The Weekly PowerBreak – “Need some help?”

Help is what we all need.  We need help in a variety of areas and a variety of ways, but one thing for sure is that we need help.  Admitting your need of help is an important part of receiving help.  When one feels no need of help it forces that person to try to make it on their own and the result is never good.  Jesus said it very clearly when it comes to doing life:

John 15:4–5 (ESV) — 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

We need His help in every aspect of life.  Who do we think we are when we go around and think we do not need help?  Such arrogance!  But we all do it.

Samuel, the prophet, pointed out to King Saul one time that when he was little in his own eyes, in other words, he knew he needed God’s help, then God made him king.  But the occasion proved Saul’s lack of feeling small because he totally disobeyed the commandment of the Lord, proving to Samuel that Saul now felt himself too big to need God’s help so God took away the position of leadership.

1 Samuel 15:17 (ESV) — 17 And Samuel said, “Though you are little in your own eyes, are you not the head of the tribes of Israel? The Lord anointed you king over Israel.

1 Samuel 15:22–23 (ESV) — 22 And Samuel said, “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 23 For rebellion is as the sin of divination, and presumption is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, he has also rejected you from being king.”

Before Jesus went to the cross he taught His disciples that He was soon to die, rise from the dead, and soon thereafter ascend to the Father.  But He assured them that He would not leave them in a comfortless state like orphans, rather He would come to their aid as He would send the Holy Spirit to them.

John 14:18 (ESV) — 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18 (KJV) — 18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

John 14:26 (ESV) — 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to assure us of our standing as God’s children, in placing within our hearts the “family language” that shows up the clearest when we go through times of difficulty.  Notice how He, the Holy Spirit, is also referenced as “the Spirit of His Son” and “the Spirit of Adoption.”  God demonstrates how we belong to His family in giving us the Spirit of His Son, who is Jesus manifest to us in the person of the Holy Spirit, Who by the cry in our hearts shows us that, being adopted to the family, we have the same cry as Jesus addressed His Father.  And that cry comes out clearest whenever we pray, but particularly when we are in a moment of suffering.

Galatians 4:6 (ESV) — 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!”

Romans 8:14–17 (ESV) — 14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

Picture the toddler who falls while running and the first thing he does is cry for his daddy.  Whenever we find ourselves in need we cry to God, it’s the work of the Holy Spirit to help us as He instills the “family cry” to God the Father.  Not only does He do that in drawing us to cry to God, but He helps us as we pray.

Romans 8:26–27 (ESV) — 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

We have a gracious Heavenly Father who not only sent His Son to die for us, but as Jesus sends His Spirit into our hearts, aka the Holy Spirit, our cry to God is a cry of one of His children.  That same Holy Spirit then helps us to pray and lift our heavy burdens with groanings too deep for words.

Need some help?  You’ve got it!  And it all flows from God’s grace through our Lord Jesus Christ.  With all the help God provides isn’t it pretty stupid to act like you don’t need His help?  But that is exactly what you do whenever you do not take time to pray.

Godspeed,

Bob Brubaker