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Job 22:2 ” Can a man be of benefit to God? Can even a wise man benefit Him?”

So many times we foolishly think we can somehow “help God”.  We look at the situation and feel we have more insight and intelligence than our Heavenly Father does over the matter…but our “help” usually just messes it up more.  Relinquishing some thing or one to God doesn’t mean you’re giving up and walking away…it simply means you’re stepping aside and allowing God to work in ways you never would be able to.  Surrendering and laying at the foot of the Cross a loved one can be the scariest thing you’ll ever do.  But until you do this and fully give that person to God – you’re just in the way and the Lord can’t work.  You may think you love that person immensely…but remember, God loves them even more.

Colossians 3:8 ” But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Ephesians 4:22 tells us to put off our old selves…or rid ourselves of our old ways.  But it’s almost impossible to do if you’re still hanging out with the same wrong friends… at places that got you in trouble before.  Putting aside our old ways  means we have to disarm our sins…exposing them to God’s truth and confessing them, but then ridding ourselves of whatever necessary to make a clean break from the past.

Psalm 55:1-3 “Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger.”

Bad things happen to good people…for we live in a troubled and broken world where peace and unity is hard to find.  But that doesn’t mean we have to cave in to all the ugliness around us. God has placed you on the earth at this particular time in history to make a difference…for you to be an influence, rather than being influenced by the wicked around you.  Stand strong in the face of evil…pray without ceasing…tell others about Jesus.

Psalm 107: 26-29 ” …in their peril their courage melted away. They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.”

Our bravery wanes when we’re faced with something bigger than us and feel we have no control.  But whatever you’re going through today remember – nothing is bigger than God.  The Lord can calm any storm in your life…whether it be outside your window or deep within your being.  Look to God…cry out to Him, for He is there to come to your aid.  For God can make a way when there seems to be no way…in all situations.

John 1:10 ” He was in the world, and though the world was made through Him, the world did not recognize Him.”

I think as Believers,  we all smugly think that if we had lived during Biblical times and had witnessed the miracles and teachings of Jesus…we would of immediately realized He was the Messiah.  But would we?  Humanity saw Him as just another man…indeed, a good man who taught with unheard of authority and passion, but still just a flesh and blood human like the rest of us.  Would we have been  able to recognize  His divinity…when the incarnate Jesus Christ…the embodiment of God took on human form and lived among us?  I would hope and pray so.

Psalm 116:6 ” The Lord protects the simple-hearted; when I was in great need, He saved me.”

The Lord is watching over us.  Us, the simple, plain folk with honest, sincere hearts and a desire  to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Us, the common people with uncommon grit and perseverance when disaster strikes.  Yes, we may be just ordinary people, but with God’s help, we can come together to do extraordinary things.

I Thessalonians 5:14 ” And we urge you, brothers, warn those who are idle, encourage the timid, help the weak, be patient with everyone.”

Even though Paul was addressing this letter to the Church in Thessalonica…he probably could be speaking directly to any modern-day Church you know.  Certain members of the Thessalonian Church, in anticipation of Christ’s return, had become careless and neglectful of their responsibility to work and support themselves.  In other words…they were sitting around, waiting for the Rapture!  Now, we may not see that degree of slothfulness in Church today…but what you can see is the attitude that “It’s me and Thee, God, and I’m not worrying about anybody else.”  Paul warned that laziness and apathy  would contribute to the downfall of any Church.   Secondly, as the Church Body, we are to be Spiritual Cheerleaders for the fainthearted…the worry-warts…and those who can only see the cup half empty. We are to be encouragers of each other.  Finally, as the Church, we are all to be ready with a helping hand for those who are weak spiritually, for when they grow, the Church grows.