How to secure God’s help

In the last post, we were able to establish the fact that God’s promises are unfailing.  We also examined the readiness of God to help His Children in despairing times. If you missed that read it here

In continuance of this topic, we shall also be looking into how to engage the promises of God in times of despair and desperation. Take note of the following on how to secure God’s help

 Jesus Help Me Believe in You

It is God’s wish that all would come to a saving grace by believing in his One and only son, Jesus Christ:

For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. – John 3:16

What a superb promise! One that every believer cherishes.

You might think that you’ve done too many awful things in your life for God to ever forgive you, but the apostle Paul had persecuted Christians before he became a believer and an avid evangelist.

Even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. – 1 Timothy 13-14 NLT

Take note that Paul admitted that he didn’t initially understand the saving grace of Jesus. It wasn’t until he believed and had faith that Jesus was who he said he was that his eyes were open to receive the love and forgiveness of Jesus.

The Bible is the inspired Word of God. So to comprehend Jesus we need to study the Bible. When you have questions, talk to your pastor or a mentor who can help you understand how to change your life to adapt to the Bible—not change the Bible to adapt to your life.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. (James 1:5 NLT)

And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. – Acts 2:21

Jesus desires to have a relationship with you. It’s always two-way. You can talk to him through prayer and he speaks to you through his Word, the Bible.

And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him. – Heb. 11:6 NLT

Jesus Help Me Overcome My Doubts

Maybe you identify with the father who asked Jesus to help his son tormented by demons, but he added the qualifier “Have mercy on us and help us, if you can.” (Mark 9:22 NLT)

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Jesus replied with a promise:

“What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.” – Mark 9:23 NLT

The father instantly cried out, “I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” – Mark 9:24 NLT

It is possible to be a Christian but have moments of questioning. Moments when things don’t go the way we think they should, or we’re not sure God can (or will) truly help us. In the case of the father, Jesus did give him a visible tangible miracle and healed his son. But what if we don’t receive our miracle? How can we come through with our faith still intact?

Hebrews 11:1 reminds us “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Faith requires believing in things we cannot see because we don’t see the whole picture like our sovereign God does. There are things we must accept as believers because:

We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. – Rom 8:28

For if we are faithful to the end, trusting God just as firmly as when we first believed, we will share in all that belongs to Christ. – Heb. 3:14 NLT.  We can secure God’s help  by trusting in Him.

Jesus Help Me Overcome My Fear

Fears are a natural aspect of life. Fear is a candid, real emotion. Our heart races. We quiver. There’s a sinking fluttering sensation in our stomach. Sometimes even frozen to the spot—we become immobile.

Often, fear is a healthy reaction to a dangerous situation. Other times, it’s rooted in past or recent trauma or chronic worry. Allowing Jesus help you conquer a fear can offer a world of new opportunities and accomplishments you might have previously avoided.

Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. – Deut. 31:8 NLT

Faith is the opposite of fear. So the antidote to fear, worry, and anxiety is to trust God. Don’t doubt him. Realize and internalize that God’s got this and he is way ahead of us. To secure God’s help, refuse anxiety

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9

When I’m encountering a particularly difficult time in my life, I recite the 23rd Psalm, especially the promise in verse 4:

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. – Psalm 46:1

Jesus Help Me When I’m Alone

Ask anyone about a time they felt lonely and responses may include grief, singleness, living alone, feeling misunderstood, moving, spiritual emptiness, unemployment, illness, financial loss. There’s probably more. Sometimes loneliness is short-lived and other times it is ongoing, prolonged or even chronic.

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We long for someone or something to fill the ache in our heart for companionship or relief from the feeling that no one understands us or has time for us. But God does!

He wants to be our everlasting friend, but this is another one of those “if” promises:

You are my friends if you do what I command. – John 15:14

What was that command?

This is my command: Love each other. – John 15:17

Jesus is saying that he wants us to reach out to others. Extend the hand of friendship or make an effort to take action to overcome the source of our loneliness knowing that Jesus will be right by our side encouraging us and giving us confidence.

In Hebrews 13:5, He promises: never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. These are such comforting words. His promise proved true that he was:

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. – Psalm 68:5

God’s promises provide the help we seek and an answer to all our needs and problems. We just need to locate them in the scriptures, pray over them, claim them, and rest in the assurance that God is always faithful. He’s omnipresent in our lives, and he loves us with a never-ending love.

The destination will be worth the journey. Refuse to be discouraged!

But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Cor. 15:57

A Prayer in times of despair

Here’s another wonderful promise when we need help or are anxious about anything: when the Lord tells us to pray, he will bring upon our hearts and minds the peace we so desperately seek after.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7

Here’s a prayer to secure God’s help

Lord Jesus, I’m crying out to you because I need your help. Help that I cannot achieve on my own. I surrender to you all my attempts to try to solve my problems. I am so grateful for all the promises you give to me to personally claim and the solutions they offer.

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Help me to trust and obey the times you ask me to do my part in applying your promises to my life. I know each one will improve and enhance my relationship with you and with others.

Lord, when I falter or forget your faithfulness to me, please remind me that you’re only a prayer away! Amen.