Psalm 12:1: Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. (KJV)
Man needs help, but the greatest need is the spiritual, but he does not know it. He is worried about food and cloth thinking those are his greatest needs. But the greatest need is spiritual. Jesus told the people not to labour for the food which perishes but for that which endures for eternal life; that is the satisfaction that keeps satisfying (John 6:27). He wanted them to focus on eternal things, even while on earth.
He told a Samaritan woman, who in midday came a long way to fetch water from a well, that he can give her the water which will be turned in her to springs of water springing up to eternal life (John 4:10-14), reiterating the fact that God wants us to focus on spiritual/eternal things.
But man is largely blind to his spiritual need. While we worry about what perishes God wants to give us what does not perish. God is the fountain of living waters, and every other pursuit is vanity upon vanity.
When man was cut off from God in the Garden of Eden through sin, man began to dry out, subject to sin, sickness and death, chained to the futile pursuit of what to eat.
God gave a taste of what it takes to live in him in the wilderness when the whole nation of Israel was fed and clothed supernaturally.
They were meant to concentrate on the presence of God that was manifested on the tabernacle as the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night (Exodus 30:21). They were to revel in the presence of God, and the bible says there was no one who was feeble among them (Psalm 105:37). They were provided for, in a reminiscence on what happened in the Garden of Eden.
Man is spiritually dead and his need is to become spiritually alive. But the dead may not know he is dead, except the preaching of the gospel serves to prick his heart.
The multitude who came to worship in Jerusalem in Acts 2, did not know they were spiritually dead, and really far from God, though they had all the trappings of being religious, seeing that they had travelled a long way to observe the demands of God as revealed to their forefathers.
But after Peter preached, they were pricked in the heart and they responded positively to that pricking, which was the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:7-11). They asked Peter and others: men and brethren what shall we do?
But when Paul stood before one king, speaking to him about issues of divine knowledge, he said to him: you almost made me to become a Christian (Acts 26:28). That king felt the pull of the Holy Spirit, but shrugged it off. He did not respond positively to the call to embrace Jesus as the source of eternal life.
Paul wrote to the Romans that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:1-2). Jesus was made sin for us who knew no sin so that we can become the righteousness of God in him (2Corinthians 5:21). The point is that while we are yet sinners Christ died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6) i.e. when we did not know we needed such, God gave us spiritual help.
The Holy Spirit is called the helper (John 14:16), so Jesus described him. Jesus said that he will not leave us comfortless, he will come to us, and that is by the Holy Spirit (John 14:18). Peter said that he would not leave Jesus because from him comes the words of eternal life, that is the word that can change things. And that purpose of the Holy Spirit in our lives as the Spirit of life is to give us help at every turn. He is the Spirit of life, giving us the ability to live in victory.
The bible says that God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 1:3). After removing curses from us (Galatians 3:13), he starts to help us with his blessings.
The blessing of God upon Abraham was a great help to him. Here was a man who was childless but the blessing of God resulted in him having a child with his aged wife.
And not only that but he was told that he was going to be the father of many nations, that if anyone can count the sand of the seashore or the stars in the sky they will be able to count his children. Isaac and Jacob were inheritor of that blessing, but later on we realised that the blessing, the full activation of it is in no other person but Jesus, in whom we have life and the one who will possess the gates of his enemies, as God promised Abraham (Genesis 22).
The ultimate enemy of humanity was the devil, and when blessing was being proclaimed upon Abraham that his seed will possess the gate of his enemies, he was not thinking of any supernatural being, but we will eventually find out in the bible that the ultimate seed is Jesus (Galatian 3:16) and the ultimate enemy is the devil.
Jesus said that he will build his church (the ultimate beneficiary of the blessing on Abraham, because they are in Christ) and the gates of hell will not overcome it (Matthew 16:18). He spoke directly of the gates of hell and that his calling includes dealing with them, as part of the blessing upon him, and by extension upon the church which he built.
The bible says that there is an honour bestowed on the people of God which is to execute the judgment written (Psalm 149), enforce the dominion of Jesus, with the double edged sword in their hands,
And when we come to the writing of Paul we see that that double edged sword is the word of God (Ephesians 6:17), used in the presence of God, which is the tool to overcome the devil, to possess the gates of the enemy, overcome the influence of the enemy.
The bible says that the reason Jesus was manifested is to destroy the works of the devil (1John 3:8). Before now, the devil was destroying our lives, as the spirit of the power of the air influencing our lives (Ephesians 2:2). But now, we are not only rescued, we are now given dominion.
- Pass not away (I pray) (thepauls.wordpress.com)
- A Favorite Psalm (wint68.wordpress.com)
- Salvation’s Gift (wheatsaltwineoil.wordpress.com)
- The rapture or end times is in virtually every book of the New Testament. (omharris.blogspot.com)
- Four Gospels-Week 1 (King James Version) (faithtemplechurch.wordpress.com)
- Understanding How to Overcome the Kingdom of Darkness (zillasnetworks.wordpress.com)