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Desperate For Help

By Pastor Phillip Howle
web posted July 22, 2015

RELIGION – It is a good thing that I am a decent preacher or else my family would starve! I have spent all morning on what appeared to be a five minute fix. I googled “how to fix a leaky faucet?” This appeared to be an easy task…but the simple faucet repair did not go so well. So I decided to just change the whole faucet out. I did not like the old thing anyway!

I had done this a few months ago in my kitchen at the direction of a buddy, and I thought I remembered how to pull this off. Things then went from bad to worse as I tried to disconnect the supply lines from the faucet. I had wedged my shoulders and head in the bottom of the little vanity and I could not get the lines disconnected or even turn a wrench in that space. I dropped a wrench on my face; I fussed at wife and my son for breathing in my general vicinity and for asking if they could help; I was proverbially “losing my religion” which is bad when your only job skill is preaching!
So I have given up! I have the water cut off to the sink and I will write this article and pray someone takes pity and comes to help me! I am serious, call me and I will make you cheeseburgers and you can fix my sink. It will be fun! Now why do I tell you all that and risk having my man card revoked? Because I tried really hard to fix the sink myself and my own way!

It was obvious that when the instructions called for a basin wrench and I had never heard of one, that I was in for it. But my pride kept me pushing along even when it was obvious that I was getting nowhere and hurting my family.

There is a lesson here for us in that we will not change or ask for help until the pain of staying the same becomes too great for us! Maybe there is a sin in your life that just seems to defeat you. Maybe it is a struggle with bitterness and unforgiveness and it is poisoning your emotions. Unless you seek help from outside yourself you will probably stay stuck in this rut!

Where do you turn for help? One, you can and should turn to God. This will mean prayer and reading your Bible. 1 Peter 5:7 “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” Two, in many cases, struggles that have plagued you for years or that are getting serious fast, need to be with a Godly friend. Confess yours sins and struggles. Then if you want to put those sins to death, keep an ongoing accountability relationship with that friend by weekly giving an account of your sins. James 5:16 tells us that “Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”

Three, learn new behaviors and emotions. Ephesians 4:22-23 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

In the same way that I can’t leave that faucet half way off, you can’t continue to live in your sin. Give up on your efforts and plead with God for help in the same way that I plead with you for help! Remember Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

Got to go clean up my mess and apologize to my family for being a jerk! I’ll have the grill hot when you get here!

Pastor Phillip

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