Help For Each Day

This past week the Mayor of Flower Mound had the boldness to publicly declare ?The Year of the Bible? for Flower Mound, Texas. Good for him! Sadly, he was ?shot? and attacked on all sides for making such a statement. Now, I don?t know the guy?s heart nor the reason for his statement, but I have an idea that he was thinking about all the help that the word of God has to give to those in need. I certainly need help from God?s word and I have a hunch that you need it as well. This ole? life that we live and the times that we are living it, can use all the help that?it can get! The Psalmist has written in Psalm 119:105, ?Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.? Believe me, folks, we need all the light that we can get!

?? Unfortunately, so few people really know the Bible these days, and I am really flabbergasted at the wide lack of knowledge. Seems like there was this minister who was standing downtown in one of our great cities, waiting on a bus. It was raining cats and dogs. There was a lady standing next to him also waiting so he tried to engage in a bit of conversation. ?If it keeps up like this, we?ll have to buy an ark,? he said. ?What?s an ark?? she asked. ?You mean you haven?t heard about Noah and the great flood and all those animals he saved?? the minister asked incredulously. ?Look, mister,? she replied, ?I?ve only been in town for four days. I?ve scarcely had time to read a paper!?

?? This is sad, folks, really sad. The writer of Proverbs said, ?Where there is no vision, the people perish, but happy is he that keeps the law,? referring to the law or word of God. (Proverbs 29:18)??

?? The Bible is chock-full of?guidance and guidelines and helps when we need them, which in my case, is most of the time. Where do you go when you are down and?discouraged??One good place to?go is to?2 Corinthians 1:3,4, which says, ?Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation...? Another good place to go is to Philippians 4:6,7: ?Don?t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.? And when God seems far away, try turning to Psalm 139. Over and over throughout that passage is the recurring phrase, ?His love is eternal?. Now, does that sound like a God who doesn?t care about you? And when you are fearful or wake up in the middle of the night after a terrific nightmare, who can turn away from God?s eternal care found in Psalm 23? ?The Lord is my shepherd,? and as?one little boy put it, ?What should I worry?? If you?ve lost a loved one, remind yourself of the future reunion that Paul talks about in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. We who are still alive at the Lord?s coming ?will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.? And if the devil is trying to make you think that God has forgotten all about you, just remind him of Matthew 28:20?where God says, ?And remember, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.?

?? If you need help in prayer, just turn to Matthew 6:9-13?and the surrounding verses where the Lord teaches us the ?A-B-C?s of prayer.?When?you need?His guidance, check out Psalm 119:9-11?and Philippians 4:8. When you feel like your faith is insufficient and you think failure is just around the corner,?look at?Psalm 37:23-24, and don?t forget to throw in Romans 8:31-39. And when you sin, notice I didn?t say ?if you sin? but ?when you sin?, turn to 1 John 1:9?and Psalm 51. Psalm 51?is David?s psalm of confession after his ?secret??sin with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband! Heck, just turn to 2 Samuel 11, 12?to see how David thought he was getting away with this, and Nathan the prophet boldly said, ?You are his murderer!? (Actually he said, ?Thou are the man?, but that?s what he meant.) And if you?re looking for a blessing, turn to Proverbs 3:5-12?and Psalm 37:3-6. You might even read all of Psalm 37. And on and on I could go. Whatever you need, God has the answer. But remember, it all begins with His gift of salvation. The greatest gift He gave was the gift of His Son for your eternal life. John 3:16?reminds us of this. ?For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (and what a mighty inclusive word that is) believes in Him, will not perish, but have everlasting life.?

??Jeremiah the prophet said in?Jeremiah 6:16: ?This is what the Lord says: Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask which paths are the old, reliable paths, and ask which way leads to blessings. Live that way, and find a resting place for yourselves.??God has a path for you that leads to life everlasting and to the?life that is best for you.?This?is His will for you. But the only place to find God?s will is in His word. Choose the way of God?s word and in so choosing, you will?find the help that you need from?day to day.

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