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Sinking In the Mire - Part 1 of 2

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May 7, 2020 12:00 am

Sinking In the Mire - Part 1 of 2

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May 7, 2020 12:00 am

“Save me, O God; for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me” (Psalm 69:1-2).

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That might sound like a strange expression to some people but it's a biblical one hear people out in the world say something I will. I'm at my wits end of next biblical also. But that's what this expression is all about just reaching the place that will matter how hard I tried to get out of the miry clay input one step ahead of the other.

I keep sinking down. If you've had some experience with those feelings.

I trust that the message today will be a help to you uses some very interesting and vivid analogy as he describes his own experience and that which is experience of many of the Lord's people what's said I'm like a spiral alone in the house top, I'm likely how will the district like the pelican of the wilderness.

If you tried to describe your situation and those terms today person who was unacquainted with the Scripture would think you would slipped off the deep end on earth is wrong with that person. But they paint a picture they describe the forest very well where we are in some of our trap wants to look at one today in Psalm 69 reading verses 1 to 3 save me au gratin for the waters are come in unto my soul. I sink in the mire where there is no standing, I'm coming to deep waters for the floods overflow only I'm weary of my crime. My throat is dry my eyes fail while I wait for my God, and then verse 14 delivery account of the mire and let me not sink but may be delivered from them that hate me and out of the deep waters sinking in the mire. William Gantry, an English preacher wrote in his journal of experience being at one time by the river Nile and a man jumped from about attempting to get on the shore and jumped into this type of mud designated as mire or as we might better know it as quicksand and he said I sewing begin to sink. The man struggled, but he was in. It was impossible for him to deliver himself, that I was horrified to watch him going deeper and deeper and deeper and he was in clear up to his chest.

When finally, two men on the boat were able to extend health and rescuing before he would've been swallowed up and die. That's what we find here that was no doubt in David's mind when he said I sink in deep mire for the regional standing can't get my feet on anything that solid, they say, when you're in the mire in the quicksand that the more you struggle the more rapidly you go down so from a spiritual standpoint, what does it mean what's it mean to us.

Now there are portions of the Psalm that are messianic and there are several references in the New Testament the direct quotes from the Psalm, so there are some things that pertain to our Savior Jesus Christ look at it from a practical standpoint, just as David struggled with this situation. How is it with us. What we mean over small might be said that your sinking in the mire when your discovery you might be troubled over conditions worldwide in the changing of circumstances in our own country to the point that you become depressed.

Indeed there's a lot of depressing new that we are confronted with in this day and time and then you read about the violence the world over about Christian's that are being put to death in prison persecuted you say how long could it be before we face some of in our own country. Already it is evident that there is a growing hatred for Christianity. Even in America. If you spent a lot of time reading materials pertaining to these difficulties start looking at the new or particularly if you follow some of those that go a step become an talk about all of the conspiracies which are supposedly the collapsing people become so consumed with their interest in those conspiracies if they lost sight of every truth that one time professionally.

You might be sinking in the mire because you say I'm fearful what the future holds. Imagine what I actually like them throat. Even if I pass off to see what would happen to my children, grandchildren, or maybe troubles at work. It's easy to get depressed if you're having problems every day you work with difficulty, you have a boss that's impossible, and unreasonable. I'm sinking in the mire I don't I don't I don't how much more. The second type, it may be that the job has brought about financial problems to sink, which can't be properly compensated when talk to Bill the phone this week so I just got notice that my pension is going to be cut in half. The lifeless greatly troubled had undergone senior still in the past. I don't have a going to make it but I know he'll help us. But here's a woman who was very disturbed to understand why such news would be disturbing in some cases marital problems. Problems go on week after week, month after month, year after year. People stay together lease with the hope that is to go to sometime get better but often it seems there's no progress maybe getting worse rather than better. The person say I I'm just at the end of my rope. How much more cannot handle things are just not right. We can even communicate we act like strangers with even know each other. There's no meaningful communication.

We just are two individuals living on the same roof.

But what Mary told me long since slipped away. Family problems some lettuces just can't believe what I'm encountering some of the attitudes of my children.

