To abide in ourselves is simply to try to do this living, and this working for the Lord, of ourselves; asking the Lord to help us to do it, instead of recognizing that a Life wholly pleasing to God has been lived and that faith appropriates that accomplishment in Christ.
In Psalm 46 we are told that God is a very present help in time of trouble, but He permits trouble to pursue us, as though He were indifferent to us.. as though He were disinterested in its overwhelming pressure, that we may be brought to an end of ourselves. That we may be led to discover the treasure of darkness – the unmeasurable gains of tribulation.
God never leaves us floundering but He does wait until we come to an end of ‘self’. He waits until we realise there is nothing we can do to help to make us spiritually mature. It is only a heart that is prepared by the Spirit of God that will move into true maturity.
but when He ascended into heaven, to sit on the throne of the Father, He sent us the Holy Spirit to be another Comforter – to be our ever-present Help in time of trouble.
One that comes alongside – to help.
Today we have our indwelling Paraclete / Paracletos – to come alongside to help. No wonder Jesus said, It is expedient for you that I go away: because if I do not go away, then the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I do depart, I will send Him unto you.
We actually have Deity living inside us to lead and to guide – to help and to comfort. The Creator of the universe has chosen to make you and me His personal residence.
Jesus loved Mary and Martha dearly – so why would He delay their cry for help? Daniel was beloved of the Lord – so why did he have to wait for an answer? God was the friend of Abraham – so why the unendurable delayed promise?
Do you have a friend that sticks closer than a brother? Do you have someone that loves you no matter what? Do you have a dear one that would even hurt you in order to help you?
A true friend will help to hone and improve your life. A friend that sticks closer than a brother will help to put an edge on your life. Such a friend will make you sharper as a person and help to prevent a fall.
the Devil And there is MORE- His death also freed those who were held in slavery all their lives, by the fear of death, for it’s clear that He doesn’t reach out to help angels, but to help Abraham’s offspring.
We must face the fact and we must seek help from God always to bear in mind that we are going to have a path of suffering if we are in fellowship with the Lord Jesus.... There has to come a point when we sit down and do some calculating and come to a definite conclusion on this matter - that, although very often we may not be able to see that our suffering is because of our relationship to Him (the sufferings are so manifold and diverse, and very often they look as though they have no relationship at all with our Christian life) at the same time, whether we can discern it or not; the fact remains that the pathway of the child of God, of the fellow of Jesus Christ, is the pathway of suffering.
The long, black tunnel of despair seems to stretch to an eternity, as the world we once knew, transmutes out of all recognition – and God fails to hear the cries of His children and seems to ignore their pleas for help.
The principle, the law, of the manna, is that God keeps revelation of Himself in Christ bound up with practical situations of necessity, and we are not going to have revelation as mere teaching, doctrine, interpretation, theory, or anything as a thing, which means that God is going to put you and me into situations where only the revelation of Christ can help us and save us....
Exhort and Edify
Paul also prompts us to come alongside each other – to undergird the other's faith. Wherefore exhort yourselves together, and edify one another, even also as ye do 1Thess.5:11. We are to exhort ourselves together and edify the body of Christ. We are to comfort each other and help to underpin each other in life: Exhort yourselves together – Heb.10:25 Comfort one another – 1Thess.4:18 Love one another earnestly – 1Peter.1:22
When we come to the real life, and we are really up against things and the issues are of the greatest consequence, we do not want just information, we want experience, and we go where experience can help us.
Forgiveness is one of the main requirements of a broken heart, for forgiveness helps address the other elements needed for a broken heart. Forgiveness can help to identify self, pride, anger, lust, jealousy – regret.
Study - GOD, All I Need
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest, Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession… for we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathise with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
All I Need
Yes, the Lord is indeed our Helper and the Lord in one very special way is my own personal Helper. A Samaritan woman came and worshiped Him, saying, Lord, HELP me!
The pleading father of a mute son cried, Lord have compassion on us and HELP us.
The daddy of the demonised son wept, Lord, I believe; HELP my unbelief!
The panicking disciples screamed in a sinking boat, Lord HELP us.
Oh yes, the Lord responded with great compassion to all who sought Him out for help – and He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
It is in often in the midst of our deepest need and in agony of spirit that we call on the Lord for help. It is in the anguish of our heart that we plead ‘Help me Lord’ – for self and for others, help me – help them – help him – help her – help us, O Lord, is our cry. It is often in the prayers that springs from a heart in deepest need that God becomes so very real to each of us as our Helper. It is through that very heart-plea that gasps, Help me Father, Help me Lord, Help me now – that we recognise our own helplessness and God stoops down to answer our heart-felt cry.
Life’s little duties must continue and we must occupy until He comes. We must continue to fulfil the trivial daily task and the day’s common circle. We must be ready to respond to the call for help or the less trivial needs of others – but not at the expense of our time in His Presence- or He may withdraw..
Presence of God
Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God. We also read that Cain went out from the presence of the Lord. To Moses He said My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest. The psalmist tells us, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The Father shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever. Oh yes: My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest..
Man’s Simple Plea
Ahh but man takes each call, each prayer, each request as an individual plea, “Father help me in this straight away”, and “Lord I need your comfort in that, now.” Man separates each prayer and petition as one single application.
Most growing believers rightly maintain that all must come from the risen Lord; but instead of taking their actual position of being dwellers in heaven, and coming from there to earth, they only look up to heaven for help as to their walk on earth; and their faith and labors are always influenced and dictated by the condition and order of things on earth; and instead of seeking the mind of the Lord as learned in heaven, they are occupied with the blessing of man on earth. -J.B.S.
