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Disillusioned

Disillusionment is disappointment
in an Illusion

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Scripture

Num 21:4 "And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way."

Text

Num 21:4 "… and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way."

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Cain
Cain became disillusioned when he brought his offering to the Lord and the Lord refused it because it was not done not as the Lord had commanded.
Cain was angry.
Cain's countenance fell.
His face drooped.

Cain became disillusioned …
in the Lord
in the Lord's work

Because Cain had an illusion about …
the Lord
and the Lord's work

Lot's Wife
Lot's wife became disillusioned when they were making their way out of Sodom even before sun up as God rained Brimstone and Fire out of Heaven.

She became disillusioned
because of what they were leaving
because of where they were going
because she could see and hear
the destruction of Sodom

And there was never going to be
a going-back

To her
her prospects seemed dim
her hope seemed faded
her heart seemed broke

I feel sorry for Lot's Wife, she …
hitched her wagon to the wrong star.
made her deposit in the wrong bank.
bought her policy in the wrong Insurance Company.

placed her …
hope
heart
prospects
in the wrong place.

Disillusionment was …
inevitable for her
guaranteed for her

Disillusionment was on a speeding locomotive …
bound for where Lot's Wife lived …
* a train that could not be derailed
* a train that could not be slowed or stopped
* a train that was 100 cars long
and each filled to the brim …
* with hopelessness
* with heartache
* with disillusionment

Lot's Wife turns back toward Sodom
and instantly she is turned into a Pillar of Salt

It is curious to notice …
that Lot did not look back.
that Lot's daughters did not look back.

But they also became disillusioned in short order

Lot became so hopeless in his outlook
he got into some booze
and commenced to get blind drunk

Lot's daughters became so hopeless
in their outlook for husbands
they entered into an incestuous relationship with their father.

At the same time
all of this was taking place…
We see in …

Gen 19:26 "But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt."

This is where Lot's Wife
was turned into a Pillar of Salt.

But look at the very next verse …

Gen 19:27 "And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:"

Abraham got up early
to stand before the Lord,
to intercede to God for his people,
and
to intercede to his people for God
and …

Gen 19:28 "…he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace."

One man's disillusionment
is another's encouragement.

Any person standing on that high ridge
over looking the fertile Jordan Valley and seeing what God said He was going to do,
would have said,
God's will be done, not being disillusioned, but being inspired

Unless of course
that person standing on that high ridge looking over the fertile Jordan Valley
had bought stock in that complex
had invested their life in that city
had banked their retirement in the that commerce

then they would have been
just as disillusioned
as the Lot's wife, leaving whole her life behind
as Lot himself, leaving everything behind, but a cave to live
as Lot's daughters, leaving all prospects for a future, behind

Why was all of this?
If we become disillusioned in someone or something
It is because we had an illusion about them before hand.

We recognize, do we not,
that an illusion is something that is not real.
It is something we mustered up in our own minds.
It is something we conjured up ourselves.

When we become disillusioned
the thing in which we had an illusion
is uncovered
or
is destroyed
or
is finally seen for what it is

For example …
In 1976 several men and myself decided to start a business we were going to have to invest some money and borrow a lot of money. I told my wife that we were not looking to make a lot of money but were simply going to make an investment and maybe someday have something to sell to care for our old age. Both of us worked very hard in this project and invested time, money invested and a lot of thought procecesses for a long time.
It was my part to build the equipment. I drew out the plans with a piece of soap stone on steel plate and structurals for a bunch of welders to cut and piece together. I saw to every detail, from start to finish.
But, now listen closely, we had no illusion about what we were doing. We worked hard. We worked long. But every step of the way, we were a good witness and a good steward of what the Lord had given us

In 1983 we were called out of that business
to go to school and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In 1986 the Oilfield was in such a condition
we sold all the equipment for what we owed against it, not ending up with a dime left over.

If we had some illusion about all of that,
we would have been very disillusioned when it collapsed.

On the contrary,
we were able to praise the Lord for the whole thing.

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Temporal vs. Eternal

2 Cor 4:17 "For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal eight of glory;"

These setbacks
that we have now are only illusions, they are not real, in the sense that they are eternal or lasting.

But these setbacks
are useful, because they are opportunities …
for us to praise the Lord
for us to do His Will
for us to help others.

and thereby
gather for us
an eternal Weight of Glory.

While all of this is going on
these setbacks,
these reversals,
these difficulties.
What should be our attitude?

