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January 12, 2019 12:30 pm
The Masculine Journey Radio Show
Life doesn't usually feel that way. Jesus speaks of narrow gates wide roads masculine journey is filled with many twists and turns. So how do we keep from losing heart trying to find a way life feels more like a losing battle and something worth dying for, grab your gear, request your band of brothers will serve as the guides recall masculine journey masculine journey starts here now.
Welcome to the masculine journey here. We are believers or not like I guess it's the second week and third weekend in January already.
Sam and it's it's coming out as fast, but interestingly we usually have a lot of fun on the show, but as I look at tonight's topic or I should say tonight. I should say this afternoon's topic. You know you just kinda girl my goodness this is lecture like a dark hole we may have to crawl in a little bit in order to get back out of, but the topic for tonight is for today is hopelessness. Yeah, I can hardly wait to go into this dark hole, but as Brian was pointing out to us as we are preparing for this you know we'll be really sensitive to a lot of folks this time a year they come off the holidays and all this going on and and you find this like you know it's the days are darker. We don't have as much light which actually affects everybody spirit to some extent in here we are in a lot of times if we just downplay that Brian we can release problem on somebody's heart. Yeah, I was thinking about what we call the show. Hope quite honestly, I'm a pretty positive person at the filled like I have a lot of hope. I don't know where that comes from and I would just encourage everybody to realize that even if you do have a lot of hope.
There are still times where you need to grieve what's going on and be with whoever it is that's that is hopeless and not dismiss their feelings but actually grieve with them and and show them. I hope that is beyond themselves right behind this is not making light of the situation actually going in there and with compassion in trying to understand it so we want to give you little hopelessness, share the wealth of this at what time of day it is Keith. I really got my producer laughing and there is I don't know what time of day is but anyway we have Nick and how would you say is last name Sam my church close to what you make it right in this. If you feel we've used a lot of clips of him in the past because he was the star, the butterfly circus that he was born without any limbs. We has no arms and legs which is a pretty hopeless place to be if you happen to be Nick and I guess part of the reason I'm having struggle with the time of day as I keep thinking about Nick coming at night and so nevermind anyway, here is Nick's description of himself in a little bit of of what he faced from the standpoint of hopelessness as a young man if you can only imagine guys my name is equally church I was looking to sell in 1982, moved from the Straits of California in the year 2006 unit people always on-screen. You know what happens to you when and how did you overcome what you been through I've met bankers and I will submit all things were looking for something were looking for home.
Hope you can't just have just because you were born with. No way born with pain born and lived through difficult now life.
My parents always told me that even though we don't know why I was born this way that we have a choice to be angry, for we don't have things greatest thing is love. When we feel like we don't have enough love don't have enough stop losing strength to live think the three biggest discourages annual you take three seconds something to start within you may never forget my work permit so many still remember when you hear something your mind stops growing, just to get a job you will show your parents hugs, can you imagine what kind of father. Would you be you could never pick up your child.
You can never play basketball with them in no and and and things that he would've faced in his situation really are beyond anything I can even begin to comprehend same and you look like, I can see were hopelessness to get a hold the same way.
In our story time to time people say things that echo in our head, those old tapes as messages of the past sometimes hard to walk away from an knows that he knows how to play those taped it right the exact moment that you have the maximum in and yeah Nick had physical to formative my can imagine that the loss of limb they want their right yet in the attack on us is every bit as much relevant to our situation we have with us here when you roll around this topic in your head and in Nick and his situational and what kind of jumps out at you. Just the fact that we all just leaving so seamlessly.
We all have our own place that the enemy knows to take us and that we have our own hopelessness that comes and goes. You see it in other people. You people you know your family members.
