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Pray First
9/28/2015

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. Galatians 6:7-8 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself trying to help someone when they are in need, but no matter how much you help them they don’t seem to make good choices, nor does their life seem to change?  We should always be willing to help others with the goal of showing them the love of Jesus — praying they might know Him personally and experience true freedom from all the junk they are involved with. 

First let me say this; despite our most honorable and noble intentions, we can’t fix or change anyone; only God can do this.  The best we can hope for is to be used by God to effect change in the lives of others, but it will always be God who does the transforming and who gives the blessings.  Nor can we be effectively used to help those who really don’t desire to be helped in the way God wants to help them.  We can actually become a hindrance when we attempt to help at the wrong time, as we can get in the way of a work that God is doing. 

Q:         How can we be hindering people from living an abundant life in Jesus if we are the very ones who want it so badly for them?

Well, the answer lies in the question.  We are the ones who want so badly for them to live an abundant life in Christ, instead of them wanting it badly for themselves. When this happens we will usually find no matter how hard we try to share the truth or help them out with their physical needs, they will usually continue to live in the same way despite what they claim.  This holds true for both unbelievers and believers who choose to remain living in the ways of the flesh.  

As hard as it may be for us to stand down instead of stepping up to help those who are in continual need, there will be times when we have to.  God may be allowing them to feel the weight of their sin to lead them to repentance, or He may be using these difficult and trying times within their life so they will desire to earnestly seek to know Him and to have a personal relationship.  Now, if we pop in the picture at this point to help, without first consulting God, we may be enabling them to continue to live in the very way God is attempting to turn them from — we may simply be postponing their blessing, and becoming unnecessary caretakers in the process. 

I am not just speaking of poor financial choices, but every poor decision apart from God’s will — ones leading them away from the abundant life only found in Jesus.  This is why it is so important for us to be seeking the Lord’s wisdom with respect to our involvement and the type of help we offer.  Jesus helped people in need and we should be imitating Him by doing the same thing — We just need to pray first.

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things.  Seek the Lord to know when you are to help others in need, and when you are to wait.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Galatians 6:7-8 what biblical principle can we learn?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to seek the Lord in prayer before you act?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Always seek God in prayer before you act.  God will be faithful to give you a burden to help and a peace about what you are doing when it is His will. 

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY:  Father, I thank You for helping me in my times of need, and I desire to be used by You to help others as well.  Help me to know when I am to help, and when I am to wait.  Help me to be what You want me to be, and to always do it in love.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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