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August 19, 2020 8:00 am
We all could use some encouragement and we'll find it together today through the Bible base preaching of Dr. Don Wiltern on this edition of. Yes, this is the encouraging word featuring Dr. Donz message today on When Your Heart Is Broken, wrapping up what we began yesterday with more insight from scripture, more insight from God's word about how God is ready to help us put back together our broken heart. And even in that brokenness, to see how God uses that that that mess every once in a while. Dr. Don talks about to become our message. We'd love to connect with you to encourage you directly on our phone line at eight six six, eight, nine nine word. That's eight six six eight nine nine nine six seven three. Or keyboard to keyboard on our Web site at TCW online. DRDO r.G. That's TCW online Dorji. We would love to connect with you.
And now, Dr. Don Wiltern, let me tell you what America's solution to problems is. I'll guarantee you, you've been the I have. What happens to us, folks, when we go through the survival courses of life, when we suffer that heartbreak, when we hurt so deeply, what happens to us? Here's what we do. We've been taught this get as busy as you possibly can be.
We get out our list. We say, I'm going to go to work early, come home later, I'm going to keep talking on the telephone, I'm going to write more letters. I'm going to run more miles. I'm going to be more busy. We surround ourselves with busyness. Why do we do that? Because our whole philosophy in life is that when we hurt, we need to clutter our lives to the point in which we don't have to think about it.
Now, here's what happens.
When we adopt that approach, and most of us do, if not all of us do that, that's the way we deal with problems. That's the way we deal with our broken heart. That's what we do in God begins to speak to us. We just throw busyness at it. God, you're speaking to me. You're drawing me into your heart. Well, I'll just do something else. I'd just go on another mission trip. I just get busy. I just teach another day. I'll just be at another service. I'll just do this. I'll do that. I'll run around. Yeah, I'll add another meeting. I'll just do this. The more busy I get, the more I don't have to think about it. God says, hold on. Sit down. Stop.
You know what happens when we don't do that? We become like living volcanoes. He ever studied the anatomy of a volcano.
Junk begins to be suppressed. When your heart is breaking and God is speaking to you and all you do is get busyness to shut out the pain, it all goes inside. Now, what happens when things go into your tummy? Yeah. Depression sets in headaches. More tablets, more prescriptions. Insomnia. Can't sleep at night. Manifestations of anger.
Attitude, hostility, twitches, illness, sickness. It might take six months. Maybe you can suppress it for two years, 10 years, 30 years. But eventually the lid is going to come off the volcano.
I have never seen a volcano that begins to erupt, that makes an announcement. Hello.
I think I'll just share a few of my hot little pieces of lava around the community.
Folks, gather round. Everybody. You gonna love the fireworks? No. When a volcano erupts, what happens? Great damage is done, folks.
Lava is hot, it burns. It destroys houses. It kills people. It it eliminates entire communities. It destroys the vegetation. And it just spews out, even if that mountain has been there building up for this moment, even for decades, for centuries, that which is inside comes out and causes great damage and great harm. And God is speaking to our hearts. Sit down. Stop. You're not doing anything for yourself by throwing something more at it or making another appointment or increasing your schedule. You've got to cut back. You've got to stop. You've got to slow down. You've got to sit down.
What did he do? What did he do?
He paid attention. He heard. He sat down. Number three. He wept. Oh, we don't like that. Now, the ladies in our midst don't have a problem with that. But we men do because it is almost impossible.
To be a real football fan and weep at the same time. It's not the manly thing to do.
That's why we say to our wives many times, just stop it. Turn the taps off, stop crying, sniveling. But folks, I want you to hear what God is saying to my heart.
You see, weeping is a volcano potential that is tucked away inside of me that if it doesn't come out, it's going to turn from water into lava.
It's going to change from a sweet saver to a foul stinking odor. It's going to turn from a blessing into a curse.
And all of us masquerade in life when your heart breaks. And here we find God's servant. He opened his ears and he listened.
