Psalm 124:8 The Real Help

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Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8 

There are some people who think that they can do everything on their own and do not need help from anyone. However, at some point in their lives every person needs some help from someone or something. No one is able to completely do everything without the help of someone else.

Often this help is looked for in money, position, or other people. The people in this help can be individuals, groups, organizations, businesses, or even governments.

While people, governments and organizations can help some, often they fail at being able to really help. The amount that they can help is limited or temporary and often falls short of what is really needed.

The psalmist points to God for his help. He realizes that without God’s help, they would not have made it or survived.

God is the only one who is in full control of every situation that a person can go through. He is the only one who has all the power and strength needed to for a person to get through a tough situation in life.

The ultimate need for help for every person is removal of sins in order to provide eternal life. This is only done through the work of Jesus Christ upon the cross. In order to access this removal of sins, one must believe in what Jesus did for him. If He created the heavens and the earth and if He can provide the removal of sins, there is nothing that Jesus cannot do for a believer.

The world and people will fail and fall short in helping someone. Only Jesus remains forever and through every situation. He is faithful to provide what is needed in helping a person.

As a believer, when you are going through a tough situation, the first thing you must do is look to God for your help. Do not start with looking to people or organizations for help. These will fail you, but God will not.

God is waiting on you to call upon Him in your time of need. Trust that He knows what He is doing and will provide what you need when you need it. God is the only one who will remain by your side day and night, through thick and thin. He is your ultimate helper. Give Him a chance to help today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you find the help you in need in God; that you will trust in God’s help; and that you will be a witness of God’s helping power in your life. 

Psalm 94:18 When You Are Slipping

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When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me. Psalm 94:18 

In this world people will make mistakes and fall. They will fail and do things wrong, hurting others and themselves. No one is immune to slipping and making a mistake, regardless of who one is or how long one has lived.

When a person makes a mistake, the world is very quick to condemn and judge the person. Often they are thrown out and rejected because of the mistake.

Many bosses are quick to judge a worker that makes a mistake. The more mistakes made, the faster the boss is to remove the worker. The patience for mistakes is not very high for most people. This also includes individuals on themselves.

The psalmist admits that at times he is slipping. At those times he cries out to God and God’s perfect, unfailing love supports him.

Along with everyone in this world, believers will also slip up and make mistakes. They will choose to step into sin for some selfish reason. They will bend under the pressure to follow a way of sin, rather than stay on the path with God.

Believers who are walking with God, will know that they are being tempted and are beginning to slip on that slippery slope into sin. Many will strive to fight it on their own, and will often fail. However, calling out to God can give the person strength to overcome it. God will not condemn because he is beginning to slip up, but will pick him up to restore him

If the person does not overcome it, God’s love is still there to support him and pick him back up. God is not waiting to condemn, but to forgive, love and restore.

You may be at different points on these slippery slopes in life. You may be walking with no fear of slipping at the moment. Or you may be at the beginning stages of slipping into doing something wrong. Or you may have already slipped into sin.

Regardless of where you are, call out to God. He is waiting to hear from you and support you. He wants to life you up and hold you close to Him, restoring you to what you are to be in Jesus.

Instead of condemning yourself, or giving up, allow God to love you and support you. His love is great enough to overcome any slip.

I pray today that you will know the love of God; that you will know that God cares for you; that you will seek God’s help in every situation; and that you will know God wants to restore you and build you up to be like Jesus. 

Psalm 82:2 The Wrong Support

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“How long will you defend the unjust and show partiality to the wicked? Psalm 82:2 

All around the world are various groups who have their agendas to change laws of a nation. They want to get support for their group in ways that has never been done or allowed before.

While there are many that are fighting for good things to occur, there are also many who are fighting for things that go against God. They want support for sin.

Nations and groups often support these groups who are promoting sin and demanding that they be defended. In America there are some who have been shown great partiality to the point that anyone who opposes in any way is considered as one who hates.

Asaph is coming against the leaders and people of Israel. They had been defending the unjust and giving partiality to the wicked, those who do not follow or believe in God. He questions them as to how long they will continue to do these actions.