Some cases they may have been influence by outside sources. Some cases, the calls may not be readily seen, but troubles within a family, children who become rebellious make life extremely difficult sometimes a mother, particularly one who is trying to homeschool her children. She has to study she has to prepare the lesson. She's with these children day in and day out. A lot of work. I've heard some say I'm just at my wits end.

I'm just ready to teach in the time so discouragement can be one of the things it would cause us to say I'm sinking in the mire of battle with the flesh.

With this old sinful nature of hours even if you have been born again.

The old Adam nature is still there.

It has been eradicated. You have to deal with it on a daily basis. Sinful thoughts and desires. The plague sometimes encounters with people who have fallen into sin, and will say I can't believe that I did what I did some money and told me some years ago I would've come to this place in life.

I said no I don't think I can happen to me. Well, the faults can come before there's action and a person may be troubled, and rightfully so, if indeed there is persistent evil thoughts coming in your mind racing arteritis I just never imagined that I would even such thoughts on troubled mind. Spurgeon said we know little about what lies in our deceitful hearts inconvenience blasphemers murderers last there is enough in the heart of any man to make a full-grown if restraining grace did not prevent most people don't have that view of themselves.

They think more highly of themselves and they talked but even the apostle Paul, a man unusually gifted man called to a special work had to still deal with the flash so in Romans chapter 7 verse 24 pieces old wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from the body of this death, but he didn't give up in despair because I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord, so that with the mind I myself serve the law of God with the flesh the law of sin old wretched man that I own the deep trouble that I feel the conflict that rages but he said I thank God there's help through our Lord Jesus Christ. The book of Colossians read in chapter 3, beginning with the third verse for your dad and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, eventually also appear with him in glory. Mortify therefore, because positionally you are dead dead to sin. Now put it into practice. Mortify, which means to kill. Therefore your members which are upon the earth fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil can competence and covetousness which is idolatry. I want all those words mean speaks of fornication is immorality any kind of sexual activity outside of marriage between a man and a woman. No matter what the popular trend may be the matter how people will try to defend as an excuse and save two people really care about each other, or if in fact they hope someday to be married, then surely there's nothing wrong with having that intimate relationship God says it's a sin. So when a person participates.

They are rebelling against God. Fornication, uncleanness, impurity. It begins with evil thoughts.

If you find there evil thoughts plaguing you.

You give in to those you mull them over your mind, you get a certain pleasure out of thinking about going dangerous ground because evil thoughts lead to evil actions and then evil concupiscence. It's evil desires, passionate desires inordinate affection. All this speaking of lust forbidden activities, but it begins with thoughts and there are so many things around in the world today to stimulate the install the pictures that are used in advertising programs on television the things that are common fair today would've been a violation of FCC standards. Just a few years ago. Others plenty of corruption in us all to be easily stirred, even with outside influence. Jesus said that it's from the heart. That corruption arises, but when you see that there are so many things to entice us to think about that which is evil in our human nature is ready to respond as shaking our adversary is seeking to entice us and lead us down the wrong path. And if you're struggling with evil thoughts with temptations. You might readily say I sink in the mire. I just feel like I'm about to go down for the count. I don't know how to deal with this another thing might be a struggle with unbelief may have some doubts about basic truth that viewed grown-up believing the Bible being satisfied that it is God's word and out of nowhere that comes about.

You begin to question how can I be really sure how can I know that the Bible is authoritative. How can I know that it's God's book what might be some of the specific teachings that are in the book you have doubts you can have doubts about your own salvation fact that may be connected with some of the evil thoughts that disable if I'm a child of God. Why do I have the storage spot. I have these temptations. I felt that if I was being sanctified. I wouldn't have this kind of trouble begin to sink in the mire questioning what you had a real experience of grace. You have doubts about your sins being forgiven over and over again and counsel have talked to people who said I still struggle so much with the guilt of sins committed years ago. I've confessed them by the grace of God have overcome the but they still haunt me. Here's God's promise. If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to forgive us our sin and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness that it might be just general afflictions that are pressing you down quickly. Swiftness with which troubles came to Joe. It was a man who was prosperous matter was healthy man who had everything going for him and in short order. One messenger follows another to telling you been the themes of carried away your flocks and your herds is reduced from wealth, having nothing than its health is gone and he has sores all over his body and his wife comes and discusses why don't you curse God's man lost everything, in short order. Nothing we have in this life is absolutely secure.

