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You can do it! We can help!

Of course, Home Depot is trying to encourage people to do home
improvement projects with the promise that they will give advice on
how to do it and which of their products are needed to do your home
improvement project.

How many of us are this type of Christian? How many of us tell
GOD...YOU can do it...we can help?

John Brown was this type of Christian. He led the raid of the
federal arsenal at Harpers Ferry, Virginia in 1859. He had also
murdered several people prior to this event. Yes, his motives were
good, but his means were certainly not Biblical. He felt that God
wanted the slaves freed, and he was going to help, even if he had to
murder someone to do it. John Brown was hanged on December 2, 1859.

Others have had actually promises from God. Abraham was promised a
son and when that son did not come soon enough, Abraham at the
instance of his wife decided to help. We all know the results of
that don't we? We only need to look at the conflict in the Middle
East.

Judas is another example. He knew that Jesus promised that HIS
kingdom would soon be here. Judas was looking for Jesus to overthrow
the Romans and to set up HIS kingdom at that time. When he did not
see this happening, I believe he decided to help. I do not think he
intended for Jesus to allow Himself to be arrested that night. I
believe he intended to force Jesus to "make His move"....to overthrow
the Romans and to set up the kingdom at that time rather then be
arrested, tired and crucified. Judas had no idea of the plan of
God. He had no idea that it was God's plan for Jesus to be crowned
with thorns THIS time.....but PRAISE GOD...the NEXT time HE comes…we
will crown Him with PRAISE! Judas still did not get it even during
the events of the trial. He did not get it when Jesus was still
reaching out to him when he was arrested. Judas had a chance to
repent. Instead, Judas went out an hung himself.

You can do it. We can help.

Oh how often do we pray for GOD to do something, then proceed to do
it instead? Often we hear them say, The Bible says "God helps those
who help themselves" The problem is that is not in the Bible. After
all, isn't this just a different way of saying You can do it, we can
help?

Now please hear this...I am not talking about those things we should
be doing such as working to meet our needs. (If you are able to) God
has always met my needs, but when I needed more money, it did not
drop out of the sky. GOD provided more...overtime. Nor am I talking
about neglecting our health because we believe God promised healing
(by His stripes we are healed?) This is not what God means by
that. We are told to be wise stewards of the things God has given
us. This not only includes our money, but it includes our health,
our possessions and our environment.

We are told that we are to take care of the things God has
entrusted to us...to be wise stewards and this includes getting
proper rest, exercise and eating a balanced diet. Yes God has
promised to protect HIS children but I also assure you that if we use
this to put on a blindfold and walk across interstate 95 in Central
Philly, we will be standing before GOD very soon and HE just might
tell us how stupid that was.

Throughout the Psalms, GOD tells us that HE will defend us, yet how
often do we insist upon "our rights" at the first sign of trouble?
Are we not told that if we humble ourselves in HIS sight, HE will
lift us up? (1 Peter 5:5- 6)

How often do we pray "dear God, please help my wife (or husband) to
come back to me...and we proceed to tell God just how to go about
doing it...or whatever we are asking for. We not only present our
request, we give God a blueprint of just how we want it done. Most
often, it includes instant gratification or solutions without us
having to do anything or make any changes to bring it about.

In the time that Jesus lived with us, it was law that a Roman soldier
could demand you carry his things for a mile. Look what Jesus said
about this:

Matthew 5:40-42

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat,
let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of
thee turn not thou away.

You can do it! We can help! Let's be sure we are not helping God in
the way WE think HE should be doing things.

From this, it sure sounds to me that if we think GOD can do
something, HE sure is not going to do it our way...so let's just ask
GOD for what we want, and let God do it...HIS Way. In fact, we need
to let HIM decide if we even need it. What we are asking for is
would often not be good for us to have. He will let us know beyond
a doubt if and when He needs...our help!

ken

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