Old Self Life
Do you often ask for God’s help? “Help ME do this God” and “help ME do that Lord ” or “Help ME change myself…” “Help ME stop being like this Father,” and “help ME start being like that ?” Think!
When God saved you, He did not plan to help you live YOUR life. God purposed that HE would live Christ’s life in you!!
Conant wisely wrote the following:- “Christian living is not our living with Christ’s help, it is Christ living His life in us.
God will not help your old man, your old ‘self’ to live!!!
God did not help the sinner to be born again- He gave him a new life in Christ.
And God won’t help the old you – He’ll conform the new “You-Life” into “Christ-life”.
Old and New Man
You are not trusting or honouring God when you ask Him to help YOU.
Don’t ask him to help you control your temper or your greed..
Your soul can allow the sinful flesh to raise it’s ugly head and rule your life. Never ask God to help your soul yield to His Life working in your new life.
We’re not to approach God’s throne asking Him to help us and bless our plans. We are to seek Him to do His work in us – His will, His plans. We are to seek His will in our life, to live and do to His good pleasure. We are to trust His will, in all the decisions we make and the problems we face.
When we ask God to help us, we are not trusting Him but rather ourselves! Don’t ask God to help you in this or to help you sort that out for He won’t – but when you come to Him in humility and helplessness, He’ll move heaven for you.
We plead with Him to help us exercise more self-control.
It is not that we should be asking the Lord to help US, we should be seeking a greater capacity to helplessness. We should be relying on Him and on His strength, and Him alone. “When I am Weak,” wrote that great soldier of the Lord’s army, the apostle Paul,..
“When I am Weak, then I am Strong.” 2Cor.12:10 Don’t beg the Lord for help.
Help and healing comes from total surrender of your entire being to the Lord..surrender of all and everything in your life – past present and future..surrender of all past, present and future hurt, guilt, pain, fear, doubt and worry..
If you are not coming to help their thing or things with your ministry or presentation, of course they won’t have it, and it resolves itself into this: they won’t have Him; that is not the kind of Lord they want.
a life of unpopularity a place where you are unappreciated… then take heart.. There is a joy set before us – the joy of seeing Him. That is the joy set before us – that joy of seeing Him. That joy will help us also to despise the shame. The Lord is indeed Our Worthy Example.
The Throne Ministry
Much of scripture is devoted to intercession and prayer – the throne ministry of God. Simple, dynamic power-packed instructions – to help us withstand in the evil day. This is so that God’s plans will be fulfilled in His way, in His time and for His glory – and God’s prefect plan always results in the best outcome for all of His children.
It is knowing God is using your life to help achieve His eternal purpose.
The believer then understands the meaning of Asa's words: Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power....O Lord, Thou art our God; let not man prevail against Thee... (2 Chron. 14:11).
Trusting God’s Word
Abraham believed God when he was called to leave Ur – to travel to a distant land. Abraham trusted God when he was told that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham had faith in the truth of God’s word and trusted Him to fulfil His promises. Oh, Abraham did some stupid things like trying to help God – but the bottom line is.. God knew his heart and KNEW Abraham depended on God to keep His promises. And the trust that Abraham had in God was credited to him as righteousness. Abrahams’s dependence upon God’s was counted to Abraham as righteous.
Since He is both my God and my Father, and since all of the hardships He takes me through are specifically designed to conform me to the image of the Lord Jesus, how can I help but trust Him and rejoice in His faithfulness?
The Body of Christ
The body of Christ is being fitted together perfectly and being built up by Him. Each part has its own special work to do, so that the whole body is fit and healthy. Each one is to help the other grow and mature and be built up together full of love. Each is Christ’s representative who needs to be spiritual renewed to express His love – a spiritual renewal of our thought, our heart our attitudes and our mind, for we are told be renewed in the spirit of your mind in Ephesians 4:23
Not knowing one another after the flesh does not mean that all that realm will cease to exist for us, but it does mean that we shall look beyond that realm and we shall steadily seek grace and the help of the Holy Spirit to cultivate and develop a determination to look through what we are by nature to what there is of the Lord Jesus and of the Holy Spirit in one another, and to keep our eyes upon that.
STUDY in PRAYER
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.Hebrews.4:16
Throne of Grace
Unlike Israel, whose high priest alone could enter the holy of holies once each year, we have unlimited, continuous and abiding access to the throne of grace, let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Reach Up To God
Refuse to be checked in your upward climb. Refuse to be downcast in your forward journey. Cast all your burdens on Him and help others to carry theirs.
How many burdens can you carry for others, in His love? How many loads can you help to lighten, with His joy? How many souls can you encourage to press on to the end? In giving love and in sharing joy, you too will gain:- “good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over” Love as I have loved…..
To the one who never says, “I am right!” but to the one who says, “I may be as wrong as ever a man or woman was wrong, there is nothing of which I am not capable; my only ground is Christ; so help me God, Christ is my ground!” To stand on Christ is to stand always in the consciousness and recognition that this other ground, ourselves at any point, is dangerous ground.
As this great principle opens up to us, it will help us to understand how in our life, and in our fellowship with the Lord Jesus, it is impossible for us to share the fulness of His life until we have first in very deed surrendered ourselves every day as having died to sin and the world.
For the most part their work is of some regular, daily kind, and very often they feel utterly unable for it, and they are tempted to think that if they had some spiritual ministry to fulfill, if they had to go and take a meeting, or speak to some souls about spiritual matters, they could make a claim upon the Lord for help and He would carry them through.
