We often here it said that “The devil is attacking me and my family”. If he is, it is because in one way or another, you have given him your consent. Jesus gave us everything we need to expel the devil from our circumstances. Yet unless we are aware of the authority He gave to all believers, Satan will do his best to reek havoc in our lives. Take hold of this truth, and run with it.
“Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power (ability) of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Nevertheless do not rejoice in this, that the spirits are subject to you, but rather rejoice because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:19 & 20 NKJV) Did you know that evil spirits are subject to you if you are a believer in Jesus?
“You are of God, little children, and have overcome them (the evil spirits), because He who is in you (the Holy Spirit) is greater than he who is in the world.” (1 John 4:4 NKJV)
I’m sure you heard the saying “God helps those who help themselves.” I have heard this saying so many times and mostly in the context of “unless you do something to remedy your situation, God will not help at all.” I’m sure it was said innocently and more so out of what religion may of taught or even perhaps what you heard someone else saying. If you think
about the meaning, in essence when one says “God helps those…” then if you offer prayers to God and your situation doesn’t change, then of course you must not be doing enough. It’s your fault. In other words you have to do more and then God will help you…as the saying goes, God helps those who helps themselves after all right? This type of believing leads to condemnation.
The saying “God helps those who helps themselves” does not appear anywhere in the bible but yet a lot of people end up condemning themselves when they try to live by these words. This is NOT what God is about. He is not about condemnation but rather about grace.
God Helps Those That Are Helpless
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NKJV)
This bible verse indicates that God wants you to depend on Him. He wants you to “abide in Him” and then He will “abide in you.” He wants to by part of your life and wants you to have a relationship with Him. But only if you desire to have a relationship with Him will God become
part of your life. It’s your free will to decide. He will not interfere.
God also makes it clear that without Him “you can do nothing.” Jesus Christ wants you to rest in Him not on your own devices. So as far as the saying “God helps those that helps themselves,” I would reject this entirely and instead realize “I [you] can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13 NKJV)
So if your situation has you feeling helpless and your are crying out God please help me, then find rest and peace of mind knowing that an abundance of God’s love, grace and favor is upon you each and every day. Just come to God as you are.
Is God in your life today and are you conscious of God’s presence in your life? The bible scripture states,
“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). (Matthew 1:23 NIV)
Get up every day knowing that God is by your side and is always with you and experience the feeling of God’s presence in your life. When God makes a promise to you He never breaks it. God makes this promise to you:
“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
When you establish a relationship with God and invite Him into your life, it “activate”s God’s power and you will begin to live a restful and peaceful life. When you are conscious of God’s presence every day, you will experience His peace which gives you total rest, insurmountable joy in your spirit and a power that nothing in this world can come close to. In Hebrew, the
peace He gives unto you is “Shalom” peace. This is a total and complete peace touching every aspect of your “being”.
The fact is, once your invite God into your life you’ll experience a Christ-like peacefulness. You’ll express yourself and become like Him, a new creation. It is impossible to live in God’s presence without His beauty, love, peace, power and glory rubbing off and becoming part of you.
So how can you recognize being in God’s presence?
Start with seeing God with you in everything you do and wherever you might be. At the workplace for instance, see the Lord beside you directing your steps and thoughts. God’s presence brings clarity of thought and wisdom allowing you to excel. You will discover yourself flowing with great ideas and perhaps even earn a promotion.
If you are looking to make a career change and looking for a new job, God is along side you and guiding you during your interview. See the Lord there in the interview room with you, providing the words you speak. Any nervousness you experience will dissipate as you experience His favor and grace upon you bringing smiles and approving nods from the hiring manager.
Should you be in the middle of an argument, be conscious of and envision the Lord standing beside you. Once you are aware of God’s presence, your words will change and your argument will soon end as you experience the spirit of grace come over. You will observe a restraint and calmness which is not borne out of human resolve, but comes when you know that God who unconditionally loves and watches over you, is there by your side.
Friends, when you become aware of God’s presence in your daily life, worries and anxieties will have no place in your mind. Take time every day to give God thanks and praise in everything, and make Him part of your life. The favor of God will be upon you manifesting an unbelievable joy and peace, prospering you in every area of your life.