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Helping others 1

'They would not listen or respond.' Jeremiah 32:33 NIV

There are people we can't help - at least not right now. Notice what God said about the Israelites: 'Though I taught them again and again, they would not listen or respond' (Jeremiah 32:33 NIV). Now, if God himself can't help them, what chance do we have?

Let's look at these people who usually can't be helped: (1) People who keep making excuses. Excuses are a crutch for lack of commitment and a smoke-screen for self-justification. We can't help someone until they're willing to take responsibility for their life and apply the solutions of Scripture. Think:?if they won't listen to God, what difference will our opinion make? (2) People who move in the wrong circles. The Bible says, 'Bad company corrupts good character' (1 Corinthians 15:33 NLT). There are people who simply don't belong in our life, and we can't move forward until we break the link that connects us. The company we keep influences our conduct and character, and those two things decide our future. (3) People who blame God for their problems. When trouble comes, they ask, 'Why did God allow this to happen to me?' The fact is, we'll never see God as our solution until we stop seeing him as our problem.

God laid it on the line for his people: 'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life' (Deuteronomy 30:19 NKJV). If you want to keep from getting discouraged, love people and pray for them, but spend your time with those who are willing to be helped.

Soulfood: Exo 36-38 Luke 15:1-10 Ps 27 Pro 7:10-20,

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