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Transform From The Psalms 31 Woman To The Proverbs 31 Woman

James Greer
May 8, 2022    40m
Lean in with us today as Pastor James walks us through how to transform from the Psalms 31 woman to the Proverbs 31 woman. A woman who wins is secure knowing that God is in control, even when she is going through hard times. Video recorded at Pineville, Louisiana.

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James Greer: [00:00:01] Happy Mother's Day. Let's hear it for all the moms. Man, we are blessed. Am I blessed? Man, do I have kids or what? I got kids. I got grandkids. Special Happy Mother's Day to my mom and my kids and my grandkids. Just goes on and on and on. Hey, I want to say a special Happy Mother's Day, of course, to my mother who is in Heaven. I mean, she'd never believe that I was going to be a preacher growing up. She thought anything but that. But she was so excited at the end. And so I think, you see, she was the Christian influence in my life. I would come home living anything but the Christian life, and many times my mother would leave prayers under my pillow. Oh, yeah. And of course, I'd read them, and then I'd wad them up and throw them away. But, you know, you know that God's word will not return void. And so for y'all that have hellions.

James Greer: [00:01:18] I know none of y'all do. But if you do, there's hope. Now, I didn't go in the ministry till I was 32 years old. I'm a late bloomer. My mother prayed for so many. I mean, my nephew, he was on drugs most of his life. But at the end, she got to see him turn his life around radically and change his life. So she was a real prayer warrior. And so I thank you for my mom. I thank you for my wife, the wife of all my kids and grandkids. And boy, she sings. She's got such a legacy. Still does. I want to address something real briefly before we get into it. There's a lot of talk today about Roe vs Wade. And I want to tell you that I'm for states having the right to vote to choose on abortion issues. I think the state should make the decision. I don't think the federal government should continue to tell us what to do about so many things, much less abortion. But I'm really for state level anyway. There's a lot going on right now, petitioning the federal judges. And that shouldn't be anyway. It should be a state level. Then we can decide what we should do and not do. I don't think it should be a federal government telling us what. I don't really think the federal government should tell us what the schools should do. I think it all should be a state level, and then we choose.

James Greer: [00:02:53] Then we can go down there and protest if we want to. Amen? And we probably should. I'm personally against abortion, and I believe that life starts at conception. And I'll show you why. But if you've had an abortion, I'm not here to make you feel guilty. I just, you ask God to forgive you, He will forgive you. Everybody in this room has messed up. Everybody in this room has sinned. Everybody in this room has come short of the glory of God. But I want to help set you free from feeling guilty. But I want to help others make right decisions. This is not the Mother's Day message. This is because of what's going on in society today. The Psalmist said in Psalms 39, you were created in the innermost parts. You were knitted together in your mother's womb. Jeremiah 1:5 says, Before I even formed you in the womb, God said, I knew you. So He knew who you were. Before you were in the womb, I set you apart. I appointed you. God already had a plan for you. But one of the ones I really love is Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary greeting, the babies leaped in the womb. Matter of fact, when Mary walked in, John the Baptist was there, and the baby heard her speaking. He jumped. He was alive. He could hear. He functioned. So that's what I believe. And so that's what we're going to make a stand for.

James Greer: [00:04:24] Proverbs 31:8. We're going to be talking about Proverbs 31 woman today, but Proverbs 31:8 before it gets to her says, We need to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. And they can't speak for themselves. I want to tell you real briefly what the real problem is. Corrupt politicians, compromising preachers, and complacent people. That's why we're where we're at today. That's not what I believe, and that's not what we believe as the church. So you might believe different. That's okay. That's what's wrong today, we have got so many things that are socially acceptable but biblically wrong. And we are going to stand on the biblical side. Okay, women. You ready? Women who win. Isn't it great if you're a Christian, you can't lose? Amen? I mean, it's just that way. Why can't you lose? Philippians 1:19 says, For I know that this will turn out for my deliverance. What will turn out for me? Whatever you're going through. You know what's really great? I used to think for Christians, only if it was somebody doing something for you, only if it was not your fault. That's not what it says. I get in trouble. You get in trouble. Sometimes I bring trouble on myself. Amen? Sometimes even at church, I bring trouble. Sometimes I say something. I get in the car with my wife, and she said, Buddy, you are in trouble. I'm telling you true. She said, Don't ever say that again. Never say what? Sometimes I don't know what I said. Sometimes she said, You don't say those words. I said, What words? I'm not going to tell you what they are.