He sat down. He wept. Note in the fourth place, he mourned. Now that word. They mourn doesn't mean anything, excepting that he adopted the attitude of a great death like loss. Why was mourning so significant as his heart broke? Because it is no different. My friend. To losing that which is closest to you when God begins to break my heart. You know, the number one loss that I suffer is me because I am in the way of God. I'm in the way of my people experiencing God. I am in the way of my wife. I'm in the way of my children. I am in the way. And God says to me, my son, Don, if you want to experience me and have a fresh encounter and live the abundant life, you've got to die to self. And so mourning is a very functional part of the process that I have to go through, that you have to go through when your heart breaks.
Otherwise, your heart is not breaking. But he didn't only mourn, he fostered. I don't know if you've ever fostered Wayne on a spiritual forced. It's a very incredible experience.
There's so much in the Bible about fasting. What is fasting about? You've got to be very careful when you fast because you are saying no to food, for example. There are many kinds of fast, but the most predominant one in the scripture is a total abstinence from food. You've got to be very careful, your health needs and watching opt in conjunction with your physician and your own personal station in life. There are just too many things involved and there are many different kinds of phos. You can go on one bill, one day in seven days and summit this time and that time. And from that's not the issue that I'm talking about. What happened here as his heart began to break. Is that God revealed to his servant what he had to do. You take food when you fast from food for one day or two days or three days. God begins to replace your hunger pangs with spiritual pangs. Instead of paying for food, you're paying for the grace of God. God begins to speak to you. What have you done? You've taken you've removed something that's very dear to your own heart. That, according to you and correctly so, is very necessary for you to live. And yet God will tell you that the only thing that you need to live is not just by bread alone. But it is by the word of God.
That's what he did. He heard and he sat down. And he whipped anymore and. And then he fostered. And then you can't help notice what happened there. He prayed. He fell on his face before God. And when you come down to a consideration of what happened, when your heart is broken before the Lord, when his heart was broken, before the Lord.
He prayed, first of all, with a great sense of. Of worship. Did you notice right in that opening verse in verse five? Oh, Lord God of Heaven, the Great, an awesome God who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and obey his commandments. There was a tremendous sense, a renewed sense of of worship.
I have sense that even among our people, I've sensed it without choir.
I've seen stood among our ministry team, I'm I'm sensing it in my own heart, I'm I'm asking the Lord that we're not coming even into these worship services on Sunday, that the Lord Jesus would allow me to just to. I just want to worship him, don't you? There's a sense of majesty in the presence of the Lord. I don't want to have any more hangups about what this and where that and how. I just want to worship the Lord. I want to be set free from my own self in his presence.
And I want him to know that that he is everything, that he's the centerpiece on the mantelpiece, that I'm worshiping him in spirit and in truth, that I'm turning my heart and my life over to him. And I'm saying, Lord, you alone are worthy of worship.
That's what I want.
There was a great sense of worship, but there was not only a great sense of worship here. There was a great sense of seriousness.
Because in verse five, we read this incredible sense of seriousness, so God would. Would you please listen?
Would you please listen?
When God breaks your heart, there's going to be a real sense of seriousness. Lord one I want to do in your presence is it is it's so serious. I want to be filled with your joy.
And I'm I'm serious about this. I mean, business Lord, I don't want this to be a flash in the pan. I I want. I want to be totally and radically changed and transformed. And I want my people to come into a fresh presence of the grace of God, not want you to pour out your grace upon me first in my family and my life and my people and and everything that I do. Lord, I'm serious about this.
I'm serious about it. Not only was there great saints of worship here, a great sense of seriousness, but there was a great sense of humility.
