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Thursday, October 24, 2019
"Help In Times Of Weakness"
Message summary: Today some of you are dealing with a period of intense weakness in your life. We pray you may find assurance in today's Scripture promise. The immutable Holy Spirit of God continues to help us in our weakness! And He very well may use another believer to accomplish His purpose in strengthening you.
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"I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever" (John 14:16). "In the same way the Spirit helps us in our weakness" (Romans 8:26).
Consider acute times of weakness in your life. We receive a daily prayer request email due to our chaplain associations. Yesterday we received this brief request with which we can empathize. "Request prayer for a pastor friend’s daughter, Michelle, who was in a serious accident. She’s been placed on a ventilator, and they thought she would be life-flighted to Houston, but she cannot be stabilized enough for the flight. The family has been called in. Her father has some heart issues, so please pray for him to have peace as well." We prayed that this family might received an abundance of help in their time of weakness both directly from God and from those he calls to stand with them.
We recall a touching moment in church a number of years ago during a missions service. A young lady was singing "People Need the Lord" as a special solo and was so moved by the words that she began to softly weep. Her weeping hindered her ability to sing and though people understood her heartfelt response to the powerful lyrics it was an awkward moment both for her and the congregation, since the sound track continued to play without her accompanying voice. Perhaps she was deeply burdened for a family member who needed to be saved.
However it became a means by which the Holy Spirit touched our hearts as well. Our pastor did something that we believe illustrates the work of the Holy Spirit in each of our lives during times of weakness or perceived weakness. Pastor Jim stood up and came alongside the young lady to sing the words with her. Sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading he indeed helped her in her time of need.
Today's first text describes the ministry of the Holy Spirit. "Helper" translates the Greek word "Paracletos" which means "one called alongside to help" which is also translated Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor. In the context of this verse Jesus is speaking of His departure back to heaven after He completed His mission on earth to die for our sins.
Let us consider the wonderful promise in our second daily text, "the Spirit helps us in our weakness". The Holy Spirit is ever faithful to help us in our time of weakness. Of course in a sense we live in a state of weakness and are in absolute dependency upon God all the time.
But there are those special times of intense weakness when we fall to our knees and cry out for divine intervention. So often at this point we experience a special work of the Spirit as He comes alongside us in our time of need. And at times the Spirit uses other believers sensitive to His leading to be His instrument of comfort, strength or guidance.
Today some of you are dealing with a period of intense weakness in your life. We pray you may find assurance in today's Scripture promise. The immutable Holy Spirit of God continues to help us in our weakness! And He very well may use another believer to accomplish His purpose in strengthening you.
Today we are all called to be led of the Holy Spirit. I think of the words to the song, "People Need the Lord" which is provided below. Be sensitive to the Spirit's leading today to hear His voice and also to be His agent in helping another in their time of weakness!
Ev'ryday they pass me by, I can see it in their eyes;
Empty people filled with care, headed who knows where.
On they go through private pain, living fear to fear;
Laughter hides the silent cries, only Jesus hears.
We are called to take His light, to a world where wrong seems right.
What could be too great a cost, for sharing life with one who's lost.
Through His love our hearts can feel, all the grief they bear.
They must hear the words of life only we can share.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
At the end of broken dreams, He's the open door.
People need the Lord, people need the Lord.
When will we realize people need the Lord.
Be encouraged today!
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we are very grateful for the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives; thankful especially for the convicting work of the Spirit that enables us to see our need for salvation. You provide guidance, comfort, correction, and strength through the work of the Spirit that resides within our hearts. Not only are we prompted and led by Your Spirit, but we consider those who are sensitive to the Spirit's leading, who have come to us in our time of need and helped to restore our strength or helped clarify Your leading in our lives. May we also be willing messengers of Your Holy Spirit as we serve You day in and day out. In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Note from Brooksyne: A similar event that took place about 30 years ago in a church we served in northern Pennsylvania. Once again a young lady was singing a song. As I recall she was going through a difficult time in her personal life which was likely more the source of her emotion than the song itself. She started weeping uncontrollably and the congregation was unable to respond except to quietly pray. The Spirit then moved upon the heart of a woman named Nancy who walked up to the front and merely placed her arm around the singer to provide support as she completed the song and the congregation prayed for this sincere soul.
Today's Suggested Music and Supplemental Resources
"People Need The Lord" Video The Booth Brothers
Monday we mentioned that it was the 23rd anniversary of our Daily Encouragement ministry. We will continue to post this information all week long for those who may not read each message.
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Daily Encouragement Ministry Chronology
October 21, 1996 - First email sent to Nigel and Laifong Lee a married couple and developed into a list (which was merely a group list added to manually one by one.)
1999 - Website developed by Andy Larrimore, a friend in the church we served at the time in New England.
2002 - Began one minute radio spots extracted from Daily Encouragement messages and in recent years original messages written by Brooksyne that may not be featured in one of our DE messages.
2004 - Resigned from full-time job with chaplain agency.
2005 - Developed html email (formatted with photos as opposed to just plain text), began podcasting daily messages, set up blogs/RSS feeds, Brooksyne "officially" joined in the message preparation.
2006 - Received official endorsement as the first "internet chaplain" from chaplaincy endorsement agency. (I already had endorsement for corporate chaplaincy and Civil Air Patrol chaplaincy.)
Each of these messages since the very first one are stored in a single WORD document which currently has over 4,000,000 words and over 6,500 pages (10pt type). However even this total is probably significantly understated since, as many writers know, you tend to type many words that get chopped as you go along or are eliminated in the editing process! Plus we prepare a lot of extra material on the html posts such as photo captions, music descriptions and so forth that aren't even in this archive.
Although we are thonkful for spellchick we still need to poofread carefully to see if we any words out.
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Brooksyne's Note: As we share the history of this web ministry I am reminded of our Lord's faithfulness and the diverse giftings He gives to those He has called. It is extremely humbling to us that God's Spirit speaks to the hearts of men and women all around the world through our daily messages. When we got our first computer Stephen and I would never have imagined the medium of computer technology giving us "a voice" to reach people all over the world. Your prayers, feedback, and support spur us on and challenge us to remain faithful in this writing ministry. Join us in continually giving thanks for His abundant blessings that far outnumber the grievous burdens one endures over a lifetime.
Here's the very first daily Encouragement message from Monday, October 21, 1996:
"Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another--and all the more as you see the Day approaching" (Hebrews 10:25).
Hopefully each of you were in church yesterday and received fresh strength from the Lord and His Word. Unfortunately, then, even as now, some had forsaken this important element of growth and discipleship. As we see the Day of Christ's return drawing ever closer may we be encouraged. Whatever you do today remember the main thing: "Thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might" (Deuteronomy 6:5).
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