James Greer: [00:06:08] Because though she's not here, she might be watching online. If you're online, I love you. Happy Mother's Day. But anyway, even though I know it's going to turn out for my deliverance because sooner or later, she loves me, she's going to forgive me. Amen? And sooner or later, even though if you brought it on yourself, if you'll ask God, He'll forgive you. Amen? And that's going to turn out to your deliverance through your prayers and the supply of the spirit of Jesus Christ. Remember, you got to be a Christian. See, if you're a Christian, I'm not telling you it's going to turn out for your good. But if you're a Christian, praise God, you can't lose. You can't lose because whatever you're going through, we know it's going to turn out for your deliverance. You need to come to the point in your life that you understand and believe whatever you're going through is going to turn out to God's going to rescue you. Salvation can mean deliverance. I shouldn't read this verse, but I'm going to. The Bible says, for me to live is for Christ. This is Paul writing. To die is gain. Well, I'm not ready really to die right now. But did you know what's the worst thing you can do to Christian is kill him.

James Greer: [00:07:17] He goes to Heaven. I'm just saying. I don't know. 2 Corinthians 1:20 says, All the promises of God for Him are Yes. Man, I gave away a lot of promised books the other day. I didn't tell them I was going to give them away. So I caused them a lot of problems. But we can give more away if you want them. I didn't tell them again. But anyway, all the promises of God in Him are yes. Man, I love those promises book. When you get in trouble, man, God's got a promise for your problem. Amen? And the problem is yes. In Him is amen. God says, I agree with you. To the glory of God through us. I mean, my goodness gracious. I mean, He's got a promise for the problem. God is with you. God is for you. It's a win-win, ladies. You cannot lose. Hey, today we're going to be looking at both women. The Psalms 31 woman. Her life's falling apart. And then we're going to look at the Proverbs 31 woman. She's got it all together. I don't think it's fair to always preach on the Proverbs 31 woman. Because ladies, how many of y'all can live up to the Proverbs 31 woman? I mean, you're going to preach on the Proverbs 31 woman and 99.9% of women, they cannot be a Proverbs 31 woman. I mean, you're going to preach on the Proverbs 31 woman and make them all feel bad?

James Greer: [00:08:48] But I can tell you this, if you preach on the Proverbs 31 woman and Psalms 31 woman and the Proverbs 31 woman, at the end, they both find out it's because of Christ. Amen? Oh, well, let's look at it. If your life looks too much like the Psalms 31 woman, her life, she ain't got it together. There's at least five truths that can help you move towards the Proverbs 31 woman basically. In other words, number one, number one. You ready? Your sorrows can turn into joy. Amen? The Psalmist said in Psalms 31:9, it says, Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am in trouble. When you're in trouble, you want God's mercy. You want God to give you what you need and not what you deserve. Amen? She said, I'm in so much trouble, God, my eyes waste away with grief. Grief is several things. It's not only losing a loved one. That's the worst grief I know of. However, even worse than that, when you lose a child or a granddaughter. I thought I was going to die. It can be a divorce. Sometimes divorce is like a death. It's like your life is never going to get any better. Losing a job. You've been in a job for so many years, and it's like a grief. For some people, losing a pet. Illness. The breakup of a relationship. The loss of a friend. A miscarriage. Most men don't understand it.

