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I Don’t Need Your Help

Anybody who has been around an aggravated teen and offered to help them has heard them say, “I don’t need your help”.  That thinking is not limited to young people.  Self-confidence appears wherever “two or more are gathered together”. In a nation that thrives on self-achievement, we are all prone at some point to say to a well-meaning, but not very helpful person that we can manage just fine without their input or actions.

Because of our fierce sense of “do it myself” attitude, faith and dependence on God is not easy for many of us.  The fact is that in the spiritual realm of life, we are totally dependent on the power of the LORD GOD working in us that have been saved by Jesus and are filled with His Holy Spirit.  Scripture often reminds us of our need to depend upon the LORD….

John 15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

Phil.4:13I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

Matthew 5:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

In 1999 John F. Kennedy Jr. flew his small airplane from New York City to his family home in Massachusetts for a wedding. On board were his wife Carolyn and her sister. Though Kennedy was a licensed pilot, he had not yet been approved for instrument flight (using only instruments to navigate). When their takeoff was delayed until after dark, Kennedy should have waited for daylight or sought a more experienced pilot to help. Yet, Kennedy took off into the darkness. The plane never reached its destination, and all three passengers were killed in the crash.

Investigators determined that the crash was likely caused by disorientation from flying over open water at night without any landmarks or visible horizon. Kennedy’s lack of experience may well have led him to trust what he thought he was seeing more than what his instrument panel was telling him.

All of us face the temptation to walk according to sight instead of faith. Faith in God will keep us from crashing. Human reason will fail us at times, but God never fails. His Word keeps us on the right course as long as we obey it.  (Copied).

Jeremiah 17:5-9Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?