Need Help? Just Ask God.

Truly great people are willing to receive correction.

Truly great people are willing to receive correction.

Why don’t we ask for help? Maybe we’re afraid of rejection. Perhaps we’re afraid of admitting that we don’t already know the answer. Or, could it be we just don’t want to admit that we are not all-powerful, capable, wonderful people all of the time? Guess what? We’re not supposed to be. The only person who fits that description is God. We are not God. We are his children—his creation.

 

Psalm 100:3-5, King James Version

“Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

 

Need help? Ask God. The Bible says we are his people and he is good. So if we have a problem or need, we don’t have to struggle alone. We are not without hope. We have a merciful Heavenly Father who longs to see us grow to maturity and flourish. That’s his vision. If we are willing to humble ourselves as a child and ask our Father for help, we’ll get it. Just that simple.

 

Luke 11:11-13, The Living Bible

“You men who are fathers—if your boy asks for bread, do you give him a stone? If he asks for fish, do you give him a snake? If he asks for an egg, do you give him a scorpion? Of course not! “And if even sinful persons like yourselves give children what they need, don’t you realize that your heavenly Father will do at least as much, and give the Holy Spirit to those who ask for him?”

 

Our culture may consider the arrogant and ambitious as winners. But, these traits are undesirable in God’s sight. Jesus says humble people are great in the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

Matthew 18:4, The Living Bible

“Therefore anyone who humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.”

 

In fact, if we want to be on the fast-track to greatness according to God’s standards, we must be humble enough to ask and receive. That sounds wonderful at first. We think of all the blessings God will give us—fulfilling relationships, great job, plenty of discretionary income, good health, the latest car, etc. But these material possessions will soon fade without two important qualities…

 

  1. Wisdom and here’s the biggie…
  2. The ability to receive correction.

 

Truly great people are willing to receive correction. Compliments only confirm what we already know. Correction teaches us something new. Before loading us up with goodies (possessions, responsibility & authority), God makes sure we have the ability to handle them. Ever had a boss who wouldn’t listen? Who refused to change course in spite of all the evidence indicating otherwise? Not fun.

 

Proverbs 1:7, King James Version

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 

God doesn’t want us to be foolish, so He enrolls us in the school of spiritual growth taught by none other than the…Holy Spirit. When God’s Holy Spirit (the Spirit of Christ) comes into our life, He teaches us wisdom and brings correction.

 

John 14:26, King James Version

“But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

1 Corinthians 2:12, Living Bible

“And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world’s spirit) to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing that God has given us.”

 

2 Timothy 3:16, GOD’s WORD Translation

Every Scripture passage is inspired by God. All of them are useful for teaching, pointing out errors, correcting people, and training them for a life that has God’s approval.”

 

If we refuse to be corrected, we are refusing God’s blessings. Why would we want to do that?

 

Proverbs 1:29-33, The Living Bible

“For you closed your eyes to the facts and did not choose to reverence and trust the Lord, and you turned your back on me, spurning my advice. That is why you must eat the bitter fruit of having your own way and experience the full terrors of the pathway you have chosen. For you turned away from me—to death; your own complacency will kill you. Fools! But all who listen to me shall live in peace and safety, unafraid.”

 

We are not perfect yet, but since we are God’s children, we can receive God’s help and grace along the way.

 

Matthew 5:48, Amplified Bible

“You, therefore, will be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

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Valerie Morrow

Valerie Morrow was born-again at the tender age of 5, but has been chasing Jesus and the will of God seriously for about 10 years. She is well acquainted with the struggles and triumphs of Christian women. As a busy (we prefer the word productive) wife, mother, entrepreneur, leader, ministry student and writer, she focuses on being well-balanced, as a necessity in life. Valerie has been a waitress, a secretary, a receptionist, a marketing assistant, an account coordinator, an account manager, a marketing director, a business owner and the "candy lady." She has learned the meaning of being secure in Christ regardless of your position or function in life and loves to share her insights through devotionals, bible studies and "self- improvement" articles from a Biblical perspective. Valerie is the wife of Henry Morrow and the mother of two children. She is an active member of Victory Life Faith Center under the leadership of Pastor Lewis Brown.

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