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Looking Back: Clearing Away the Trash We Regret, Part 2

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July 21, 2020 7:05 am

Looking Back: Clearing Away the Trash We Regret, Part 2

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July 21, 2020 7:05 am

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Everyone makes mistakes. No one's perfect and as a result, some of us have swept some old debris underneath the carpet, hoping it will never appear again. But in reality some of our blunders continue to haunt us. Perhaps as a broken relationship or one of our adult children who harbors poor feelings about his overbearing parents. Whatever the case, Chuck Swindoll invites us to revisit those issues in order to properly deal with the offense today on Insight for living, Chuck continues a message called looking back, clearing away the trash.

We regret and we begin with prayer. Now, Lord, we ask that the spirit that comes from your presence not only find residents within this assembly, but would have his way among us that you would soften the soil of our hearts for the sowing of the seed you would make our minds ready to hear truth that must be not only heard but acted upon. You would give us a willingness to obey, enable us in the process of absorbing spiritual food to get divine direction for our lives. So many voices clamoring for attention. Some so many attractive words and pictures laid before us so much to lure us to lesser loyalties to turn our attention to things that have no business being priorities.

Thank you for those who watch over our freedom who serve you and distant and lonely places harsh because of weather and terrain difficult because of the deceptive presence of an enemy that is cowardly to the core and yet doing it in the name of a false God watch over those who watch over us on this earth be kinder to us, our God, and as we look back. Give us a good perception on where we been enable us through your spirit to be painfully honest with ourselves, especially today speak to us. Our father in a very special way. As we look back and in the process of finding ways to clear away the trash regret from our lives and our Lord, we thank you for this opportunity. It really is a privilege to reach into the treasure that you have prospered us with and for us to give from it abundantly and generously we do so with gratitude today. The dear name of Christ, and everyone said amen site for living after today study by to download the free MP3 of today's complete presentation is available for you right now it Insight world.or/find healing in on Chuck's message called looking back, clearing away the trash. We regret Joel is a prophet announcing the warnings doomed to a nation that lost its way. Joel is a man about whom we know virtually nothing. His name means the Lord is God.

We do know that verse one we know he's the son of the whale. We know nothing of him.

Joel was a prophet who lived in the southern kingdom and he lived among a most disobedient people in fact so disobedient that the Lord sent devastating plagues against the land because of their refusal to repent, to face the truth of their lives and to come before God and to confess fully. There their sins. The transgressions times it becomes so hard and so devastating that Joel Wrightson says to the people they should tell their sons about it if they live to see the day.

Verse three. Tell your sons about it.

Let your sons tell their sons and their sons. The next generation.

Whether the telling verse two concludes has anything like this happened in your day. Well, what has happened three major plagues have come upon the land, locusts, drought and fire verse four, chapter 1 what the gnawing locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten what the swarming locust has left the creeping locust has eaten what the creeping locust is left. The stripping locust as he makes it. When you read a verse like that you can't get the feeling what I'm getting close to you that he describes them in ways that you can't forget them. Knowing those are the ones that cut the leaves off and the leaves drop in the module and that the tender part of of the chute after the leaf is dropped off. Then the swarming locust literally. The Hebrew is looking these come along behind the gnawing locust and they lick up they eat and devour that which is dropped to the ground. The creeping locust of those it pick up and consume what is left by the swarming locusts and then the stripping locust come and eat the bark from the plant or the tree of the crop, so the result is a white broomstick look in the form of just look like bamboo shoots. So all over the field and five verse seven describes them as white. It has made my vine waste my fig tree splinters.

It has stripped them bare, and cast them away. Their branches have become white and by the way when they come in swarms. It is like your hearing the sound of machinery. The roar of an engine coming and they are often coming in such a fixed swarm that the sun is blotted out, they can travel for hundreds of miles in a swarm and when they land and begin their process of knowing and and creeping and in the stripping, etc. what is left behind them is is dreadful, dreadful, along with the dropping of eggs that stay in the ground for number of years and when they pop up and they multiply and then they're back again to come every so many years when they come they leave devastation their weight, but this is a study on insects. This isn't about locusts.

This is about life as a matter of fact. What is interesting is that the Lord calls these piranhas of the sky, his army, his army that he has sent among the nation. The drought is there as well.

The drought is mentioned in verse 12 the fine dries up in the fig tree fails the pomegranate, the palm, the apple tree. All the trees of the will dry up. Indeed, rejoicing dries up that there is even the laughter we used to hear and in the village. Indeed, rejoicing dries up in a setting like that. We were all there on 11 September. No one was laughing the night of the 11th comedians even came on the late talkshow to say were totally out of the inappropriate and in what we normally do nothings funny. There isn't anything funny about looking back over your life.

