Revive Our Hearts Podcast

He’s with You in the Storm

Leslie Basham: Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that sometimes you go through a storm so you can get to know Jesus better.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss: And when you want Him more than anything else in your life, that's what you'll get. You will get Him. He will deliver you. 

Leslie: This is Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss for Wednesday, December 10, 2014.

Do you fall apart when you go through times of trouble? Yesterday Nancy began taking us through Psalm 107, showing us how to lean on a faithful God in times of trouble.

She delivered this message at the recent True Woman '14 Conference. In part one, we looked at a couple different types of people facing trouble.

Nancy: So we have those who were lost and wandering in the wilderness—hungry, thirsty, and exhausted. We have those who were in prison. Number three: We have those were sick and afflicted. Look at verse 17. "Some were fools because of their sinful ways and because of their iniquities suffered affliction. They loathed any kind of food, and they drew near to the gates of death."

Here we have a description of intense, debilitating affliction. It may be physical; it may be mental; it may be emotional; for sure it is spiritual. They can't eat, they're at death's door and realize here these are not victims. These wounds are caused by sinful, foolish choices.

And people, we don't always connect the dots. I'm not saying at all that all sickness is the result of sin. But I will say for sure that some sickness is the result of sin. Some mental torment, some mental illness, some chronic physical ailments. God never created our bodies to be able to hold up under rebelling against the Creator of the universe. He designed our bodies and our minds and our spirits to thrive when we're in submission to Christ.

Now, you look at Joni in a wheelchair for forty-seven years. She'll be the first to testify that it was her foolishness and willful choices that God was speaking to her about when she had that accident. But here's a woman who is walking with the Lord, who loves Him, loves His Word, serves Him. And God says, "I want to keep you in that wheelchair for now."

You see, God is sovereign. You've got to let Him be sovereign. So not all sickness, not all emotional or mental issues are rooted in sin. But sometimes they are. We need to ask, "God, if there are some dots You're trying to connect in my life, please help me see it."

Don't go on a witch hunt about this. Just say, "Lord, if there is something You're trying to show me, I'm listening."

Number four: Those who were storm tossed at sea. More trouble starting in verse 23. "They went down to the sea. He commanded and raised the storm." Who caused the storm? Who created this storm? Who did? God did. He commanded and raised the stormy wind.

Have you ever stopped to think that maybe the storm you're walking through right now, that you think God is nowhere to be found, maybe He's the One who spoke those waves into existence? Maybe God stirred up those waters? You were going along minding your business. You were out on your ship. You thought you were safe but your ship has proved to be no match for the storm that God has raised up.

See, the people in this storm came to realize that they are not the master of their own fate. They were brought to their knees. Their courage melted away in their evil plight. They were terrified. They reeled and staggered like drunken men. They couldn't keep their footing.

Have you ever been there? You say, "Life is chaotic. It's a storm. I can't handle this. I'm being thrown back and forth. I'm seasick. I can't even stand up straight."

They reeled and staggered. They were at their wit's end. One translation says, "All their skill," these were seasoned seamen, "All their skill was useless."

You see, we think we're smart. We think we're capable. You thought you were a good mom as long as you only had two children. You thought, Now, I can handle this. It's not the easiest thing in the world, but I can do this.

And then you got a third one for whom no textbook has ever been written. And now you are reeling and staggering like a drunken woman. Some of you just had that new little one, and you're thinking, Will life ever look sane again? And then maybe it was a fourth or fifth.

God knows what it takes in each of our lives to put us to the place where we say, "I'm at my wit's end. I can't handle this." And you know that's exactly where He wants us to be. At our wit's end where all our skill, all our smarts, all we can throw at this problem is worthless. It's not working.

So you may be in the situation right now where you're at your wit's end. You can't fix the problem. You've tried; you've manipulated; you've cajoled; you've tried to control; you've tried to fix everybody and everything around you. Stop it; you can't. And God wants you to come to realize that you can't handle this. It may be a financial situation. It may be a difficult marriage. It may be a prodigal child. It may be a health issue.

Your little tiny boat that you thought was so safe is being bounced around on the waves, and you are terrified. You're in trouble. So these four instances we see God's people in trouble. That's the first word that outlines this psalm for us "trouble."

Now what was the second word? Cry. So here they come out of their distress and verse 6 tells us, it's repeated throughout this psalm, "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble."

