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From Desolation to Consolation

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Pastor Chris Cahill

on 12 June 2014

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From Desolation to Consolation
A place laid waste, ruined, solitary, gloomy, deserted, empty
The Cry of the Soul in Desolation
Psalm 63

1 You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
On the Healing Journey
The Blessing of Consolation
Jeremiah 17:7-8 - New International Version (NIV)

7 “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
8 They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”
Chris Ramsey
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Chris Cahill
Desolation is Isolation
Desolation has
Inward Self-Focus
Desolation is marked by negative
feelings and thoughts
Desolation is marked by
Apathy and Indifference
Desolation is
Feeling Distant from God
Desolation is loss of
Vision and Hope
Desolation is being
Drained of Energy
Consolation has
Outward Focus
Consolation has
Joy and Empathy
for Others
Consolation has
Fellowship and
Closeness with Others
Consolation is
Inspired and Creative
Consolation is alive with
Vision and Hope
Consolation is Awareness of
God's Presence
and Direction
Consolation is
Use this energy to tackle and overcome areas of procrastination in your life! - Chris Ramsey
When in desolation, don't make life-changing decisions, and don't go back on a decision that you made during a period of consolation. - Ignatius
Absolute Rule for
Handling Desolation!
Jeremiah 17:5-6 - New International Version (NIV)

5 This is what the Lord says:
“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
6 That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives."
In the Old Testament, the picture is God's Land being deserted and laid waste; in the New Testament "desolation" is connected to "Abomination."
Abomination = idolatry ("to stink, be disgusting")
Dysfunctional Behaviors =
Sins we adopt because we think we need them to survive
(utter hopelessness)
Life Situation
Emotional Upheaval
Lies and
in the place of
Structures of Healing
Truth in the Place
of Lies
Comfort, solace, exhortation; to call near, invite, desire, pray
In Scripture, we can find Consolation in
Jesus - Luke 2:25
The Word of God
Acts 15:31 &
Romans 15:4
Other Believers
2 Corinthians 7:6-7
Church leaders
Acts 4:36
Romans 15:5-6
Philippians 2:1-2
Psalm 133
2 Corinthians 1:5-7
Longing fulfilled
Proverbs 13:12b
Empathic Witness
of Wounded Healers
2 Corinthians 1:4
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
New International Version (NIV)

16 May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, 17 encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.
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