It's been lived much of it in remorse and regret, especially if you have a conscience. 17 the seeds shrivel under their clods the storehouses are desolate. The barns are torn down. The grain is dried up how the beasts grown the herds of cattle wander aimlessly because there's no pastor. Even the flocks of the sheet so please is either rejoicing is dried up, as well as the apple tree in the fig tree in the vine in the pomegranate, the fire alone would be devastating. It's in verses 19 and 20.

Fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness.

The flame is burned up all the trees of the field. Even the beasts of the field pant for you for the water brooks are dried up. The fire has devoured the pastures of the wilderness. It's and its devastating scene you've ever seen a forest or an area that has been devoured by fire.

You know what is what is describing this has come from the Lord as he has brought it upon the people to bring them to their knees. In other words, these are nothing more or less than divine discipline that had come in the wake of disobedience you track me in this. These people have lived long before God. They have done what is wrong. They have stubbornly refused to tie down their lives. If you will enter speed right on and let the things blow wherever the result is been splintered set of circumstances that have resulted in relationship with the Lord that's broken in a relationship with others that is broken and that is exactly were some of you find your life exactly where you are today. You don't look like it, others can't tell being around you that it's true, but it's true quite probably in many lives. Listening to be right now.

I can tell you many of those years have been spent dealing with people wrestling with remorse. John Greenleaf Whittier, no pun intended. Wrote for of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these. It might have been. It might have been those are said words are.

I looked up Webster's and found the word remorse and was I smiled when I saw the definition taken literally from the dictionary remorse is a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrong. I would say for the Christian. It is a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs that have not been addressed confessed and correct miss it again for the Christian. It is a gnawing distress arising from a sense of guilt for past wrongs that have not been addressed confessed and correct. We all have a pass that strewn with the litter of failure in regression we all have no nonproductive days. We all have failed. We have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of our God. This isn't about that. This is about falling short and not addressing it, not dealing with letting the locusts fly E lick know strip a life bear. These locusts came as I said, as God's discipline upon his people. When you get to chapter true there's a break in the story is a little hope shines through you turn there. One of the great hidden promises in the Bible that I've rarely heard anyone even read or quote Joel 225. Look at the hope in this verse then I will make up to you for the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the creeping, the stripping the gnawing locusts.

Notice how he identifies up my great army which I sent among you, would you hold your place here and turn to Exodus chapter 10. Please over to the second book of the Bible. Exodus chapter 10 were going back to the days of Moses when he came to deliver the people from bondage under the Egyptians were going back to the time of the plagues that were 10 and all you remember the plagues that attacked some of them Egypt and the people of the Hebrews. Most of them just the Egyptians, the Nile River was turned to blood. There were frogs that were let loose swarms of lice and Max swarms of flies diseases in the capital boils and sores on the flesh of humans and animals, destruction of crops by Hegel, as well as the killing of the cattle by hail in this eight plague in chapter 10 of Exodus is destruction of the crops by locusts. The Lord said to Moses, go to Pharaoh. I have hardened his heart and the heart of the servants that I may perform the signs of mine among them and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your grandson how I made a mockery of the Egyptians, of how I performed my signs among them that you may know that I am the Lord Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, thus says the Lord, the God of the Hebrews, how long would you refuse notice carefully, how long will you refuse to humble yourself before me let my people go, that they may serve me.

If you refuse to let my people go, behold, tomorrow I will bring locusts into your territory. Talk about a swarm, they shall cover the surface of the land so that no one shall be able to see the land they shall eat the rest of what has escaped what is left to you from hail.

They shall eat every tree which sprouts for you on the field, then your house's what's this, your houses shall be filled, and the houses of your servants in the houses of all the Egyptians, something which neither your father's nor your grandfathers have seen from the day that they came upon the earth until this day.

He turned and went out from Pharaoh. I hardly need to tell you go back to Joel Pharaoh committed to errors and their still being committed today. First he refused to listen. And second, he refused to submit both are required in repentance and both are hard for proud people first one must listen to what it is. The Lord is saying and I may listen from the heart. I am not qualified to stand and name the areas of your life.

I'm busy enough, addressing them and mine.

You must name them yourself. And as you listen to what the Lord speaks from his word. You listen with a view toward your life. In this case your past and then secondly, you do what Pharaoh refused. You submit your bow before him.

