Help and Hope for the Here and Now – POSTURE Episode 164

Mar 8, 2021

It’s easier to rely on less than to believe something more is possible. But you serve a God of endless possibility!

Transcript

Today, we are going to take a “Posture of Peace” by asking for help.

Posture, is a short audible fist bump to remind you God is with you in everything. Together, we’re going to be emboldened to take a daily Posture of perfect peace.

In John 14:26 Jesus said, “But the Helper, the Holy spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” As people of God, followers of Jesus, we must remember this. We are never helpless and we are never hopeless. We are never without help and we are never without hope. And the help and the hope that we have been given, these are not far off things, these are not things off in the distant future somewhere, these are not things we will only have in heaven someday.

You know, we actually won’t need help and hope for heaven. Like, help for what? Help for what? We’ll be in heaven. No, the help and the hope that we have been given, that we have been promised, is for the here and now. It’s for the circumstances that you are facing right now, today, this week. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would teach us in all things, that the Holy Spirit would be our helper. He says this in John 14, like I just read. And then in John 16:13, He says, “The Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth.” Which means, we never have to live a lie. We never have to live beneath our true identity in Christ. Hebrews 13:5 and 6 says, “Because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you, never will I forsake you,’ we can say with confidence, the Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?”

The presence of God infuses us with the confidence to live unafraid, to live in our true identity, above the circumstances we face in this world. You know, I used to let the belief, the feeling of helplessness dictate my life. It held me back from taking action, from living courageously. It made me anxious, it brought me panic, it kept me stuck in fear. And that is no way for a child of God to live. I was living beneath my true identity. I was living unaware of the presence of God in my life, of the presence of my helper in my life. Now, you know, I didn’t always recognize it to be, you know, “helplessness.” Like I wasn’t going around saying, “Oh, I feel so helpless.” I called it other things. Like I would blame my personality. “Oh, well, I’m introverted. I’m an Enneagram 6. I’m shy. I’m kinda scared of people. I’m anxious in social situations.” You know, or I would cite my natural abilities, or my lack of natural abilities. I would say like, “I don’t know how to do this. This is beyond me. I’m overwhelmed by this. I’ve never been good at, fill in the blank.” Or I would blame my lack of natural resources. “I don’t have this, I don’t have that. There’s not enough, I don’t have enough. I’m not enough.”

It’s easier to rely on less, than to believe that something more is possible. But for the people of God, you and me, you know, we need to settle this truth in our hearts. We serve a God of endless possibilities and He never leaves us, He never forsakes us. He has given us himself. So we are never without help, and we are never without hope. You know I realize now, that my real problem, you know, wasn’t any limitation based on my natural personality, ability, resources. No, my problem was, I hadn’t asked for help. Oh, you know, oh, sure, I prayed about situations, but not always with hope, not always with an expectation for His goodness to come busting through the constrictions of my current circumstance, bringing His endless possibility. But I’m praying differently now. I’m practicing a different expectation in prayer. One that is based on truth. One that is based on what I have been promised. I have a Helper and I have hope.

What do you need help with this week? You know, the Bible says that the Holy spirit dwells in us. So, you don’t even have to wait for Him to come and show up in your life. You know, there’s not a special prayer or chant or dance that you have to perform to get Him to come and help you. No, He’s there with you right now. So, no matter what you believe may inhibit you today, know that it can never overcome who inhabits you. Ask for help, place big expectations on His goodness, and believe more is possible, because it is. You were never called to perfect performance. You were called to partnership with perfection Himself. That’s such good news. It means you can drop the pressure of performing on your own and you can embrace partnership with the Holy spirit today.