Where Help Begins

True help begins with salvation. You may ask, “What is salvation?” The term saved means to be rescued. God wants to rescue you from sin and pending judgment. Notice a few important truths about salvation:

  1. God loves you and wants to help. At times, you may think that nobody loves you. However, God does. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Not only does God love you, He wants to bring you into His family.
  2. You need help because of your sin. Whether you battle anger, gossip, smoking, lust, or drugs, your real problem is a sin problem. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Sin is at the heart of every uncontrolled passion that lies within your heart.
  3. You need help because sin will be judged. Have you ever felt far from God? The reason is because of your sin. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:2) If you die with your sin, that separation will become everlasting. Sinners who fail to repent will be punished in eternal flames. “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15) Because God loves you, He has made a way for you to escape this horrible punishment.
  4.  You cannot help yourself. Sadly, many people try to fix their own problems without God’s help. How often have you said, “I’m not going to do that bad thing again,” only to fail? You cannot look within for strength to conquer sin, you need to look up!
  5. Jesus is willing to help. In order to be saved, you need a Savior. That is where Jesus enters the picture. He knew that man could not save himself. Therefore, He left heaven in order to do what we could not do for ourselves—He paid for our sin. Because all sin has to be punished, Jesus willingly took your punishment upon Himself when He died on the cross. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.” (I Peter 3:18) He wants to forgive you, but you must ask Him to do so.
  6. You must accept God’s help. Salvation is a gift—“…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Like any gift, you have to receive it; but this gift can only be obtained from Jesus. Thankfully, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Are you ready to ask Jesus to come into your life and forgive you of your sin? Will you receive Him as your Savior so that He can change your life? If you would like to ask Jesus to save you, pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I have sinned against you and that I am powerless to save myself. Please come into my life and forgive me of all my sin. I now trust you as my Savior. Thank you for cleansing me. Amen.

Are You Ready to Be Clean?

Being clean starts with spiritual cleansing. All of your sins must be washed away. If you want Jesus to wash away your sin and give you new life, consider the following:

  1. God loves you even though you have failed Him. Although the Lord does not love your sin, He loves you. In fact, He loved you so much that He sent His Son Jesus to die on the cross so you wouldn’t have to be punished for your sin. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
  2. Sin makes your soul dirty. Sinful habits such as anger, gossip, smoking, lust, and substance abuse are filthy in the eyes of the Lord. “But we are all as an unclean thing.” (Isaiah 64:6) Sin has defiled us all. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)
  3. Your sin separates you from God. God does not want sin in His presence. “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you.” (Isaiah 59:2) Heaven is clean and pure, but sin is dirty and corrupt. Just as a mother will not allow her child to step onto her clean carpet with muddy boots, God will not permit a person to step into heaven with sin.
  4. You cannot clean up your life. How many times have you said, “I’ll never do that bad thing again,” and before long you are back to doing it? We have no power to make ourselves clean and acceptable to God. “For though thou wash thee…and take thee much soap, yet thine iniquity is marked before me, saith the Lord GOD.” (Jeremiah 2:22) “Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I am pure from my sin?” (Proverbs 20:9) Nobody! That is why Jesus left heaven. “And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.” (I John 3:5) Because He never sinned, He was able to offer Himself as a substitute and was punished in our place.
  5. Jesus is ready and able to cleanse you. Because all sin has to be punished, Jesus willingly took your punishment upon Himself when He died on the cross. “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God.” (I Peter 3:18) He wants to cleanse and forgive you, but you must ask Him to do so.
  6. You must receive Jesus as your Savior so He can wash away your sin. Salvation is a gift—“…the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23) Like any gift, you have to receive it; but this gift can only be obtained from Jesus. Thankfully, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13) Are you ready to ask Jesus to come into your life and cleanse you of your sin? Will you receive Him as your Savior so that He can change your life? If you would like to ask Jesus to save you from your sin, pray something like this:

Dear Jesus, I know that I need to be cleansed of my sin, but I am powerless to clean up my life. I am sorry that I have offended you by my actions. Please come into my life and forgive me of all my sin. I now receive you as my Savior. Thank you for cleansing me. Amen.

