“Help…I’m weak.”

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Help.

Asking for it requires you to admit you need it first.

Have you ever tried to help someone who doesn’t think they need help?  Good luck with that.

Or, have you ever tried to help someone who doesn’t want your help?  Good luck with that too.

To admit you need help requires stuff like humility, honesty, vulnerability…and weakness.

And, none of these things are exactly sought after virtues in our culture-where pride, selfishness, and keeping up the appearance that “I’m okay” rule the day.

The fact is we’re all weak…and God knows that.

The Bible even says that “the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.”  (2 Chronicles 16:9a)

What do the “eyes of the Lord” see when he looks down on you?

Does he see someone who’s heart is fully committed to him?  Does he see someone who’s willing to say, “Help…I’m weak?”

Or does he see someone who’s too proud and selfish to admit they need any help at all…let alone his help?

The Creator of the universe is waiting to help you if you would only admit you need him.

Where will your help come from today?

“I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there?  My help comes from the Lord, who made the heavens and the earth!”  (Psalms 121:1-2) (NLT)

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Heartthrob

You probably never thought of yourself as a heartthrob.

That term is generally used for movie stars, rock stars, and the jock down the street.  People gifted with amazing bodies and smiles and hair and voices and eyes and talent.

People who appear to have it all…

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But, God redefines the term “heartthrob” in a classic scene in the Old Testament.

It sets up like the old playground line-up at recess where the teams are about to be picked for football; only the stakes are much greater because a future king is about to be chosen.

All the guys line up…all heartthrobs…all tall, dark, strong, and handsome.

And none of them get picked.

“…the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him.  The Lord does not look at the things man looks at.  Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”  I Samuel 16:7 (NIV)

Turns out that what makes you a heartthrob in God’s eyes is what’s on the inside.

So, what does He see when He looks inside of you?

Are you a heartthrob?

Reason or Excuse

Christian.

It’s a loaded word.

Once you’ve called yourself a Christian, you’ve put yourself in a category that’s often stereotyped…deserved or undeserved?

The thing about stereotypes is that there is often a lot of truth in them.

Take the stereotype that all Christians are hypocrites.

True.

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Unless you wake up one morning magically perfect, you will always be a hypocrite to some degree.  That sin nature is a powerful thing…

So, what do you do?

Give in to the stereotype or fight it?

Maybe the better question to ask is this…

Are you the reason people want to follow Jesus or the excuse they use not to?

Everyday is a choice.

You can be the reason or you can be the excuse.

What’s it going to be today?

“Dear friends, I warn you as ‘temporary residents and foreigners’ to keep away from worldly desires that wage war against your very souls.  Be careful to live properly among your unbelieving neighbors.  Then even if they accuse you of doing wrong, they will see your honorable behavior, and they will give honor to God when He judges the world.” 

I Peter 2:11-12 (NLT)

Seek the Shadow

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Another day.  Another week.

What is it that you seek?

Hope.  Peace.  Friendship.  Forgiveness.  Quiet.  Comfort.  Relief.  Strength.  Help.  Protection.  Purpose.  Rest.  Joy.  Contentment.

Reason to live…

Where is it that you seek?

Work.  Family.  School.  Friends.  Home.  Church.  Possessions.  Titles.  Achievements.  Hobbies.  Vacations.

At the end of the day, none of these things are bad places to seek…unless they’re keeping you from seeking the only One who can give you hope and strength and purpose and a reason to live beyond today.

How close are you to God right now…close enough to be in His shadow?

Are you seeking Him today?  Do you trust Him to be all that you need?

Or, has life got you too busy and distracted to find rest in His presence?

“Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; He is my God, and I trust in Him.”  (Psalms 91:1-2) (NLT)