James Greer: [00:10:35] But ladies, we have ladies that have lost to miscarriage. And if you need somebody to help you to go through it, they've all volunteered. I've got several ladies. If you've had that and you're having a really rough time and you're grieving, we have ladies that will help you. An abortion. And then later on, you feel grief. And we have ladies that'll help you. Another translation puts it this way. Have mercy on me, O Lord. I'm in misery. My eyes are weak from crying so much. My whole being is tired of grief. That's pretty tired. She's looking like she's in so much emotional stress that even leads to physical sickness and pain. She's so worn out, she feels like she can't go anymore. And I'm going to tell you, see, not the Proverbs 31 woman, it's the Psalms 31 woman. She says, I mean, I'm just so worn out, I can't go anymore. And sometimes you get that way. And that's the way she feels. Now the Proverbs 31:25, she says, Oh, well. You ready? Strength in honor are her clothing. She shall rejoice in times to come. How would you like to be over here? And you're crying so much you can't even function. You're about to get sick, and you run into the Proverbs 31 woman She's over here. She says, Strength and honor are my clothing. She shall rejoice a time to come. You'd like to hit her. Sometimes those people make you sick, don't they? You're about to fall apart.

James Greer: [00:12:12] They're saying, Oh, praise God, I got it all together. Well, not really. I mean, you need those kind of women too sometimes. Sometimes. The truth is, everybody struggles. I struggle. You struggle. We all struggle. The truth is, the Proverbs 31 woman, she struggled. We need people to go through struggles together. The passage really doesn't say the Proverbs 31 woman does not struggle, that she does not have problems. I think she just understood who helped her future. I don't care. Most mature and spiritual men and women, they still have times that they struggle like the Psalms 31 woman. If you're a person who feels more like the Psalms 31 woman that's troubled and grieving and you feel like you can't go any further, you feel like you're sadness, God has a promise for you. He says, I have promises for you that I can turn your sorrow into joy. I love that Jeremiah 31:13 when he says, listen, for I'll turn their morning to joy. Who will turn it? I, God. Not your mate, not your pastor, not your job, not the one that calls you to lose joy. See, when you're going through misery and sorrow, if you're not careful, you keep wanting to get your joy from the very person that took it from you. That is good, Brother James. They're not the ones that are going to give it to you. You keep saying, if only my husband would change.

James Greer: [00:13:44] If only my wife would change. If only my kids would change. If only my boss would change. Hey, dude, they're the ones that gave you the sorry in the first place. Here's a thought. Try God. For I, God, will turn your mourning to joy. I'll comfort them. God will. I'll make you rejoice rather than sorrow. That's a pretty good promise. Amen? That's why I'm telling you, you need to know God's promise. Isaiah, I have this one written down in the front of my Bible. And really, it says, listen, I'll give you beauty out of ashes. That's pretty good. You can't do too much with ashes. The oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness, that you might be called the trees of righteousness planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. Man, I'm telling you, God has some promises for your sorrow and your hurts. I love this one. The Psalm says, Weeping endures at night, but joy comes in where? The morning. I'm telling you what, come morning, come. Amen? Don't give up. Joy's coming again. I don't care. Wait. I don't care what you're going through. I don't care if it was your problem. I don't care whose problem it is. Joy can come again. I say, hang on. Hang in there. Hey, do your best. But joy is coming. I mean, when you're really at your lowest point in time, you believe joy is never coming again.

James Greer: [00:15:10] I can remember my time of deep depression. One time when I was hiding under my desk because I didn't want to see people. That's pretty bad. Amen? I see people coming. I'm going to hide. That's pretty depressed. And when I'd go home, I'd just lay on the couch. I didn't think I was ever going to have joy again in my life. But the truth, joy is coming again. I'm happier now than I've ever been in my life. Man, I love preaching more now. I love preaching more at 69 than I did at 32. I love it. Joy's coming again. So whatever you're going through, whatever you think, how bad it is, I mean, joy's coming again. I've had some terrible times. I've been broke. I've had people embezzle. I've lost everything I've had. I got it back again. Joy's coming again. Amen? I don't care. I want you to know that joy is coming again. When we lost our granddaughter, I didn't think joy would ever come again. Right after that, we got embezzled. Lost everything we had. Didn't think joy's coming again. Joy's coming again. You know what? There's nothing that can steal your joy. It's just a season. Joy's coming again. Now when it says, Weeping endured for the night, the night may be more than one night. But I can assure you, promise you based on God's Word, don't give up. Don't quit. So many people today are taking their lives at the worst time of their life.