There are plenty of people whom you could get interested in a cause; whom you could get to take up a piece of work requiring help, but it is another thing to have that spiritual fellowship with God which results in God putting His travail into your own soul.
Baptism of Suffering
We cannot do good to another, save at a cost to ourselves. The afflictions we bear are the price we pay to bear each other's burdens. He who would be the helper must first be the sufferer. He who would seek to help and save, must first bear the pain and the cross. We must drink of the cup that Jesus drank from.. and be baptised into the baptism that He was baptised in.
The Time to Trust
When is the time to trust?Is it when all is calm,When saves the victor's palm,And life is one glad psalmOf joy and praise?Yes but more time to trustIs when the waves beat high,When storm clouds fill the sky,And prayer is one long cry Oh help and save!
He was despised and accused by the very people he was sent to help. He gave them spiritual food and heavenly water, yet they murmured against him. He told them God’s commands and showed them His ways..
It may not be too comforting from one standpoint, but it is true; and it ought to help us to realize this: that the Lord, in the way in which He is dealing with us, in the sufferings which He allows to come upon us, is really seeking our education, that we may have a knowledge of Himself which can only come that way, and which is a peculiar kind of knowledge of tremendous value to us and through us to others.
Here we have each one’s responsibility, for something hangs upon them, and we have to help one another in our responsibility before God, for each one is called to carry a responsibility, to carry a weight from God.
He may facilitate; He may help; He may send resources; He may rule and overrule in temporal matters; but we would agree that it would be very dangerous for the Lord to make that His realm of complete operations.
The Spirit’s Ministry
In the book of Acts we discover the Lord Jesus ascending into heaven but the promised holy Spirit was sent to be an ever present help and comfort in this church age. The ministry of the holy Spirit in the life of all believers today, is to glorify Christ. The work of the Spirit in our lives is to conform us into the likeness of Christ Jesus.
And God will allow His Church and its members oft-times to get into such situations as are altogether beyond human help, in order that He may give the display, which is His own display, in which no man has any place to glory.
The fact is this, that we may advance a long way in spiritual knowledge (I mean in information, the knowledge of the truth) beyond our own real measure, and then have the shock, under terrible conditions, of discovering that all that we have accumulated through the years does not help us.
It was then and only then – after what seems like a lifetime of unendurable hurt, that Job was enabled to ‘see‘ God in the only way that God will accept… where self-worth, self-satisfaction, and self-help are of no effect to God – where self-righteousness gives way to Christ-righteousness.
“Most growing believers rightly maintain that all must come from the Lord; but instead of taking their actual position of being dwellers in heaven, and coming from there to earth, they 177 only look up to heaven for help as to their walk on earth; and their thoughts and labors are always influenced and dictated by the state and order of things on earth, and instead of seeking the mind of the Lord as learned in heaven, they are occupied with the blessings of man on earth.” -J.B.S.
Power to Heal
What a glorious truth that “the power of the Lord is present to heal.” But there was a place where His power to heal was not a present help in trouble. There was a place where He could not help them – because of their unbelief.
Prevented by Unbelief
He may approach us, desiring to impart rich gifts of strength, comfort and joy. He may come bearing gifts of wholeness and health; wisdom, love and help, and yet He may be prevented by unbelief – as He was that time so long ago, “He came unto His own and His own received Him not…” John 1:11
Hearts of Unbelief
It is often because of unbelief, that God’s power is prevented from working within. He is able and He is willing and He is ever present to help in time of need..
We do not have to grovel for meager scraps at the bench of an unbelieving judge, for we have free and open access into the throne of grace and the riches of His love in Christ Jesus - so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
But no matter how the nations rage and war against the Lord and His children we have His unfailing assurance that the Lord of hosts is with us and will never leave us nor forsake us - and the God of Jacob is our rock of refuge, our safe stronghold and our ever present help in time of trouble.
Let us be still and KNOW that God is our refuge, our strength and our ever-present help in time of need.
The historical record of Abraham is used to teach a fundamental truth, which if understood would help to remove much of the legalistic confusion that surrounds 1) Israel and the dispensation of Law, which was pre-cross.. and 2) the Church and the dispensation grace, which is connected with post-cross teaching.
The story of Abraham's two sons.. Ishmael and Isaac and the struggle that took place between the two women - Hagar, the bond-woman (who represented slavery to the Law) and Sarah, the free-woman ( who was represents our freedom in Christ), resulted from the fleshly schemings of Abraham who decided to help God to fulfil His promise to give him a SON.
Loyalty in friendship is a grace that becomes all the more precious when despite intensifying hardships a friend is there to comfort and help... and the scriptures remind us never to abandon a friend - nor even to forsake the friends of your father or mother.
He calls us to sympathize with each other - to have compassion one for another and to empathize in the trials and difficultness that our brothers and sisters in Christ are going through, to be there to help and to comfort, to support and encourage.
This was the state of affairs in Israel, when in anguish of heart, the prophet Habakkuk, wrote his heart-rending book, as he tried to understand why God did not appear to answer his pleading cries for help.
How long, O LORD, will I call for help, was the agonising appeal that this prophet of God, made to the Lord, and how long will You not hear?
It was his game-plan to help execute the first murder in the Bible and to crucify the Lord of glory – and he uses it today in the fields of politics, religion, family, class, race, age, entertainment, schools, social media and a host of other mediums.This nefarious strategy is designed to fracture a world-view; a power; a mind-set; a government and even a family into smaller, more manageable segments, so that they engage in internal fights.
