WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
AUGUST 1, 2020
TOPIC: EVERYONE NEEDS HELP
BY T. O. BANSO
“And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’” (Acts 16:8 New King James Version).
Everyone needs help in one area or the other, if not now, most probably, soon. Ignorance, pride, or foolishness can, however, make someone think or say he doesn’t need help. And the lack in his life will persist, because of non-admission that he needs a helping hand.
In Genesis 2:18, sometimes after the LORD had formed Adam, He said it was not good that the man should be alone; He would make him a helpmeet for him, a helper comparable to him. God made Eve because Adam needed help.
Suppose someone asks you, “How may I help you?” If you really need help, and you know it is safe to speak with the person, it would be unwise not to tell the person how he may help you. Everyone needs help. Do I need help? Evidently, yes. If you ask me how you may help me, I’ll tell you!
Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sitting by the road begging, needed help, and he didn’t hide it. When he heard that Jesus of Nazareth was coming, he began to cry out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:47 New King James Version). That was a cry for help, but he was not specific.
People tried to silence him, but he kept crying for help until Jesus sent for him. The same people who had tried to silence him told him Jesus was calling him. Bartimaeus threw aside his garment, rose, and went to Jesus. He asked him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” (Verse 51 New King James Version). He replied that he wanted his sight restored, and Jesus did for him exactly that. He helped him.
You may not be physically blind, but spiritually blind. You need spiritual help. Jesus said, “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD” (Luke 4:18-19, New King James Version).
Whether it is physical or spiritual help you need, God wants to help you. He is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). You should not fear; He will help you (Isaiah 41:10, 13, 14). Look to God first for help rather than fix your eyes on men for help. Psalm 121:1-2 says, “I look up to the mountains — does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth!” (New Living Translation).
God may use human beings to help you, but you don’t know who. That’s why you should look to God first. While some people pretend they don’t need help, some ask for help from the wrong persons or people who can’t help them. And when such people don’t help them, they become bitter. But it could be that they’re not in a position to help or God doesn’t want to use them.
Bitterness is a wrong attitude. It will keep God’s help far away from you. As rightly said by the king of Israel, “If the LORD does not help you, where can I find help for you? From the threshing floor or from the winepress?” (2 Kings 6:27 New King James Version).
Don’t be ashamed or too proud to ask for help, especially when you’ve done all you could to resolve a problem. I need to qualify that statement because some people are just too lazy to make personal efforts. They like to transfer their responsibilities to others. They go about harassing people for help, most times monetary. Yet, such people don’t help anyone in the smallest way possible. It is not right to subsidize anyone’s laziness or irresponsibility.
The Ethiopian eunuch wasn’t a lazy person. All his efforts to understand the scripture he was reading weren’t successful. Therefore, God came to his help. He sent Philip to him, and he wasn’t too proud to admit his ignorance.
Acts 8:30-31 says, “Philip ran over and heard the man reading from the prophet Isaiah; so he asked, ‘Do you understand what you are reading?’ The man replied, ‘How can I, when there is no one to instruct me?’ And he begged Philip to come up into the carriage and sit with him” (New Living Translation).
Philip didn’t just explain that scripture to him, the Ethiopian eunuch was saved and baptized in water. Don’t hide your ignorance; seek help. Everyone needs help in one area or the other.
Paul understood the cry for help from Macedonia, in his night vision, and he did not ignore it. “And a vision appeared to Paul in the night. A man of Macedonia stood and pleaded with him, saying, ‘Come over to Macedonia and help us’” (Acts 16:8 New King James Version). Following the vision, Paul and those with him immediately went to Macedonia, concluding that the Lord had called them to preach the gospel to the Macedonians. Help came to them.
Peter’s cry to Jesus as he was drowning was, “Lord, save me!” (Matthew 14:30). That was a cry for help, and Jesus saved him. Jesus performed all His miracles to help the beneficiaries in their particular areas of need.
Don’t pretend you don’t need help. Paul asked for prayer-help from fellow Christians (Colossians 4:3-4; 1 Thessalonians 5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1). Hebrews 13:18a also says, “Pray for us” (New King James Version).
Everyone needs help. Take your need to God in prayer first; don’t harass anyone. Let the Holy Spirit lead you in asking for help from fellow humans. Help anyone in any way you can. “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, ‘Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you'” (Proverbs 3:27-28 New Living Translation).
As it often said, “Whatever you make happen for others, God will make happen for you.”
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The LORD be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Father, send me help from above. O LORD my God, connect me with my helpers, and connect them with me. Father, let me not miss my helpers. No satanic covering will hide me from my helpers. Father, I shall not fail to help those I am in a position to help in life.
This is wisdom for living, and it’s worth sharing. Please share.
(For over 300 in-depth and powerful messages by T.O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).
T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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