BELIEVERS-WEEP! BELIEVERS-REJOICE!
"Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning-Ps. 30:5"
The 2012 national and state elections are over and Bible-believers were greatly disappointed with the election results. On an overall scale, with some exceptions, American voters did not select either the candidates most conservative Christians desired or favor the ballot issues they believed were morally important.
Bible Christians can rightly weep because a secular dominated left-wing socialistic politician was re-elected the U. S. President. Other negative outcomes included three states which voted to approve gay marriage; two states that approved the sale of so-called recreational marijuana, the election for the first time of a female lesbian in the U. S. Senate and the choice of five "gays" to serve in the U. S. House of Representatives.
The above results are certainly legitimate causes for weeping! The inspired Scripture denotes or connotes at least three kinds of weeping that genuine saints should be manifesting in light of current negative trends
"BELIEVERS-WEEP!"
1. Weeping over the Shameful Society: In Jer. 9:1, the prophet Jeremiah pondered the sad spiritual state that existed in Judah and cried out "Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night for the slain of the daughter of my people!" In view of America's immoral wicked trends, such prayerful weeping is surely appropriate today.
When young infants were cruelly slain in Bethlehem after the birth of Christ, the remnant godly heritage of Bethlehem and nearby areas wept: "Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted because they are not-Matt. 2:17-18." With a U. S. President who openly promotes the abortion of infants within a mother's womb and state and federal judiciaries that endorse such killing of innocent life, earnest weeping should be an everyday occurrence.
From a religious aspect today, American society is saturated with apostate unbelievers, much like Paul's age. As the Apostle Paul pondered the unbelieving adversaries of the Cross, with a weeping heart he wrote "(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ:--Phil. 3:18."
2. Weeping over the Sinful Souls: There never has been a generation where believers needed to weep more over unconverted souls than today. The American population today is basically composed of unconverted, ungodly and unconverted men and women whose major concerns are economic, not spiritual.
The classic verses on soul-winning in Ps. 126:5-6 should be permanently branded upon the hearts of every saint of God: "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him."
While the following verses do not mention weeping by name, the Apostle Paul must have penned the following verses with a sorrowful weeping heart in Rom. 9:1 as he delineated the great spiritual need of his own historical ethnic background: "Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is that they might be saved."
In Matt. 23:37, we see the burdened compassionate tender heart of Jesus for the hopeless citizens of Jerusalem, a heart that must have been overwhelmed with tears, as he tenderly but boldly cried out: "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killedst the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her children under her wings, and ye would not!"
3. Weeping over the Sleeping Saints: We live in an age where many professing saints are apathetic and indifferent to spiritual concerns. In contrast to Paul's admonitions in II Cor. 4:18, hosts of confessing believers are looking at the things which are seen, rather than the things which are unseen. They are living for the temporal, rather than the eternal.
Weeping saints need to ardently urge these indifferent believers as Rom. 13:11-12 states: to "awaken to righteousness" and to "sin not." With pleading tearful hearts, concerned saints need to entreat these unconcerned believers to "know the time" in which they are now living and to "awake out of sleep." With tear filled eyes, these believers need to be implored to "cast off the works of darkness," and to "put on the armour of light."

BELIEVERS-REJOICE!
In Phil. 4:4, the Apostle Paul states: "Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again, I say Rejoice." The word "alway" simply means "always," and "all means all that's all means!" While societal conditions may be morally and spiritually dark and growing darker all the time, believers don't need to become despondent, defeated or discouraged. There is ample cause for rejoicing!
1. Rejoicing over the Sanctifying Scripture: In John 17:17, Jesus said, "Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth." With gladdened hearts, believers should remember that the same Scripture which saves the sinner is the same Scripture that sanctifies the saint! The Christian's great delight and joy should be the daily reading, meditation and study of God's preserved inerrant Word: In Ps. 1:2, speaking about spiritually eager saints, the Psalmist wrote: "But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night."
(a) The Christian should delight and rejoice in God's Commandments: While believers may face numerous testings, troubles and trials, Psalms 119:143 says "Trouble and anguish have taken hold on me: yet thy commandments are my delight."
(b) The Christian should delight and rejoice in God's Correctives: God may have to sometimes chasten and discipline us to enable His sanctifying graces to conform us to the image of Christ, but we should be grateful and joyful for such purging labors: Job 5:17 says: "Behold happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despite not thou the chastening of the Almighty."