Forgive the interruption. We'll be back with the rest of his powerful message When Your Heart Is Broken with Dr. Don Wiltern in just a few moments. Dr. Wiltern, insist we take this pause, though, to remind you were available for you. Some of you are connecting online right now at TCW online, Dorjee. We'd love to get keyboard to keyboard with you. Answer your questions. Many are asking about the Jonie Erickson Toño book. Wonderful, inspiring, true story. That and the DVD. It's all available on our Web site. T. E. W. Online. Oh, R.G.. But while you're on our Web site, I pray you'd consider signing up for the daily encouraging word email. It comes from Dr. Don early in the morning with a bit of God's word, a bit of insight, an application from Dr. Don and truly can be a tool to launch your day in the very best of ways. Sign up online right now at TCW online, Dorji. And if you're like my bride, then maybe you want a hard copy. We can make that available free as well. Just look for the ways to ask for that on our Web site. Or you can call about it as well.
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Verse five and six. You can see it for yourself. There's an extra ordinary humility here. It's a quality of the soul that can only come from the heart and the holiness of God himself. It cannot be manufactured. You cannot sit up one morning and say, I'm just going to be humble. God does that for you. When he brings you a survivor back from the exam. Yes. With all your gaits burned down. And your walls destroyed.
And he looks into your heart and he sees that you you're hearing you're paying attention and you've sat down. You're giving yourself time to deal with the issue that you're weeping. You're mourning. You're giving yourself to fasting and prayer.
That you're prepared to worship him. And you you're serious about it. God will turn to you and begin to translate that into a great sense of humility.
God will do that. And it's interesting for me to note here in this particular passage in this wonderful pré. That this humility incorporated into its fabric, substructure three confessions. That were part and parcel of this sense of of humility. There were three confessions. Did you know them? First of all, it was a corporate confession, Nehemiah said. We, the people of Israel, have sinned against you. There was a corporate confession. Ought we not to be saying we, the American people, we Southerners, we men and ladies who live in Spartanburg, we the Chinese nation. We the African continent.
We, the South Americans, we the English, or we not to put into there, we who are part and parcel of the encouraging word, we who are members of First Baptist Church, we who are members of the we there was a corporate confessional here that was a natural God, given our growth of a sense of humility.
But there was not only corporate confession, there was personal confession. I. I stand before you as the chief of sooner's, he said, including myself.
Nehemiah was looking deep down into his own heart. God was putting out there right in front of him the leadership factor. He was saying, as for you and your house, what have you done? What are you making? What is your decision? How do you match up? There's the corporate confessional. There's the personal confession. But there was a third component to this. The generational confession. Did you notice that? He says and my father's house some time ago, I met together with a good friend of mine who was struggling with some very serious issues in his life. And he looked at me and he said to me, Posta. He said, the thing is that I struggle with this. But my father struggled exactly the same way. And my grandfather before that. And now my son is beginning to struggle. And as we talk to him and as we began to love and pray, we said, let's break this generational curse. I've heard of so many people who have said my my father was an alcoholic and now I'm an alcoholic and I have a son who's who's becoming an alcoholic. My father abused his mother. My mother and I abused my wife. And I know my son has got an abusive nature.
And that's exactly what he's talking about. My father was critical of the church and now I'm critical of the church.
My father was uncommitted to the things of God and and would never go and worship him, excepting on spiritual now. I struggle with that. My father was not interested in giving up his life to the Lord and serving him through the local church. Now I do the same thing. I don't do that either. My father was more interested in these other things. Now I'm far more interested in these other things. That's that's what's going on here. The spirit of humility produced out of him. This three folks that focused confessional, the corporate confessional. We all of us, me personally and my father's house, the generational confessional that comes into this. Oh, God.
Would you deliver me from this bondage when your heart is broken? But then he went from a sense of of unbelievable humility.
To a sense of what I call presentation. He presented his people to the Lord, he said, Lord, here are my people cut down on his knees. I really believe in the presence of the Lord. And I don't know, maybe he raised his hand. Maybe he didn't. I don't know what he did. But I do know this. When his heart was broken, he began to say, Lord, please, my people in humility. I've I've corporately I've tried personally and and generationally. Lord, I present to my people, Lord, I present to you that family.
