Man's Extremity God's Opportunity # 1

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  1. Man's Extremity God's Opportunity # 1

    Man's Extremity God's Opportunity

    "For the Lord will judge His people and have compassion on His servants, when He sees that their power is gone, and there is no one remaining, bond or free."

    Deut. 32:36

    To ungodly men the time of their fall is fatal; there is no rising again for them. They mount higher and higher upon the ladder of riches; but at last they can climb no higher, their feet slide, and all is over.

    But it is not so with three characters of whom we will now speak; they are judged in this world that they may not be condemned hereafter. (1 Cor. 11:32).

    I. The Lord's Own Church

    1. A church may be sorely tried---"power gone, none left." Through the lack of a faithful ministry, there may be no increase; and those who remain may grow feeble and dispirited. By general falling off of hearers, members, etc., a church may be sorely distressed. Various circumstances may scatter a people, such as internal dissension, pestilent heresy, and lack of spiritual life. Where there is no spiritual food hungry souls find no home. (Job 15:23)

    2. The Trial is permitted:
    • To find out His servants and drive out hypocrites. (Is. 33:14).
    • To test the faith of sincere saints, and to strengthen it.
    • To manifest His own grace by supporting them under the trying times, and by visiting them with future blessing.
    • To secure to Himself the glory when the happier days are granted.
    II. The Tried Believer.

    1. His power may be gone. Personally he becomes helpless. Bodily health fails, prudence is baffled, skill is taken away, courage sinks, even spiritual force departs. (Lam 3:17-18).
    2. His earthly help may fail. "There is none shut up or left." A man without a friend moves the compassion of God.

    3. He may be assailed by doubts and fears, and hardly know what to do with himself. (Job 3:23-26). In all this there may be chastisement for sin.

    III. The Convinced Sinner.

    He is cleaned out of all that wherein he prided himself.

    1. His self-righteousness is gone. (Job 9:30-31).
    2. His ability to perform acceptable works is gone. (Eph. 2:1).

    3. His proud romantic dreams are gone. (Is. 29:8).

    4. His worldly delights, his bold defiance, his unbelief, his big talk, his carelessness, his vain confidence, are all gone.

    5. Nothing is left but the pity of God. (Ps. 103:13).

    When the tide has ebbed out to the very uttermost, it turns. The prodigal has spent all before he returned.

    Man's Extremity is God's opportunity....

    A friend of mine gave me this book and I've been reading it. I thought I share some with you so that we all can learn and grow together.

    God bless,

  2. Thank you . it's a cool message, it helps one frame where you are if a sequence of spiritually diabling events happen . and ends with an unimaginable but real hope in such situations . God is always a God of another chances .
  3. called a new covenant.old and new can,t mix or you end up like satan.
  4. Thank you . Very good information . I love the part about the convinced sinner . What a wonderful transformation when we turn from the world to Christ and He washes all of " self " from within .
  5. I like that part too. No one but God can remove what shouldn't be within us.

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