Reed A Swift

Columbia, MO

#1 Feb 2, 2013
The following sermon was preached in the Free Methodist Churches of Yale, Ball, Buel,(circuit), Michigan and Caro, Michigan (1929-1935) and W. Hollywood, California (1935-1938). The sermon is handwritten on the back of a letter from the Port Huron, Michigan Ministerial Alliance with a Declaration of Prohibition. My grandfather's mother was a member of the Prohibition Party, and the Free Methodist Church provided many candidates for the Prohibition Party.

Tested Men

Psalm 30:5 "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning."

Introduction: In the natural, sickness, financial distress, loss of loved ones, untrue friends, unkind and unjust treatment maybe by those considered as friends or brothers [may bring weeping]. Oh how welcome is that morning light that breaks in from the eastern horizon to dispel the darkness with all its haunting thoughts.

So it is with the Lord's chastening. He remembers that we are but weakness and dust so He will not permit one trial too much. If we give way in the chastening we are not good material. Joy waits us in the morning of our eternal advent if we are loyal and true through the night vigil. Praise God!

Your mourning will be turned to dancing. Then you will rejoice forever and never get hoarse or get a sore throat doing it! Oh Glory!

Sorrow and weeping is for a purpose. One thing is that we may better appreciate the morning or blessings He gives us when they come. Many of us forget God's blessings unless He chastens us. You know children get dissatisfied many times by having everything they want, so must be denied for a time to appreciate things or blessings. So it is with our Heavenly Father. He has to sometimes cause us weeping that we may rejoice in our daily blessings. He may take money, etc.

I. Money. Many are weeping today because of loss of money. Many people are just as well off without it though, for i don't believe God gives us money to hoard. As a rule, those who hold influential positions in the world are those who have had to work their way up. They didnot start with a fortune at their command. Most people are more liable to be Christians if they have to labor for a living. So, if God prospers you, and you have a tendency to hoard it up instead of promoting the cause of Christ, don't weep too bitterly if someday you lose the hoarded surplus.

Though many may weep at financial reverses, yet if sincere, God will get glory and the Lord will bring joy to that soul right out of what seemed to be chaos. "For all things work together for good to them that love God."

Many in the world are caused to weep in financial loss with no consolation of this scripture, "All things". Many lose in their struggle for worldly honor and go down in defeat and disgrace, but no matter how disappointing somethings in life may be, yet the Christian is bound to have reason for rejoicing sooner or later.

2. Men Tested and Tempted:

We are tested and tempted and tested and weep over things that would utterly destroy us. Why take on so and be so unhappy?

Men know that the use of tobacco gradually undermines the physical constitution and that many are killed in the prime of life by its poison. Yet men come to the altar and weep because God asks them to give up the filthy stuff. There is no filthiness in Heaven. Christ can give men freedom from that filthy bondage and sin.

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