Sharing Your Silence
Good morning, everyone. Welcome to “Try Jesus!” If this is your first time joining us, it’s great to have you with us. I would like to thank all the new members for joining “Try Jesus.” Also welcome those in Georgia, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, South Carolina, Indiana, and Ohio, this week.
Last Tuesday, many celebrated our nation’s independence, freedoms, and liberties. We also contribute these rights to those who stood and fought for these freedoms.
The evening culminates with a spectacular array of fireworks. At the end of the day, I thought about how all this compares to the illuminating presence of Almighty God.
His light is a beautiful divine radiant light that never fades or is extinguished. People will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:5).
The world’s fireworks lit up the sky for a few minutes but after the show is over the skies once again turned to darkness and smoke. Fireworks and the nations celebratory actions each year are fine.
However it pales considerably in the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:3; John 1:5; 8:12; Matthew 5:16). God’s glory shall never diminish or burn 🔥 out. This is the fire and work our nation needs, amen?
Let’s pray, “Heavenly Father, I thank you for gathering hearts with your burning fire, drawing them with your loving kindness. This is the day Lord that you have made, help us to be glad and rejoice in it.
Father, show us this morning how to pray that people’s eyes are opened so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the grip of Satan to the freedom of God.
Your word commands us to go into the world and let your light shine that the lost may see the works that are produced by the power of the Holy Spirit working in the lives of the body of Christ.
May the light of your word reach our families, our neighbors, our cities and beyond so that you alone will receive the glory! And when eyes are opened may they see and experience new life forever, in Jesus’ name, amen.”
Good morning, once again everyone. Today’s message is a difficult one to bring this morning. It’s hard because there are lives that have seen hard excruciating things come against themselves.
We may all know someone who has been excluded or abandoned by those they thought loved them. This message is difficult because there are some precious souls who have been silenced and buried in rejection.
Have you ever met someone (or maybe yourself) that was excluded during the childhood years? Have you ever tried to fit in, only to be rejected and sent back to your emotional shell?
Just about every child has some memory of being and feeling excluded in school, on the playground, and even at home. Many kids grow up with labels and nicknames that never wanted.
When you were growing up did you ever get left out of activities because other kids saw you as some kind of pariah? Being an outcast early in life is no fun to any kid. All of us start out with silly putty emotions. Our adolescent emotions get stretched daily.
Everyone just wants to fit in, right? We have enough personal problems without the masses telling us we are victims, and we should revolt and carry all these biases in our hearts. Many want individuals to stay divided.
However, many do not understand that you can’t separate something of the same origin. Blood is something that you can’t separate. There aren’t more blood rainbows you can pick and choose from.
We are one human race. If you read Acts chapter 17:24-31 with an open heart, you can see how we are all in this thing together called sin. And sin has nothing to do with skin color.
God accepts anyone who comes to him in repentance and faith. In 2023, people should get rid of any prejudice or bias that keeps them from sharing the Lord with others. Jesus welcomes all people into his Kingdom.
The people that rejected Jesus’ offer of salvation while alive and are in hell right now, are not concerned about how many nationalities are in pain and torment. They have actually come to the realization that Jesus was right.
All their preconceived fleshly thoughts of liberalism and no mercy towards the most venerable (the unborn), have kept them from coming to the knowledge of the truth (Jesus). (Romans 1:18-32; 2 Corinthians 4:3,4).
When we get filled up with pride, power, and pessimism, we inevitably are headed for a huge fall. If not on this side, then in the presence of the judge of all lives. (Proverbs 16:18; Revelation 20:10-15; 31:8; Matthew 7:21-23).
This is why it’s extremely important to present the love of Jesus to youthful hearts that have been hurt into deep silence. Did you know there are many people whose hurts are so deep that it keeps them from coming to church?
Shame is one emotion that Satan uses against people. Also, the church and leadership must be spiritually equipped to handle difficult cases of those silenced in pain by Satan. This takes a heart that will love on an individual until there is a victorious breakthrough.
I once knew a church who didn’t know how to handle a 35-year-old woman who was mentally 16 years old. They tried to place her in adult biblical studies and tried to buy her clothes she never would wear.
There intentions may have been in the right place, but without wisdom and spiritual insight they missed the mark. I suggested they first meet her where she is by just loving her.