When did they cry to the Lord? When they were in trouble. Why didn't they cry before they were in trouble? Because they didn't think they needed God. Now they know they need Him. So look at the wanderers, verse 5, "Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them." Verse 6, "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble." Their unfulfilled needs, their unfulfilled longings, their weakness, drove them to Him, drove them to look upward.

My friend whom I love to quote, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, says about this psalm, he's got a rich commentary on this whole psalm. But he says,

If hunger brings us to our knees, it is more useful to us than feasting. If thirst drives us to the fountain, it is better than the deepest draughts of worldly joy. And if fainting leads to crying it is better than the strength of the mighty.

They cried to the Lord in their trouble. Look at the prisoners, verse 12. "He bowed their hearts down with hard labor, they fell down with none to help." Read verse 13 with me, "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble."

When did they cry to the Lord? When they were in trouble after they had experienced the painful discipline of the Lord. When they had fallen down and they couldn't get back up, when there was no one anywhere who could help them, when they had nowhere to turn but up, then they cried to the Lord.

Again let me quote Charles Spurgeon here, and I have learned this to be true as have many of you. He said, "We pray best when we are fallen on our faces in painful helplessness."

Am I right? Is he right? We pray best when we're falling on our faces. You say, "God, I don't want to be falling on my face in painful helplessness." You want to learn to pray? Then let God use trouble to bring you to the place where you cry to Him in your distress.

Look at the ones who were sick. Verse 18: "They drew near to the gates of death." Verse 19, say it with me, "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble."

Look at the storm tossed. Verse 27: "They were at their wit's end." Read verse 28 with me. "Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble."

Listen, ladies, you may be at your wit's end in some circumstance in your life. But it does not have to be your soul's end. That storm is not intended to destroy you, but it's a mercy designed by God to disrupt your life and to bring you to the end of yourself.

If you've listen to Revive Our Hearts over the years, you've heard me say this many times. Finish this sentence for me. Anything that makes me need God is a blessing. That didn't sound very enthusiastic. Some of you hadn't heard it before. Let's say it. Anything that makes me need God is what? A blessing. So what is that thing in your life?

Leading up to this conference, as I always do, almost always do, leading up to an event like this, I prayed that God would create circumstances in the lives of the women who were coming to this conference that would make them desperate for Him. That would make them realize how much they need Him. Don't look at me like that. [laughter]

I'm not taking responsibility for whatever happened in your week. But did God answer that prayer in anybody's life? Did He create some circumstances in your week that made you come here hungry and thirsty? Made you realize how much you need Him?

Okay, there's trouble, then there is crying, and then what's the next one? Deliverance. Deliverance. Divine intervention. Verse 6: "They cried to the Lord in their trouble" and what? "He delivered them from their distress."

These people in all these situations, they cast themselves upon Him and on His mercy, and they were not disappointed. Those who seek the Lord will never be put to shame. They will never be disappointed. He met them at their precise point of need.

God knows today what your trouble is, what the details are, what it looks like, what it's doing inside of you. And He is redeeming your situation in His way, and He knows how to meet you at your precise point of need.

Look at the lost and the wandering. Verse 7: "When they cried out to Lord he delivered them from their distress. He led them by a straight way until they reached the city to dwell in." He brought them out of the wilderness into a city, community with Him and with His people.

The hungry and the thirsty, they were in trouble. They cried out; He delivered them from their stress. Look at verse 9: "For he satisfies the longing soul and the hungry soul he fills with good things."

Look at the prisoners. They were in chains. He delivered them from their distress when they cried out. In verse 14: "He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death and burst their bonds apart." Verse 16, if you don't believe verse 14, it's repeated. "He shatters the doors of bronze and cuts into the bars of iron."

I have a dear friend who is here with us this weekend. She's a sister in the Lord. She's a daughter in the Lord. She's a sweet friend. She's a convicted felon who spent eleven-and-a-half years behind bars. And she's been praying for me as I've been developing this message. She's been meditating on Psalm 107. She sent me an email a week or so ago. I've got to share this with you. She said,

I had a light bulb moment when I was meditating on this part of the passage. It doesn't say He unlocks the chains and the prison doors. It says He burst their bonds apart; He cuts the bars of iron in two."

Now, let me read you what she said about that. She said,

I remember times in prison when I was bound by cuffs on my ankles and on my wrists with a chain connecting the two. This was policy any time a prisoner was transported to court, to the doctor, etc. When you got from point "A" to point "B" the chains and cuffs were unlocked but always with the understanding and the dread that they would come back and lock them back up again.
When the chains are simply unlocked they can be used again to bind you. But in this passage those chains are not just unlocked, they are broken. When chains and irons are broken, they can't be used again to bind you.