We read the following words from a well-loved hymn: the dearest idol I have known, whate’er that idol be, help me to tear it from Thy throne, and worship only Thee, which captures the essence of what comprises an idol in any age, for anything and everything, anyone and everyone that lays equal or greater claim to our affection for Jesus, is our own, personal idol.
The book of Jude may not be a lengthy epistle, but it certainly is challenging, and in a few short verses we are given some important instructions to help protect ourselves from the assaults of the enemy who, like a roaring lion, prowls around seeking who he can devour.
May we be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus, and empowered to help and encourage others, whom God has placed in our lives – and may we all grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus – for His greater glory and eternal praise.
When a woman’s own children recognise their mother’s outstanding virtue and tell her so, or when a husband praises his wife and rejoices that she is his God-given help-meet – there is much joy that ensues.
Let us pray for our leaders, support the weak, help the afflicted, love and serve all men and let us read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the Word of God, knowing that we are living in perilous times - and our only confidence and help, lies in Jesus Christ our Blessed Hope.
and when we share in the afflictions of our brothers and sisters in Christ, in a small way we also help to fill up what is lacking in Christ's afflictions - and the more we suffer for Christ, the more God will shower us with His comfort through Christ Jesus our Lord.
Instead of maintaining unbroken fellowship with the Lord and looking to our heavenly Father for help and sustenance, too often we leave our first love and turn to our bank-balance or earthly relationships to supply our need.
To often we look to the government for help..
But as time passed and complacency took root, Israel's life of ease began to be threatened and King Asa sought the help of man rather than maintaining his trust in the Lord.
The Lord is full of loving-kindness and tender mercies to all who will call out to Him for help - and like the children of Israel who so often cried out to the Lord when they strayed from the paths of righteousness, we too can cry to the Lord our God, to show us His loving-kindness and to grant us His salvation.
Whether wilfully or through a small series of downward steps we too can find ourselves straying from the paths of truth and righteousness, but God is ever ready to demonstrate His never-failing gracious love and tender mercies to any of His children who turn from their sin and call on His name for help.
With God's help, Abram rescued Lot, together with all who had been carried away from Sodom, and returned them to their homeland. On their return, Abram met Melchizedek, the king of Salem and priest of the most high God, who blessed Abram and brought him bread and wine.
when He comes to set up His earthly kingdom of peace, prosperity, righteousness and justice.Although we must certainly stand against the evils of our day, protect those that are weak, help those that are afflicted by social injustices and show patience towards all men, the preeminent function of the Christian Church, is to honour the Lord and tell sinners about Jesus – that He died to pay the price for our sin and rose again, so that all who believe on Him will not perish, but have eternal life.We are told to go into all the world, preach the word of truth to a lost and dying humanity We are to spread the good news of the gospel of grace to lost sinners We are to act as ministers of reconciliation to a world that is drowning in sin.
And so we are called upon to live as unto the Lord in the power of the Holy Spirit - to be at peace among ourselves, to warn those who are being irresponsible; to comfort the discouraged, help the weak and to be patient with everyone.
The God of Israel challenged His people to be strong and very courageous, but He also entreated them never to fear or to tremble with fright and reassured them that He would be with them always, to lead and to comfort, to support and help them, no matter where they went or what they did.
This same God has equipped us with His indwelling holy Spirit, Who is there to lead and to guide, to support and to help.
He knew that wolves were prowling around seeking to scatter the little flock of God and so he asked the Father for mercy to help in time of need - and for an abundance of peace and love, in the midst of difficult times.
We can’t imagine how God could deal with this problem or how we are going to overcome that difficulty - and the mountainous waves of disbelief causes us to sink into a sea of despondency or become entrapped in a web of despair and we try to help God out just as did Abram, resulting in the birth of Ishmael, which damages the Father/son relationship between ourselves and God.
It is a song that contains lessons from days of old, which are designed to help us to learn from the past, to encourage us to make the right choices in the present - and to live as God has ordained that we should live.
Secondly, the Lord continues, that as well as having His strength for all we need, He will be an ever-present help in trouble.
YES – Christ is our righteousness, and Christ is our ever-present help in time of trouble, and it is Christ Whose grace is always sufficient for all our needs for Christ is our covering – how then can we fear, if God be for us who is there to fear?
When exercising faith through petition or intercession and by standing on the promises of God as undeniable certainties, we have that inner assurance that God hears and answers prayer - for His ears are ever open to our cries for help, and He responds to the faintest sigh of His elect people.
We have legitimate access to the throne of grace through Christ, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
But Paul was always grateful to others and thankful to the Lord, when his brothers and sisters in Christ recognised his personal need and tried to help.
He did not beg for any financial assistance during his ministry, nor did he make a request for help when he was behind prison bars... But in this passage we discover that it was laid on the heart of the Philippians believers to send some financial assistance to Paul, for which this faithful servant of God was most grateful.
Prayer is the privilege of people who are saved by grace thorough faith in Christ, for by His sacrificial death and glorious resurrection He tore down the dividing wall between God and man, and gave us access to His throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
It was the fallen children of Adam that God purposed to redeem, for assuredly, we read, the Lord does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham.
For assuredly, we read, He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to the descendant of Abraham. He does not give help to angels, but He gives help to men, who live by faith - and their faith is credited to them as righteousness.
God knows when a heart is trusting Him but He also knows when an apparently sincere cry for help comes from an insincere and divided heart.
