Sunday, January 28, 2018
Winter/Spring Series: Experiencing God at Such a Time as This
“Confidence in God Alone”: Who Are You Going to Call When You Need Help?
When trouble comes your way, to whom do you run to bail you out? When you have overwhelming needs, who do seek out to meet those needs? When you just can’t do it yourself and you need someone to give you a helping hand to make it through, who do you reach out to for help? You may feel like there is no one you can run to but I’ve got good news there is One you can run to for refuge from the storm; One who will hear when you call for help; One who will hold your hand and see you through the darkest night.
I. There is help for those weighed down with trouble
Job 5:7 “but man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upward.”
Job 14:1 “Man who is born of a woman is few of days and full of trouble.”
Trouble as used in the Bible means distress or adversity.
Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and you find yourself face to face with insurmountable problems or crises. At one time or another we all will face giants in our lives. Giants that come as unconquerable and insurmountable problems and concerns. Goliaths! Even if we did try to surmount these obstacles we’re quickly slam dunked only to face other giants.
Someone has said “Inside every large problem is a series of small problems struggling to get out.” Felling one giant often only unleashes a boatload of other adversity.
When these giants come, the first place we often run to is our family, friends, the government – everywhere but where we should seek refuge. The help of man is at best limited.
Psalms 60:11 “Oh, grant us help against the foe, for vain is the salvation of man.”
To rely on merely human capacities, would be fruitless and a rejection of God’s calling.
From a human standpoint, there is no solution for the problems in the world today.
Isaiah 31:1 “Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!”
Christians are called to stop trusting in man and return to Him. He promises His presence and protection.
Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
We will be secure in times of trouble when God is our source of strength and our hiding place.
Often, we wonder why God allows the storms to enter our life but as Erwin Lutzer has said. “God often puts us in situations that are too much for us so that we will learn that no situation is too much for Him.”
Psalms 107:28 “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distresses.”
"In order to realize the worth of the anchor, we need to feel the stress of the storm." - copied
Psalms 9:9 “The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
God will vindicate His people from those who oppress them.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Even when we are facing moral temptations or confusing situations, we should always remember that we have options other than sinful ones. There will always be a morally right solution that does not disobedience to any of God’s moral laws.
II. There is help for those who have great need
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Because Christians have the privilege of a relationship with God through Jesus Christ, we are encouraged to enter into His throne room of God’s mercy and grace with confidence in knowing that we can speak plainly and honestly without fear of shame or punishment.
God with Jesus at His right hand dispenses help to us in times of need.
Psalms 72:12 “For He delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.”
Few of us know the severe poverty that is a desperate problem throughout the world. Among the 4.4 billion people who live in developing countries, three-fifths have no access to basic sanitation; almost one-third are without safe drinking water; one-quarter lack adequate housing; one-fifth live beyond reach of modern health services; one-fifth of the children do not get as far as grade five in school and one-fifth are undernourished. – copied
While most of us may not be impoverished. Many of us still have needs. While we may not be financially destitute, many are going through extreme financial difficulties, some are faced with emotional or marital difficulties. Many children are in need of compassion and understanding. Some families are in want of stability and cohesiveness.
Our needs are great, but the Lord's resources are inexhaustible. The New Testament points out some types of human needs
Material — Matt. 6. 32; Phil. 4. 12, 16— God provides our daily needs.
Physical — Luke 9. 11— God is the great healer
Personal — Luke 10. 42—Quiet time alone with the Lord, at His feet.
Moral — John 13. 10— Daily cleansing: need to wash our feet.
Social — 1 Cor. 12. 21—Need of fellowship: fellow-members of Christ.
Spiritual— Heb. 10. 36— Exercise endurance by practicing God’s will.
Mental— James 1. 5-1f any man lack wisdom let him ask of God' - Copied
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
Those who are generous towards God will find that he is generous towards them and will provide for all their needs.
III. There is help for those without strength to go on
Proverbs 24:10 “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small.”
There are times in life when life can seem overwhelming. You may even feel like your life is a journey on a restless and troubled sea. You need help to make it through another day but feel like you’re all helpless and all alone. I have good news for you there is help for everything you’re going through.
Even though you feel like you can’t take another step, you may still have to walk the valley, but you don’t have to walk it alone on your own strength.
When Asa was king of Judah, an Ethiopian named Zerah attacked Judah with an army of 1,000,000 warriors and 300 charioteers. Outnumbered and without the military strength needed to defend themselves rather than frantically looking to others for deliverance, Asa leaned on the Lord.
2 Chronicles 14:11 “And Asa cried to the Lord his God, “O Lord, there is none like you to help, between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O Lord our God, for we rely on you, and in your name we have come against this multitude. O Lord, you are our God; let not man prevail against you.”
Psalms 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults; and with my song give thanks to him.”
God delights in giving strength to those who are weak but who will run to Him
Isaiah 40:29 “He gives power to the faint; and to him who has no might he increases strength.”
ILL: All of God’s Giants have been weak men. Hudson Taylor, founder of the China Inland Mission, knew the secret of strength through weakness. Complimented once by a friend on the impact of the mission, Hudson answered, “It seemed to me that God looked over the whole world to find a man who was weak enough to do His work, and when He at last found me, He said, ‘He is weak enough—he’ll do.’ All God’s giants have been weak men who did great things for God because they counted on His being with them.” (Our Daily Bread, May 13, 1996)
Isaiah 40:31 “But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Man’s greatest weakness is spiritual buy by treasuring God’s promises by faith until the time of fulfillment, we will find endless supply of strength.
We read in Romans 5:6 “For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.”
Even though we lacked moral strength, we experienced to unconditional love through the atoning work of Jesus art the cross.
As sinners the Bible declares that we are "without strength" - This carries the idea of being "powerless". It speaks of people who are "utterly helpless with no means of escape."
The idea is that the lost sinner stands before God with absolutely no ability to change what he is. We are powerless to escape sin, to escape death, to resist the devil, to please God in any way.
The whole essence of this statement is that man is unable to change his sinful nature by his own effort. He is totally without strength and weakened by his sins.
John 1:12 “But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God.”
When one believes that Jesus is the Word, the Life, and the Light, - the Christ – the Son of God, they are given legitimate entitlement as children of God.