From Misery to the Master

“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful” (Psalm 1:1.)

Reformers Unanimous has a unique privilege to help unhappy people find happiness. Psalm 1 is known as our motto for a reason. Shortly after we adopted that theme, Pastor Kingsbury, co-founder of RUI, preached a message on the Psalm One Christian. The next day, Steve and I discussed how to make it possible for everyone to hear or read that sermon. Steve was excited to hear the enunciation of the implementation God used in 1996 to teach him how to move from a miserable creature to a blessed preacher. He had to say “no” to something in order to say “yes” to something else.

1. He learned to say “no” to ungodly counsel
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly.” Unhappiness often starts by listening to the wrong counsel. The ungodly will give plenty of advice. In the world, advice is often regarded even above God’s Word. Ungodly advice will not bring true happiness. It will bring heartache and heartbreak. Be careful where you get your counsel. If it leaves out God and His Word – it is not wisdom and will not bring true happiness in life. If it insists on your mind, will, and emotions being controlled by anything other than God, it is wrong counsel.

2. He learned to say “no” to ungodly conduct
“Nor standeth in the way of sinners.” Going the way of the sinner in conduct is going the way of sorrow not happiness. Holiness is the key to happiness. It is true that sin has pleasures, but only for a season (Hebrews 11:25) and that season is very short. Sinful living is more popular that living holy and set apart to God, but the results are not the same. There is no happiness where sinners practice sin.

3. He learned to say “no” to ungodly companions
“Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.” Unholy companions will do you no good. Keeping company with those who ridicule the things of God will cause you to take the same position they hold. It will only corrupt you and lead to trouble and sorrow every time. Choose your companions with great care. Make sure they are godly.

Do not ever take for granted the power of “assembling of yourselves together” in the House of God. RU workers should realize the wonderful opportunity they have every Friday night to be godly examples, to use godly counsel, and to lead others from misery to the Master.

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God led Ben and his family (wife, Wendy; and three children, Josh, Caleb, and Hannah) to Rockford, Illinois in 2003 to become the International Director of the fastest growing addiction ministry in the United States. Bro. Burks is now privileged to travel and train others how to help the addicted within their communities.

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