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Inspirational Reading



We will be adding Inspirational Reading and Sermons on this page. I hope you enjoy reading them and they are a blessing to you. Read how God can help you no matter what situation your in.




Help From Above

The King Could

Asking God For Help

Help

Someone Is With You

Safest Place In A Storm

Helping God

Help In Times Of Need

Someone Is With You

Called Alongside

Choose Your Color

God Will Make A Way

Help Them One By One

Mixing-Bowl Musings

God Will Make A Way #2

Overcome Your Circumstances

Promises To Live By

Trusting God to Work Things Together for Good









Help From Above

Read: Isaiah 45:18-25

Look to Me, and be saved, all you ends of the earth! For I
am God, and there is no other. —Isaiah 45:22


Many people around the world claim they have been abducted by extraterrestrial beings. Researchers call it a "new psychological disorder." Jeff Kanipe, an authority in this field of study, says that some people become so obsessed with the desire for help from another world that they "hallucinate help coming from the skies in the form of alien saviors—saviors, I might add, that oftentimes behave sinisterly."

It's as if people create their own gods to give meaning and purpose to their lives. Such deities, however, are an illusion and cannot help us.

Over the centuries, man has not changed. In Isaiah's day, the nations worshiped gods of their own making. So the living and true God commanded people everywhere to discard these false and powerless gods and look to Him alone. He drew a sharp contrast between Himself and all other saviors when He said, "Look to Me, and be saved . . . ! For I am God, and there is no other" (Isaiah 45:19).

The imaginary gods, then and now, do not tell us who we are, why we are here, and how we can be delivered from our sins. But the one true God does. He became flesh in the person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14). Let's seek our help from Him. —HVL

O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home! —Addison

Our only hope here below is help from God above.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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The King Could

Read: Matthew 19:16-26

With God all things are possible. --Matthew 19:26


Like many young children, I had a favorite book of nursery rhymes. I particularly remember Humpty Dumpty, pictured as a big, egg-shaped creature with a painted face and skinny arms and legs, perched happily on a wall. Then he fell and broke into countless pieces. As a child, I felt the hopelessness of the situation whenever I read that they "couldn't put Humpty Dumpty together again."

Since childhood I've come to know Christ as my Savior and Lord. I've experienced Him as the great Potter, reshaping the shattered pieces of my life and the lives of others. I've had the joy of seeing many so-called hopeless drug addicts made new in Christ. As a result, I've added a line to the Humpty Dumpty nursery rhyme: "What all the king's horses and all the king's men couldn't do, the King could!"

Are you or someone dear to you feeling shattered and broken today? Remember, no one is hopeless and beyond God's saving help. Jesus said, "With God all things are possible" (Mt. 19:26).

When the broken pieces of life seem beyond hope of repair, don't give up. We have a King who can put people back together again. --JEY

Something beautiful, something good--
All my confusion He understood;
All I had to offer Him was brokenness and strife,
But He made something beautiful of my life. --Gaither

No one is hopeless whose hope is in God.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 1996 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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Asking God For Help

Read: Psalm 107:1-19

They cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out
of their distresses -- Psalm 107:19


A farmer and his son were working together out in the field. The father told the boy to throw all the large stones he could find into a nearby ditch so they would not interfere with plowing. After working a long time, the son called out, "Dad, there's one rock here I can't move even though I've tried my hardest."

"No, son," replied the father, "you haven't tried your hardest until you've called out to me for help. I can give you the strength you need."

The father then came alongside the boy and added his strength. Together, they moved the stubborn rock with ease.

Too often we try our hardest to carry some heavy burden or work out a difficult problem, but with no success. After having done our best, we wonder why we have met with nothing but failure. Lovingly and patiently our heavenly Father reminds us that we must learn to depend on Him, and that we haven't tried our hardest until we've called on Him for help.

Let's stop struggling to remove the stones of trouble and difficulty from our lives that far exceed our own strength. Like the Israelites of old, let's call on the Lord to save us out of all our distresses (Ps. 107:19). --HGB

Ask the Savior to help you,
Comfort, strengthen, and keep you;
He is willing to aid you,
He will carry you through. --Palmer

God's ability is not limited
by our inability.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 1995 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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Help!

Read: Psalm 46

O God, . . . give us help from trouble, for the help of man
is useless. —Psalm 108:11-12


This is the age of "How To" books. You can find nearly every kind of "How To" imaginable. In fact, a quick search of one online bookstore revealed 32,000 different "How To" titles!

But what happens when you can't find the "How To" you need most? What do you do when you want to know How To Get Your Children To Live Right, or How To Make Your Spouse Cherish You, or How To Survive The Death Of A Loved One, but you simply cannot find an answer?