I also suggested until God delivers her, it might be best to let her join those in the young adult youth studies group. Also, if she desires to wear junior miss clothes from the Gap instead of clothes from Macy’s for 40- to 50-year-old women, then allow her to do so.
As long as she’s still dressing modestly when coming to church, she might feel better about connecting with others. When love is stretched for the long duration of a life, it can produce beautiful fruit in their life.
However, when churches force through oppressive rules and regulations, it can have a negative effect on the spiritual growth of a person. Individuals who come into the church with serious emotional distressed lives must be handled gently.
How would you verbally work with someone who came to your church with suicidal tendencies? How would you handle an adult who cuts themselves? How would you handle a teenager who is severely depressed?
According to the *CDC, the rates of suicide, self-harm, anxiety and depression are up among adolescents. I have worked with all of these individuals. It can be heartbreaking.
Sometimes you think there’s no progress being made. You stand in the spiritual gap for them and cry out to God for them to be set free. God does everything great and perfect in his timing.
He receives the glory in a way where more lives are blessed than expected. God sees the glorious outcome long before we understand his plan. He truly is an amazing God. I continuously find myself in awe of everything he does.
God cares very deeply about the vulnerable and mishandled lives of delicate souls. He supremely loves us all more than we will ever understand. We must seek God for spiritual discernment when dealing with crushed spirits.
When leaders in church misunderstand the delicate but serious emotional cases, they sometimes shun the very ones they are supposed to love. Love is supposed to cover a multitude of sins.
One female leader in a church was trying to help a young woman who had been sexually abused by her uncle. After a while, the leader through up her hands and said, “This woman is too weird, I don’t want to deal with her.” How sad.
Many have closed their ears to the silent cries of sex trafficking in this country, of which most are females. Anytime our youth are hurt, it can be a long arduous journey to their physical, mental, and spiritual recovery.
God desires all children to be introduced to his everlasting love and care. (Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Jeremiah 1:4-8; 29:11; Psalm 139:13-18; Mark 10:13-15). Jesus loves your children.
Many states have seen a sharp increase in children isolating themselves away from others. Many states have seen a huge increase in attempted suicide in the country.
When children feel abandoned and left out, they can be pulled into withdrawal and muzzled with hurt. But exclusion doesn’t stop as children grow into adults. Many adults suffer with loneliness and emotional withdrawal.
From work cliques to Facebook jibes, people of all ages exclude others from acceptance, love and affection, often for no discernible reason. Everyone wants and desires love. God instilled this want in every heart.
God’s redemption, by his grace, can heal the brokenness inside of every person when they cry out to the Lord. The power of God’s love toward the broken heart is enough to set them free. Jesus can heal to the very depth of your silence.
This message today is for those who fill like their life is in a deep well and there is no one around to draw them out. My beloved friends, the brokenness in your life is not beyond repair. Please read (Psalm 40:1-4) aloud to your own heart.
God sees your suffering, and he himself will rescue, restore, reconcile, and resurrect your life today. You have been ransomed and redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ (Revelation 5:9,10; 12:11; 1 Peter 1:18-20; Ephesians 1:7).
[God ransomed us from the tyranny of sin. He did this not with money, but with the precious blood of his own Son (Romans 6:6,7; 1 Corinthians 6:20; Colossians 2:13,14; Hebrews 9:12).]
The death Jesus died specifically for you gave two wonderful benefits to us, redemption and forgiveness. Redemption pictures the price paid to gain freedom for a slave (Leviticus 25:47-54).
Jesus paid the price to release us from slavery to sin and its devastating consequences. You no longer have to stay quiet and hidden in a broken shelled life.
Jesus always went on the road others (religious folks) wouldn’t dare to walk on. (Luke 10:30-37). Jesus was not like others. He would pour out his love on those where it wasn’t expected, to society’s outcasts. Again, Jesus included the excluded.
Here are a few people Jesus helped out of broken silence.
1) Jesus cares for broken children: He cares for the abused child that nobody can hear, silenced in pain and alone in their room day after day. The disciples with Jesus saw them as a nuisance.
Many parents sometimes see their children as unwanted baggage. If you suffered for years as a child, today your liberty is here. (Matthew 18:1-6; 19:13-15; 2 Samuel 22:48-50; Psalm 91:4-6; Isaiah 49:25,26).
