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You can't do it by yourself
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Many of us remember the TV commercial about the elderly woman who was alone, fell in her home and “couldn’t get up.” She found herself in a bad situation. We all remember the woman’s cry for help: “Help, I’ve fallen and I can’t get up.”
The Bible warns us about bad situations several times. Genesis 2:18 says, “And the Lord God said, it is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him and help meet for him.” Also, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.”
After God created man, He said man should not be alone. So, He gave us help. We were not destined to be alone. By failing to understand and accept God’s word, we put ourselves in bad situations. We are destined to fall and there will be no one to help us up. The whole purpose of the “help meet” is to help us and keep us from falling. We sometimes consider ourselves too grown and think don’t need help. Saved or not, we think we can do it by ourselves, but we can’t.
Falling is just the beginning. You could die because of the fall. In order to live, we must do several things. First, we must decide that we want to live. Second, we must call out for help. Third, we must wait for help to come. Fourth, we must not get in the same situation again — in other words, have a plan.
Which step are you in? Are you undecided about life or death? Are you afraid to call for help? Can you hold on until help comes, or do you keep finding yourself in the same situation? If we want to live, we must accept Jesus as our savior. He will send us help. This is how some of us mess up. We forget that Jesus can send someone to help us or He can work through others.
Many times we find ourselves back in the same situation because we refuse the help He sends us. Some of us just stay in the situation and don’t call out for help. It’s not that you can’t call for help, but you won’t call for help. Pride will cause you to fall.
Next, the word says to wait on the Lord, in His time, and lean not on your own understanding. He will let you know who He sends to help you.
Let’s go back to the television commercial. If you remember, a dispatcher responded to the fallen woman’s cry for help. “We’re sending help immediately, Mrs. Fletcher,” the dispatcher said. Mrs. Fletcher learns from the situation and she doesn’t want to fall again. She establishes a plan, signs up for an emergency medical response service and pays for her plan.
We want a plan, but sometimes we don’t want to pay for it. We want it free. Well, free stuff can make you fall. It’s no secret that you get what you pay for. Remember, you can’t do it by yourself, no matter how hard you try. Again I ask: Which step are you in?

Andrews is president of the United Ministerial Alliance and a member of Mt. Carmel Ministries.
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