March 2005

Help When We Can Not Help Ourselves
In The Morning When I Wake
• March

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Help When We Can Not Help Ourselves

Hebrews 4:15 - For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as [we are, yet] without sin.

Hebrews 4:16 - Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Have you ever gone to someone for help and knew in your heart that this person did not have a clue as to what you are feeling. No matter how kind or helpful they tried to be you just knew that they did not understand. Well, that is not the way it is with our Lord and Savior. He knows what your trials feel like. When we bow down to pray to our Lord he knows the pain we are suffering. That is why Paul encourages us to go to “the throne of grace” when we are in need of help.

Mercy is help that we are either undeserving of or can not obtain for ourselves. Our heavenly Father is help in a time of trouble. He is the best medicine for the wounded heart of a sinner. He is the kindest word for those burdened with the cares of this life. Christ is our friend when all of our other friends have left us. He is what we need when we need it.

When we talk with some one who has been there and done that, feelings are often conveyed without the need for words. Because Christ was “in points tempted” we do not have to have the “right” words to express to Him how we are feeling, He just knows. Just as we know how a friend feels when they are suffering through a trial that we have already been through. Therefore we can come boldly to the throne of grace for mercy.

In the past eight months I have often tried to pray to my Lord and ask for help. Often I have had to just move on and wait. Not because I did want and need help but, because my mind could not form words sufficient to describe to my Lord what I was feeling. I knew I needed help but I did not know what kind of help I needed. Sometimes all I could do was sit and cry and just beg for mercy. But often there was just nothing no words, no crying, just nothing. But God was always there. My mind would go to this special place that only those who have Christ in their hearts know about. You just know that he is there and feeling what you are feeling even though you are not able to cry out.

The Throne of Grace is a place we can go when we do not even know what to ask for. It is a place we can go and just sit for awhile. We can sit there while we are working or driving or even while we are trying to preach the word of God to a group of hungry listeners. It is a place of peace even in the middle of a raging battle.

Sunday, March 07, 2005
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In The Morning When I Wake

I see the world wake. I see the world that God has made.

In the morning when I wake I see a fresh new day.
I see a day that I can starts anew. The things of yesterday are gone.

In the morning when I wake I can start anew just as the day.
The world I live in may be the same but I do not have to be the same.

In the morning when I wake so often I find that it is I who changed.

In the past eight months we have seen many ups and downs, many good days and many sad days. God has been there with us through them all. As I look back on those days I see that our present trial has remained constant never really changing or going away. But my perspective has changed from day to day. Some days I see the mighty hand of God and his ever present power. Other days I find my sight is dim and I can’t see very far. With my changing sight comes the feeling that things or life around me are changing. But the truth is it is I who have changed.

Sunday, March 06, 2005
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