You know who is in Christ, who is not in DCA you see in them. DCS systemic desperate person that everything's always had a negative and down RDC people let the other down for a little bit. They talk about something negative but overall, the positive people in Christ are just so much more positive, more often, yes, we all have our dark places and it's horrible when the enemy takes us there but there is a way out and we we lose our way. We find it back to them when were really true believers we can trust in him and it should assist such a strength in my life that when you get back to that point where you know who your father is you think about your father. You trusting your father site okay it's going to be all right. I don't have to be in this desperate place anymore. It just feels good to go back home and we had the privilege right at the end of the year and kingdom pursuits, which is a master entrainment to show comes on right before that of having John Eldridge on with his new book restoration year, and I ask him right at the end of the show. What was his snippet that he was really excited that people would be able to hear and what he actually said was the loss of hope, which I believe he was talking about actually be entry for yesterday which is January 11 where it's says your ultimate hope and says, from Psalms 6 versus three and four. My soul is in deep anguish how long Lord, how long, turn nor deliver me, save me because of your unfailing love when your casual hopes are suddenly in question. They elicit worry but nothing more precious helps in question can usher in fear and anxiety, but our ultimate hopes my deepest in the deepest parts of our soul, our life and our death hopes when Elton hope suddenly seems uncertain they can shake the soul to its core.
I would suggest that the only thing that belongs in the category of ultimate hopes of those things that will destroy your heart and soul.
If they're not fulfilled. I hope God can forgive me.
I hope somehow my mistakes can be redeemed. I hope I will see you again and I'll be forthright with you are very few things deserve the place in your heart made for the ultimate host because when ultimate hope goes unanswered to resolve this devastation from which you will feel you will never recover. It's easy to let your heart go wandering but aligning your heart to what matters most. Your first help the hope and the renewal of all things. You can overcome it and send this really speaks to the devastation of the level of suicide, even in Winston-Salem which I just found out over the weekend that Winston-Salem ranks of the top five of teenage young girls suicide attempts and talked about last week Robbie and talked about the escalation relation of suicide than American you know that I just get worse and worse in the root or that is hopelessness and on and I do agree that as Christian we should see that there is hope. We should say that there is a lie.
We should see that there is a way of have all this thing were not immune to it if were not careful and were not walking in the enemy can get us there and I know unfortunate Christians that have committed suicide, others that have not thought about it in depth in my path.
There is a point in my past rally that the enemy as a Christian the enemy had me so turning over over one of these hopes. It was devastating for me is almost trying to figure out how I was going to do it not whether I was going to do it or not, and fortunately, God had a doctor for me that step then got me some medication. I needed to get me to only where I could really find that and hope in Christ again young finite healing and that path and that way out, but it none of us are immune to it if were not walking with them intimately and the closing is actually in first Thessalonians chapter 5 were given that this helmet of salvation is actually the helmet of the hope of salvation and languor in his book the Christian farmer. He points out that the helmet of salvation is helmet of the hope of salvation and and so it is that hope it makes you so hardheaded that you're able to you know where Stanley's blows which course you get the shield of faith comes over all that but that hope of salvation actually is your helmet and and it was the hope of salvation that Christ himself wore on the cross that allowed him to take on all that he did so we have a lot of hope helmet picture head so that the boot camp arch 24 through the 27th go to message earning radio.org another whole hopeful segment is assuming that my son Eli. We talked about ways you can help support is clearly a smile that he was on the information that Facebook.com where you can click button waking into masculine gain to mail something to backspace 50 what God does journey radio closed off each person's shift away feeling I was having to wait this mask. I was hiding behind the mask and journey radio.org mainline me taking from hopelessness on the masculine journey.
Jim. I'm tired of signing the hopefulness really comes out of the trust in God losing being hopeless is not trusting God and I when you talk about suicide. I shared this during our time beforehand.
I really don't believe anyone is never considered it as a possibility I may know what very few people have taken action toward that but it happens to all of us. And mom was while I was in divinity school and below what you have here studying God's word you're full of joy. I was pretty much joyless and hopeless. But the hope was in no way and then she talked about the shield.
