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Myth: God Only Helps Those Who Help Themselves


Did you know God does not bless self-reliant people? He blesses people who are dependent upon him. Lots of people think the phrase “God helps those who help themselves,” is in the Bible. No, that’s not in there.  God helps those who depend on him. He helps people who are surrendered to him. He blesses people who are submitted to him.

What are you expecting God to do in your life? Really. What are you expecting God to do in your life this week? Without even talking to you, without even knowing you, I could tell you exactly what God’s doing in your life. He’s doing what you expect him to do. No more, no less. Because if you study all the scriptures you find that every time God moved out of heaven and moved on earth and did a miracle it is because somebody believed. Somebody expected God to act. The more you depend on God instead of yourself, the more God’s going to bless you. If you depend on God a little bit, you get a little bit of blessing. But if you depend on God a whole lot, you get a whole lot of blessing. It is all dependent on living by God’s power.

Ephesians 3:20 “By his mighty power at work within us he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.”  

How do I get God’s power in my life? Three ways.

1. By praying.  

Prayer is the connection to God’s power. Much prayer, much power. Little prayer, little power. No prayer, no power. Tell me about your prayer life and I’ll tell you how much power you’ve got in your life. I get power in my life by praying. In the scriptures, in the book of James, it tells us this “The earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available.” If you don’t have any power in your life, that tells me one thing. You’re not praying. Real simple. Because prayer and power go together.

There’s a second way you get God’s power in your life.

2. By taking risks to obey God.

God says, “when you take a risk to do what I tell you to do, even when it’s hard, even when it’s unpopular, even when it may cost you, even when it doesn’t make sense, even when it may be expensive, even when nobody else around you is doing it. If you’ll take that risk and you’ll obey me, I will pour out my power in your life.”

We only grow when our faith is being stretched. When it’s stretched beyond our comfort zone. If you’re not taking any risks in your life then you don’t need any faith. If you want to see a miracle you must make the first step. If you want to walk on water, you’ve got to get out of the boat.

3. By not giving up.

We get God’s power when we pray. We get God’s power when we step out and take a risk. We get God’s power when we hold on. When we don’t give up. In order for God to grow your faith he’s got to test it. When you’re going through difficulties and delays and dead ends and despair and discouragement, God is saying, “this is a test. I’m going to teach you how to trust me so I can pour my faith in you.” If you hang on, God will bless you.  

How do I live by God’s power? I pray, I take risks in faith; I do the thing I fear the most and I hang on.

Application Questions:

  1. Are you more self-reliant or dependant on God? What area of your life can you trust God with more?

  2. What area of your life do you need more of God’s power? How will you tap into that power?

  3. What are you expecting God to do in your life THIS WEEK?