Institutional First Baptist Church Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
August 24, 2014 at 10:45 AM
The Miserable Person
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr. Sunday August 24, 2014
The Miserable Person
Heb. 11:25, Matt. 27:23-25; John 21:15
We like to be happy, to feel good, to possess money, to have friends, to be without pain, and to receive compliments. Our yearning for these experiences can be traced back to childhood. During those early years, we were taught to derive happiness from our parents, brothers, sisters, other relatives, and friends. Those persons sought to make us smile and, at the same time, to protect us from harmful situations. Their ultimate intent was to keep us feeling good rather than miserable. 
As we grew older, we became keenly aware of the fact that life has numerous and varied experiences. Further, we soon learned that we, too, would have many disappointing experiences. In fact, some of them would be so devastating that they made us miserable. Owing to the increasing number of factors and events that cause misery, our 
sermon today will be focused on this widespread problem. It has been given the title, The miserable person. 
The sermon is undergirded by three objectives: 1. to identify some factors that cause misery; 2. to analyze human responses to 
misery; and 3. to specify some therapies, cures, or methods for coping with misery. 
As background for the sermon, attention will be focused on the key concept, misery. This word can be defined as...a condition of great physical psychological, or social pain. It carries an emotional state of worry, it causes discomfort, it can lead to psychosomatic illness, it tends to erode self-esteem, and it is often the basis for rash behaviors.
Misery is a topic of proverbial sayings, an. example of which is - misery loves company; it is a condition that causes unpredictable and often, irrational behaviors, and it can be viewed as a “timed bomb” waiting to explore. 
The prevalence of misery has not gone undetected in our economically oriented society; it is, rather, a condition of great concern for those who stand to make money by offering goods and services for miserable people. These providers included local novelty stores, travel agencies, self-help books, package stores, psychotherapist, and the street comer boys. 
Unfortunately, a reliable and inexpensive resource is too often overlooked; it is that of the prayer therapy - the approach that will anchor our sermon on The miserable person. 
Against this background, the focus will be shifted to a study of the miserable person. Who can he considered as a miserable person? 
It is herein contended today that the miserable person is an individual who feels insecure, who is besieged by worry, who is overly sensitive about judgements of others, who is fearful about the future, and who 
is dissatisfied with the present. 
1. Causes of misery - The causes of misery are numerous, however, several of them are widespread. Among the more prevalent causes are: a) the family setting. In all to many :instances, children are reared by miserable parents; they are bombarded by family disagreements, abusive behaviors, and recurrent accounts of limitations in family income, respect, and the future. Child psychologists have long ago documented a relationship between the child’s outlook on life and the type of family in which it was reared. The Bible, in this regard, speaks to obligations of family in child rearing: it tells the children to obey their parents, it tells the husband to love the wife, and it tells the father to provide for his children. 
(Eph. 6: 1-2) 
Greed is also a cause of misery. It impels a person to be overly or merely worldly experiences. Greed is at the center of impulsive and 
even illegal behaviors. It minimizes ethics, concern for others, and thoughts about negative consequences for non-legal pursuits. In the meantime, the Bible is neglected by the greed drive person; yet it teachings that pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall(Pr 16-18) 
2. Responses to misery - There are many different ways that 
people respond to misery. Heading the list is the reaction of depression which is a condition of extreme self pity. Depression can lead to crying, lost of appetite, medical problems, and an array of other psychosomatic problems. The depressed person has trouble sleeping, finds it difficult to trust others, and sees no way out of 
misery. Unfortunately, the depressed person fails to examine the Bible for guidelines for therein are many remedies; they include: be not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind in Christ Jesus (Rom. 12:2) and in the season of your troubles call on me. 
The most destruction response to misery is that of suicide. This act is viewed as an unforgivable sin and should therefore be discouraged. It is thought of as the most severe response to misery. The psychoanalysis, Freud, warns that every person is torn between 
two impulses: to live and the die. In this regard, he depicted life as an ongoing struggle to live rather than to die. The Bible, In this regard, gives a lucid example of a person who was torn between these two impulses; his name was Judas. His desire was to obtain money but when he thought about his betrayal Judas committed suicide. It is Christian hop that when we find ourselves to be wrong, we will seek forgiveness from the person whom we have offended and ask for a spiritual cleansing from the Father. 
3. Responses to misery - There are many different ways to cope 
with misery. From the economical point, we must learn to live within our financial means, to avoid envy toward others who seem more prosper, to be thankful for the blessing to which we are privileged, and to acquire the find art of waiting for some expensive and time consuming goals. The Bible, in this regard, teaches, “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength...” 
Another response to misery is that of positive thinking. We must learn to like our self in terms of gender, body type, accomplishments, and recognize that God made each of us a little bit different for all other people. Hence, let us not stop eating to get slim, not stop studying to appeal low achievers. Instead, let us remember that the Bible 
teaches, “As a person thinks in his heart so is he! We should, therefore, think in terms of positive experiences in our life and heed the Biblical warning - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. 
(Php. 4:13) 
Finally, the most effective and inexpensive method to cope with Misery is that of prayer. Admittedly, some cases of misery do require medical attention but prayer is effective in those situations. We must learn to lean and depend on the Lord. As we turn to God and believe in him, the Bible tells us that God will reward us. Specifically, it says he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Let us never forget that our Savior, Jesus, was a praying person; he relied on prayer, he taught the disciples to pray, he demonstrated the power of prayer, he died on Calvary in prayer, and he was risen from the grave by God who hears and answers prayer. Beloved it is no secret what God can do, what he has done for 
others, he will do for you! Amen.
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