Tag : help
Tag : help
I want to help people.
This basic thought occurred to me yesterday as I joyously agreed to assist a new friend in learning how to create and edit a podcast on Garageband. I immediately thought about the written tutorial I would put together for her, what she would need for this training session and the type of lunch I would provide when she came over to the house.
That’s when I thought about my heart’s desire to help others. We do it through our POP Talk media by advancing powerful ministries and messages that encourage others. We facilitate it through our books, blogs and conferences. Pearls of Promise is all about helping people—in particular women.
In 1 Thessalonians 5, the Apostle Paul said we should “comfort the fainthearted, help the weak and be patient with everyone” (1 Thessalonians 5:14, TLV). Earlier in 1 Thessalonians 3:12, Paul prayed that the Lord would cause the Thessalonians “to increase and overflow in love for one another and for all people…” (TLV)
You might think, That’s easy with the people I like, or who like me, but what about those people who get under my skin, or the ones who I know don’t care for me?
The good news is you do not have to do this in your own power.
Paul goes on to pray for the Thessalonians “Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way…” then he says, “Greet all the brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss” (1 Thessalonians 5:23 28 NLT). He said to greet all brothers and sisters with a sacred kiss. What? Even the ones who I don’t feel like kissing?
To do this, we just have to pray for the God of peace—the Holy Spirit (our helper)—to show us how to help and love those who we might deem “unhelpable“ or “unloveable” and to give us what we need to be a helper, like Him, to the ones where extra grace is needed. We accomplish this in His power, not our own.
So maybe someone is coming to mind. Let God pour His love into and through you, then helping them will become natural. I am currently praying to love a person who I feel does not care for me. I am asking God to give me favor in this situation and to reveal to her my heart—my helping heart.
For those of you who have ever thought, There’s no way I could ever be as devout as the biblical Apostles, I am here to tell you that they weren’t much different from any of us.
They feared for their lives at sea, even with Jesus in the boat. How many times have we been afraid, even though Jesus is in our hearts?
Peter denied that he knew Jesus three times. When have we kept silent about our faith?
And Paul—well Paul got frustrated. I don’t even have to ask a question about frustration.
This week, I was reading in Acts 18 where Paul was trying to reach his Jewish brethren in Corinth with the Gospel message, a regular practice for him at ever city he visited. When the Jewish Corinthians “opposed and insulted” him, he stormed off in a huff, and said he would only preach to the Gentiles from then on.
At that point, Paul needed encouragement, just like we need a pick-me-up when we’re frustrated.
So perhaps with his head lowered in defeat, Paul traveled to the home of Titius Justus, a Gentile believer who happened to live next door to a synagogue. There is some detail left out of this passage, but my guess is that Crispus, the leader of the synagogue, and his family were hanging out at the Justus house. Maybe TItius invited them over to dinner so they could meet Paul. Who knows? But something Paul said that night resonated with Crispus and his household. Acts 18:8 says Crispus, a Jew, and all his family became believers and were baptized.
When Paul was ready to cross synagogues off his list of evangelical stops, God gave him what he needed to keep trying—the salvation of a synagogue leader. That seemed to be enough to renew Paul’s spirit because at his next stop, Ephesus, Paul made a beeline for the synagogue where he once again shared about Jesus.
Do you need encouragement today? Just like He did with Paul, our heavenly Father knows when we have suffered defeat and need a victory. He is an encourager. Today one situation in my own life comes to mind. I am praying for encouragement as I head down the home stretch of this year of school. I know he will be faithful to provide exactly what is required.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
We invite you to join us for our next POP Chat on Wednesday, March 31st at 6:30 p.m. CST. This month, POP Talk Co-Host and Communications Coordinator, Rosemary Legrand, will be speaking about “Embracing the Love of God.” Our guest Worship Leader is Carole Brewer. Carole is also an Author and Podcast Host of “Bible Chicks.’ https://carolebrewer.com. Just click on the link to sign up:
Do you seek godly counsel when perplexed about a situation? It’s important to reach out to other Christians when you’re not sure how to proceed. Proverbs 15:22 says, “Without counsel plans fail, but with many advisers they succeed.” I did that this past week. I needed some advice about a couple of scenarios I was facing so I sought counsel from long-time sister friends. They gave the exact same direction, which in my mind was a confirmation of what I was already thinking.
But when we are struggling, our help shouldn’t only come from our pals. Sometimes it’s a natural tendency to run to our friends first—we long for human conversation, a person on the other end of the phone line. We crave their discernment, however, our all-knowing loving God, who knows the number of hairs on our heads, wants first fruits. He desires for us to take our confusion, worries, and relationships to him before anyone else. Isaiah 2:22 says, “Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem?”
The book of Hosea is written to God’s chosen ones, the Israelites, and reveals the Lord’s broken heart because His children have turned to others besides Him. They have embraced idols and worshiped other gods. The one true God feels like He’s been cheated on and because of that, pronounces judgment for the Israelites’ unfaithfulness. He reminds them in Hosea 14:8, “O Israel, stay away from idols! I am the one who answers your prayers and cares for you. I am like a tree that is always green; all your fruit comes from me.”
Where does our help come from? “My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1).
I know it’s difficult when we can’t see God face-to-face and we can’t reach out and touch Him, but over the years, I’ve found Him so faithful to provide direction.
If I’m not supposed to proceed in a certain direction, I ask Him to block it.
If I am supposed to move forward, I pray for His favor.
He gives it.
He places people in my path, His Holy Spirit’s voice in my spirit, and the words of the Bible often leap off the page when He’s speaking. I know He cares about the details of my life, just as He cares about your specifics.
The next time you have a problem,, it’s important to ask other believers for advice, but always remember that no one knows you better than your heavenly Father. Check in first to His divine Help Desk.