This apparently sincere cry for help may have come from a truly repentant group of people or it may have been no more than hollow lip-service to the Lord, from a group who had already determined in their heart what they intended to do.
Christ is our heavenly Mediator and we can fearlessly, frequently, confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace and receive mercy for our failures and grace to help in times of need, as well as making intercession for those who trust us to pray on their account.
All we should do is call out to Him, and He will say It is I, do not fear. The Lord could have prevented the storm and kept the disciples safe in peaceful waters, but He could not have called out His reassuring word to have courage, so as to demonstrate that He is an ever-present help in need.
It is only by God's grace we have received mercy for help in time of need, so we should not lose heart, knowing that those who wait for the Lord will renew their strength and mount up with wings like eagles - They will run and not grow weary.
David learned many things about the Lord in his life-time and one important lesson was that no matter how dark the night of doubt and sorrow, how mountainous the problems he had to face or how fierce the enemy that stalked our path, God is our help and strength and He is our shield and buckler.
They will support and encourage us, help and counsel us, comfort and warn us and they will love us no matter what happens.
He is the One who will always support and encourage us, help and counsel us, comfort and warn us - and He is the One Whose unconditional love will be poured out upon us without measure, through time and into eternity.
Haggai was a post-exile, returnee to the land of Israel, whose main ministry was to encourage the people to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem, and to let them know that God was with them and would help them.
But if You can do anything - have compassion on us and help us, was the father's heartbroken request. The very men that were to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel, and empowered to perform mighty miracles in Christ's name and preach the gospel of the kingdom, were powerless to cast out this dumb spirit, and so they received the strongest of rebukes, for their lack of faith, from their Master.
But by God's grace he was able to cry out, LORD I believe, help my unbelief, and he was rewarded with a son who was healed and a faith that was increased.
But just as He was vilified, and treated with contempt, by priest and people alike, so we, in like manner, should not be upset or surprised when we encounter the same, insensitive treatment as He did, or are maligned by those we seek to help.
Too many today place their trust in earthly kings and presidents; armies and elected governments - finances; physicians and the fabric of material wealth, when the One to Whom we should always turn-to for help is the our heavenly Father, Who knitted us together in our mother's womb and scheduled every day of our lives..
As we bathe the thoughts of our heart in the Word of God and meditate on the truth of His wisdom - we will not only guard our mouth to keep us from evil but will pour out His words of healing and help to others – until it is not I that speak – but Christ that speaks through me.
The ongoing barrage of attacks from this wicked enemy were so severe and so numerous that David finally turns to his sovereign Lord for help and deliverance.
Not only was he in physical danger but the onslaught of scornful mockery was more than he could bear, and so having poured out his heart to the Lord and pleaded for vengeance - David confessed his own inability to confront these evil men and cried out to God - Help me, O LORD my God; Save me according to Your lovingkindness.
Finally, in the midst of their trouble, they cried out, in desperation, to the Lord for help - and although their pitiful cries, did not appear to come from repentant hearts this time, the Lord, in His mercy, sent an unnamed prophet, to remind the sons of Israel that HE, and He ALONE was their one and only Saviour.
Israel may have cried out to the Lord for help - but they had to be reminded, by one of God's prophets, about their continuing idolatry, disobedience, sinfulness and lack of real repentance.
It announces the wonders of the millennial rule of Christ on earth, the promise of a new and better covenant - it also records the powerful prayer of the helpless little remnant of believers, who cry out for His help and salvation.
Let us live in peace with each other, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone - and may we never repay evil with evil, but let us always seek after that which is good.
He is our belt of truth, the helmet of our salvation and He has equipped us with the sword of the Spirit, which is the inerrant Word of God – and we have the authority to enter into the throne-room of our God – for mercy to find help in time of need.
How can we help to restore those that are overtaken by sin, if we are told to pay heed to our own trials, temptations, sorrows and sin?
Although we are exhorted to share in one another's suffering and sorrows, and help to restore those that have fallen, we are to also pay attention to our own responsibilities, and recognise that one day we will stand alone, before the judgement seat of Christ, to give an account of the life we lived on earth.
As we journey through its hallowed verses we start to become aware that He is our ever-living help, and that no matter where we are or where we roam, the Spirit of His presence is there to lead and guide, and His righteous right hand is sufficient to uphold and support us; protect and defend us; comfort and equip us – heal and help us.
Were we to travel at the speed of thought or fly to the farthest reaches of the universe – His hand would be there to succour and sustain, for He is our ever-present help in times of trouble.
He told them that their ears would hear a word behind them, saying, this is the way, walk you in it. But Israel acted like a petulant child and tried to defeat the Assyrian army by seeking help from Egypt, rather than placing their trust in the Lord their God.
He has said, let not your heart be troubled for – He is the God of all comforts Who comforts us in ALL our affliction… Never forget that we have the indwelling Comforter living within our hearts and He is our ever-present help and comfort, when all the difficulties and pressures of life try to swamp up….
Indeed, in this sermon-on-the-plateau, Jesus is not only speaking to His disciples, but also to the disinterested multitudes, and hypocritical Pharisees, that only followed Him for physical healing, self-help or destructive criticism.
He was chosen by God to succeed his father, king David as Israel’s anointed king and when faced with the great responsibility of leading the nation, he humbly confessed that he was unable to do so, without help from the Lord
In this psalm, however, we hear of David rejoicing in the Lord and extolling His goodness and grace as he sings a song of grateful thanks and praise for restoring him to health and strength - O LORD my God, he sings joyfully, I cried to You for help, and You healed me! We do not know what ailed this celebrated king of Israel, but his illness certainly delighted his enemies, for the psalm begins... I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up, and have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
One has to be born-again, made spiritually alive in Christ, and possess the indwelling Spirit of God in their human frame, to access His comfort and help, His correction and teaching, His direction and ministry of intercession.