James Greer: [00:16:48] If you'd just wait, joy's coming. So don't give up. If you're at that point, wait and talk to somebody. Number two, number two. Remember that God not only redeems, not only does He say, not only will He bring you to Heaven. You ready? He restores. I had a hard time figuring out what restores me. I know it means put back together. I know it means start again. But I'm not really a car buff or anything like that. And there's another guy, his name is Greer. And they call me all the time and they say, Man, I know you're having this car show. Can my car come? I don't care. Bring it on. Does this car qualify? Sure does. I bet they get there and say, well, I talked to you and you said I can. I said, Yeah, I'll teach that sucker. He used my name for a long time for the wrong thing. So now I'm getting him back. Give unto others as they gave in to you. I know what the Bible says. So anyway. Anyway. But haven't you ever seen those cars and trucks that are restored? I mean, really nice. They're now worth more and better than they were when they were new. See, God not only redeems, He restores. And when He restores you, you are better off than you were before. That's good, Brother James. I like it. See, she was in so much emotional pain, it ended up to be physical pain.

James Greer: [00:18:27] You got to be careful. If you're in an emotional, depressed state and it's starting to become physical over several weeks, go to the doctor. I know God is the great physician. I do believe that God can do anything. But I also believe He uses earthly doctors. Listen, don't be so heavenly, I mean, earthly minded, you're no heavenly good. Everybody get it? After two or three weeks, if you're still so depressed that you can't get over it, at least go to the doctor and ask them for help. Don't just be mean and ugly for a long period of time. There's nothing wrong with going to the doctor. I say medication and meditation is the best cure for most people. And I'm not kidding either. Physical pain and suffering will very easily lead to deep depression. That's not God's will for your life. They have so many things today that can help you. Don't leave off the meditation. The Psalmist said in 31:9, Be merciful to me, O Lord. I'm in trouble. My eyes are tired, tired from crying so much. I'm completely just, I'm just worn out. In fact, I'm exhausted by sorrow. And man, you will be. You'll be so tired, you feel like you can't go to work, you can't move, you don't want to get out of the house. And that's okay for a while. That's not God's will for a lifestyle. If something happened to you a year ago, you don't need to be still living there this year.

James Greer: [00:20:31] Weeping. You ready? Has shortened my life. I'm weak from all my troubles. Even my bones are wasting away. It's now taking a physical toll on her life. She has everything but the Proverbs 31 woman. She's the Psalms 31 woman. You know? Because the Proverbs 31 woman, she girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms. I mean, she's got it together. But you know, she's a hard worker, strong and industrious. That's the Proverbs 31 woman. That's good. We got to have Proverbs 31 women too. But Psalms 31 woman, she's working through all her strength, all her sorrows, all her hurts, all her fears, all her depression. You ready? She says, I can't live there. God comes into her life and speaks to her. And God's speaking to some of you, men and women. I'll be glad and I'm going to rejoice because there's something in spite of everything else I went through because of your consistent love. You see my suffering. You know my troubles. Did you know God knows what you're going through? He knows that you're hurting. He knows your troubles. That He loves you. He's not going to leave you there alone. He just knows where you're at. That will not happen. I love the way that 1 Peter put it. He said, listen, and after you have suffered a little while, what God calls a little while, I call a long time.

James Greer: [00:22:34] The God of all grace who has called you to His eternal glory in Christ will Himself restore. Say restore. Thank you, Jesus. I'm ready for the restore. Amen? He'll confirm, He'll strengthen, and He'll establish you. He's not going to leave you there. He's going to restore you. And then Hebrews tells you, part of the reason that He's going to restore you. He's going to equip you with everything good that you may do His will. Uh-oh. Working in us that which is pleasing in His sight through Jesus Christ to whom be the glory forever and ever. Uh-oh. In other words, what He's said many times after you're suffering, after He's through, He's going to start equipping you and empowering you like you've never known to give you the strength for a ministry to do His will. Some of the things I've gone through, the most horrible things, the things I wish I'd have never gone through. And I'm not like other people. Like preachers standing up there, say, I just thank God. I'd go through it again. I don't want to go through it again. I'd skip it. They say, Man, I'm glad I went through it because of where I'm at. I'm not glad. I don't want to go through it again, God. Skip me and go somebody else. I got a whole church full. Thousands of people. Hit them. I'm just telling you what it is. Hit them and let them tell me what they learned.

