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Helping GOD Help Us

by Skip Orem | Web Radio Today

This is an Audio Burst from Web Radio Today Episode 34, February 19, 2021 

Transcript

Skip Orem (00:01 ):

I mentioned on a previous episode in my Bible studies recently,

I have been focusing on the life of David in The Old Testament,

and there are two qualities of David that just jumped out at me this week. I say qualities, but I think of the more as strengths. And these two strings, if we could achieve them and live them in our live, well, in addition to vastly making us better human beings, they could actually improve our health and our lives in general. Those two strengths, the first is kindness and the other is a willingness to help God help us to answer our prayers.

Skip Orem (01:05):

That’s kind of presumptuous, don’t you think? Us helping God, but I’ll explain it in a couple of minutes what I mean by helping God to answer our prayers. First, let’s talk about this other strength, kindness.

Skip Orem (01:32):

 There is a quote. It goes “When I was young, I admired clever people. Now that I’m old, I admire kind people.”

David, for much of his life was a very kind man. He was able to empathize with people, even his enemies, and to show sympathy for them. Well, sometimes his enemies, they didn’t know how to accept that kindness. I think some people now, the way they react to people who are being kind, they don’t understand the kindness and they think of people offering them kindness as being weak.

Skip Orem (02:24):

But David demonstrated that being kind often requires so much courage, so much strength.

Skip Orem (02:39):

We can improve our health by being kind. You know how to show kindness. You know what kindness is.

Always be looking to help people, have sympathy for them when they’re going through bad times and our enemies, people who might be mean to us or who are always angry with us, if our first goal is to show them kindness instead of anger,

it will often diffuse the whole situation. We’ve all probably heard the saying that people who want to hurt us, well, it’s actually because they’re hurting so much themselves.

Skip Orem (03:39):

I wrote in my journal today,

I want to help God to help me be a kinder person and to react to things in a more kind way.

That’s going to be tough. I’m striving for that because I know it’ll make me a less angry person. And we all know anger, getting upset with people, it’s not good for our health or our wellbeing.

Skip Orem (04:14):

And the other thing about anger, it can have a really bad effect on decisions we might make when we’re angry in the spur of the moment.

Skip Orem (04:29):

Maybe we know we shouldn’t make any decisions under the influence of alcohol. Well, we also shouldn’t be making any decisions under the influence of anger.

Skip Orem (04:46):

Calm down and think about it. Let kindness play a part in all of your decisions.

Let’s do random acts of kindness today and every day.

Skip Orem (05:10)

The other strength of David that I think can help us is to help God help us with the things that we ask for in our prayers. In The Bible, when David asked God for something, he didn’t just wait around for God to answer his prayers. He helped God with a spirit of cooperation. We need to do that.

We know that God answers prayer, but he often wants us to help him grant our request.

I pray, every night I pray to God to keep this prostate cancer that invaded my body last year and then was removed, I pray that God will keep it from coming back.

Skip Orem (06:09):

But I need to help him answer my prayer. I need to eat right, exercise, do everything I can on my part to help God out with this.

A lot of us, we pray every night that someone we love will let Jesus back in their life,

God will help them to let Jesus back in their life. So much we want him to answer that prayer.

Skip Orem (06:44):

Are we doing enough to help him with that? Are we setting a good Christian example? Are we taking whatever steps we can to help God lead that person back to Christ?

Skip Orem (07:02):

Okay. So maybe it seems a little prideful to think that we can actually help God out. I think it’s more like we need to do everything we can to work with God to have our prayers answered.

Skip Orem (07:20):

God loves us so much. His son, Jesus, sacrificed for us. He loves us so much. They do answer our prayers.

That wonderful feeling to know that Jesus loves us.

Skip Orem (07:48):

how do we know that? Like a little children’s sang, yes, Jesus loves me. This I know for The Bible tells me so.

Skip Orem (08:16):

Jesus see, he loves us so much. He forgives us our sins, offers us eternal life. I pray that everyone listening to this podcast, I pray that Jesus is in your life. If not, just know this, know that Jesus, he’s waiting there for you. He died on the cross and then was risen again to give you forgiveness, peace and eternal life.

Skip Orem (08:57):

Let him into your life. He’s waiting there for you.

Well, the devil is telling you that everything’s okay. You don’t need Jesus. Even if you are, you’re starting to think about Jesus, the devil is telling you no need to worry about it today. It’s plenty of time in the future to do that. After all, you’ve got so many more important things that are on your plate right now. Here’s the truth, everybody. There really is no time. You have right now. Tomorrow’s not guaranteed, the next hour, the next minute.

You can’t know the future. Let Jesus into your life today.

Skip Orem (09:46):
You’re going to walk into any church, tell the first person you see, tell them you want to learn more

about Jesus. You’ll put a smile on their face and they’ll introduce you to your savior.