In every circumstance of life it should be a duty and delight to fly to the Lord in prayer - especially in times of trouble, for He is a God Whose ears are open to the cries of His children, and Who is our ever present help, in times of need.
Approaching God's throne of grace for mercy, for help in time of need, should not be a last hope, when all else has failed - but should be our first delight and dear desire.
His arm is ever-ready to provide the help we need, and His ear is always open to our cry, but He wants us to approach Him, through earnest prayer and cheerful praise, so that our faith in Him and our trust in His Word may germinate, grow, blossoms and bud - and bring forth much fruit, to His praise and glory, as we journey through life, to our promised heavenly home.
He urges certain elders in the congregation to help these women and others in the Christian community to live in peace and harmony with each other.
He encourages all believers to live in peace with one another and to give encouragement and help to all who are members of the body of Christ, because he himself knows that the joy of the Lord is our strength, Paul calls on his brothers and sisters in Christ to rejoice in the Lord and to keep on rejoicing together in harmony of heart.
In his song of praise, he recalls the many troubles and sorrows he has already encountered and how gracious and compassionate the Lord has been to him – the Lord heard his cry for help and the Lord rescued him from death and despair.
It was written to help them come to terms with the new and better Covenant, which was promised by the mouth of Jeremiah, cut through the precious blood of Jesus Christ our Saviour and will be fully and finally ratified when Jesus returns to set up His millennial kingdom on earth.
What amazing grace that a sinner such as I can boldly and confidently enter the throne-room of the Most High God – what a glorious responsibility that I can come near the throne of grace and find mercy to help in time of need – what a joy that because of Christ and our faith in Him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God's presence.
Paul knew the importance of prayer, in the life of all born-again Christians and urged this godly man to go boldly and ceaselessly to the throne of grace, for help and mercy in time of need – for His grace is sufficient and His goodness endures from one generation to another.
But it is a Psalm which verse by verse continues to build up to a crescendo of grateful thanks, as it lists the many things that God has done for His people – Israel, and the many ways that He has responded to their cry for help.
He is the mighty sovereign Ruler of the universe and great Creator of all – Who is enthroned above the cherubim and yet He is our good and gracious Shepherd Who leads us beside still waters, restores our soul, guides us into the way of righteousness and is our ever-present help as we travel through the valley of the shadow of death.
Artaxerxes did not dismiss his servant's grief as irrelevant, but was moved, by God, to find out if there was any way that he could help him in his distress, and so we read, Then the king said to me, What would you request? Despite being very much afraid, Nehemiah, was a man of prayer, who sent a quick, but silent prayer-arrow to God, for both wisdom - to speak the right words before the king, and for grace in his master's eye.
Nehemiah was in fellowship with the Father, for his sins were forgiven and confessed up to date, and so he was well able to come to the throne of grace for mercy to find help at this time of need.
We who have trusted Christ as our Saviour have received the Holy Spirit of power - by grace through faith in Christ, - and He has brought about our adoption into son-ship - and through Him we are enabled to cry: Abba, Father - as we boldly approach the throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
Simeon's prophetic declaration and the wise words of Anna, help us to understand that the baby they saw was unique, and special in so many ways, for He was identified as the Salvation of God, and a Light, to lighten both the Gentiles and the people of Israel.
Their testimonies also help us to understand the privilege and peculiar responsibility that God entrusted to His parents.
The rebellions and complaining nation needed to be reminded of WHO God is and that their God was the all-powerful Creator; the generous Provider; their strong Tower and Shepherd; their Peace and their Defender - their ever-present help in time of trouble.
He even provided a comprehensive list of the ungodly characteristics that would expose these deceivers, to help Timothy identify evil-doers, and avoid those who are corrupt; worthless; resisting the truth and disregarding the faith.
Many of David's psalms begin with great lamenting and cries to the Lord for help or vindication, but inevitably they conclude with optimism; words of encouragement; a heart that hopes in the Lord or a declaration of trust in the God of his salvation.
As a child calls out to his attentive father for help or as a mother strains to hear and respond to the cries of her nursing child, so the ear of the Lord is ever open to the feeble cries of His children.
Following the flood of bitter woes that tumbles from his pleading heart and having cried out to the Lord for mercy and help – this man finally turns his thoughts to the living God to whom he is praying – the Creator of the worlds – the Maker of heaven and earth – the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent, all-wise, loving and righteous God of the whole universe.
Once we stop looking at our overwhelming circumstances in fear – our faith begins to blossom in God, Who alone can help us in our distresses - for the heaven is His throne and the earth is His footstool.
There are many places in Scripture that remind us that the cares and concerns of this world can become a burdensome load in our lives. 'Independence' proudly proclaims that it has built up a range of coping strategies and self-help skills to deal with all the stresses and strains of life, while 'Pride' arrogantly announces that it is well-able to go it alone - but the Word of God paints a very different picture.
to cast all our cares on Him, knowing that He cares for us and is well able to give us help in time of need.
my soul is greatly troubled.' But David had not yet come to a full understanding that God is an ever present help in time of trouble, that the mercies God are new every morning, and that He is faithful to hear and respond to the cries of all His children - but He does it in His own time and in His own way.