2 Cor 4:18 "While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal."

Do not place your faith
in the things you can see.

Place your faith
in the eternal things.

It seems !!!!!
that the things that are illusional are the things that cannot be seen,
but it is just the opposite.

The illusional things
are really the things that can be …
touched,
handled,
seen,
and smelt.

And the real things
are really those things that cannot be …
touched,
handled,
seen ,
or smelt.

Lot's wife
was looking on the things that can been seen or felt,
and she knew she was going to miss them..

She had let them play
a huge roll in her life.

When she turned around
to take another look, she had disillusionment on her mind and she was turned into a block of salt.

Lot was looking on the things that can be seen or felt
when he sat in a dim, smoky, dirty cave and a wine bottle in his hand.
He was missing home.

because he had let Sodom play
too big a part in his life.

Sodom and the temporal things
were important to him.
Not God and not the eternal things..

2 Cor 5:1 "For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens."

When this earthly tent or tabernacle is gone
and it will be gone one day,
we will have a Glorified Body

Rom 8:17 "…if (we are) children (of God), then (we are) heirs; (and) heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together."

No wonder
we ought to not look on these illusional things on the earth.
We have much more waiting for us on the other side.

If Lot's wife had not been absorbed in the Society of Sodom
she could have praise the Lord in that sunrise, when Fire & Brimstone hailed down from heaven.
She could have said, the Lord's Will be done.

But, Lot's wife was not concerned about being
a child of God,
an heir of the Father,
a joint heir with Jesus.

She was just concerned about the Illusion
that all of them called Sodom, and became Disillusioned, in the Illusion, when it collapsed.

2 Cor 5:2 "For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:"

The Scriptures say, that we will groan
when times are bad
when things go wrong
when plans are dashed

But that groaning ought to not be for those
times
things
plans

But for the Glorious Land
where our body will be a Glorious Body,
not made of the things of this illusional earth.

Believe me
every time you place any faith in the things you can see, you will be disillusioned,
because the real things, the eternal things, are the things you cannot see.

2 Cor 5:3 "If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked."
2 Cor 5:4 "For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life."

We don't groan for this body
but for the body to come.

Lot's family
groaned for the things of this body,
which can be seen and felt.

But they should have been groaning
for the body that cannot be seen with these eyes
or felt with these hands.

2 Cor 5:5 "Now he that hath wrought us for the selfsame thing is God, who also hath given unto us the earnest of the spirit."

God is the designer
or the One that Wrought all things.

God is also aware
of our frailties,
of our doubts,
of our feeble strength.

So, He has given to us
the Earnest of His Spirit.

Since we are so ever doubtful and so earthly conscious
God has given to us a guarantee.
God has put down some Earnest Money against all His promises.
That Earnest is His Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit is better
than a CD at the Bank
than a Retirement where you work
than Treasury Bills
than an Insurance Policy

Those are all Illusions,
they will be gone one day.

I am not saying you can't have those things,
in many cases they are necessary.
But they are not to be …
Counted on
Trusted in
or even to be …
considered to be real enough to be eternal.

They are like fruit in the basket
they are good
they are helpful
they are necessary in some ways
but they will rot one day.

Use them for their usefulness,
don't trust in them.

2 Cor 5:6 "Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord:"
2 Cor 5:7 "(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)"

Abraham walked by faith
when he walked out of his tent at sunrise that morning and saw the smoke coming up from Sodom,
and said, Praise the Lord, He keeps His Word.
He said He would destroy Sodom.

Abraham was not glad
because of the …
loss of life
loss of property.

But,
I'm sure that Abraham was glad
that God is still on the throne.

By faith he stumbled not
at the loss of the city
at the loss of the buyers for his wool
at the loss of acquaintances.

Abraham, in his faith
did not trip over the loss of Lot

It does not mention anywhere
that he went to look for Lot as he had done when the Chaldeans came and took him away.

Abraham was confident
that God was in the destruction,
that God was not going to destroy a righteous man in Judgment,
that God always did what He said He would do.

Listen to this …

God is no illusion
so you can never be disillusioned
in Him.

2 Cor 5:8 "We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord."
2 Cor 5:9 "Wherefore we labour, that, whether present or absent, we may be accepted of him."

Don't get any illusions about your …
Body,
Life.
or you will be disillusioned in the end.

2 Cor 5:10 "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad."

No illusions there
everything at the Bema Seat
will be real,
will be eternal,
will be for ever.

But there will be some
that will be disillusioned.