James Greer: [00:24:00] It's all right. But I'm telling you the truth because of those things. Before I was saved and after I was saved. Before I was saved, some of the things I did that I shouldn't have done. After I was saved, some of the sorrows I went through helps me to understand what you're going through. And God says, Use it for the ministry now. When people are hurting, when people are depressed, when people are going through things that they think nobody else can understand, the truth is you've gone through many of those things. Now you know the answer is not just 1, 2, 3, prayer, and they're okay. But you know the end is going to be better. Because Blessed is God, the Father, the Lord, Jesus Christ, God of all comfort. See, despite of prosperity theology preachers today and they'll tell you, if you're right and you got it all right, that you're not going to suffer and everything's going to be okay and you're going to be rich and you're going to be healthy and you'll be wealthy. That's a lie. So I'm just telling you, those people that are preaching that, that's not true. You are going to suffer, and you are going to hurt. I just eliminated one-third of my congregation. But you are. God's not necessarily going to remove the hurt. That used to discourage me. I remember when my granddaughter was dying, I had pages and pages of promises that I claimed.

James Greer: [00:25:38] And at the very end, I remember Mike, I had Mike come over and pray over her. I really thought she was going to be healed. She didn't. She died. And I can't tell you all the prayers. What happened? That prosperity theology went out the door. God many times is not going to remove the hurt. Most of the time He will not remove the hurt. He'll always give you comfort. He's the God of all comfort. He says, I'll never leave you comfortless. I'll come to you. Do not. This is very important. Do not focus on the hurt being removed. Focus on the comfort God will offer you. Most the time, even as Christians, I know it for a fact, I'm focusing on the hurt. And I didn't focus on the comfort that He promises. He promised, He's the God of all comfort. He promised that He'll never leave me comfortless. In other words, I'll never leave you an orphan. I'll always be there with you. I'll come to you. Number two, don't focus on the hurt. Focus on the grace that He promises. Focus on the comfort and focus on the grace. When Paul had a thorn in the flesh. You ready? He prayed three times for God to remove the hurt. Remove the thorn. He said, God said in 2 Corinthians 12:9. It's not in there. My grace is sufficient. God didn't remove the hurt. He gave him the grace to go through it.

James Greer: [00:27:10] He must have done pretty good. He preached. He wrote three-fourths of the New Testament. Amen? With the hurt. But God gave him the comfort. He gave him the power. He said, When I'm weak, God is strong. So most of the time, God will not remove the hurt. Focus on the comfort and the grace. I got to move on. Can y'all listen if I talk fast? Not that I talk fast, but I'm gonna talk faster. God is the owner of your reputation. Thank God. I'm so glad that my reputation didn't follow me from when I was younger. Amen? I'm so glad you don't have to live in your reputation. Aren't you? Think of the worst thing you've ever done. And aren't you glad they don't come up to you and say, Oh? Yeah, baby. Aren't you? John? Yep. Yeah, dark places. I'm not going start there. For those who don't feel like they'd measure up or don't measure up maybe to the Proverbs 31 woman, aren't you glad Jesus was raised up where we don't have to measure up? Amen? The Proverbs 31 said, man, listen to this, y'all. She said, her husband is known by the gates. When he sits among the elders of the land. I mean, she's sitting with the other ladies. She said, you know my husband. You know where he works. He works for that good company. He makes some money. How about yours? It's great if your husband needs to step up.