Amen? [applause] She said,

I read some of what God speaks through His Spirit through His Word to His people, and I'm thinking, Why didn't I see that? Why didn't I get that? You meditate on God's Word, let Him apply it to your heart, it's amazing what you'll see.
 The word implies there is force used, a setting free by force, an urgency in God's response to the prisoner who has cried out for help, a picture of complete liberty and redemption, one that fills the heart with adoration and praise for its Redeemer.

"He burst the bonds in two. He shatters the door of bronze and cuts into the bars of iron." This is a picture of what has happened to every child of God, every believer in Christ.

Remember, as the hymn writer said it,

Long my imprisoned spirit lay, fast bound in sin and nature's night.
Thine eye diffused a quickening ray, I woke, the dungeon flamed with light.
My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.

You're free, women, to follow Christ. The chains have been removed, not just unlocked. [applause]

What did He do for the sick? Verse 20: "When they cried out he delivered them from their distress." Verse 20: "He sent out his word and healed them and delivered them from their destruction."

What about the storm tossed? They cried out when they were at their wit's end, and He delivered them from their distress. Verse 29: "He made the storm be still." The same One who spoke the storm into existence, knew when it was time to tell it to hush. "The waves of the sea were hushed."

Verse 30: "And he brought them to their desired haven." Took them to where they really wanted to go, where they were headed, where they needed to go.

Now again, we've been thinking about prodigals, broken marriages. You saw the testimony of Vicki Rose. You saw how God healed her marriage. By the way, that was just a ten minute version of a thirty-seven year story. And we just put it all in one short video. It didn't happen in ten minutes, okay? And yours probably won't, either.

But as you've been seeing these, hearing these testimonies, you heard Chrissy and God answered Pastor Cymbala and Carol's prayers. But it was two-and-a-half years of crying and sense of desperation and longing.

Maybe for you it's been twenty-and-a-half years, and you're thinking, I've cried out to Him, but He hasn't delivered me from my trouble. I'm still in the midst of the desert, the storm, the affliction. It's not changing.

Can I just remind us that God will deliver in His way and in His time and in the way that will bring Him the greatest glory? And in the way that will be for your eternal sanctification and satisfaction in Christ. He knows the desired haven, and He's going to get you there. But He going to do it in His way and in His time.

So that shouldn't make you say, "Oh, I won't cry out to the Lord because I've cried a hundred times and nothing happened." Keep crying. Keep crying out to the Lord.

Now, listen, don't make the restored marriage or the child coming home or the healing or whatever it is, don't make that your desired haven. Make Him your desired haven. Don't make an idol out of your marriage or prodigal child coming back.

God is sovereign. He will determine. You keep crying out, but you cry out to the Lord and say, "Lord, what I want more than anything is You. I want Your glory. I want Your kingdom to come. I want Your name to be hallowed. I want Your will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. I want You more than I want that husband home, more than I want that child home."

I see a white flag here. You might want to pull those out. You may be needing them. When you want Him more than anything else in your life, that's what you'll get. You will get Him. He will deliver you. If you are still in the storm, trust Him that He knows when to tell it to be still and that He will bring you safely to your desired haven.

"'Tis grace has brought us safe thus far." Right? "And grace will lead us home." God's grace will be with you in every moment of that storm.

Can I remind us that in this Old Testament psalm we see a glimpse of the coming Redeemer who now has come? That it's Jesus who is the One who delivers us from trouble and distress caused by sin, ours or others. He is our Redeemer.

So, for those who are lost and wandering in the wilderness, He is the way. For those who are hungry and thirsty, He is the bread and the water of life who meets our needs. For those who are lost and away from home, He is our heart's true home. For those who are weary He says to them, "Come to me, and I will give you rest."

For those who are prisoners He says, "He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives, to set at liberty those who are oppressed." Christ is our Liberator. He breaks the power of cancelled sin. He sets the prisoner free. You never find freedom apart from Christ.

For those who are sin sick, emotionally, mentally, physically, relationally whatever, by His wounds the healing that we most need takes place. By His wounds. Christ is our wounded Healer.

For those who are storm tossed He's the One who stands up and says "Hush" to the waves, speaks to the storm, speaks peace. And so in this psalm we see the hope of the gospel, the hope of Christ for every woman in every season and circumstance of life with her life is moored to Christ.

So we've seen trouble, crying, deliverance and what comes next? Praise and thanksgiving. There is refrain repeated four times in this chapter and the first two lines are the same each time. Let's put this up on the screen if we can.

"Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love for his wondrous works to the children of man."

Can you say that with me?

"Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man."

I'd like to hear just a little bit more passion on that. Could we?

"Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man."

Quoting again my friend, Charles Spurgeon. He says, "They must be horrible ingrates who will not honor such a deliverer or so happy a rescue from the most cruel death."

Listen, if you're a child of God, God has already redeemed and delivered you from the worst possible outcome that anyone from sin, from Satan, from hell, from eternal damnation and condemnation, from the wrath of God. You have been delivered.

You may be in a storm. You may be in some other kinds of chains, but you've been delivered in the ways that matter most for all of time and eternity. So says the psalmist, "Give thanks to the Lord. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so."

One devotional writer I've been reading says, "A soul redeemed demands a life of praise." You might want to write that in the margin of your bible there. I've written it in mine. "A soul redeemed demands a life of praise."

Women, if you've been redeemed, if I've been redeemed, it is unthinkable that we should live lives of anything other than unceasing, unending praise and thanksgiving and worship. Now, we may do that through tears and we may do it at times when all around us seems dark, when the waves are so high that we're sick to our stomachs and we can't see over them. We can't see beyond them. We can't find our way. We're wandering around. We're at our wit's end.

We lift our eyes up to heaven into the light of His face. Up from our darkness and we say, "Oh, God, choose to believe that You are good. That Your steadfast love endures forever. And I give You thanks that I have been redeemed."

A lady wrote to us and she said, "Years back, back in the early days of Revive Our Hearts radio, I was a heap of a mess on my kitchen floor as you spoke about loving your husband. This past week, fast forward, I was once again a heap of slobbering mess. But this time it was out of pure joy, thanksgiving, adoration, worship and praise to my heavenly Father for His unending, undeserved faithfulness, grace and mercy." She said, "The Lord has restored my family and my marriage." And here I think this is even more important. "He has rescued me out of the slimy pit of self."

And every day let the redeemed of the Lord say so? Every day I have the glorious opportunity of speaking biblical truth into the hearts of discouraged women.

"Oh, give thanks to the Lord for he is good. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so."

Well, let me just walk us quickly to the conclusion here, starting in verse 33, where we see just a reminder of the sovereignty of God over all of life.

Verse 33: "He turns rivers into a desert." You say, "I'm not sure I want that." "Springs of water into thirsty ground." We're going the wrong way here. "A fruitful land into a salty waste." Don't want that. Why? "Because of the evil of its inhabitants."

Let me just say a word to some who may be here that you feel really satisfied with the way things are in your life right now. Things are comfortable. You think everything is just going fine. And that's okay to have some of those seasons, God is a God of seasons.

But I want to tell you this, if in the midst of you thinking everything is going okay, if in the midst of that your heart is not turned toward Him, if you are covering sin, if you are living in a slimy pit of self, God can with a word change the course of your life.

He can turn those rivers into a desert. He can turn those springs of water, what you think are springs of water, into thirsty ground. He can turn what you think is a fruitful land into a salty waste.

And let me say to those with prodigal children or friends, husbands, important word here, all of those women crying in the aisles last night? Be willing to let God be God in that person's life. And be willing to let God do whatever He knows is needed in their life to make them desperate for Him. Because when are they going to cry out to God? When they're in trouble, right?

And sometimes the trouble needs to get to be bigger trouble. And you're a mom and you're a wife and you love your kid and you don't want to see him hurt. And some of you are perpetually trying to rescue your kids and your mates and everybody around you from the cross.

And God's trying to get them to the cross. And you're always trying to get them off the cross. You may get them off but they'll be bloodied, weak, and wounded. God wants them to come whole to be redeemed to rescued from their sin. So let God be God. Don't try to rescue them from the cross. Don't you put them on the cross, okay? You let God do what He knows is needed.

But here is the good news. Know that whatever discipline God brings about in our lives or those we love, He can also with a word restore. Look at verse 35: "He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water and there he lets the hungry dwell and they establish a city to live in."

You see, in this psalm we've seen spelled out the theme of this weekend. He wants to take you to a place of freedom. Verse 16: "For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts into the bars of iron." That sounds like freedom to me. Get up, you're free. Go. Sin no more. Freedom.

Look at the fullness in verse 9: "For he satisfies the longing soul and hungry soul he fills with good things." Freedom, fullness and look now at fruitfulness, verse 37.

