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God wants to help us

Joyce Meyer (1)

It’s certainly not wrong to want to be a better person. God gave us that desire. But according to Galatians 3:10, …anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure (MSG). That’s why so much of the time we will find ourselves frustrated, disappointed and overwhelmed by the “stuff” in our lives. We try to work it out on our own. And that will never do.

God wants to help us…He loves us…we are His children. But He will not force His help on us at any time. He sees us when we struggle and fight and complain our way through things. And I believe it breaks His heart, when all we have to do is ask Him for help.

God taught me this truth in a way I’ll never forget. My husband, Dave, is tall. I’m not so tall. We have a really high window over the kitchen sink in our house. When that window is open, there’s no way for me to close it without a big ordeal. But how do you think it would make Dave feel if I ran out of the house to go ask the man next door to come and close that window for me? Or what if I tried to do it myself, straining and stretching, maybe climbing up on the counter, possibly knocking things over, getting all worn-out…while Dave was sitting right there? That would really be insulting to him. In the same way, it grieves God to watch us struggle so needlessly, when all the while, He is right there waiting for us to simply exchange trying for trusting.

His grace is the power for living an abundant life. Our faith receives, not “buys,” the blessings of God. Striving, struggling, trying can never do that. Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast (NIV).

So in the same way we became born again, we live in the Spirit—by God’s grace, through faith. It’s simple. Humble yourself. Ask God for His help. Then, do what He says. Trust in His power—He is mighty to do whatever we need Him to do and to help us do our part. Trust in His wisdom—He knows what, when and how to do it.

Trust in His goodness—He wants to do it.

Now, isn’t that amazing?

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