November 16, 2017 Give Thanks

Psalm 28_7

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Isaiah 31:1 Where To Get Help

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD. Isaiah 31:1

Every person needs help at different times in their life. Finding the needed help is not always the easiest thing to do. People look for someone who is able to help them in the best way possible. The Israelites were looking to Egypt for help.

When a person has a vehicle break down, finding a mechanic that is affordable, reliable, and quick at doing the repairs is difficult. Often the person will ask others for references or they will just search the internet and read the reviews of various mechanics. Once a mechanic is found, the trust of the vehicle is put into that mechanic.

Along with finding help with vehicles, many people seek out assistance in many other ways. Searching for a job, provision of money, provision for a vacation, health care, healing, and the list goes on.

There is nothing wrong with seeking help from others, the problem comes in when total trust is put in the others first. Most people rely on others in this world for everything. They trust their large paying jobs, big bank accounts, personal influence, influence of others, the doctors, counselors, and psychiatrists.

The one that may people do not immediately go to for help and rely on first is God. Many believers go to other people first, before stopping and praying about the situation with God.

When a situation comes up in your life, where you need help, the best thing you can do is immediately stop and go to God for help. Ask Him for assistance. He can guide you to the right person for help or He can supernaturally take care of the situation Himself.

Who has a better chance at helping you: God–who is in absolute control and made everything? Or the people and things of this world–that are all temporary and can fail?

Do not go down to Egypt for help. Seek out the One who can really help you. Seek out God first in your life for every situation, whether large or small. He can and will help you.

I pray today that you will know God’s heart towards you; that you will trust God’s help and provision for your life; that you will seek out God first in your life for everything; and that you will trust in God for everything in your life.

Psalm 123:1 Where To Look

I lift up my eyes to you, to you who sit enthroned in heaven. Psalm 123:1

As a person goes through life, he usually has some people he looks up to. These are people who have meant something special in his life. Usually they have done something above and beyond that impacted his life in some great way or another.

The people looked up to may be parents, a teacher, a co-worker, a close friend, a pastor, a mentor, and the list can go on. The world often tries to look up to those who are popular and in the limelight. Many different movie, television, music, and sports stars are looked up to by many people. They are often seen as the perfect example of what one wants to be like.

Although people may have good traits to desire and look up to, they are still human and have faults.

The psalmist, in this verse, says that he looks up to the one enthroned in heaven. God is the one who is enthroned in heaven.

Since God is the one who is enthroned in heaven, He is the one who is above all and in control. It is the king who sits on the throne. It is the king who has the final word of control in any and every situation. He has absolute power.

How can this help you today?

Knowing that God is on the throne, helps you to know that no matter how the situation looks, He is still in control.

Later in this psalm, it is written that they will look to God until He shows His mercy on them. You, too, are to look to God until He shows His mercy on you.

Those in the world can guide you and help you to a point, but all of their work will only be for temporary goals and many may fall short. God’s work is for eternity and will never fail.

Keep your eyes focused on God and allow Him to guide you through the perils and challenges of this life. His goal is to make you more like Jesus everyday and to bring you into heaven to be with Him for eternity. It is not just a temporary fix for a few days, it is an eternal fix. Look up to God today.

I pray today that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that you will trust God to guide you; that you will know the mercy of God in your life; and that you will know Jesus is the King.

Psalm 94:17-18 God’s Amazing Support

Unless the LORD had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, LORD supported me. Psalm 94:17-18

Buildings are made with a support structure to keep it standing. Each board helps support another board, while at the same time being supported by another board. The nails and screws hold each one in place.

In businesses, there must also be a support structure. The workers must do their work correctly in order to support the head boss. Without the head boss, the workers would not have a job. Along with that support, the head boss must support his workers, because without them, he, also, would not have job.

With both of these illustrations about support, both are temporary. Both can fail or make the wrong move. Failure can happen.

God is the perfect example of perfect love. His perfect love wants the best in a person. His perfect love calls for the best path for each person.

When God set the rules back in the garden of Eden, He knew that man would eventually break those rules. He had a plan already in place to send Jesus to take man’s place in death and bring him life. The plan He had was filled with His love and grace. No man deserved that love or grace.

When you mess up and slip into sin, the judgement should be death. Yet, God’s great love is so filled with grace and mercy, that He provides a way out. God’s love supports you and lifts you back up out of that sin.

All you have to do is recognize and accept God’s love and grace in your life. Realize that you cannot do this on your own. You cannot live without sin in your life on your own. Once you have sinned, that sin is there for eternity, unless you allow Jesus to remove it and support you.

God is not out to kill or destroy you, as many often feel. He is out to give you life and life abundantly.

Do you recognize God’s love and support?

Give God praise for what He is doing in your life and the support He is giving you.