James Greer: [00:28:58] I mean, step up. It's great to have a husband like that. But listen, even if you don't, you got a Father that's better. You know what I say? If they're sitting there talking about their husbands like she is, I'm sure she wasn't boasting. I know. She's not like that. Proverbs 31 woman, she wasn't like that. But your husband may not even work. So this is what you say. Don't say anything. When she's talking about her husband, say, I'm so glad he's doing good. You ought to know my daddy. You might not know this about my Father. He makes the most important decisions in the world. And He's one of the wealthiest people in the world. But I don't want to brag. Nope. It says so in Psalms 50:10. It says, God, that's my Father. Don't tell them that, though. You just know that. Every beast of the forest is mine. And the cattle of a thousand hills. You know what he's saying? In other words, he's saying, I own everything that belongs to God, and He's your Father. Don't let anybody ever intimidate you. Listen, don't worry about it. Don't worry about what their husband has. You got a daddy that's better. You know, but she was letting it. It was tearing her up because that wasn't the end of it. She said, man, she went on to say in Psalms 31:11, she said, I'm scorned. I'm ashamed.

James Greer: [00:30:30] They're shaming me. By all my enemies. That's really her neighbors. And even more by my own neighbors and friends. That's good friends, isn't it? Don't need any of those kind of friends. Have you ever always had friends and then they're the ones that hurt you the worse? They're always talking about you, telling you what you should do and shouldn't do. They even dread meeting me. Truth is I dread meeting them. They look the other way. I'd be looking the other way as them. When I go by, you know, look at that. For I am forgotten. That's like I'm a dead man or dead woman. Like a broken, discarded pot. Well, that's great. I heard the lies. They lie about me. If you ain't never been lied about, it's because you're not living right. Everybody's been living right, they're going to have people lie about them. I had people lied about me this week. I started laughing. I said, Thank you, Jesus. I must be living right again. The slander. They do that. Of my enemies. Everywhere I look, I was afraid. God don't give you a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mine. For they were plotting against my life. Good luck with that. I got Jesus on my side. I mean, really, y'all, don't worry about what everybody else is saying. Don't worry about what everybody else is doing. You know? You got to learn to, listen, I got to move on. You got to learn the difference between reputation and character. Okay?

James Greer: [00:31:57] Quit worrying about what reputation and start worrying about your character. My friend at school, Bodie, he was voted most likely to succeed. He was most popular. I was voted most likely not to. But then we finally had our class reunion about five years later. Of course, I didn't go. He did show up. He fell out of his car and got run over by his own self. But I mean, he did go. He didn't amount to anything. He died early in life. But boy, he was popular in school. He had the best reputation. Reputation. You need to focus on character. Many times, God, are you ready? God will allow pain in your life to build character. And so many people are worried about reputation more than character. I got to tell you this once and then trying to get to the end. I was in Dallas. I went with my grandson on a trip. I have trouble flying every time. I just get in trouble every time. We got to Dallas, and they said, I'm here at 11:00, and they said, you might get on the 4:45. Might? I said, lady, no might. Am I getting on there or not? You might. I ain't might. I'll get in my car and drive home. She said, What do you want to do with these tickets? I said, I'd like to tell you, but I'm not. My grandson is with me.

James Greer: [00:33:28] I'm going to rent a car. She said, Well, good luck. I went to three different places. They said, We don't rent one ways. I said, Oh, I hope I don't have to go back and talk to this lady. Finally found one. I said, I want rent that Cadillac. She said, Nobody in Alexandria will take those. I said, I want that other big car. They won't take those. She said, You can have a Camaro or this other car. My grandson said, Rent that Camaro. This Camaro had cloth seats. When I got into it, it was like a go kart. But anyway. Four-hour drive. I've only had 4 hours sleep in two days. I said, no problem. I'll drive 2 hours. I'll let my 16-year-old grandson drive 2 hours. So we're rocking and rolling, man. I get to drive and drive and say, Hey, I'm not going to tell you it was Braydon. I'm going to say, Brayden, guess what? You wanted this Camaro. Man, I won't let you drive it later on. He said, Nope. Yeah. Nope. I said, I'm gonna drive to Shreveport. I'm gonna get you on the other side of Shreveport and you drive. Don't you want drive this Camaro, this fine car? I had cloth seats on my legs. I can't stand. But anyway. Get to Shreveport. I said, I'm serious. You going to drive? No, sir, I'm not breaking the law. I have 13 grandkids. Every one of them broke the law.

