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Pastor's corner: Do it yourself
Pastor Andrews
Minister D.S. Andrews
Many of us remember the TV commercial about the elderly woman who was alone, fell in her home, and could not get up. She found herself in a vulnerable (bad) situation. We all remember the key words she cried out, “Help, I’ve fallen, and I can’t get up.”
The Bible warns us about these situations several times. In Genesis 2:18 we read, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a help mate for him.” Also Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. 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 and gave us help, we were NOT destined to be alone. By failing to understand and accept God’s word, we set ourselves up for a bad situation, a fall, with no one to help us up. The whole purpose of the help mate is to help us and keep us from falling. We sometimes consider ourselves too grown and don’t need help. Whether we are saved or not saved, 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. Secondly, 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 till 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 work through others. Many times we find ourselves back in the same situation because we refuse to receive the help He sent to 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 also let you know who he sent to help you. Remember the commercial, the response was, “Ms. ABC everything will be OK, we’re sending an ambulance.”
Ms. ABC learns from the situation and doesn’t want to fall again. She establishes a plan, signs up, and pays for her plan. We want the plan, but sometimes don’t want to pay for the plan, the car or house, we want it free. Free stuff can make you fall. Facts show, 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?
Endnote: 1. Holy Bible, Authorized King James Version, Thomas Nelson inc. copyright 2003

Andrews is minister at Mount Carmel Holiness Church in Riceboro.
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