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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of November 30-December 6, 2020: “I (We) Need Your Help” …
“I need your help …” Sometimes, this request is just a matter of simple assistance that we would ask for at a Customer Service desk. At other times, such a request for help may be more involved. Then again, there are times when someone needs help because they are desperate. They might even be facing a matter of life and death.
“We need your help.” Isaiah was pleading this on behalf of the People of Israel as he foretold of their need for God’s help when they returned to their homeland after seventy long years of exile in Babylon. While they certainly needed help against those who would oppose them (Isaiah 64:1-5a), they were in desperate need in view of how deeply sinful they truly were (Isaiah 64:5b-7). Though deserving of God’s wrath, Isaiah pleaded with God to look upon His people and to “be not so terribly angry with them” (Isaiah 64:8-9).
“I (we) need your help”: We all have the same desperate need to have our sins forgiven and then to be restored as part of God’s people. And this is what Jesus came into our world to bring us! In answer to Isaiah’s plea, Our Lord remembers not our iniquity (sins) and reclaims us as His people. This He does as our EmmanuelGod with us (Isaiah 7:14).
Having answered our greatest need for help, Jesus is there always to give us even simple assistance for our most basic, daily needs. He bids us, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you” (Matthew 7:7). Four verses later, He says, “If you, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father, who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him” (Matthew 7:11)!
“I (we) need your help …” In Jesus Christ, we have our ever-present help in all our times of need!
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)