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1/17/2016 ~ Invisible Tears


Darkness suffers with no place to hide.
So many things touch a heart that the
extent is virtually unfathomable.
Hidden in the open is all that we are.


Yet man is born to trouble, As the sparks fly upward. ~ Job 5:7
┗► We all begin in a swirl of blind nakedness.  

The fire of life sparks inconceivable rebellion
if not tempered by the fear of God.

Our break from God is a test of free souls to return or to revolt.
In a realm of darkness, only His pure light of love
is able to uncover us, as He calls for us to come
out of the pit of conceit and self-deception.


                                                                           ┏► Grief wells up from the deepest of drains.  
You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.
~ Psalm 88:6


... The LORD my God will enlighten my darkness. ~ Psalm 18:28
Our hope is our light. ◄┛                                                 

Inhumanity often plunges one into the despair of inequality.
Without something higher than self, the decent is bottomless.
A true question is, "What is one in to?"


My tears have been my food day and night, ... ~ Psalm 42:3

You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle;
Are they not in Your book? ~ Psalm 56:8

                                    ┗► He knows all of our sufferings.

Faith is always challenged under the weight of living.
Gravity is literally a return to nothingness;
suction into the darkness.


... men will seek death and will not find it; they will desire to die,
and death will flee from them. ~ Revelation 9:6


Anguish showers gloom empty of the enlightened carefree life.
Suicidal thoughts lie on the brink of misery.


... night be ended?' For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
~ Job 7:4


I am weary with my groaning; All night I make my bed swim; ...
~ Psalm 6:6


Oneís thoughts brings about
either longsuffering plagues or brilliant journeys.


Our heart's desire describes our feelings. ◄┓             
"... because of the fear which terrifies your heart, and because
of the sight which your eyes see." ~ Deuteronomy 28:67


Fear destroys peace.

... fear involves torment. But he who fears
has not been made perfect in love. ~ 1st John 4:18


Love transcends eternal dimensions.

Why is light given to him who is in misery, And life to
the bitter of soul, Who long for death, ... ~ Job 3:20-21


Misery holds no wealth.

... by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. ~ Proverbs 15:13

Pain has no shortage of flavors.

Unspeakable heinous acts inflict more than vomiting pictures
can display. Many live in sterile bubbles oblivious to the heart
wrenching truths others cringe in. Hate knows no color.


My friends scorn me; My eyes pour out tears to God. ~ Job 16:20

The world is filled with animosities
whose bite is felt closest from those you know.


... my spirit is overwhelmed within me;
My heart within me is distressed. ~ Psalms 143:3-4

                                         ┗► Gasping upon breathless ache.  

Everyone is alone and without God,
loneliness is a self inflicted disease.

The faithless have no hope. With nothing to worship,
oneís chasm develops into an annoyance with all.
Self-serving has little understanding.

One chooses Angel Island on the horizon, or
Alcatraz approaches for those imprisoned in blindness.
The worst thing in life is to live a life without accepting God.


... pangs of Sheol laid hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow.
~ Psalm 116:3


There is no escape from the pits that surround all flesh.
Desperation can be a sinking boat filled with horrific worries
of griefís misfortune producing woes of distressing anxiety.

Without relying on the eternalness of God
the deepest of comforts goes missed.


Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you
disquieted within me? Hope in God; ... ~ Psalm 42:11


You are wearied in the length of your way; Yet you did not say,
'There is no hope.' You have found the life of your hand; ... ~ Isaiah 57:10


It is hope and faith in God that lifts a soul into the light of salvation.
Apathy descends upon the hopeless.
Grief is overwhelming without love.
Purpose of heart directs life.


... not want you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning those who
have fallen asleep, lest you sorrow as others who have no hope.
~ 1st Thessalonians 4:13


Sorrow dwells most prominently where there is no hope.
~ The hopeless can be numb to love ~


But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation,
O God, set me up on high. ~ Psalm 69:29

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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
~ James 4:10


We all have miseries in our bosom
that we are unable to hold alone.
Death would consume us for lack of strength.
Christ carries each one of us on the blood of His golden love.


... Sorrow is better than laughter, For by a sad countenance
the heart is made better. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 7:2-4


Sorrow deepens understanding and
touches the marrow of oneís soul.
Only pursuing limitless pleasure,
oh dumb stumble to their own demise.