You bow the knee. You admit these things have been wrong. I've allowed these things to occur and I I I know will address them.

You will not get into the new year correctly until you have taken care of the trash from the old you drag all of that debris with you. It doesn't just evaporate or disappear. It just so happens that Joel uses the picture of of the insect to describe the devastation of what was once very beautiful and good. Look at chapter 2 verse three a fire consumes before them and behind them a flame burns the land is like the Garden of Eden before them. Watch closely, but a desolate wilderness behind them and nothing at all, escapes them, their appearance is like the appearance of horses and like war horses so they run with the noise as a chariots. They lead on the tops of the mountains like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, like a mighty people arranged for battle. Did you notice the mention of the Garden of Eden before they attacked life for the land is green and luxuriant following them. They are like these white stalks that stick up from the ground. Make it as a bamboo pole devastation is happy. Now the promise in verse 25 from the Lord in Joel two is that he will make up for the years the locus of the look at the word make up to you. The Hebrew word Sean Lam SHA LAM we would spell it Sean Lam means to be complete and sound.

It's the idea. Listen now of entering into a state of holiness. Harris archer and Walt key in a fine volume on Hebrew words tells us the term really has reference to a restored relationship.

I will restore relationships that the consequences of your wrong, have eaten up like locusts eat the crop at the picture I will restore what you have allowed to be destroyed because of stubbornness, pride, resistance, a deaf ear and a hard heart were talking repentance here folks, the devastation in in natural terms is very clear, but you and I know this book called the Bible is not simply about crops and plants and that which is a literal the spiritual application is is painfully obvious that I think verse 25 is a magnificent promise of hope. If you will put your name in place of the word you it'll make it even more personal.

I did that last evening while reading again the verse I read it I will then make up to you Chuck for the years the swarming locust has eaten. Somehow it help me turn a corner, suddenly it wasn't someone else's need to hear this. It was my need to address it. Just as it is yours. I haven't followed you, I wouldn't if I could. I have no idea the mess you have made of the last 12 months. I don't know who has been offended in your life. I don't know who has heard from you things that should not have been said, I don't know who is formed and accurate, not hearsay, but an accurate opinion about you that has hurt the relationship.

But the locus are there. The promise is he is able to restore that relationship. The question, however, is how what I do. I think I hear many of you saying I don't need to hear more about the problem I need to know how to get rid of the locus I need know how to solve the problem if you don't mind writing in your Bible. I'd like to give you three simple principles for clearing away the trash of the past. The past of remorse and regret of. They are very simple and all three are found by principal right here in the Scriptures first one is in verse 12 verse 13 of chapter 2. Look closely to 12. After describing how devastating the situation was in the nation.

He adds yet even now declares the Lord returned to me with all your heart. Verse 13 Ranger heart, not your garments now return to the Lord your God first principle start immediately without rationalization start immediately without rationalization. This is insight for living featuring the Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll's topic today. Looking back, clearing away the trash.

We regret and we urge you listen again tomorrow when Chuck has time to fully apply biblical principles in this passage to learn more about Chuck Swindoll longer this ministry.

Be sure to visit us online@insightworld.org. Chuck is placed our verse by verse study in the book of first John on hold in order to present this timely two-part series. He made that decision because of the pressing issues in our culture right now in the biblical mandate for believers to love one another and to forgive one another to help you take your next steps on this matter were pleased to offer the special two-part presentation to you without cost or obligation is called finding healing through forgiveness and you can download the messages by going online to insight.org/find healing and if you have any questions feel free to give us a call if you're listening in the US dial 1-800-772-8888 as we close out suggest another way to leverage her concerns about our culture at Insight for living ministries were looking to add more monthly companions to our team that will monthly companion to someone who believes in our mission and agrees to give a donation every month. In this way, you're making it possible for people right here in your community and even around the world to benefit from Chuck's presentation of grace, just as you have when you give in this matter are becoming the hands and feet of Christ to become a monthly companion right now because listening in the US dial 1-800-772-8888. You can also sign up online that insight.org/month companion, and to give a much-needed one time donations go to insight.org then remember when you get in touch today. Be sure to request complementary copies of Chuck Swindoll's two-part series finding healing through forgiveness. In 2020. The pandemic is swept indoor homes in ways we never imagine some have suffered greatly, but all of us have felt the loneliness of a quarantined lifestyle through it all were grateful to God has used the Bible teaching of Chuck Swindoll to continue uninterrupted by the coronavirus or even through civil unrest, God's amazing grace is our overarching every day.

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