It's the hope of salvation made that much first, we are saved and once were in heaven. There might be any despair in the hopelessness, but we have to hold onto that hope of our salvation in Christ and trusted.
Trust God that that's happening and that goes through all of the circumstances of life. What we have another clip for you and it's from the lion King and at this point Simba had lost hope on who he was in his identity and that Rafiki was played by Robert Q may I clue I'm kind of lifeless things about same way that I interviewed him one time and that he was doing another movie and he told me that Rafiki, although I think he said he only paid $900 to play Rafiki, but he said that it was his favorite role of all the different roles he played this entire career, something we can listen to show your move process by my father's connection. I know your father. I hate to tell you this, but he died a long time ago not talking total weight is a reflection you see he leaves no is is how can I go back to you know Sam every time I hear that clip is just remarkable. That first line really that Rafiki says correction I know your father is in and it was like Jesus actually corrected. The Pharisees is like you don't understand the kingdom of God. You don't you know that Abraham is in Isaac is an and these things are and that is the helmet of salvation William girl actually said that is the ultimate slap in God's face is despair, not thinking he will come through. Not thinking so interestingly as I as I listen to that clip. I couldn't help but think is my hope in me or is my hope in my father in me that ultimately the hope is and what Christ is going to do in me, not what I do in Christ right. Looking for in looking for the reflection of Christ that there is a lot more to be hopeful for I'm looking of my ability and of the things that I'm certain of, but deftly a whole different list. I just really still pondering. We talked about before the shower Jim talk about the seven deadly and not love him touch on that amazing eye-opening experience of what it talked about with the word's loss really does represent well in English. CDR is a better word that nobody knows and it really is the opposite of joy and hope it's the I don't even care that I don't care. It's a play is a spiritual place where, and these are this is historically a position that is taken by religious people.
It's not that I don't know God it's I know God and I don't care anymore and it is a place that we FROM TIME TO TIME, AND IT IS OCCASIONALLY THE SIN I STRUGGLE WITH MOST OF FORTUNATELY IT HADN'T BEEN AS MUCH LATELY BECAUSE I WOULD NOT AS MANY STUPID THINGS THAT TAKE ME TO THAT POINT OF DESPAIR OR NOT CARRYING AND THE ACEDIA LOOK IT UP.
