Intro – Here is Bill Shade with today’s “Moment from God’s Word”.
One of the most frightening experiences of life is finding ourselves in a situation where we feel completely helpless. And since we do not like that sensation, we do everything we can to avoid it. But what if it were true? If we really are helpless, then the wisest and safest thing we could do would be to recognize it and look for help.
Spiritual helplessness is the picture we get of ourselves as we read the Scriptures.
• Job says, “Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean?” then he laments, “no one.”
• Jeremiah writes, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin of the leopard his spots? Then will I confess unto you that you can do good, who are accustomed to doing evil.”
• And David adds these words, “Every man at his best state is altogether vanity” (empty / vapor / nothing).
• The New testament picks up the theme with this; “There is none righteous, no not one, there is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God, They are all gone out of the way, They are together become unprofitable: there is none that doeth good , no not one.” Then there follows a whole litany of crimes that are daily committed by man from murder and mayhem to lies and deceit.
The point of all of this is that we might realize our helplessness to do right and run to the Savior who alone can forgive us, and give us a brand new heart that is capable of loving, obeying and following God. Knowing we are helpless is a good thing – it leads us to the one who can save us from sin and from ourselves.
Closing – This is Kile Smith. You have been listening to Bible Teacher and author, Dr. Bill Shade, Director of Advanced Studies for Source of Light Ministries International. Our college-recognized, three-year, Bible Institute curriculum is now available online. We invite you to visit us on the Web at advancedbiblicalstudies.net – that’s advancedbiblicalstudies.net and begin a systematic study of God’s Word today.