These people who've been through all these. They've been in trouble, they've cried, they've been delivered, they're giving thanks. Look at verse 37. "Now they sow fields and plant vineyards and get a fruitful yield." By His blessing.

God sent chastisement, He sent discipline, He sent trouble, He sent storms. But now He sends blessing. They multiply greatly and He does not let their livestock diminish.

Verse 41. "He raises up the needy out of affliction and makes their families like flocks." That's not just for married people, by the way, too. God put the solitary, the single, in families. God wants to make you fruitful. You're going to sow the fields. You're going to plant the vineyards, verse 37, but God's going to give the increase. A fruitful yield.

He's going to bless and He's going to multiply greatly. And as you're needy and you cry out to Him He's going to raise you up and He's going to make us have families like flocks. Fruitfulness in Christ.

A lot of women in this room who are going home to hard places. Hard jobs, ungodly environments. For a few days here you've been able to kind of push that stuff out of your mind and here we are sitting on the mountaintop listening to God's Word and singing songs and loving Jesus and a few hours from now you're going to be in a whole different place.

We have 600 senior pastors' wives here. Some of them I can tell you are hurting really badly. Some of them, some of you are in churches that if God doesn't intervene it's chaos, it's a mess, it's not what it is supposed to be.

So you're going back to that tomorrow, if not sooner. But I want to tell you this, wherever you're going, He will go with you. He will go in you and He wants to make you fruitful even in the place of your affliction.

You can experience fullness, freedom, and fruitfulness in Christ as long as you keep abiding in Him and letting Him have His way, letting him be God, trusting Him with what you can't understand, not demanding answers, not demanding fixes. Yes, crying out and then trusting God to deliver in His way.

Not only does God want to turn some of the desert places where you are in His way and time into fruitful places but for generations to come the fruit of your walk with Christ will be experienced in the lives of coming generations.

One commentator says about this conclusion here, "Although there are ups and downs in this life, the end of all things for God's people is not down, but up." Can you remember that? "We know this and we look for it because we know that God is both good and sovereign. God loves us and because He does He comforts us, preserves us and brings us through even the hardest experiences in life."

Two more verses. What's the outcome? Verse 42: "The upright see it and are glad."

There's joy for the people of God. Anybody here leaving with joy greater than what you came with? Some of you get your joy cup filled? Joy is not an emotion. It affects us in our emotions but joy is the presence of Christ with me, in me, through me in the midst of the storm and the pain.

But look what else happens as this redemptive story is lived out, as the gospel is lived out through us. I love this. "All wickedness shuts its mouth." Shut up! All wickedness. You see here the restraint of evil.

When God's people are being the people of God, as we're living in freedom and fullness and fruitfulness in Christ, in God's time. I watched the news today and I'm going, "God, let wickedness shut its mouth." There are the encroaching powers of false religions and evil people in this world.

You say, "Yes, it's bad out there but it's true in my world where I live, in my workplace, in my family. There's so much evil." I want to tell you one day as you walk with Him through this, all wickedness will shut its mouth.

[applause]

And could I say, too, that means also all the wickedness that's in here, in my heart, in your heart. Listen, it's a proud heart that only sees the wickedness out there and think it's their problem, it's their issue, it's their fault. That's pride.

The heart of humility says, "Lord, it's not my brother. It's not my sister. It's me, Oh, Lord. Uproot the wickedness out of my own heart." And through Christ all that wickedness can shut its mouth.

Final exhortation, verse 43. "Whoever is wise, let him attend to these things. Let them consider the steadfast love of the Lord."

Listen, there are women in this room who feel like you don't deserve His goodness, His mercy, His love. You're thinking, "I deserve what I'm getting - that storm, the prison."

A lady came to me last night and said, "I made some very foolish choices much like Chrissy's and I've repented. I've come back to the Lord but we're still pulling out thorns in my life."

So some feeling, "I deserve what I'm getting." And some of you may be reluctant to run into His arms, reluctant to believe that that steadfast love of the Lord could be for you.

Can I just say first of all you're right about one thing? We don't deserve it. You don't deserve it. Those of us who think we deserve it don't deserve it. We don't deserve the steadfast love of the Lord. But He gives it anyway. He gives it to undeserved rebels, enemies, undeserving.

And knowing that, can I remind you that you don't have to perform to be loved by Him. You don't have to fix your own life. Cry out to Him and believe Him to come and do by His grace what you could never do.

Could we bow our hearts in prayer in these closing moments? I want to just ask you two questions in this quiet moment. First of all, did you identify with some of the trouble we read about? Maybe right now are you lost, wandering? In some sort of prison? Sick, storm tossed?