God looks for a reflective humble heart.


For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,
not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10


Emotional Divide
    Salvation
           ↑
Godly Sorrow
     Worldly Sorrow
                                          ↓
                                      Death

To know or to cling only to the
outward world, or the vapors of what can be seen,
leaves one completely searching on near empty.
God is greater than time.
Times gone by remain in a dustless past
where unreasonable stuck hearts decay.
Life is solely in the present, and unimpressed is
impulseís desperation ignoring this truth of wisdomís light,
~ whose source is God.  

To live in a gripeless moment is a challenge for all especially
without knowing Godís own love calling for us to come.
Self destruction comes from a lack of faith in His truth.


"Blessed are the pure in heart, For they shall see God." ~ Matthew 5:8

The purist of godly insight leads to vision beyond physical pain.
Seeing God releases oneís spirit to rise above the mundane.
True Faith is a matter of eternal choice beyond requiring convincing.
Sad or glad, we are all one in Him.


Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness;
He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. ~ Psalm 112:4


It is in His qualities of goodness
that we are able to endure the darkness.


● Born to trouble
● Many long for death
● There is no fear in love
● Perfect love cast out fear
● Fear involves torments
● Sorrow of heart breaks the spirit
● Sorrow can hold no hope
● Hope in God and Praise Him - it heals the soul
● Be humble in the Lord and He will lift you
● Sadness makes a heart wiser
● Godly sorrow produces repentance
● Repentance leads to salvation knowing His Purity
● Sorrow of the world leads to death

Faith is the ability to forge ahead in the face of human conflicts.
Our sorrows uncover our deepest desires.

Darkness renders nothing to offer.
It is the tears of our heart that reveals truth of self.
What we cry for tells our tale.


                                                      ┏► Life is for the living.  
Weep not for the dead, nor bemoan him;
Weep bitterly for him who goes away, ... ~ Jeremiah 22:10


Counter intuitive is what we mourn for, those gone before.
God instructs us to rather mourn for those who do not know Him.
Weep for the children whose quagmire is ignorance
and home is called oblivion.


"... now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again?
I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me."
~ 2nd Samuel 12:22-23
        
                                            Evidence that there is no reincarnation.

Truth shines above illusions.
Life is for the living and this is where our concerns should be
focused. No one can capture what is already done and long gone.
~ We return to God where all judgment ends.  


For in much wisdom is much grief, And he who
increases knowledge increases sorrow. ~ Ecclesiastes 1:18

    ┗► Knowledge is the root of wisdom. ◄┓
... it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, ...
~ Proverbs 19:2-3


The wisest souls have the deepest insights in suffering.
We are fading shadows in view of His eternal Light.
Those most knowledgeable are often the most despised.
Fools swim in hopeless turmoil loathing all.
It is man that curses man, not God.


... the sufferings of this present time are not worthy
to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
~ Romans 8:18


No matter intensity of affliction,
brilliant timelessness will unfold for each who endure in Him.


For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working
for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18


God searches for our true character under wanting
and how we respond to not having.


Behold, My servants shall sing for joy of heart, ... ~ Isaiah 65:14
┗► In service one is served.           

Delight in ones hope is not diminished
by those whose only outlook is misery.
One either chants or squawks in the walk of life.
Moreover, oneís eye is on the eternal prize of living
or spirit is overwhelmed for fear of the onslaught of man.


                 Endurance refines the fibers of character. ◄┓
... Being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we endure;
~ 1st Corinthians 4:12


As the despicable parade by audaciously,
eternity emboldens our resolve.

Finding hope gives our hands work to do.


If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. ... ~ 2nd Timothy 2:12

God is greater than man.

... not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake, ...
~ Philippians 1:29


"And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me
is not worthy of Me." ~ Matthew 10:38


Faith is not a construct of conjecture
doubting the authenticity that He is God.
Suffering is an awakening to the approaching distant shore.


We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are
perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; ...
~ 2nd Corinthians 4:8-9


Things may not always be easy,
but He promises that through our committed faith,
we will rise above the bottom.


In God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid.
What can man do to me? ~ Psalm 56:11


For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the
victory that has overcome the world - our faith. ~ 1st John 5:4


Again, it is God that lifts us to be greater than we are.
A Faith in Trust overcomes temporary sufferings.
Hope inspires our faith, trust matures it.


Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. ... ~ James 5:13

"Hear my prayer, O LORD, And give ear to my cry;
Do not be silent at my tears; ..." ~ Psalm 39:12


Our instructions from God are to pray and sing; to find solace
in Him with our praise for Him. In this each one of us, utterly alone,
finds that which cannot be given, by any other than God Himself,
~ an inner sanctuary resting upon Him.


Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. ~ Psalm 126:5

... Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
~ Luke 6:21


Do we have a needful spirit for God repenting of wrong doings?
  ↑                                   ↘

""Blessed are the poor in spirit, ... Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted." ~ Matthew 5:3-4


Direction Decides Path
Needful for God →
Joy Laugh Comfort
↖          ↑          ↗
Hope Pray Praise
↑         ↑         ↑
Tears Weep Mourn
↓         ↓         ↓
No need for God →

Those who extend to God, in view of heartache,
develop in the ease of His love. Hardships may not cease,
but His Glory of giving Grace settles the soul.

A sign of his coming truth is revealed in many who
in the midst of crying the hardest burst into laughter.



                                          ┏► His essentialness remains beyond all known.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer
and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests
be made known to God; ... ~ Philippians 4:6-7


For what is coming, offered to each,
is greater than all the seas across timeís extent in space.


... if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy
- meditate on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8


His instruction for those in His light
is to dwell upon all that embraces goodness.
It is the candle of oneís true character.


He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD
will wipe away tears from all faces; ... ~ Isaiah 25:8

                        ┗► Tears will cease as time evaporates.

And what is the price for eternity beyond misery?
His sacrifice and a confessing genuine faith with an
enduring giving heart of love rising above contempt.
Eternity is in the very moment in which we live.
To embrace or to despise.
Hope or hopelessness.


... For the LORD will be your everlasting light, And the days
of your mourning shall be ended. ~ Isaiah 60:20


This decaying universe is a staging ground
for an eternal reward above the material.


"... God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no
more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain,
..."~ Revelation 21:4


In a moment we will be changed in to something so magnificently
penetrating, knowing that it is God, indescribable emanations,
the source of our given life, by the will of His love, glories untold.


● Weep not for the dead, weep for those without a home
● We will again see those found in God
● Knowledge increases sorrows, yet it is good for a soul
● Only a fool frets against God
● All suffering falls short of the glory to be had in God
● Who we are prepares us for what is to come
● Servants of God are best able to endure suffering
● Accepting His salvation is part of salvation
● Believing in Jesus invites the criticism of the worldly
● Trust in God protects us from the abuses of man
● Faith knows we are of God, Ponder on all that is good
● Prayer & gratitude connects one to the peace of God
● All suffering will cease upon His appearing

It is the way that it is.

COMMON SITUATION
                          No Hope       Born to
Trouble
         
  Tears  
In
  Misery  
      In
Darkness
 
Grief of       
Spirit       
 



Crushed
Life
  Groaning
         Fear    
Torment      
Desire   
to Die   

        Bitter of
      Soul


Where is God?   Broken
Spirit
 
  Terrified
Heart
 
  Tossing
till
Dawn
  Worldly
Sorrow
 
Frightful
Sights


 
Pains of
Death
 
Cast
Down
 
 
When
Will it be
Over?
    Poor and
Sorrowful
Fret Against
the Lord


 
Increasing
Sorrows
 

ASSURED CONCLUSION

Everlasting
Light
  Trust
in God


    Comfort          Pray
and Sing
Psalms
  Humble
Souls Rise
 
  Faith  
  Laughter  
  Peace  
 
Godly Sorrow
Repents
 
Endure
Hope   
in God    
       
    Praise   
Him   
Weep
Not for
the Dead


  Eternal
Weight
       
       Glory
to Come


No Fear   
in Love   

Wise
Reflective
Heart
  No
  Death
    No
Tears
 
Joy
of Heart
  Perfect Love
Casts out Fear
 
All
Goodness
    No
  Pain
  Suffer
For His
Sake
 
A Merry
Heart
 

Through the truth of His Love
His power lifts us to see

Oblivion has no answer as it is left alone in itís own darkness.

Put your hope on top of your sorrow,
Not your sorrow on top of your hope.


 

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