Thursday, October 27

RE: Idea #1

God helps him who helps himself. So, take it from me. If you want God to help you, do things for yourself. Do whatever it takes, even if you have to hurt someone. We need to stand up and defend ourselves and our friends/family. If we don't, i'll consider you all fools. Oh yeah, sorry again about last wednesday night again Matt.

There are a few statements in here that are right on, others I’ll have to disagree on and be considered a fool. In Psalm 146, the importance of caring for the oppressed, fatherless and widowed (group family in here too) leaps out at me. However, in the same Psalm, God is shown to be the only one who possesses the ability to bring COMPLETE hope to any person. Here’s the Psalm, read it and judge for yourself.

Psalm 146
“Praise the Lord!

Praise the Lord, O my soul!
While I live I will praise the Lord;
I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.

Do not put your trust in princes,
Nor in a son of man, in whom there is no help.
His spirit departs, he returns to his earth;
In that very day his plans perish.

Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help,
Whose hope is in the Lord his God,
Who made heaven and earth,
The sea, and all that is in them;
Who keeps truth forever,
Who executes justice for the oppressed,
Who gives food to the hungry.
The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.

The Lord opens the eyes of the blind;
The Lord raises those who are bowed down;
The Lord loves the righteous.
The Lord watches over the strangers;
He relieves the fatherless and widow;
But the way of the wicked He turns upside down.

The Lord shall reign forever-
Your God, O Zion, to all generations.

Praise the Lord!”

One thing that I noticed is all the “weak” positions that God takes care of – the oppressed, hungry, blind, bowed down, strangers, fatherless and widows.

Another Psalm 145:17-20 says,

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.”

Here I notice that God is only helping those who ask for it, He isn’t helping those who are trying on their own. (In other words, He is helping the humble but not the proud).


At 11:00 AM, Blogger Mark said...

I think that you are right Bryce. God leaves us a good example in 1 Peter 2:21-24 which says,
To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, which you should follow in his steps. "He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth." When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness;
God wants us to be a light for Him. If WE stick up for ourselves, who gets the glory? We do. When we do things on our own we are just simply exalting ourselves, putting ourselves above God.
“Whoever exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
This verse appears three times in the New Testament, Matthew 23:12, Luke 14:11 and 18:14. Take a look at Genesis 11:01-04,
They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. Then they said, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.
We all know what happened at the tower of Babel when they decided to “make a name for themselves”. God came down and confused their languages and scattered them abroad across the whole earth. Why did he do this? Because man tried exalt himself. God calls us to humility. Philippians 2:03-11 says,
Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God created us to glorify him and please him forever. We can’t do that if we try to build up ourselves. Think of the glory that God gets when we are willing to take criticism of others. Think of the glory that he gets when we can demonstrate to those around us that it is not by our own power that we are successful but it is the Spirit of God. I think that is one of the main reasons that God created us at the beginning, to demonstrate His love, His grace, His forgiveness, and more importantly His humility.

At 1:25 PM, Blogger Charles Funkhouser said...

Ok bryce i see what yu mean, i just think that you have to do what is needed to help yourself before god helps you. You dont hear of god helping a man that did somany things against god that he was homeless being helped by god

At 11:18 PM, Blogger Bryce said...

Charlie, I think what the real case is is that there are consequences for not doing the right thing. And there are! "The wages of sin is death." Rom 6:23 This is God's response to Solomon's prayer that God would do something for His people when they were not following Him. "If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land." Do you want God to listen to you, heal you, forgive you? If you do, then God requires that you humble yourself, pray, seek His face and turn from your wicked ways.


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