ACE DIA AND READ ABOUT IT BECAUSE IT IS VERY INTRIGUING AND WHEN I DISCOVERED THAT NOT TOO MANY YEARS AGO STRUCK HOME WITH ME THAT THAT'S WHERE I'VE BEEN. WHEN I HAVE IT RELIED ON GOD AND SO WE WOULD BE REMISS IF WE DIDN'T PLAY L'AMOUR FROM NICK AND I WON'T ATTEMPT HIS LAST NAME AS WE GET, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF WHAT HAPPENED WHEN HE LEFT THE SLOTHFUL THOUGHTS OF I'M NOT GOING TO BE ABLE TO AND BEGAN TO TRUST WHATEVER YOU WANT. IT'S NOT ENOUGH TO FIND THE TRUTH AND ONE TO SING SAFELY MAKE THIS A GREATER PURPOSE FOR MY LIFE. I AM HERE FOR REASON SURE I DIDN'T GET A MIRACLE THAT I BELIEVE IN A GOD WHO CAN DO MIRACLES HAVE A PAIR SHOES. MY CLOSET WHY SEEM BLIND PEOPLE SEEING PEOPLE HERE THAT'S FINE IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE ME. I GOT ON CAMERA THAT I REALIZED IF GOD DOESN'T CHANGE MY CIRCUMSTANCE USE MY LIFE TO BE MIRACLE'S WHEN YOU DON'T GET A MIRACLE YOU CAN STILL BE SOME GIRL LOOKING FOR HOPE ON YOU LOOKING FOR MANY DIRECT SEX, ALCOHOL, PORNOGRAPHY, FAME AND FORTUNE SATISFIED EVERY WHEN YOU DON'T GET A MIRACLE YOU CAN BE SOMEONE'S AND GO THROUGH UPS AND DOWN SO YOU TAKE ONE THE IF YOU HAVEN'T FOUND THAT WRITERS ARE YOU GOING WHEN YOU NOT HAVING SCHOOL LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS. THE INITIAL FILM 3030 LANGUAGES THOUSAND NINE WE KNOW TO BRING UP MY PRIDE IN MY NAME, BUT I HOPE YOU SPITE. I CAN DREAM, SOAKING ON ITS FIND YOUR PIECE YOU MAKE YOUR WALLS'S THINGS FOR SAM YOU YOU BROUGHT THAT VIDEO TO US AND YOU KNOW MAKING WALLS, DOORS, AND I'M CURIOUS YOUR THOUGHTS ARE YOU GOING TO LOOK AT HOPELESSNESS. NICK WILL BE ON THE GADGET COMES IN AND OUT OF THE NEED TO RECOGNIZE THE DESCRIBED THINGS HE SAID IN THEIR REALLY JUST FITS ME EVERY TIME I HEAR IT IS HAS A PARACHUTE AND CLOSET AND ON. I WONDER WHAT MY PARISHES ARE WHAT IS IT THAT I BELIEVE IN GOD THAT STRONGLY WHAT IS IT THAT I HAVE SO MUCH FAITH IN MY FATHER BUT I'LL KEEP IN MY CLOSET IS NO FEE. MANY IS NO REASON FOR THAT FAITH THAT STRONG AND YOU KNOW THAT'S THE GOVERNMENT, A PLACE OF PONDERING A PLACE OF GOING BACK TO JESUS AND SEND YOU THIS LETTER, THOUGH SHE IS WHAT SHOULD BUSHES BE FOR ME SINCE IT MAKES ANY SENSE. HOW IT MAKES. INTERESTINGLY, JIM TOLD ME ABOUT THE CLIP BEFORE I JUST HEARD THIS FROM YOU BUT HE TOLD ME WAY EARLIER THAT YOU KNOW MY FAVORITE PRODUCT THAT DOES WHEN HE SAYS I GOT A PAIR SHOES MY CLIENTS. I WAS THE ONE THING THAT I TEARED UP WHEN I HEARD THAT FIRST TIME GETTING PRETTY CLOSE. THAT TYPE NICK IS FOR ME ONE OF THOSE KEYS FOR GETTING OUT OF THAT PLACE BAD PLACES SORRY FOR MYSELF. THE ACEDIA WHATEVER DEPRESSION OR WHATEVER IS BOTHERING ME AND NOW PEOPLE YOU BE AS IT IS CHEERFUL RELATIVE. I USUALLY AM.
BUT I GET INTO THOSE DARK PLACES, AND WHEN I DO I START THINKING ABOUT LOOKING ALL THINGS HAVE BEEN BLESSED WITH AND I'LL THINK OF SOMEBODY LIKE NICK IS SO POSITIVE IT HAS SO MUCH MORE THAT HE COULD COMPLAIN ABOUT BECAUSE AND IF ANYBODY IS COMPLAINING BECAUSE ROBBIE DOESN'T KNOW THE TIME OF DAY OR THE DATE OF THE BOOT CAMP. GOOD NEWS IS I WAS INSPECTED. IT'S MARCH 21 20 IS COMING UP WHILE JUST A COUPLE MONTHS AND YOU AND BELIEVE THE HOPE THAT STABILE AVAILABLE THERE YOU GO TO MASS CONCERNING RADIO.ORG AND REGISTERS ONLY HUNDRED $99. IT IS A GAME CHANGER FOR LIFE AND I FEEL GREAT THING TO RECOMMEND FOR FRIEND THAT YOU SEE THIS IN THAT PLACE OF HOPELESSNESS. WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE THEM THERE AGAIN MASS CONCERNING RADIO.ORG LOOK FORWARD HAVING TIME WITH YOU NEXT WEEK