(c) The Christian should delight and rejoice in God's Comforts: The sorrows which we may be undergoing can never negate the delight and joy which believers can constantly experience as they ponder God's care and comfort: Ps. 94:19 states "In the multitude of my thoughts within me, they comforts delight my soul."
2. Rejoicing over the Secure Salvation: In Heb. 5:9, the apostolic writer declared about Christ: "And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all that obey him." What a blessing to know that "eternal" actually means "eternal"-John 10:28 and that "everlasting" actually means "everlasting"-John 3:16.
Believers can rejoice because of (a) Christ's Propitiation-I John 2:2 (b) Christ's Purchase-Acts 20:28, (c) Christ's Promises-Heb. 13:5, (d) Christ's Priesthood-Heb. 7:25, (e) Christ's Position-Eph. 10-21, (f) Christ's Preparations-John 14:2-3, and (g) Christ's Purposes-Phil. 3:21. With such a Saviour and all He has done in His once-for-all work on the Cross-Heb. 1:3, 10:12,-believers have absolutely no cause for despondency or despair.
When saints remember Christ's words in Matt. 28:20 "…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen," and Christ's statement in Heb. 1:3 that "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee," their confidence in this security should grow even stronger. Believers' rejoicing can turn into almost total jubilance when they read Paul's words in Phil. 1:6: "Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ."
There is even greater cause for rejoicing when believers consider the fact that Christ is always present with the believer under every possible circumstance and condition. Consider the following reasons for rejoicing in this "eternal salvation." (a) Christ is with us in Perils-Matt. 14:24-25; (b) Christ is with us in Pain-II Cor. 12:9; (c) Christ is with us in Persecution-Acts 5:41-42 (d) Christ is with us in Poverty-II Cor. 8:1-2; (e) Christ is with us in Prosperity-Phil. 4:12; (f) Christ is with us in Purging-Heb. 12:6-7; (g) Christ will be with us in Paradise-II Cor. 5:1. With such assurances, what possible reason is there for discouragement? NONE!
3. Rejoicing over the Soon Second Coming: The Saviour who visited humanity over 2,000 years ago in His Incarnation and Virgin Birth-Luke 2:1-20-to redeem eternal souls is coming again soon in the skies to take a generation of living saints home to glory, as well as to redeem the bodies of all church age saints-Rom. 8:23-24, in a translation when all of God's family in this dispensation will experience complete redemption in spirit, soul and body-I Thess. 5:23.
Does the potentially imminent-any moment-return of Christ in the air-I Cor. 15:51-58-provide ample cause for rejoicing? In I Titus 2:13, that imminent return is called the "blessed hope" of church age saints. This hope-which brings great rejoicing to the believer's spirit-is a (a) Christ-centered Hope-Col. 1:21, (b) Confident Hope-II Tim. 1:12; (c) Constant Hope-I Cor. 13:13; (d) Comforting Hope-I Thess, 4:17-18; (e) Cleansing Hope-I John 3:2-3; (f) Consummating Hope-Rom. 8:23-24 and a (g) Constraining Hope-II Cor. 5:11 &14.
Despite the temporary victories in society and in Washington, D.C of anti-God, anti-Christ oriented left-wing socialistic politicians, the above cited Scriptural guarantees, which form just a small fraction of the hundreds of Biblical assurances and Scriptural promises believers can claim, provide ample cause for abundant rejoicing in believers' lives.
In I Thess. 5:18, the Apostle Paul gives believers an important admonition that believers need to heed and obey, even in the midst of evil political and religious conditions: "In Everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." "In everything" does not mean "for everything" so God's saints are not required to give thanks for political victories of left-wing liberals in Washington, D.C., but they are obligated to give thanks "in everything."
Amidst the secular, wicked actions and trends in the White House and Washington, D.C., believers should both weep and rejoice, while giving thanks to the God whom they know will someday overcome all the evil and the wicked perpetrators in human society, Rev. 20:11-15, Rev. chapters 21-22! D. J.
PS: In the past, when wicked men crucified our Saviour, God was on His throne! In the present, when evil politicians seemingly reign unchecked and an anti-Christ spirit dominates human society, God is still on His Throne! And in eternity, when Satan and his cohort forces are forever vanquished, God will still be on His Throne! Is. 66:1: "Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool."
"To everything there is a season"-Ecc. 3:1. "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning-Ps. 30:5

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