When the "How To" books of life don't bring you what you are so desperately seeking, here's how to make it when "How To's" don't work.

  • If you are a believer in Christ, remember His promise never to leave you (Hebrews 13:5).

  • Realize the remarkable truth that the Holy Spirit is praying for you. Romans 8:26 says that the Spirit understands your difficulties when you cannot even express them, and He prays to the Father for you.

  • Turn to the Lord in the midst of your difficulty, for He is your refuge and strength. When trouble hits, He's there with you to calm your fears (Psalm 46:1-2).

With help from God, you can get through even your toughest challenges. —JDB

Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?
God specializes in things thought impossible—
He does the things others cannot do. —Eliason
© Renewal 1973 by Singspiration, Inc.

Our troubles seem smaller when we ponder the greatness of God.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 2001 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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Someone Is With You

Read: Isaiah 41:8-20

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your
God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you. -Isaiah 41:10


Every night a boy had to walk past what he believed was a haunted house. A friend gave him a good-luck charm to give him courage. An adult said, "It's sinful to be afraid. Trust God! Be brave!" But he was still afraid. Then someone said with compassion, "I know what it is to be afraid. I will walk with you past the house." That's all the boy needed to quell his fears.

Several years ago I was asked to conduct a funeral. I had spoken at many similar occasions as a pastor, but this one was different. Physical and emotional exhaustion had depleted my inner reserves, causing me to lose all confidence in myself. But as the hour approached, I held to the promise of Isaiah 41:10 and did what I knew I had to do.

Looking back, I've concluded that it wasn't simply using a Bible verse or telling myself to trust God that helped me through. Instead, it was because Someone was at that funeral, not only comforting the grieving but also lifting my fears. That Someone was Jesus Christ, who Himself had endured intense sorrow and grief. He was there in the person of the Holy Spirit.

Are you facing fear today? Let the words of Isaiah 41:10 remind you that the Lord is with you. -DJD

Fear not, I am with thee-O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand. -Anon.

Fear will leave us
when we remember that Jesus is with us.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 1995 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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Safest Place In A Storm

Read: Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in
trouble. . --Psalm 46:1


The safest place in South Florida during the hurricane season may be the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The $5 million structure boasts 10-inch concrete walls designed to withstand the force of 130 mph winds. Because the fierce storms come every year, the Center is there to provide a safe working environment for the people who monitor the weather and issue the warnings. When other residents leave, they must stay.

Just like hurricanes, the storms of our lives arrive with unnerving regularity. Often they strike without warning and linger without welcome, testing the limits of our faith and endurance. But God has given us a place of safety in the midst of our circumstances.

The prophet Nahum wrote, "The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him" (1:7). And the psalmist confidently stated, "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed" (Ps. 46:1-2).

God Himself is our center of safety. It is not our strength but His that shields us from the whirling winds of circumstance and change. --DCM

Give me a spirit of peace, dear Lord,
Midst the storms and tempests that roll,
That I may find rest and quiet within,
A calm buried deep in my soul. --Dawe

When trouble blows into your life,
seek shelter in God.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 1996 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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Helping God

Read: Genesis 16

Is anything too hard for the Lord. --Genesis 18:14


People have always had a tendency to want to "help" God when He seems slow to fulfill His promises.

The Lord had promised Abraham that his descendants would be as countless as the stars and that an heir would come from his own aging body (Gen. 15:1-5). Abraham believed the Lord, but Sarah ran out of patience. She talked Abraham into fathering children through her maidservant Hagar. Ishmael was born, but he wasn't the son of promise (17:18-21). Fourteen years later, when Abraham and Sarah were very old, God did the impossible--Sarah conceived and the son of promise, Isaac, was born.

A godly woman shared this story: "Once during my husband's absence, a crisis arose. I needed to act quickly, but I was utterly helpless. Finally I prayed, 'Lord, this is impossible for me. You'll have to take over completely. I can't even help You!'" She testified that God then accomplished the impossible when she admitted her helplessness.

When we depend on ourselves, people see what we can do and our testimony is, "Didn't I do well!" When we depend on God, people see what He can do and our testimony is, "Didn't God do well!" Which testimony will you have today? --JEY

When sorrows assail us or terrors draw nigh,
His love will not fail us, He'll guide with His eye;
And when we are fainting and ready to fail,
He'll give what is lacking and make us prevail. --Anon.

Facing an impossibility
gives us the opportunity to trust God.



Our Daily Bread, Copyright 1997 by RBC Ministries,
Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission.   www.rbc.net


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