I suppose the most
traumatic let down known to mankind is the betrayal of close friends.
God in His infinite wisdom foresaw the pain of betrayal by those we
trusted and gave us scripture to help us through these mishaps in life.
In this sermon I have five points to ponder.
(1)- The Flesh will Disappoint you. Phil.
(2)- Mankind is not trustworthy. Psalms
(3)- A Friend will forsake you. Micah 7:5.
(4)- A Guide, (adviser) will betray you. Micah 7:5.
(5)- A Partner in marriage might disagree with you. Micah 7:5.
FLESH WILL DISAPPOINT YOU.
Phillipians 3:3- "For we are the circumcision, which
worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no
confidence in the flesh". Christians
are saved by the grace of God but unfortunately we are still housed in
a fleshly body that has all the desires of a fleshly nature. We will
some day get a new body that is not subject to sin but for now we have
to buffet our carnal nature and feed our spiritual man in order to keep
our testimony clean. See Romans 12: 1-2.
MANKIND IS NOT TRUSTWORTHY.
"It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence
is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in
Perhaps the most
overwhelming hurt my Family and I experienced, was while serving as
Missionaries in Alaska. Our Home church promised to help us
acquire a trailer unit to move to an Indian village for housing while
trying to reach the Alaska Indians with the Gospel of Christ. We sent
out prayer letters telling our supporting churches about the need and
asked them to pray with us for direction in the matter. One of the
Pastors from a church in Virginia notified us that they felt the Lord
was leading them to help get the unit but our home church pastor saw
that it would be embarrassing to have some one else supply the need, so
our pastor stood from the pulpit and addressed the congregation with
the purpose of helping their Missionaries get the needed unit. The
pastor ended the service with the congregations approval to get the
housing unit for us to take to Alaska and we were told to locate one
suitable for our needs and they would help purchase it; after a few
days had passed the pastor
later came and told us that they were not going through with it.
This turned out to be a devastating
because we had written the other prayer partners and supporters with
the word that the prayer had been
answered. My wife and I then confronted our Pastor about the broken
trust. The pastor made phone calls to
every supporting church he knew and talked them into dropping our
support which resulted in the loss of over $500 a month. Every
knows how hard it is to raise support with thousands of miles traveled
to achieve that support. Deputation is really hard on
Children and Missionary wives and many times wives have to use
home schooling for their education. After that experience we had to
relocate our church membership and try and salvage what was left of our
Things like this are traumatic and often are never fully over come by
broken hearts over the situation that might very well follow them the
rest of their lives.
We are reminded from God's word that confidence in mankind will often
result in disappointment.
FRIEND WILL FORSAKE YOU.
7:5- "Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a
the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom."
41:9- "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which
did eat of
my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me."
pastor whom I
shared meals with on many occasions, of whom I used mechanical talents
to repair his automobile and whom I stood with when battles were being
fought; suddenly lifted his heel against us. The object lesson here is;
if we put too much confidence
in mankind, a sure disappointment is in
the making. While on the subject I am reminded of another scripture
that relates to what I call "Situation
Friends". There is an old saying in the southern United States that I
remember hearing as a young boy growing up there; where some people are
called "Fair Weather Friends". As long as the conditions are favorable
they seem to be your friend but in adverse moments, they are no where
to be found! Mention of this is found in Proverbs 19:4 and 14:20.
19:4- "Wealth maketh many friends; but the poor is separated
Proverbs 14:20- "The poor is hated even of his own
neighbor: but the rich hath many friends".
We all to often see the
proof of these verses when people seem to favor a rich person and turn
against a poor person for no apparent reason. If we don't keep our eyes
on the Lord we might become bitter over injustice that we sometimes
experience in life but We need to remember that everyone will stand
the Judgment seat of the Lord and give an account for his or her
Luke 21:6 -The Bible warns the Child of God what to expect in the last
before the Second coming of our Lord to Rapture the Church out of this
4- A GUIDE, (ADVISER) WILL
Micah 7:5- "Put not confidence in a guide". A guide here is an adviser. He could be
a personnel adviser in money matters or a spiritual adviser who would
supposedly be a mature minister with years of experience who could
share scriptual thoughts about any matter you might need help with. I
want to say
at this point that a lot of Preachers and church pastors are in need of
some spiritual council themselves! One pastor of a church my family
and I were members of at one time had a falling out with a fellow
preacher because the other preacher owned a television. That pastor
also thought it was his duty to tell the ladies of the church if they
could get their hair cut and when it was ok to visit a beauty shop.
A marriage Partner might disagree with you.
Micah 7:5- "Keep the doors of thy mouth from her
that lieth in thy bosom".
If you have a Godly
marriage partner you can discuss spiritual matters with them and you
should confide in them about matters that concern your marriage and
your children but if you are married to an unsaved partner, you need to
be careful how you approach them with what you consider to be the
Lord's will for your life and focus on getting them saved!
Luke 21:16- "And ye shall be betrayed
both by parents, and brethren,
kinsfolk's, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to
death." Jesus gave us this
scripture to remind Christians that if the world hated Him we can
expect the same treatment. Another scripture tells us,"A man's foes
shall be they of his own household" meaning that relatives are often
our worst enemies! All we can do is maintain a Christ like testimony
before them with a hope that they will be saved and by God's grace
to have a relationship that honors our Lord.
Doesn't Luke 21:6
sound like a familiar element of modern day life? Isn't
seeing in the news every time we read a newspaper or view it on TV?
That fact makes us
know that God's word is true and His coming is very
The next sound we hear might be the Trumpet of the Lord and the voice
of Christ Himself saying, Come up hither.
(1)- Are you ready for the rapture?
(2)- Are you saved?
(3)- Do you know him in the free pardon of sin?
If not you can know
this very moment by simply asking Christ to have mercy on you a sinner
and ask Him to place your sins under His Blood and to make you a child
of His. Ask Him to come into your heart to abide forever and you will
be found worthy at His coming. If you are saved but a double standard
exist in your life; you need to place your sin on the altar of the Lord
and determine to serve Him from this day forward! "If we confess our
sin He is faithful
and just to forgive our
sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness".
BY JAMES TYSON SR.