9.12.20 – Daily Dose of Worship. A study on the Holy Spirit. Part 63. Help.

PRAYER: Please pray for our community tonight. Lots of prayer requests on the livestream this evening.

DEVOTION: “What is this dying of the Lord? It is dying to desire. In the measure that we look to one another for our help, we lose faith in God. If you rely upon any man or woman, upon any human assistance, to help you, you fall out of the greater purpose that God has for you. You must learn that no earthly source can ever assist you in this. You are going to this realm of life only by mortality being swallowed up by life. “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” (Galatians 2:20). It is a process of dying and living.” (pg 90)

Very, very interesting sentence here. The idea that the more we lean on human help and assistance, the more we lose our faith in God. I’ve never actually looked at it from that perspective before but it makes perfect sense. The more that lean into “earthly” help, our faith lessens. Our help comes from the Lord. I lift my eyes up to the hills. My help comes from the Lord.

Now, that’s not to say that there are friends, family members and neighbors who shouldn’t be helping us through whatever it is we’re going through but at the end of the day….Jesus.

Jesus is the source of our strength. Our help in times of need. All that we should rely on and lean on. All of it. Jesus.

His final sentence. “It’s a process of dying and living.” I love it. We continually need to die to ourselves, continually need to ask God for help in it all and yet we need to keep on living. Living so that we can be life for others. Living so that we can breath life into others in the name of Jesus. Living so that we can show others Jesus in us.

We need to die every day. So that Jesus can resurrect us. Bring us back to life again. Bring us back from our sin, shame and all that separates us from Him.

5 Comments

  1. Peggy F on September 12, 2020 at 11:39 am

    Amen ! ……mortality being swallowed up by life…..when I was dealing with cancer I considered my “mortality” on planet earth , a lot, but this is so much more<I love that you bring us to Gal 2:20, reminding us to keep the main thing..the main thing. " I have been crucified with Christ, and the life I live is not my own, Christ is living in me, I still live my human life, but it is a life a faith in the Son of God , who loved me and gave Himself for me." yes, bring me back to life again…….. it is a daily process, die to self , live for Jesus, leaning only on Him ! and away from all the distractions that pull us in so many directions. only Jesus. Continued prayers for all……..

  2. Carol B on September 15, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing that Peggy. Powerful testimony.

  3. Carol B on September 15, 2020 at 5:57 pm

    Other thoughts that came to mind with his are Following and led by example. Jesus did this. But what are we following? Are we following our parents, others or God? As others may have let us down and I know I have let others down. As we look at that are we following that example as that’s what we’ve grown up with or Gods example who will never lead us wrong. Are we looking to people or to God. As people can never fill that void in our hearts only God can do that. Where are we finding our answers and how are we being lead? Led by examples we have seen – what examples? Gods or mans? When we succeed. When we fail? Who were we following? Example of the love of Jesus in our lives. Do you feel that love from God? What is love to you? Where is it coming from? Are you connected to be able to do that. Be lead by example of God even though we blow it. We so need to die to ourselves every day.. We so need Jesus. thank you Lord Jesus for your love and example. Help us to be more like you.

    • Suzanne on September 17, 2020 at 1:42 pm

      Ah, some light conversation, over coffee, with Carol. Good questions. For years I let my mom carry the burden of faith. i went to her when I needed prayer, she was my connection to Christ. I learned to stand with Christ, on my own. Mom, the pastor, faith filled friends were for fellowship, not for strength, help, or peace…these could only come from being cemented with Christ. I am thankful for the people who have shown me their desire to continually seek Christ…the testimonies I have heard make my life look like a walk in the park….but my life is not an easy walk, it is just made easier by my continual seeking of Christ.
      The intensity of God’s love comes crashing in like waves….it hits me with such force that I can’t think until the wave pulls back, leaving me soaked.

  4. Carol B on September 17, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Love that intensity of Love you feel from God. Thanks for all you share Suzanne. I know I continually seek too. Blessings.

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