Posts Tagged ‘Help’

Reign Comes

Posted: 2017/03/18 in Biblical, Devotional, Discipleship, Lent
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170318I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (Psalm 121, NRSV)

The Lord will be your shelter and shade.

The Lord will protect you from everything that will come for you.

The Lord will be your help and the one who comes to your aid and protection.

The Lord never slumbers or sleeps and will always be there.

Trust He is your help.

170215And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:1-9, NRSV)

Paul fed the Corinthians with milk and not solid food because they weren’t ready for that yet. We need to ease into things.

That is why God leaves nothing up to us.

You see even Paul, Apollos, and the rest of the apostles didn’t have control.

One planted, another watered, another fertilized, but God brought the growth.

And that is who all of it is up to, God. We can not make someone grow in faith, we can nurture and instruct and walk along with, but it is God that brings the growth and maturity.

So allow God to work through you and use you to fertilize what others have planted and watered.

170125As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.  And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13, NRSV)

Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners, for the healthy have no need of a hospital or a doctor.

So then the righteous are those who are already in right with God.

I like to think of it as the righteous are those who think they know what God wants and are doing it and therefore don’t need God. Sinners are those who know they have messed up and know they can’t fix it on their own. They need help.

Until we admit we need help, there is no helping us.

So are you righteous or a sinner?

161022They came to Jericho. As he and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and said, “Call him here.” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart; get up, he is calling you.” So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way. (Mark 10:46-52, NRSV)

This man knew Jesus could give him his sight.

And so he shouted for Jesus to heal him.

He shouted for Jesus to have mercy on him.

Even when others told him to stop or be quiet, he continued. He got louder.

He knew Jesus could and would heal him.

He persisted until he could see.

Be persistent, and call on God to help you.

161017I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (Psalm 121, NRSV)

I lift my eyes up to the hills…

I look up to see where my help is coming from.

God, the Lord of heaven and earth will be my shelter.

God will be my shade.

God who neither slumbers nor sleeps will watch over me and be my protection.

God will help me and guard me from all evil and harm.

God will always do this.

God will always be my protection.

 

161016Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Grant me justice against my opponent.’ For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, ‘Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.’” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them. And yet, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?” (Luke 18:1-8, NRSV)

This parable is an interesting one. It makes us want to think of God as an unjust judge, but God is far from being unjust. God is the most just there is, even to the point that we don’t agree with the justice.

But it isn’t that God is unjust, it is that God will grant justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him.

He is our help and our stronghold.

He is the place of refuge for our souls.

Be persistent in your prayers and know you help comes from the Lord.