation looks like, I think krogan has is the, he's allowed this, then I wouldn't be despond. Despondency is when I start to question, where is god and this is where light was. He kind of ran from what I don't know what was happening and he turned from the path god had him on which we're going to be in a minute. And so it's in that context, he says, despondency is sinful as unreasonable as the opposite of faith. Right. And seems to say that something simple and unreasonable is making it a choice like you are. You have, you have the opportunity through evidences of god to choose hope and courage and stay. That's right. But instead, you are wilfully resigning yourself to a, a state of a sorrow that is completely unnecessary that whereas i think you rightly made a difference from clinical depression, which you're not trying to get into psychologist chair here. And we certainly don't want to be health Care professionals, but there seems to be clearly difference between someone genuinely suffering from and a whole nother level of difference, a psychological, whatever between someone who is a worker for god, who has evidence of his leaving and chooses to remain in a faithless, hopeless bond, as you'd like to know if you're in that condition and God is giving you this, you can get up well, believe that god gives power to everybody to choose. And you can choose that pretend, you know, in this case, just to trust the Lord. Remember, faith is not feeling just because you're not going to, I'm not saying you're going to feel positive. But sometimes we have to choose to be positive. You know, I don't feel it, but I know god's in charge anyway. I don't see him in charge. I don't see him up there on his throne. I don't see him making sure everything, but I trust that he is kind of thing. Well then in light of that trust, i think it takes you to the 3rd talking point there. If people have the option for either faith and hope or despondency in despair, how do they pull out? Is a very practical question, but I like your I don't have with statement here, but there's a statement where it says it's been laboring for others or working for others that we forget ourselves. Never knows despondency. The more you think about yourself and you, despondency the more you get. So you are going to say, yeah, well, if the 3rd talking point is been really laboring for others, is the cure for despondency that there is Hope. There is a way god has provided it. Get up and go to work. That's right. Yeah. We see that in the story larger. What do us out here, elijah? First of all the question, what are you doing here? I had you over here. God had him in one place, but alive went his own way and how many we could ask ourselves if I were god would have me to be gay and the cure god devised is Elijah. I want you to go back and read versus 15. 1617. I want you to go back, you got work to do yet, you know g U and you got to go over here and get this. And elijah is going to be your. So he put him back to work and your and this cure still works for worse for us today. A couple statements here. Profit kings, $0.16 for the disheartened. There is a sure remedy, faith, prayer, work, faith and activity will impart assurance and satisfaction that will increase day by day. I know that there's a whole great section on that if you continue profit and king. Now the next statement here, and I'm sorry, I didn't include the reference, we can look at it and I'll put the reference in the outline later. But once you read best medicine, you can give the church is not preaching or sermonizing, but planning work for them. Mercy if set to work the despondent would soon forget their despondency. The weak would become strong, be ignorant, intelligent, and all would be prepared to present the truth is in jesus. They would find it unfailing helper in him who has promised to save all who come to him by faith. So there are couple things that strike me. First of all, the quarterly had mentioned with the paralytic that oftentimes we look at the symptoms. And we don't realize the real need and oftentimes we look at the physical need. If we saw like jesus that we see there is a spiritual need underneath it. And in the same way when we look to cures, we look to cure the symptoms. And in this case, if we could really see, as god sees we would prescribe what got prescribed and this isn't just life. You find it throughout the scripture that god puts people to work. The disciples you put them to work and put them to work. He calls people to work and they, they quit focusing on themselves and challenges. And I'm not saying we should never think about that. Well, of course there is chief of all cyber come away and rest a while. There are occasions for that. But if you're stuck in this cycle of, I don't see success, i don't know that the cure is not more thinking about it taking more time to really reflect if I will find somebody who needs more help than the world going on. Exactly. And you know, that's what he did for elijah, that's what he does for us. All right, well, in conclusion then on Friday, also from this is also in 5 from profit thinking pretty much everything on the whole back pages. It's quotes that are tied to a larger story, but have direct application for us today. And the lesson has some good quotes, but I like this one better from name, get the status quo. If you can make that. All right, you want to read it to me, go ahead. Sorry. This is from preach profits in kings 174. Despondency may shake the most heroic faith and weak in the most steadfast will. But god understand, and he still please and loves. He reads the motives and the purposes of the heart to wait patiently to trust when everything looks dark. Is the lesson that the leaders in god's work need to learn. Heaven will not fail them in their day of adversity. Nothing is apparently more helpless, yet really more invincible than the soul that feels its nothingness and relies wholly on god. Great, great statement. Well, I think there's a lot of great fodder for good sabbath school discussion this week. So I'm looking forward to my local class and hopefully yours be a blessing as well. But as we closed pastor howard, can you give us a word? Yes. Let's pray. Father in heaven. We just thank you for the testimony of your word. Lord, we know that there are those even reviewing this talking point presentation who may be suffering from questions of forgiveness or from despondency and discouragement. I pray that this would be help to them. And perhaps those who have struggle with these things can be help administering to others who are still struggling with them in our service were classes as we share the stories from scripture. And the evidence is from your word, from inspiration to encourage assurance in sense of since forgiven and the blessing of laboring for others and helping them to come to know and rest in our savior. Jesus christ we asked previously ah.

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