What do you do when you're in trouble? Cry out to the Lord. A lot of women did that last night. But crying out to the Lord shouldn't be just something we do when an invitation's given. It's something we ought to be doing all the time. Don't stop. Keep crying out. Keep praying. Keep looking up. Cry out to the Lord.

The second question, let me back up, keep crying out and believe in His way and in His time He will rescue you. He will bring you to your desired haven.

The second question, have you been redeemed? Have you been delivered from trouble? What do you do? Two things, you give thanks. Would you do that just right now from your heart? Maybe just whisper a prayer of thanks for His redeeming love in your life, for His goodness.

And then you tell others. "Let the redeemed of the Lord say so." Declare it to God. Declare it to others.

 

 

Leslie: Nancy Leigh DeMoss has been showing you how to be secure when the storms of life are raging. She’ll be right back. 

Could you relate when Nancy talked about trying to solve problems on our own? A Revive Our Hearts named Julie can. When troubles come . . .

Julie: I try so hard to do things in my own strength, and that is fleeting and failing. At the end of the day, it's the same speech that I hear in my own mind. I'm tired, worn-out, distressed, and have nothing left to give.

Leslie: But she’s been learning a different approach. Not to just survive tough situations, but to thrive in Christ.

Julie: To thrive in Christ means I don't look to myself, I look to Him. I run and I won't be weary. I walk and I won't faint. When I'm thriving in Christ, He is my strength.

Leslie: We’re thankful the Lord is using this ministry to help women like Julie thrive in the storms of life.

Julie: Revive Our Hearts constantly challenges me to stay rooted in the Word. It's just grassroots, raw truth. When you hear Nancy's heart, she's so real. Everything she says is so washed with the Word. The Scripture is where her focus is, and that's what changes lives. That's what changes my life. It's hearing God use her to speak truth. Really, it's bringing conviction and repentance and a longing to be the person she is talking about that day—the teaching that she is giving us. Christ has given her the anointment to teach His Word. So she's just constantly challenging me to really dig into the Word and to stay rooted in truth.

Leslie: Nancy, I’m so thankful to be part of a ministry that is helping Julie stay rooted in God’s Word.

Nancy: I love hearing from our Revive Our Hearts listeners and how the Lord is using this ministry to help women thrive in Christ, even in tough life circumstances. 

I want to speak just a moment to our listeners and that we consider you a partner in this ministry. Many listeners like you play a key role in helping women thrive in Christ. So we feel a responsibility to let you know about the ministry's needs so you can pray, and as the Lord prompts, you can have the joy of giving to help meet those needs.

And Revive Our Hearts does have significant needs right now. As we've been sharing with you recently, during the month of December, we typically receive over 40% of the donations that are needed for the entire year. And this December, we also need to make up a shortfall that we've experienced in our budget over the last several months. So we need strong support right now to make up that shortfall and to provide what's needed to help us move into 2015.

During this month we are trying to share with you the facts about the need we are facing. We feel like that is our responsibility. But then it's God's responsibility to prompt those that He wants to give to help meet that need. And it's the responsibility of His people to give as the Lord directs.

So that takes all the pressure off of you. It takes all the pressure off of us. We're not trying to pressure people into giving. We're saying, "Here's the need. Would you ask the Lord if He would have you to be a part in helping to meet it. Then as the Lord leads, whether it is giving to the ministry of Revive Our Hearts or to some other ministry, be sure to follow what He wants you to do. As you give, be sure that you are giving first to meet the needs of your local church.

If the Lord is prompting your heart to give to the needs of Revive Our Hearts this month, then you can give us a call at 1–800–569–5959, or you can visit us at ReviveOurHearts.com.

Lord, we just want to continue to bring this need before You and thank You that You put us in places where we really do need You. We need Your provision. So we are asking You. You are our major Donor with a capital "D." We're asking You to provide.

Thank You for giving us the privilege of giving out of resources that You have entrusted to us to help Your work continue. Would You move on the hearts that You want to give to help meet these needs at this time? Lord, give us joy and generous hearts as we give back to You what You've entrusted to us, as we want to see Your work continue and be furthered. We pray it in Jesus' name, amen.

Leslie: Thanks Nancy.

When you need deliverance from trouble, you can take comfort in knowing this: you’ve already actually been delivered. Nancy will explain that more. I hope you’ll be back tomorrow for Revive Our Hearts.

Revive Our Hearts with Nancy Leigh DeMoss is an outreach of Life Action Ministries.

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