Not In A Good Place | Faith Full, Part 12

September 4, 2022   /   Crosstown Alliance Church

Not In A Good Place | Faith Full, Part 12

Matt 5:45
“… He[God] makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

Where do I go when I’m not in a good place?

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you ? Let him call for the  of the church, and let them  over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

When you’re not in a good place go to God.

The bad place is meant to lead you to a good God.

  1. The world is broken.
  2. God sometimes allows suffering to produce patience and endurance.
  3. Some suffering is due to personal sin.

Suffering should illicit prayer and sufficiency should illicit praise.

14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 

Astheneō – to be sick; be weak.

Romans 14:1
“As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions.”

Crosstown Elders
Pastor Jon
Ken Lineman
Pastor Eber
Keith Gembusia
Pastor Stu
Dave Barber
Pastor Tim
Steve Reiner
Pastor Levi
Pastor Jeremy

15 And the  will  the one who is sick, and the Lord will . And if he has committed , he will be . 16 Therefore, confess your sins to  and pray for , that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. 

Psalm 32:3-4
“For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah”

“You have competing populations in your brain one part that wants to tell something and one part that doesn’t. So keeping certain behaviors secret, especially behavior that is seen or understood as “wrong” means continual struggle within yourself. The internal dissonance and lack of sense of personal integrity is draining. The struggle involved in keeping a secret is stressful. This means that your brain will register the fact that there are increased levels of stress hormones going through your bloodstream as a result of this struggle to keep your secret. Your brain does not enjoy this stress. Those living duplicitous lives live with the stress of keeping a whole section of their lives secret from the people they see every day and care about. The fact that their brains are marinated in stress hormones due to keeping the secret over and above the effects of the wrongdoing themselves, can cause an impairment in the person’s ability to stay healthy and function well. —David Eagleman

….When you’re not in a good place go to the church.

“In a very real sense it is easier to confess sins to God than to confess them to men and yet in sin there are two barriers to be removed, the barrier it sets up between us and God, and the barrier it sets up between us and our fellow man. If both of these barriers are to be removed, both kinds of confession must be made.” -William Barclay

17 Elijah was a man with a , and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. 18 Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.

There is power in prayer even when you’re praying from a place of weakness.

19 My brothers, if anyone among you  from the truth and someone , 20 let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.

If you are in a good place go to the people who are not.

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