Summary: It is only a simple word, but it speaks to our deepest needs and longings. Do you need help?
Pt. 2 – The Help Place
I. Introduction – VIDEO ROLLIN
Help, I need somebody,
Help, not just anybody,
Help, you know I need someone, help.
When I was younger, so much younger than today,
I never needed anybody’s help in any way.
But now these days are gone, I’m not so self assured,
Now I find I’ve changed my mind and opened up the doors.
You will remember last week that I admitted that when we are young we really don’t think we need any help. It seems the older we get the more we realize that we all need assistance. So we talked about the Help prayer. It is perfect for any situation, any person, and is the most answered prayer. So I talked to you about the need to request help, to recognize and accept help, and to help others. I even told you that I believe most of us receive no help because we fail to request help. Jesus was constantly giving assistance to those who requested it. He turned water into wine due to request from His mother. He healed the blind as a direct result of request. He healed the lepers due to a petition to help. He calmed a storm because disciples cried out for help. He fed the 5,000 because they let it be known that they were hungry. He heals Jairus’ daughter because he asked Him to do so. So we need to request that assistance.
After looking at the Help Prayer I want to shift and talk to you about the Help Place. There were instances where no one asked for assistance and Jesus showed up and helped. I want us to look at three of those instances because I think they speak to the place that many of us may be in our personal lives. The truth is you may be in a place where you don’t feel like you can ask for help. This message is for you!
Mark 16:9 - Jesus appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom He had cast seven devils.
Luke 8:26-31- 26-29They sailed on to the country of the Gerasenes, directly opposite Galilee. As he stepped out onto land, a madman from town met him; he was a victim of demons. He hadn’t worn clothes for a long time, nor lived at home; he lived in the cemetery. When he saw Jesus he screamed, fell before him, and bellowed, "What business do you have messing with me? You’re Jesus, Son of the High God, but don’t give me a hard time!" (The man said this because Jesus had started to order the unclean spirit out of him.) Time after time the demon threw the man into convulsions. He had been placed under constant guard and tied with chains and shackles, but crazed and driven wild by the demon, he would shatter the bonds. 30-31Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" "Mob. My name is Mob," he said, because many demons afflicted him. And they begged Jesus desperately not to order them to the bottomless pit.
Luke 22:47-51 - 47While he was still speaking a crowd came up, and the man who was called Judas, one of the Twelve, was leading them. He approached Jesus to kiss him, 48but Jesus asked him, "Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?" 49When Jesus’ followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" 50And one of them struck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. 51But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man’s ear and healed him.