I pray today that you will know God’s love in your life; that you will know God’s support for you; that you will not fear God; and that you will live for God.

Psalm 54:4 No Worries, God Is Your Help

Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me. Psalm 54:4

Most people realize that they need help at times. Very few people feel that they can do everything, all the time on their own. The few that do believe that may get a long ways to a point, but usually come crashing down very quickly.

The difficult part for many people is accepting the help that is available. While many know that they need help at times, most will not ask for that help. They want to be able to do everything on their own.

There are men and women who will work a self-owned business for 60-70 hours, or more, a week because they do not want to ask for more help. They feel that they must do everything themselves or they will lose something. These people are usually called workaholics.

The reality is that no one can do everything completely on their own. And while people can help out a lot, they will also fall short in what they can do.

The abilities of a person eventually will fall short in life. During times of extreme troubles, many people fail to have the right words to say. They cannot always understand what is going on and have no answer for the troubling events.

As a believer in God, you have One who is by  your side at all times. He is there to help you in every time of need. Jesus said that He would always be with you forever. He is the one who holds the universe together.

If God can hold the universe together, which is much bigger than you, surely He can hold you together. He is able to help you in your time of need in ways that no person on this earth can possibly help.

You cannot do everything on your own. You need someone to help you. So you need to stop worrying about the difficult things in your life. God is the One who will help you and sustain you through the challenges and difficulties of this life.

Are you trusting God to be your help?

Or are you trying to survive on your own?

I pray today that you will not try to do everything on your own; that you will know God will be your help; that you will not worry about anything; and that you will trust God to meet your needs.

Psalm 46:1-3 Refuge And Strength

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3

When a major storm is occurring it can be scary for most people. Hearing the roar of a tornado strikes fear into to many, especially when it cannot be seen. It is unknown where it will strike and destroy everything.

The psalmist talks about a mountain falling into the ocean. Imagine the horror most people would be thinking or going through if they were any where on or near that mountain. Suddenly the earth is dropping out from below their feet, shaking. There would be extreme fear in the hearts of most people.

Yet, the psalmist says, there is no fear because God is with them. He is their refuge and strength, always there to help out.

Seeking refuge and strength is something that is talked about a lot in the news. People are attempting to flee war-torn areas all over the world.

Most, however, are not fleeing a physical war, but are fearing for their lives in bad situations in their lives. Sickness, job loss, family loss, divorce, vehicle breakdowns, bills, changes, and many other things in this life bring fear into the hearts of many. People are seeking out refuge and strength.

You may be dealing with one of these areas, or you may have another area of difficulty that you are in fear of. Regardless of what you are going through, as a believer in Jesus, God is there for you. He will always be present ready to help.

You can go to God in the middle of your storm and find refuge and strength to make it through the storms of this life. While the world does have right to be afraid, you do not have to be afraid. God will bring you life, if you seek Him and trust Him in every situation in your life.

Regardless of how much your world is shaking and falling apart, God is there for you and loves you. Find your peace of refuge and strength in Him, He will care for you.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will trust God; that you will find refuge in God; that God will give you strength for the road ahead; and that God will remove all fear in your life.

Hebrews 6:10 Not Forgotten

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.” Hebrews 6:10

Everywhere a person looks there are things that have occurred that are not seen. Look at a business that looks very clean. Usually the cleaning occurs at night, afterhours. The work being done shows greatly, but the one who did it is not seen. If the work was not done, everyone would very quickly notice.

This same type of work occurs in the church. There are things done behind the scenes. The book work for the records, the cleaning, the sermon preparation, the building maintenance, the worship practice, and many other things. Many of the people who do these things are unseen by the general church. Very few people will give thanks to them for their work.

Along with this, outside the church, there are believers who are doing little things for God all the time. The helping mow an elderly person’s yard, providing a meal for a family in need, paying someone’s bills, giving an encouraging word to someone, praying with someone, and many other things.

All of these things are often done in ways that seem unseen and ungrateful. Yet, God sees all of these things. He is also keeping a list of everything thing that is being done.

You may be one of these people doing something that does not seem to be accounted for. You may feel like no one is grateful for all the hard work you are doing behind the scenes. Yet, God sees all your work. He will not forget what you have done for Him.

There will come a day when God will reward you openly for all that you have done in secret. Do not become discouraged and give up. Keep working for the Lord, even when it seems like it is unseen.

God has promised great rewards for those who are doing His work. Those rewards may come in this life, or in life eternal, but they will come. Trust God and rely on Him to give you the strength to keep working for Him.

I pray today that God will strengthen you as you do His work; that God will reveal some of the rewards He has for you; that God will reveal to you ways to love and help others around you; and that God will provide abundantly for all of your needs as you pour into others.