THE HEAVY SOUL
WE ARE NOT A BODY WITH A SOUL.
WE ARE A SOUL WITH A BODY.
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Psalm 42:5
WHY ARE OUR SOULS HEAVY?
HEAVY WITH HURTS FROM THE PAST.
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Lamentations 3:19-20
HEAVY WITH TROUBLE IN THE PRESENT.
But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Job 4:5
HEAVY WITH ANXIETY ABOUT THE FUTURE.
…[Jesus] began to be deeply distressed and troubled. 34 "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death…" Mark 14:33-34
Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and 6 my God. Psalm 42:5-6
TELL YOUR SOUL TO
REMEMBER GOD’S FAITHFULNESS IN THE PAST.
19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. 20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. 21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:19-23
CRY OUT TO GOD IN THE PRESENT.
I pour out my complaint before him; before him I tell my trouble…
5 I cry to you, O Lord; I say, "You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living." 6 Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need.
Psalm 142:2, 5-6
TRUST IN GOD’S POWER FOR YOUR FUTURE.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged because of the king of Assyria and the vast army with him, for there is a greater power with us than with him. 8 With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and to fight our battles…" 2 Chronicles 32:7-8
TALK IT OVER
What's causing your heavy soul? Is it the hurts of the past, present troubles, or anxiety about the future?
Share some examples of how you’ve experienced God’s faithfulness in the past.
What's keeping you from placing your trust in God for the future? What steps will you take to trust God?
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