Summary: The fact is that any of us have the potential within us to become fornicators, liars, drunkards, adulterers, or even murders and we could become guilty of ever evil work of the flesh; except for the Grace (help) of God! Where does your help come from?
“People are like dirt. They can either nourish you & help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. “ –Plato
--It all depends on what they have within them.
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?” - Martin Luther King Jr.
"You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want." - Zig Ziglar
"Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them." - Dalai Lama
“We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” -Ronald Reagan
“The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'” -Martin Luther King, Jr.
“When you're too religious, you tend to point your finger to judge instead of extending your hand to help.” ― Steve Maraboli
“You are never strong enough that you don't need help.” ― César Chávez
Help = to give or provide what is necessary to accomplish a task or satisfy a need; contribute strength or means to; render assistance to; cooperate effectively with; aid; assist.
I will lift my eyes to the hills, from where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord the Maker of Heaven and Earth.
אֶשָּׂא עֵינַי אֶל הֶהָרִים מֵאַיִן יָבֹא עֶזְרִי עֶזְרִי מֵעִם
יְ-הוָה עֹשֵׂה שָׁמַיִם וָאָרֶץ
“From where does my help come” in Hebrew is ‘from where does my עֶזְרִי come from." This is the same word used in Genesis when God creates Eve to be a כנגדו עזר/ a ‘help mate’ for Adam.
This type of “help” is deep, persistent and sincerely caring.
Where does your “Help” come from?
Some try to get their “Help” form all kind of places:
David clearly answered the question: “My help comes from the Lord.”
Where does your help come from?
We all need help.
Adam was created by God, formed from the dust of the ground and given the breath of life and he needed help… So God gave him a help-mate.
Adam and Eve where created into an ideal surrounding, with no sin and all provision… And they fell into sin. They needed help. So God gave them the Genesis 3:15 promise.
They were created into a perfect situation; and they both needed God’s help.
We were born into less than perfect situation; and we most certainly need God’s help.
The fact is that any of us in this room today are potential fornicators, liars, drunkards, adulterers, or even murders and could be guilty of ever evil work of the flesh; except by the Grace (help) of God!
It has become popular today to term sin as disease and sickness rather than sin. Thereby, moving it from the realm of religion, curing a sinful soul by the blood of Christ to a sick mind being cured by medical science.
It has also become popular today to use the Recovery Model. That is to say: “recovery” – meaning lifetime recovery. In other words, once an alcoholic, always an alcoholic; once a drunkard, always a drunkard; once a gambler, always a gambler; etc.
However the Apostle Paul said in I Corinthians 6:9-11 “9- Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10- Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. 11- And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
Where does your help come from?
God warns against depending on the arm of flesh (man’s remedies):
Isaiah 31:1,3 “1- Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the LORD. 3- But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.” –NIV
Where does your help come from? Mine come from the Lord!