James Greer: [00:34:46] Not this one. I said, if I fall asleep and we die, that's breaking the law. He looks at me and said, Pops, You want me to break the law? Oh, you got to be kidding me. No, son. Go to sleep and I'll drive. True story. I finally get home, almost home. I said, Son. He said, yes. I said, It's really great that you didn't drive. I'm lying. And I said, You know what's most important in life is not reputation. You have a lot of friends that game. I was there and they were popular and they had great reputation. But some of them didn't have any character. I said, you have character. And you're doing what's right when nobody else is looking. And your character is going to be with you, and God's going to take you places. That's more important. I let him out. I said, Way to go, bud. No, not really. And I thank God that he had character. And so people, don't worry about your reputation. Ladies, some of you may not even have a husband. They might not treat you, may not come to church, may not do anything. That doesn't matter. You got a God in Heaven that just loves you. I got to move to the end because I don't want you to miss this. And if you go all the way to Psalms 31:23 and 24, she starts summing it up. And I've got to go there.

James Greer: [00:36:16] And she comes to the point, she says, Oh, love the Lord. She's had some rough times, hasn't she? Her neighbors, friends. Quit worrying about your neighbors and friends, and worry about you and your relationship with God. All of you who are His people. For the Lord protects. This is why I don't give a hoot what other people think. Just love the Lord. I'm giving you our insight. Love the Lord. Why? The Lord protects those that are loyal to Him. But He harshly punishes all those who are haughty and reject Him. Those cocky idiots. They don't know what they've got coming to them. Here's the message. Y'all ready? Cheer up. Everybody say, cheer up. What's the message to all the women, to all the men? Cheer up. Take courage. If you're dependent on the Lord, the message is this. After everything she went, she gets to the end and God says, Cheer up. Take courage. Why? You're dependent on the Lord. It doesn't matter what you're going through. It doesn't matter what happened. God's got a message for you, and the message is, cheer up. Have courage. God will protect you. God will provide. In closing, this is what I say to you. You have to have God in you, with you, and for you. And the only way you can do that, there has to be a time that you invite Jesus Christ into your heart. If you hadn't done that, today is the day to do that.

James Greer: [00:37:59] You'll remember it the rest of your life. It's Mother's Day. The greatest gift ever given was Jesus. I would take that today. Not only will He redeem you, He'll save you, He'll restore you. Some of y'all may be saved. Maybe you need to be restored better than you were before. Maybe you feel broken. God wants to restore you. Maybe you've been worried about your reputation. Quit worrying about your reputation. Let God give you character. Don't focus on your hurts. Focus on the comfort and focus on the grace. Would you stand and let me pray with you and pray for you? God, you're such an awesome, wonderful, powerful God. We don't have to worry about anything or anybody. We can just love you. And you will provide and you will protect. You've got a word for every man, woman, boy, and girl here, and it is cheer up. Be of courage. Because you'll take care of it. Maybe, God, people today need to be redeemed to be saved. Maybe they need to be restored. Maybe they need to join the church. Maybe they need follow through in baptism. Whatever the need He's laid upon their heart, let it be today. Don't let them leave the same way they came, whether it's on the next step card, maybe it's to come up front, maybe have somebody pray with them, pray for them. God, I pray today would be the day. In Christ's name I pray. Amen.

Bruce Goulart: [00:39:19] Man, what an amazing message that was. But hey, I just want to say happy Mother's Day to everyone, all the mothers out there. Y'all, it is such a great day, and I'm so glad that you were able to relax and enjoy today. And I just want to say Happy Mother's Day to my mom. I hope that you're listening right now, and I hope that you are relaxing and I'm ready to have today with you. Hey, if you need someone to pray with you right now or you want to take your next step, maybe that is baptism or salvation, you need to text the word MOVE to the number (318) 413-6422. But hey, thank y'all so much for being with us this morning. I hope to see you next week.

Recorded in Pineville, Louisiana.
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Journey Church
2900 Donahue Ferry Rd
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