Because they placed their …
Faith
trust
belief
in the temporal things of life.

2 Cor 5:11 "Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences."

Being that I am aware
of how God feels about all of this I am attempting to persuade you to not be disillusioned.

We are all subject
to times of disllusionment …

Abraham was …
Disillusioned by not having a son
Went to Hagar, his wife's servant

Rebekah
Became disillusional when she Conspired to place Jacob in line for the birthrite, etc.

Moses

Disillusioned
when he killed the Egyptian
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Disillusioned
when at the burning bush.
He couldn't do it.
but God could
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Disillusioned
when he threw down the Commandments.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Disillusioned
when he struck the Rock twice
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Miriam

Disillusioned
when Moses married the Ethiopian and she got leprosy.
She got her eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Israelites at Kadesh-Barnea

Disillusioned
when the cities were walled
and the enemy were giants.
They got their eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Achan

Disillusioned
when he could not take of the spoil at Jericho.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Samson

Disillusioned
when he could not have the wife he wanted.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Naomi

Disillusioned
when the famine came and they left for Moab.
She got her eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Saul

Disillusioned
when David become popular.

Disillusioned
when he went to witch of Endor.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Elijah

Disillusioned
when Jezebel told everyone she would kill him.

Disillusioned
when he thought he was the only one faithful to God.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

Gehazi

Disillusioned
when Elisha let Naaman go without requiring a fee of him.
He got his eyes on the things seen
instead of on the things not seen.

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Not Disillusioned

Enoch

Walked with God
He got his eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Abraham

Not disillusioned
at the offering of Isaac.
God will provide Himself an lamb.
He got his eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Isaac

Gen 25:21 "And Isaac entreated the LORD for his wife, because she was barren: and the LORD was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived."

But Rebekah was disillusioned
when her favorite, Jacob,
was apparently not going to be the heir.
Issac got his eyes on Eternal Things,
Instead of the Temporal Things.
But Rebekah did not.

Jacob Wrestles with God

Not disillusioned
with his experiences with Laban
with the injury to his thigh
Jacob is going to hang on to the Lord with all he has.
He got his eyes on Eternal Things,
Instead of the Temporal Things.

Joseph

Not disillusioned.
His brothers meant it unto evil (and were disillusioned),
but God meant it for good.
He got his eyes on Eternal Things,
Instead of the Temporal Things.

Elisha

Not disillusioned
when he was constantly told to not go with Elijah

Elijah told Elisha
tarry here at Bethel, but he would not

Elijah told Elisha
tarry here at the School of the Prophets, but he would not

Elijah told Elisha
tarry here in Jericho, but he would not

Elisha had his eyes on the things of God
and he got a double portion of the power of Elijah
He got his eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Nehemiah

Not disillusioned
when being attacked
by Sanballat, Tobiah and Geshem the Arabian
He got his eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Mordicai

Not disillusioned
by the threats of Haman
He got his eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego

Not disillusioned
when telling the heathen king,
that whether they lived
or died
they would not bow to the Golden Statue.
They got their eyes on Eternal Things
Instead of the Temporal Things

Woman at the Well

Disillusioned at first by Religion.
But was not disillusioned later
when she found out that Jesus was the Christ.
She got her eyes on Eternal Things,
Instead of the Temporal Things.

John the Baptist

Became Disillusioned
by not knowing if Christ was the one that should come.
He got his eyes on Eternal Things,
Instead of the Temporal Things.

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Go back to Text Verse

Num 21:4 "And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way."

Let us not be disillusioned
because of the way
because of the illusion
that we currently have our eyes on.

Let us see the eternal things along the way
and be encouraged by them.

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Jesus

Jesus was never disillusioned
Because he never got His eyes on the illusional.

Jesus told Mary and Joseph

"I must be about my Father's business"

Jesus knew where He was and what He was doing

Mat 16:21 "From that time forth began Jesus to show unto his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem, and suffer many things of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised again the third day."
Mat 16:22 "Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee."
Mat 16:23 "But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men."

Watch out Peter!
You are going to be disillusioned,
because you are looking on the illusional …
the things that be of men.

Mat 16:24 "Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me."

Deny himself, the things of this world

Mat 16:25 "For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it."

See, I told you it was just the opposite.
Lose this life.
Forsake this life.
Find those things that will be part of Eternal Life.

Mat 16:26 "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

Everything of this world is illusional
Look for the things of the next world.

Mat 16:27 "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works."

There is a reward.

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