Self Help – nope. Jesus help – yup.

Self-help is not real. You cannot help yourself. Your heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure (Jer. 17:9). Isnt that a fun verse. You try to do things on your own, you fail.
Oh, maybe you are saying, hey that is just one verse, and its the OT. OK. How about for out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander (Matthew 15:19). Another fun one, right?
Try and help yourself and you will not succeed. If anyone touts self-help remedies that end with you doing something, they will ultimately fail. If a book tells you its possible to fix something. Nope. If a radio host tells you it can be fixed by you. Nope. If a preacher gives you a pragmatic “to-do” list to have a better life or better job or whatever. Nope.
Any “to-do”, any self help, any thing that you do – it has to begin and end with Jesus. He is the only true fix to anything and everything. It is through Him and in Him and because of Him that we obtain anything.
A book, a host, a pastor can certainly give practical advice on how to “get better” – it just must be wrapped entirely in Jesus to be sufficient.

 

If you got it, flaunt it (well maybe not flaunt it, glorify God with it)

If you got it, flaunt it.

You got IT. IT is special. IT is something amazing. You need to use IT.

What is IT?

1 Corinthians 12:4-11
4-11God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful: (The Message)

The NIV version of verse 7 is this:
7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. (NIV)

So, to sum up. You’ve been given something (it). It is given to show who God is.

It is good. And it helps others.

So why not start using it today?

 

Afraid to Pray?

Do we keep our prayers general because we are afraid?

Maybe we are afraid because we haven’t spent time in prayer and in the Word that we don’t really know what to specifically pray for?

Maybe we are afraid because we have doubts about God? We don’t want to pray for something specific, only to have it not answered.

Or maybe we are afraid because it WILL be answered. Causing us to recognize that God is really real. That He really does answer prayers. He really is who He says He is…and that will cause us to rethink our entire lives?

Maybe?

20 Things Fasting Does for Us

1. Holds back God’s judgment (Duet. 9:18-26)
2. Gives answers to prayers (1 Sam. 1:7)
3. Brings victory (Judges 20:26, 35; 2 Chronicles 20:3,4,12,15)
4. Develops humility in us (Psalm 35:13; 69:10)
5. Provides God’s protection (Ezra 8:21-23)
6. Gives plans and provision (Neh. 1:4)
7. Rescues nations (Esther 4:3-16)
8. Looses chains of injustices, sets people free, provides, healing, leads to answered prayer (Isa. 58:6-14)
9. Purifies body and soul (Daniel 1)
10. Gives revelation (Daniel 10:2,3)
11. Brings us back to God (Joel 2:12)
12. Prepares us for return of Jesus (Joel 2:15-18; Luke 2:57; 5:33-35)
13. Expression of repentance (Jonah 3:5-9)
14. Is a secret service to God (Matt 6:4,6,18)
15. Spiritual service (Luke 2:23,37)
16. Is a command of Jesus (Matthew 6:16-18)
17. Weapon in spiritual warfare (Matthew 17:21)
18. Increases spiritual power (Luke 4:1-14)
19. Aids decision making (Acts 3:1-4)
20. Aids in answered prayers (Daniel 9:3-10:3)