And I, I present to you those those students and teenagers in the youth group. And I, I present to you all those boys and girls and I, I present to you those marriages and and those lonely people and the ones who are struggling and those who've gone through divorce and those who are so sick in hospital and and those who are struggling and and those who are going through life backwards and those who just don't get it. And the angry and the displaced and the and. And Lord, I just I present to I Lord, I just present there was a there was a great sense of representation, but then there was a great sense of history.
When this heart was broken.
He began right there in verse. He said, remember the instruction you gave your servant? Moses was a great sense of history that began to food trait down into his heart. Why Moses, as God began to speak to him about years gone by. Oh, I'm praying that God would give to me just a God given brokenness, that I would look back and I would look back over the faithful men and women who have come even through this church and served him with such devotion and the people who have prayed for the likes of me.
I want to look back on a sense of history and see the great revivals that have swept across the Great Awakenings. I want to look back at the great Billy Graham crusades where where literally thousands of people are walking down the aisle saying, I want to give my heart to Jesus Christ. I want to go into the hills of Wales and into the minds of Wales and see the great Welsh revivals. And I want to say, oh, God, would you do it right? Yeah. Would you do it in Spartanburg? Would you be giving my heart? I won. I want to have a great sense of history. Lord, do it again. Do it again in my lifetime. Let me see this. Do it again.
Do it again.
Has a great sense of worship and a great sense of seriousness. And a great sense of humility and a great sense of representation. A great sense of history.
But there was also a great sense of delight. You can't help but miss that one. It's right there in the scripture, the Bible says in inversely lib, and it says this prayer that your servants who delight in revering your name, I want God to reawaken within me. You break my heart. Do whatever God wants to do. That I would read juvenile. My sense of delight, because I'm beginning to buy into the lie that is out there, that when you become a believer, life is filled with thou shalt not.
I want to go back to that ball game and and be able to shout and scream with the best of them. I want to be able to barbecue that chicken with delight in my heart. I want to be able to look at that scream. I want to look at my home and my life at my church. I want to have a sense of delight because Jesus Christ is my savior and my lord. And he has rejuvenated me. He's cleaned out my closet. And I have a brand new, fresh set of clothes to wear. And I look so good and I feel so good because I've got a sense of delight and joy in the Lord Jesus Christ.
That's what I want. That's what I'm praying for you. That's what I'm praying for you. But there was also a great sense of expectation. At last verse of that pray Lord, would you grant this today? I kind of thought Nehemiah must have been just like me because I love coffee right now. I don't want a white.
Lord, give it to me today. I want my heart to burn. I want it today. I want your heart to break today. I want my heart to break today. I want God to do it today.
And let me show you what he says about how he does it. You know how he does it. He does it by choosing you and me and bringing us into his presence and encompassing us about with the name of God, Jehovah.
That's how he does it when our hearts are broken. God points us into the heart and the holiness of God himself. And he says, I am the Lord, your God. And there is none like under me. And I am the beaver of your Wolds. And I am the one who reconstructs your broken gates. And I am the one who gives you all that you need. Come to me. I'm going to bring you back even to the land, and I'll put my hand upon you. And I'm going to bless you like you've never been blessed before.
Every head bowed in the presence of a great and a wonderful God. And Lord God in this place today in the name of Jesus Christ, I call upon your name for my people. I call upon your name to break our hearts, to ignite the fire within us that we, your servants, might know who you are. Oh, God.
That we might have a sense of worship and seriousness and humility, that we might have a sense of history, that you'll do it again. That we have a sense of present presentation and delight and expectation.
Because we are hearing and we have sat down. And we are weeping and we are mourning. We are fasting. And we all pray because you're bringing the survivors back from a. I pray this in Jesus name.
A man as we close out today's program. And when Dr. Don was praying, I was reminded of the power of prayer, especially in this particular mess between your heart is broken. I pray that you and I would realize that to be isolated is a terrible thing in the body of Christ, because the body of Christ literally is a global living organism that God has provided for us to encourage one another.
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