2) A sinful woman: (Luke 7:36-50). Jesus reaches a life with no details about her name, age, address, employment, etc. Only her character and reputation was revealed. She wasn’t even invited in the house.
[The sinful woman lavished tears, expensive perfume, and kisses on her Savior. In this story, the immoral but grateful woman and not the religious leader is the one whose sins are forgiven.]
The woman who carried an immoral lifestyle did all the things Simon should have been doing. She was excluded by the religious phonies but Jesus drew out of her heart repentance, tears, and faith to receive forgiveness.
Jesus can do the same today for battered women, wives, who are unloved, fearful, suicidal thoughts, lonely, and those silenced in their own homes.
He can do the same for men who lost their identity, manhood, employment, suicidal tendencies, and boldness. All you have to do is come to him. When you realize the depth of your sin, you can appreciate the complete forgiveness that God offers.
3) Woman with an issue of blood: last week I spoke about people who are worried about bothering God with their problems. But God is always concerned for us. He loves us and wants our attention (1 Peter 5:7).
The woman in (Mark 5:24-34) is a great example of many who will travel the world to find the answers to their broken life, but won’t turn to greatest physician on earth who is as close to them as their next heartbeat. This woman suffered for 12 years.
Getting close to Jesus must have seemed hopeless to this sick woman, but she didn’t give up and fought her way desperately through the crowd in order to touch his robe. As soon as she did, she was healed.
She had tried everything. She knew about being ritually unclean among others. (Leviticus 15:25-27) She was like those above, excluded from most social contact.
She desperately wanted Jesus to heal her, but she thought that her bleeding would cause Jesus to be unclean under Jewish law if she touched him. How caring the silenced can be. Even when they are ostracized, they still care about others.
[Sometimes we feel that our problems will keep us from God. But his love reaches through to us, no matter how impossible or terrible we think the situation is. We should never allow our fear or silence to keep us from approaching him.]
I remember a neighbor who used to live in my neighborhood. He owned 3 dogs and would isolate them from playing or interacting with each other. From time to time, I would come outside and see him verbally abusing one of them, and sometimes hitting them hard in the face.
But it seemed no matter how much he disciplined them, they wanted to wag their tails in happiness to greet him. I understand the reason behind their wonderful label, “Man’s best friend.” But there is someone who sticks closer.
Of course Jesus had many one-on-one conversations with those who voiced their concerns and burdens. He turned their misery into overflowing joy. Jesus wants us to be set free in him.
Today, many in the church have been callous to the hard cases (extreme broken lives) because it takes time, effort, and surrendered sacrifice on behalf of another soul.
Jesus crossed all social and economic barriers to deliver those imprisoned by the hard by-laws and legalistic rules the religious leaders placed on them. Jesus came to set free all who are abused physically and spiritually in the church.
16} “And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? 17} When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” (Mark 2:16,17 KJV).
Jesus calls all that are silenced and outcast and misunderstood to sit in his freedom and heavenly touch, to be restored and whole. God’s purpose is to restore man’s right standing with him by forgiving wickedness and remembering sins no more (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Hebrews 8:12).
Before we close, I want to encourage the body of Christ to cry out with rent hearts and be renewed with spiritual eyesight to see and hear the silence of brokenness in our country.
Do not be afraid to suffer persecutions from the enemies canceling tactics. The body of Christ has already overcome the battle and won the victory. God has given us the harvest. It’s been said, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
Many denominational churches have given in to the pressures from the outside to accept all manner of immoral lifestyles that God’s Word says is an abomination and sinful. The Holy Spirit will not be a part of unholy practices.
Today in America, Christians and Christ believing parents have been forced into silence, into compliance, and told that we must accept what science wants to do with our children’s gender. They tell us that we must deny truth, back down, and look the other way. Christians should never grow silent when following God and Jesus is frowned upon.
Satan wants to use the blind hearted to attack God given Christian liberties. Have you noticed there are never words against other religious groups that may object to making or distributing something that’s against their religion? This happens only to those in true Christianity.
So, my questions are for those today that feel they are being held captive. What are the things that are holding you? holding the people around you captive? What has enslaved you? Where are you bound?