Many in the church have begun to act as the Israelites had been acting. They are supporting and defending the unjust and wicked. Multiple churches have begun to say that one can live in purposeful sin and still be a believer. Sometimes this is done because the sinful person is donating a large sum of money to the church.

Giving preferential treatment is wrong and giving it to a wicked person is even worse. One who does it is supporting a fight against God and His ways of living.

Every believer needs to stand strong and true to God and His word. They need to support those who stand for God, rather than those who stand for wickedness.

God defends the weak and upright, not those who are powerful and wicked. Believers must follow God’s ways.

You will have times where you will be around someone who is living in a purposeful sinful lifestyle. Or it may be around a person who treats others with injustice.

You have a choice in what you do with that person. You can join him and support the sin and wickedness, or you can point him to God and His ways of living.

Work in your own life to defend the weak and upright. Then make sure that you are supporting those who do the same.

Everything that you say and do must be about what God wants said and done. Supporting or doing anything less than this is going against God. Who are you for?

I pray today that you will God’s love for all people; that you will live by God’s standards; that you will support those who live by God’s standards; and that you will turn from and discourage all sin and sinful lifestyles that God hates. 

Job 16:2 What Type Of Comforter Are You?

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I have heard many things like these; you are miserable comforters, all of you! Job 16:2 

As a person is going through an extremely tough time, many people will just avoid that person. They avoid him because they don’t know what to say or do, or because they don’t want that bad situation to come upon them.

Others will be quick to show up at his side. The purpose of showing up, however, is to give some advice. People are very quick to give advice in how to deal with something. Often this advice is coming from people who have never been in the situation themselves. It is what they think they would do if they were in that position.

Very few people show up, just to be a support, without giving a ton of advice. They are there to show compassion and love.

As Job was going through extreme difficulties and his world was falling a part, some of his friends came by to be with him. Instead of being silent and supporting him, they wanted to give him some advice or counsel. Their counsel was not supportive or encouraging. It was degrading and condemning.

In the church there are many believers who are just like Job’s friends. They intend to speak well, but in the end are condemning and not supportive. There is no love, mercy or grace of God in their words.

People often thin that they know and understand fully what is going on in the life of someone else. On the outside it can appear as one thing, but on the inside it can be totally different. Just because someone is going through a tough time does not automatically mean there was unrepentant sin involved or that God is against him. Knowing the end of the story, one knows that Job was innocent in this case.

You will have times when you will have a friend going through a tough time. Things will be falling a part for him. You need to be there for him to support him and lift him up.

However, be careful with your words. Be sure that your words are the words of God, words that show love, grace, mercy, and compassion. Do not be so quick to condemn or find fault. It is the devil that condemns, not Jesus. Jesus came to heal and save, not condemn.

What type of comforter will you be for a friend going through a tough time? Loving? Or condemning?

I pray today that you will know God’s love; that you will share God’s love with others; that you will speak the true words of God at all times; and that you will be a comfort to those in need as God comforts you. 

Request For Help

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I normally would never ask for money on this blog, for anyone or anything, however, I feel I need to make this request.

On January 19 of this year, the husband (Brandon) of a daughter (Emily) of a very good friend of ours was hit on a motorcycle by a drunk driver while he was stopped at a stop sign. We have known Emily and her parents since she was just a little child, over 20 years ago. They have been married for a little over 3 years and have an eight month old little boy. They are very active in their church and community.

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Brandon was just a few weeks from graduating fire fighter school, his dream job.

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In the accident, Brandon had to have part of one leg amputated. In addition to that, he has many internal injuries to the spleen, kidneys, vertebrae, and more. He is still in the hospital, stable, but going through a lot of surgeries.

The Columbia Fire Department, in South Carolina, has set up a fund raiser to raise funds to help meet the hospital expenses, and living expenses, since Brandon is unable to work.

Please pray for them and if possible can you help support them financially with anything you can. In this fund raiser, Emily and Brandon will receive 100% of the money that comes in. Neither the fire department or any one else will receive any of this money. Below is the link to support.

Thank you for your support in prayers and finances.

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