Summary: The Christian faces great opposition in life from without and within. It’s only with the Lord as our helper that we can endure to the end.
The Lord is my helper
8 Then the king of Syria warred against Israel, and took counsel with his servants, saying, In such and such a place shall be my camp.
9 And the man of God sent unto the king of Israel, saying, Beware that thou pass not such a place; for thither the Syrians are come down.
10 And the king of Israel sent to the place which the man of God told him and warned him of, and saved himself there, not once nor twice.
11 Therefore the heart of the king of Syria was sore troubled for this thing; and he called his servants, and said unto them, Will ye not shew me which of us is for the king of Israel?
12 And one of his servants said, None, my lord, O king: but Elisha, the prophet that is in Israel, telleth the king of Israel the words that thou speakest in thy bedchamber.
13 And he said, Go and spy where he is, that I may send and fetch him. And it was told him, saying, Behold, he is in Dothan.
14 Therefore sent he thither horses, and chariots, and a great host: and they came by night, and compassed the city about.
15 And when the servant of the man of God was risen early, and gone forth, behold, an host compassed the city both with horses and chariots. And his servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do?
Help: To give assistance to; aid. 2. To contribute to the furtherance of; promote. 3. To give relief to. 4. To ease; relieve.
Help: mentioned 117 times in the Bible
Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
Thought it interesting that the last verse in the Bible was the following.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
-thought about it this way: the first time help was mentioned had to do with man’s wife….
But after she was around for 4,000 years plus, The book of Hebrews was written, and the Last time HELP is mentioned… man is turning To God.
Man and wife were shopping at the mall… he was fairly bored, until he saw a beautiful young lady walk by, and found himself staring at her. Without even looking up, his wife asked, “Was the look really worth all the trouble that you are now in?” This man needed help!
We have oodles of books and videos on “Self-Helps”
Learn to fix your car yourself.
Learn the techniques of self-relaxation…. Not too hard to do… just close your eyes and go to sleep.
BUT we have become to DEPENDENT on SELF which is nothing more than being just TOO INDEPENDENT.
Abraham Lincoln, when asked if he thought God was on our side, said…
Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side. My great concern is to be on God’s side. –
• It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ! - Patrick Henry
This nation of ours was founded upon the Principle of Dependence upon God!!! In God we Trust!!!
Too often, we get our eyes on the problem instead of on the promise!!!