Addiction

All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. (I Corinthians 6:12)

But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. (I Corinthians 9:27)

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ… (II Corinthians 10:3-5)

Anger

He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly: and a man of wicked devices is hated. (Proverbs 14:17)

He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. (Proverbs 14:29)

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
20 For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. (James 1:19-20)

Bitterness

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:31-32)

Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled… (Hebrews 12:15)

But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. (James 3:14)

Covetousness

And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (Luke 12:15)

For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. (I Timothy 6:7)

Hell and destruction are never full; so the eyes of man are never satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)

Demons

But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. (I Corinthians 10:20)

And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour. (Matthew 17:18)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Discouragement

And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him…but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God. (I Samuel 30:6)

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. (Psalm 31:24)

For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. (II Samuel 22:29)

Drinking

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. (Proverbs 20:1)

He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich. (Proverbs 21:17)

And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit… (Ephesians 5:18)

Fear

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. (II Timothy 1:7)

What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee. (Psalm 56:3)

And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. (Deuteronomy 31:8)

Friends

I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts… (Psalm 119:63)

He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed. (Proverbs 13:20)

Be not thou envious against evil men, neither desire to be with them. (Proverbs 24:1)

Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away. (Proverbs 4:14-15)

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24)

Gambling

Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase. (Proverbs 13:11)

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven. (Proverbs 23:5)

He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him. (Proverbs 28:22)

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. (I Timothy 6:9-10)

Hatred

He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now… But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. (I John 2:9, 11)

Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins. (Proverbs 10:12)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith. (Proverbs 15:17)

For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. (Titus 3:3)

Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate. (Psalm 34:21)

Jealousy

And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him. (Genesis 37:4)

For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance. (Proverbs 6:34)

Wrath is cruel, and anger is outrageous; but who is able to stand before envy? (Proverbs 27:4)

Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. (Song of Solomon 8:6)

Laziness

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat. (Proverbs 13:4)

He becometh poor that dealeth with a slack hand: but the hand of the diligent maketh rich. (Proverbs 10:4)

He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster. (Proverbs 18:9)

The sluggard will not plow by reason of the cold; therefore shall he beg in harvest, and have nothing. (Proverbs 20:4)

That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Hebrews 6:12)

Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord… (Romans 12:11)

Lust

Lust not after her beauty in thine heart; neither let her take thee with her eyelids. (Proverbs 6:25)

But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28)

This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Galatians 5:16)

Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body. (I Corinthians 6:18)

Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. (James 1:15)

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul… (I Peter 2:11)

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. (II Peter 1:4)

But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints… (Ephesians 5:3)

For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication… (I Thessalonians 4:3)

Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (II Timothy 2:22)

Lying

Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds… (Colossians 3:9)

Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. (Ephesians 4:25)

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44)

A lying tongue hateth those that are afflicted by it; and a flattering mouth worketh ruin. (Proverbs 26:28)

A righteous man hateth lying: but a wicked man is loathsome, and cometh to shame. (Proverbs 13:5)

Lying lips are abomination to the LORD: but they that deal truly are his delight. (Proverbs 12:22)

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood… A false witness that speaketh lies… (Proverbs 6:16-17, 19)

Music

And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it, and fear, and shall trust in the LORD. (Psalm 40:3)

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul… (I Peter 2:11)

Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord… (Ephesians 5:19)

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. (Colossians 3:16)

Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (Hebrews 2:12)

And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. (Mark 14:26)

Pornography

I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me. (Psalm 101:3)

I made a covenant with mine eyes; why then should I think upon a maid? (Job 31:1)

Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word. (Psalm 119:9)

Let not thine heart decline to her ways, go not astray in her paths. For she hath cast down many wounded: yea, many strong men have been slain by her. Her house is the way to hell, going down to the chambers of death. (Proverbs 7:25-27)

Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. (Romans 6:12)

But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. (Romans 13:14)

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Philippians 4:8)

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world… (Titus 2:11-12)

Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul… (I Peter 2:11)

Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge. (Hebrews 13:4)

Pride

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. (I Corinthians 10:12)

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look… (Proverbs 6:16-17)

For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it? (I Corinthians 4:7)

When pride cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom. (Proberbs 11:2)

Only by pride cometh contention: but with the well advised is wisdom. (Proberbs 13:10)

The LORD will destroy the house of the proud: but he will establish the border of the widow. (Proverbs 15:25)

Every one that is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished. (Proverbs 16:5)

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall. (Proverbs 16:18)

A man’s pride shall bring him low: but honour shall uphold the humble in spirit. (Proverbs 29:23)