Do you feel the weight, the weight of sin and brokenness, the weight of choices, of fear, of things that have been done to you? Bring all those things to the Lord. Do you feel life isn’t worth living anymore? But I encourage you, keep reading.
🗣📢 Last words: Whenever Jesus healed someone, he meant it; his focus was on that person, he engaged with them, he looked into their hearts, he gave them his full attention. He understands brokenness (Luke 4:18).
Jesus wants us to be whole and complete in him. (Philippians 1:6; Romans 8:29; Ephesians 2:10; Colossians 1:27,28). He has power and love to pull down every destructive obstacle in your life.
If your lost years have been loveless years, things in your life that are in desperate need of repair, God says, “Now is the time!” (Matthew 11:28-30; 2 Corinthians 6:2; Hebrews 3:15). Draw near to God, and he will certainly draw near to you.
When your problems become bigger than you, you need someone bigger than your problem. Only God can understand and fix your shattered life that you only can’t hold together. Get set free.
Here’s the spiritual blueprint to keep 📌 to your heart.
1) Get Restored: God has restoration power in his hands. There is nothing that seems broken to you that he can’t fix. Trust in his timing. Be ready to rejoice. (Joel 2:23-28; Acts 3:1-8; Ephesians 3:19-21). Invest your life in heavenly things (John 14:1-4; Matthew 6:19-21).
2) Get confirmed and secured: Trust in God’s spoken word over your circumstances. Allow Jesus to place your life on his foundation. (Acts 14:8-10; Psalm 119:106; Philippians 4:6-8; 2 Corinthians 6:2).
3) Get strengthened: God wants your life to live a strengthened and victorious life, not a weakened and defeated life. You can be strong in the Lord and in the power of his might. You can be effective in your new walk with God (2 Chronicles 1:1; Ezra 1:5,6; Psalm 8:1,2; 138:1-3; Acts 16:5; Ephesians 3:16-21).
4) Get Establish: Where God guides, he will provide. God wants you to be a pillar on his foundation. He wants to rebuild you from the rubble destruction you lived under and cause you to stand in his new armor. (Psalm 7:8-11; Romans 1:11,12; 16:25-27; Colossians 2:6-8; 1 Peter 5:10; Galatians 2:9; Revelation 3:12).
My friend, the silent brokenness in your life that no one else may see is not beyond repair. God sees your suffering, and he himself will restore, confirm, strengthen and establish you. He is doing all these things even in your suffering.
It is sin that has brought all this pain and suffering. There’s no world without God. Broken dreams, broken bodies. The human ruins are everywhere. But God is still in the business of resurrecting lives and giving them a reason to remain silent no more.
Today, why not “Try Jesus” through life’s detours, diseases, delays and disappointments because he is on the journey with you, actively guiding you towards his plans for you. Be encouraged my friend, your brokenness has an end.
Now that your silence is no longer muzzled, you can shout and go tell it on every mountain.
🎶 Shout to the Lord all the earth, let us sing, power and majesty, praise to the King. Mountains bow down and the seas will roar, At the sound of your name, I sing for joy at the work of your hands, forever I’ll love you, forever I’ll stand, nothing compares to the promise I have in you. 🎶
🛐 Here’s a prayer because you want to be set free. “Heavenly Father, thank you for today’s message. It was meant just for me. Lord, I’m tired of this revolving door of pain and emptiness in my life.
I’ve tried everything but you. I surrender my heart and life to you. I turn from sin to your salvation. Please turn my brokenness and silence into unspeakable healing and joy.
Lord, break all generational curses of pride, rebellion, lust, poverty, witchcraft, idolatry, suicidal tendencies, cutting, destruction, failure, sickness, infirmity, fear, schizophrenia, and rejection.
Lord, break all past perversion, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, and immorality out of my sexual character. I renounce all spirits of confusion, forgetfulness, mind control, mental illness, double-mindedness, and fantasy, against my mind.
Lord, break anger, sadness, depression, discouragement, grief, bitterness, and unforgiveness from my heart. Take away false guilt, shame, and condemnation out of my conscience.
You are the God of all grace, my deliverer, my peace and my protector. I place all of myself into your hands. I place all these broken pieces at your spiritual altar. I await the beautiful transformation you will create. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
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“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.”
Pastor Todd Boxley Worship Center Ministry
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