You may have a good job. You may have a nice place to live. You may have money in the bank.

All of that can be swept away quickly under a variety of circumstances. It may be sickness sickness that just drags on for success. I guess I'm just weary. I'm tired of hurting him tired of being sick.

Sometimes it's the individual is trying to care for the person sick Sam I'm confined. I can't do anything else mistaken. Try to minister this person that I want to do and I love them but I'm I'm just drawing.

I feel like I'm sinking in the mire and maybe the loss of a friendship, it may be grief over a friend or family member that's going astray, how heartbreaking it is to see somebody take the wrong turn in life person that seen for a while to be traveling the right course. But it's the marriage of a relatively distant family members. A lot of it's close in your family you hear there getting a divorce and you're shocked I never thought to be the last people become depressed over now talking about some of the things were and we might indeed conclude with all of these troubles I'm sinking in the mire was think about how we get there. How do we get to that place. I would get to that place with regard to discouragement. It's properly concerned about the conditions that we see prevailing in the world over, and particularly about those in their own country, but that to drive us to prayer, not despair. If you become depressed over becomes evident you forgotten God is on the throne. God works his will in the Army in heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth and can stay is Hannah sending him.

I've had people who want me to read vast amounts of literature that talked about all of the conspiracy is going on in the essay will I don't want to spend my time with that I'm called to preach the gospel not preach conspiracy as it maybe you need to take account of the fact that God is on the pillow. I know that I know that I don't hear that. If you are troubled. If you're worried if you're sinking in the mire you need to remember God is still in charge.

There is no conspiracy that God didn't know about nobody going to blow this planet of God through it, but you get there when you forget troubles at work could be because you're partly responsible. Sometimes it can be a difficult boss, but sometimes you may not have the right spirit and attitude when you call in number of years ago that listens our daily broadcast and she said the but drive her to preach this morning and you were talk about what kind of a attitude were to have it work and I just want to tell you that I'm in a difficult situation. I was passed over for promotion.

I should've gotten that I was entitled to it. I deserved it and I didn't get it. You could tell she was upset she said how do you think out 1/2.

I said like a Christian that you must still be kind and gracious and considerate and respect those in authority as long poles to set I'm afraid of already bonded. I went in a game. I'm also fearful I said then your next step is to go back and apologize and admit you were wrong you might get depressed at work. Just because you got the wrong attitude you're looking around at other people and saying why don't I get all the hard jobs. How is it that I'm not appreciated and began to complain.

The Scriptures tell us that when we go to work were to remember that we're going there as workers for Jesus Christ. Another change your whole attitude about the job. The workplace and everybody that you have been You may be depressed over some your financial conditions and that might be. As a result of the fact you failed to follow biblical principles in the past. You are a good steward of what God gave that some things come on us if we have no control over Job's losses were not because he was a bad manager was within the province of God that God allowed this trouble to come in the Job's life, and it may come to us in like manner, but sometimes it may be because we spent when we didn't have we spent our money foolishly. We bought things that were not to the glory of God.

We were selfish and greedy about family problems.

How do you get there will generally family problems don't flare up overnight. It's something that is result of long-term activities long-term faith. Ephesians chapter 4 verse 26 be angry and sin not let not the sun go down upon your wrath, neither give place to the devil to get upset, get over it settled at bay for the sun goes down, don't take it to bed with you don't get up mad the next morning people that harbor anger and bitterness evil thing that springs up in the files. Many the Scriptures tell us the psalmist described the situation in a unique way he was sinking in the mire, but he found relief, the Lord brought them out planted his feet on the rock. And indeed that's the hope that we have in our troubled times to find strength and hope in the Lord our God, I encourage you to write a short visit our website at Baptist Bible, our Docktor preacher. Next time, this is Sarah Bradley Junior pitting you goodbye and may God bless and be a nice and I and be in all and all

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