Good Evening to All!
I the Lord your God hold your right hand; I am the Lord, Who says to you, Fear not; I will help you! (Isaiah 4:13 AMP.)
No matter how well we think we have our lives under control, no matter how independent we are or how mature we are, we will ALWAYS need help with everything whether we realize it or not. God must have realized this or He would not have sent us the Holy Spirit (or comforter).
Unfortunately, for some people it takes longer than others. We are all guilty of enjoying the thought of independence and the maturity or ability to do whatever needs to be done on our own without needing help. We have long been the victims of our own ego trips, or pride. Instead of asking for help and getting whatever done right and expediently the first time, often turns into hours of difficulty or wrong decisions only to cause us to have to start over again or regret decisions we have made.
There are many references to the Holy Spirit in the New Testament. It talks about how He guides us into All Truth. It says how He teaches us about living for God. It states that He is our comforter. It also says that we have an advocate with the Father. 1 John 2:1-3 says My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
2And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 3And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
I stated all three verses, because it speaks of Him taking on the "whole world's sins". He did not do this until He was crucified, and "giving up the ghost." Which ascended into heaven and came back to earth as the Holy Spirit to leave within us, but He is also our advocate with the Father. He intercedes on our behalf. He being the Holy Spirit guides us and teaches us how to live for God, which brings me to the last verse about knowing Him IF we keep His commandments.
Now. I've have gone through all of that detail to remind you that God wants to be part of our lives. He wants to be included, to help us in our everyday endeavors. He must be invited. Don't expect him to just "butt into you life like unwanted advice from your in-laws". He is a gentleman is just waiting to be asked and invited in. We must take a step back and realize that there is none better to give advice than the Holy Spirit He knows us better than we know ourselves and He knows the outcome of things so He is in a much better position to give us advice and the correct decisions.
If we rely on God for our help, in EVERY aspect of our life, every decision we make from small decisions like what to wear to important decisions like the way to live our life and who to marry, our lives will be so much richer and fulfilled.
The Bible directly tells us to Not lean unto our own understanding. He tells us that for a reason. We are "spiritual beings", but because we also live in the flesh, our spirit and flesh are constantly at war with each other. Therefore, if we will keep hold on God's Word, constantly look to Him for help, and listen for His still, small voice within our spirit, and do according to what He says, then we will be able to get through any trouble or trials that come our way.
We seem not to realize that we need help until a loved one passes away, we are in financial turmoil, or we or someone in our family is very ill, then we cry out for Him to help us. That's all well and good. He wants to help us then also, but we need to recognize that we can do NOTHING, not even breathe without His help.
If we want to live life the way God intended, filled with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, ( Romans 14:17) we have to admit that we need help and we have to receive it from the Holy Spirit, the One God sent to help us.
We must also remember that not admitting that we need help is considered "pride" and pride is considered a sin by God.
I know that after reading my devotional today, I will need to keep a check on my "pride-ometer"and ask the Lord for help and guidance every day.
Good Night to All And May God Bless!