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← The Presence of Christ in Times of Loneliness - Tim Conway

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Showing Revision 1 created 09/14/2017 by Carrie Spradlin.

  1. When I was a new Christian,

  2. I was suffering.
  3. You say, what were you suffering?
  4. I had a friend: Craig.
  5. Craig had a family.
  6. I had a friend: Rod.
  7. Rod had a family.
  8. We were pretty tight.
  9. I didn't have a family.
  10. I would see them with their families -
  11. with their wives, with their children.
  12. I would drive home alone.
  13. Loneliness is a severe trial.
  14. You say, how were you helped?
  15. Jesus visited me in those years of my life
  16. in ways I don't experience now.
  17. Oh, I experience them, but not like I did then.
  18. He came to me.
  19. His presence was so sweet,
  20. it turned my darkness into light.
  21. My sister-in-law Mida...
  22. She was suffering cancer, going through chemotherapy.
  23. Bitter trial.
  24. She was on a two week rotation of chemo,
  25. and at that period where she would be most pressed
  26. by that chemo treatment, most weak
  27. most suffering...
  28. Jesus would come to her.
  29. And she actually wept when she was healed,
  30. because those seasons would not come anymore.
  31. Brethren, that's one of the ways He helps.
  32. He comes and He visits His people.
  33. I've told you this story before:
  34. Scottish Covenanters,
  35. one of these guys was so mutilated
  36. the Dragoons came in and they dealt
  37. like 8 mortal blows to him.
  38. They took his broken body
  39. and they just threw it on the dungeon floor.
  40. And as he laid there, his body broken,
  41. he said, "I don't know if I can withstand this any longer."
  42. And those bystanders thought he was talking
  43. about his wounds.
  44. He said, "the presence of Christ is so overwhelming
  45. to me right now, I don't know if I can
  46. handle anymore.
  47. Brethren, one of the ways that Christ helps us,
  48. is He visits us.
  49. The last thing you ever want to do
  50. in the midst of your suffering
  51. is turn away from your times in prayer
  52. and your times in the Word.
  53. Because that is so often right where He comes to us.
  54. It was in my seasons when I would go out
  55. in those early days,
  56. and loneliness felt at times like it would crush me,
  57. but I would go out in the fields and I would pray.
  58. And it was there praying - there were times
  59. when I would walk and I could feel
  60. His presence at my side.
  61. I could have reached over and touched Him.
  62. And brethren, there's times when He takes
  63. the pain of the suffering out.
  64. You may know this story,
  65. there was a time when Spurgeon
  66. was suffering the pain of gout,
  67. and it was so overwhelming,
  68. he had to ask the people in the room
  69. to leave.
  70. And he just cried out, you can almost hear it,
  71. almost like Jesus there out in the wilderness
  72. pleading with cries and tears,
  73. and Spurgeon there with crying and tears
  74. says, "please!" And God took the pain away.
  75. No doubt, not all of it. And not forever.
  76. But He took it away right there when asked.