And let us never forget that IN HIM we have access to the heavenly throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
Hebrews may have been written to help Jews in the early Church come to terms with Christ's superiority over the old order, but the lessons we can learn from this amazing epistle, provide a wealth of knowledge and understanding of our great God and Saviour, Who was born into His own creation so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
When David sought to depend on his own ingenuity and might he discovered the inadequacy of his own abilities and energy, for David knew in his heart that salvation belongs to the Lord alone and that God is our refuge and strength - a very present help in time of trouble.
It also appears there was a man named Onesiphorus who also remained loyal to Paul, for he closed this first chapter with a beautiful prayer for this loyal friend... May the Lord grant to him - Onesiphorus, to find mercy from the Lord - on that day. 'Onesiphorus' means 'bringer of help' and it is believed that he and his family ministered to the apostle at a time of great need.
We do not know what encouragement this man gave Paul or what service he rendered in Ephesus, but we do know that he was a faithful brother in Christ, who had provided Paul with help and encouragement in the past.
May we give encouragement to the saints and be a faithful servant of our heavenly Lord in our own sphere of life, and may we honour Him in the lives we live... as did the testimony of these three men in their various ministries - Paul the apostle, Timothy the pastor and Onesiphorus - the 'Bringer of Help'.
Christians are also to circumcise their hearts by clinging fast in faith to their Father in heaven and being separated from worldly desires, the lusts of the flesh and pride in our own self-help skills.
But in this second, letter we discover that these believers had repented of their worldly ways, which enabled Paul to give some important spiritual teaching, that would help their spiritual understanding and influence their spiritual growth.
Daniel's three friends had names that also honoured the God of Israel. 'Hananiah' meant 'God is Gracious'; 'Mishael' proclaimed the rhetorical question, 'who is like God?', which demanded the response - 'No-one is like unto our God!' And the meaning of 'Azariah' was 'God is help', which brings to mind the well-loved psalm, God is our refuge and strength - a very present help in trouble.
Despite many years of waiting and in spite of Abraham's foolish attempts to help God carry out His promise, by producing Ishmael, the child of the flesh, through Sarah's servant, Hagar - Isaac, the true and only child of promise was eventually born, when Abraham was very old and Sarah was beyond child-bearing age.
His earthy role gives us comfort and help in time of need, as He carries our burdens and calms our troubled breast but His heavenly role is that of advocate, intercessor and great High Priest after the order of Melchizedek.
We are instructed to pray in confident faith, by maintaining an unshakable trust in the Word of God, and by standing on His precious promises - which provide all we need according to His riches in mercy... when we choose to walk in spirit and truth, and maintain unhindered access to the throne of God - that we may receive mercy and grace, for help in time of need.
For it is only and ultimately through Jesus, the Son of God - Who is God the Son, that we can find grace to help in time of need, for His grace is sufficient; His office is efficacious and His loving-mercy is everlasting.
Hebrews is a book that not only opens God's progressive plan of redemption for Christians today, but was originally written to help Jewish Christians, in the early Church, understand that a change in dispensations took place with the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It is designed to help prevent post-Cross Christians from falling into the same disobedience and unbelief.
In the previous verse, the spiritual believer is instructed to help to restore a brother or sister, who has fallen into sin - but to do it with gentleness and Christ-like consideration.
Every one of us has areas in life by which we are weighed down, discouraged and deeply burdened, and the instruction to come alongside and help one another, is identified as fulfilling the law of Christ.
It contains a wealth of spiritual truths, to help us in our spiritual growth, but we must never forget that it was originally written to early Jewish Christians, who had to come to terms with the fact that 'in Christ'..
He deserves honour and praise for the help He provides day by day - both the protection we are given from our enemies and the deliverance we receive from our adversaries, who seek our downfall and destruction.
Through the blood of Christ, Christians in this Church dispensation, have been given access into the throne-room of God, and as His children, we have been given the right to draw near to Him with boldness, so that we may receive mercy, and find grace for help in time of need.
And David put His trust in the Lord and David prayed for God’s continuing protection and support in all the difficulties and dangers that He faced – for David knew that God is our rock of defense and He alone is our very present help in time of trouble.
To help us actively put off the old man and put on the new, Paul exhorts us to live in a certain way and adopt certain godly attitudes and behaviours, while abstaining from things that are carnal and fleshly.
It is with this strong trust in the veracity and righteousness of the Lord that so many of David's cries for help are anchored.
Nevertheless he calls to the Lord for help and strength, because principled and godly men have all but vanished from the land and faithfulness and trustworthy people seem to have disappeared from off the face of the earth.
The promised kingdom had to be postponed and the end-time prophecies of Joel, which began on the Day of Pentecost, had to be delayed for a future Day, when Israel will repent and call on the Lord - and Joel's welcome words guarantee that God will hear their cry from heaven and respond to His peoples' call for help.
To help God's people remember His never-failing faithfulness, he taught them the Song of Moses... to both encourage them in the days ahead and as a constant reminder that God's work is perfect; His way is righteous; His laws are just, and His faithfulness lasts from generation to generation.
This was a God-given, aid-memoirs to help Israel obey and honour Him and not to rely on their own understanding or place their hope in human strength.
The Song of Moses may have been given to Israel, to cause them to remember the lessons of their past and to help them avoid the same mistakes in the future, but it contains many principles that apply to the Church in this present age and there are many wise lessons we can learn from the song that Moses rehearsed, in the ears of the people Israel, so many years ago.
