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Sundown Devotional: A Different Kind of Help

MsDora, a former teacher and Christian counselor, presents practical Scriptural principles for joyful everyday living.

People need the kind of help that lifts them out of mere survival into full salvation.

People need the kind of help that lifts them out of mere survival into full salvation.

The Practical Help Poll

The Devotional

Peter took the lame man by the right hand
and helped him up. (Acts 3: 7 NLT)

He was lame but not completely helpless (Acts 3:1-8). He had regular helpers who brought him to his usual spot by the temple gate every day. He received further help from the worshippers who, on their way in and out of the temple, dropped some coins. He also helped himself by actively begging. With all this help, however, he remained lame. It took Peter’s help to cancel his lameness.

The world needs more people like Peter―people who have the divine insight to look beyond the beggars’ wants and see their needs. Those who have only money can give only money, and they deserve commendation for their giving. Still, believers like Peter and like us, if we live lives empowered by God’s Holy Spirit, can add something more. We can become agents of life-changing help to the helpless.

Some consider themselves helpless, only because the help they receive leaves them stuck in the rut. They continue to beg for food, when what they really need are friendships which can help them grow in responsibility. They beg for hand-me-downs when what they really need are skills to help them reach their full potential. These are the people who need Spirit-filled help―the kind of help that lifts them up and out of mere survival into full salvation. It is possible that in our efforts to bring about such change, God will bless our efforts with miracles.

The responsibility for change belongs both to the helpless who can figure out their real needs, and have the courage to voice them; and to the helpers, who with their God-given insight can discern real needs, and rely on divine intervention for their supply. The challenge is for us, believers, to be available and willing to fill real needs.

Prayer: Dear God, may we represent You as the Source of our Help, in our willingness to help others; not necessarily according to their request, but definitely according to Your supply. We pray with thanksgiving, in Jesus name. Amen.

Not only help them up; support them after.

Not only help them up; support them after.

Quotes for the Helper

  • As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands: one for helping yourself, the other for helping others. ― Sam Levenson
  • The highest form of worship is the worship of unselfish Christian service. The greatest form of praise is the sound of consecrated feet seeking out the lost and helpless. ― Billy Graham
  • The strongest people find the courage and caring to help others, even if they are going through their own storm. ― Roy T. Bennett
  • Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can't help them, at least don't hurt them. ― Dalai Lama
  • There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. ― John Holmes
Yell for help if you need it.

Yell for help if you need it.

Quotes for the Helpless

  • My only advice is to stay aware, listen carefully, and yell for help if you need it. ― Judy Blume
  • Being helpless is like being paralyzed. It's sickness. The cure calls for a monumental effort to stand up and start walking somewhere, anywhere. But that takes some doing. ― Chuck Barris
  • We all hit moments when we feel helpless. The test is how we react to that feeling. We can either learn from it and move forward or let it drag us down. ―Travis Bradberry
  • It's easy to feel helpless― like you can't fight the tide. But remember: small actions can have a huge impact, and one person like you can inspire others to action. ― Celeste Ng
  • I pray because I can't help myself. I pray because I'm helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time―waking and sleeping. It doesn't change God―it changes me. ― William Nicholson

More Sundown Devotionals

  • Sundown Devotional: Struck Down but Not Destroyed
    When circumstances throw us down and we can't keep up, God can help us catch up. With just a minimal ray of hope, we can cry out for help. He is able to restore our souls and remedy our situations.
  • Sundown Devotional: What Makes a Good Choice?
    It is not a good choice if it is motivated by fear, pet peeves, hidden agendas or the intention to hurt someone. So what makes it a good choice? Does God make any offer to help us with our choices?

© 2019 Dora Weithers

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