The Lord Jesus raised a handful of people from physical death during His time on earth to authenticate His God-ordained, Messianic claims, but when Peter preached his first sermon.. 3000 souls were saved - 3000 spiritual resurrections were secured - 3000 people gained access to the Father's throne of grace, for mercy to find help in time of need.
And so James reminds us that the trials we face are designed to test our dependence upon God; strengthen our faith in Him and drive us to our knees in prayer and supplication - so that we may receive His grace and mercy to help in time of need.
James does not necessarily encourage these believers to cry out for God's help or His strength in their desperate time of need, nor does he advise them to request an escape from the fiery trial they are facing.
So often in all our ways we acknowledge ourselves and direct our own paths, causing ourselves to stumble and to call out to the Lord for help, and all too often it is a crisis that we ourselves have caused.
But how often like the disciples we doubt the power, ability, wisdom and knowledge of the Lord, and like them we fail to appropriate all that we are in Christ and He in us - no wonder when the doubting disciples were unable to cast out the evil spirit from this poor demon-possessed child, that his father cried, Lord, I believe; help Thou mine unbelief
Some of the last words of help, encouragement, advice and guidance that Christ gave His eleven disciples, shortly before He became the sin sacrifice for humanity, were that He did exactly as the Father commanded Him - so that the world would know that He loved the Father.
Nehemiah prayed in faith and with expectation, that the Lord would respond to His pleas.. and his prayer is a wonderful example of how we should approach God's throne of grace - for mercy to find help in time of need.
Well, Paul gave us some help in his final instructions and encouragement in second Timothy - we are called to be faithful in knowing and learning ALL the sacred writing of God, which are able to give us wisdom - and which leads us to Salvation, which can only be found by faith in Jesus Christ alone.
God in His grace often uses those times of darkness and distress to teach us important lessons of His grace, so that as we call out to Him for help and strength, we discover Him to be our great Support, our merciful Provider, the Rock on which we stand and our holy, heavenly Comforter.
Though God, at times, may wait for us to call out to Him, He is neither slow to hear the cries of the disconsolate soul - nor is He slack in responding to the pleading cries of the breaking heart - for the very day that Jeremiah called out to the Lord for help, was the very time the Lord responded with those great words of comfort...from the God of all comforts - Fear Not - I will be with you, to help you, and deliver you
The believers there were undergoing certain hardships and the Corinthian Christians purposed in their heart to make a collection to help their predicament, and Paul took this opportunity to use their loving generosity towards the saints in Jerusalem as a teaching opportunity.
Rather, we are encouraged to be generous with our resources, and Paul reminds these dear people, that God loves a cheerful giver – encouraging them and us, to do exactly what we purpose to do in our own heart to help others - not grudgingly or under compulsion and not flamboyantly or for show - like the Pharisees.
The human spirit is born dead in trespasses and sins, but once the Life and Light of Christ has flooded into our hearts by grace, through faith in Him - we become His hands to help, His feet to go, His heart to love and His Light to shine forth His Life in our human frame.
Paul had obviously experienced many difficulties, but his main purpose was not to highlight his own problems but to exult the goodness of God, and give Him all the thanks and praise for His comfort, His help and His many precious promises.
Although sin caused us to be weak and powerless to help ourselves, we discover that Christ died on behalf of the ungodly - justifying and acquitting all who believe in Him for salvation and bringing us into a right relationship with the Father ..
Many of the Psalms cry to God for help and strength in the midst of difficulties but so many of these Psalms also proclaim a trust in God by recalling God’s righteousness and justice, by remembering the mercy and strength He displayed in former times and by rejoicing in the truth of God’s Word and the glories of His great majesty.
It is by trusting in the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ the Righteous, that we have access by one Spirit to the Father and can boldly draw near to the throne of God, confident that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
He referred to them as 'ferocious wolves', and explained that the fruit of professing prophets, priests, pastors or teachers would help to confirm them as legitimate ministers of Christ or identify them as a counterfeit.
It is also God's will that we admonish unruly brethren, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone and refuse to repay evil with evil.
We cannot imitate Christ’s righteousness, nor can we be perfect by striving to reach righteousness by resolutions, by means of self-help skills or strictly training ourselves to be morally principled or indeed in any other way.
The sacrificial offerings and feast days were introduced to Israel to help prepare the heart of man to participate in holy worship and to develop, in each person, a godly attitude of heart and spiritual preparedness.
The gifts of the Spirit are given to help equip other believers in their spiritual service; to edify the body of Christ and to help to perfect each member of the Church for the particular ministry to which God has called them.
And at that very time the veil of the Temple was torn in two, from the top to the bottom - opening the way for all who believe on His name to have access to the throne of grace - for mercy to find help in time of need.
We have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, for mercy to find help in time of need.
Every Christian can exercise their spiritual gifts and graces to bless their brothers and sisters in Christ and in so doing are helping to equip the saints for their own work of service and to help build up the body of Christ.
Let us not desire the spiritual gifts and graces bestowed on brothers and sisters in Christ, Rather let us stir up the spiritual gift with which we have been blessed and exercise it wisely, so that we, too, may help to equip, encourage, comfort and support the saints in their spiritual service, and pray that God would use us to help build up the body of Christ for His name's sake.
Parents are a child's introduction to all types of authority and they help to form their attitude towards the rule of law.
The Lord has charged parents to train up a child in the way that they should go, and help to shape appropriate behaviours and attitudes towards other people and their understanding of God, and His plan of salvation.
2000 years later we also require a little help to understand the phrase, He ascended, and so we turn to the literal, grammatical and dispensational exegesis of Scripture and make sure we consider it in its historical context!