But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. (James 4:6)

Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time… (I Peter 5:5-6)

For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (I John 2:16)

Rebellion

For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry… (I Samuel 15:23)

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. (Psalm 107:10-12)

But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears, that they should not hear. (Zechariah 7:11)

We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly, and have rebelled, even by departing from thy precepts and from thy judgments… (Daniel 9:5)

I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that was not good, after their own thoughts… (Isaiah 65:2)

But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. (Jeremiah 5:23)

Woe to the rebellious children, saith the LORD, that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin… (Isaiah 30:1)

But if ye will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then shall the hand of the LORD be against you, as it was against your fathers. (I Samuel 12:15)

To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against him… (Daniel 9:9)

And refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion appointed a captain to return to their bondage: but thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and forsookest them not. (Nehemiah 9:17)

And might not be as their fathers, a stubborn and rebellious generation; a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit was not stedfast with God. (Psalm 78:8)

Revenge

Say not, I will do so to him as he hath done to me: I will render to the man according to his work. (Proverbs 24:29)

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. (Proverbs 20:22)

Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (Romans 12:14)

Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. (Romans 12:17)

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. (Romans 12:19)

See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men. (I Thessalonians 5:15)

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. (I Peter 3:9)

But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you… (Luke 6:27)

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the LORD shall reward thee. (Proverbs 25:21-22)

Smoking

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. (Galatians 6:7-8)

What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. (I Corinthians 6:19-20)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10:13)

Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)

Love worketh no ill to his neighbor… (Romans 13:10)

Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin. (James 4:17)

…for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)

Abstain from all appearance of evil. (I Thessalonians 5:22)

Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. (Psalm 37:4-5)

Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established. (Proverbs 16:3)

We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. (Romans 15:1)

Sneakiness

The eyes of the LORD are in every place, beholding the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)

For the ways of man are before the eyes of the LORD, and he pondereth all his goings. (Proverbs 5:21)

For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes. (Jeremiah 16:17)

I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah 17:10)

Doth not he see my ways, and count all my steps? (Job 31:4)

For his eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. (Job 34:21)

Stealing

Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. (Ephesians 4:28)

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies… (Matthew 15:19)

Thou shalt not steal. (Exodus 20:15)

But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters. (I Peter 4:15)

Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. (I Corinthians 6:10)

The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. (Ezekiel 22:29)

Suicidal Thoughts

Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (I Corinthians 3:16)

Thou shalt not kill. (Exodus 20:13)

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (II Corinthians 12:9)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Philippians 4:13)

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. (Jeremiah 29:11)

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. (John 14:27)

These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full. (John 15:11)

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time? (Ecclesiastes 7:17)

For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. (II Samuel 22:29)

Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. (Psalm 32:1)

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart. (Psalm 32:7-11)

The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. (Psalm 34:17-19)

Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me. For innumerable evils have compassed me about: mine iniquities have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up; they are more than the hairs of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me. Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me: O LORD, make haste to help me. (Psalm 40:11-13)

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. (Psalm 42:5)

Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. (Psalm 55:22)

Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side. (Psalm 71:21)

The LORD upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down. (Psalm 145:14)

He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away. (Isaiah 35:10)

But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. (Isaiah 41:10)

For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isaiah 41:13)

Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee… (Jeremiah 32:17)

For with God nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)

Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. (I Peter 5:7)

Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Nehemiah 8:10)

Temptation

The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished… (II Peter 2:9)

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (I Corinthians 10: 13)

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11)

Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26:41)

For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. (Hebrews 2:18)

Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (I Peter 5:8-9)

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7)

Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. (Ephesians 6:10-13)

For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:14)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (I John 1:9)

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (I John 4:4)

For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. (I John 5:4)

Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren. (James 1:12-16)

Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. (Matthew 4:1-11)

The Tongue

In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)

He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. (Proverbs 13:3)

Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. (Proverbs 17:28)

Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles. (Proverbs 21:23)

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. (Psalm 34:13)

Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. (Psalm 141:3)

Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath… (James 1:19)

If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (James 1:26)

My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body. Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind: But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh. (James 3:1-12)

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile… (I Peter 3:10)

Worldliness

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (Romans 12:2)

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (I John 2:15)

Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:2)

Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. (James 4:4)

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world… (Titus 2:12)

For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia, Titus unto Dalmatia. (II Timothy 4:10)

And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. (I John 2:17)

And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. (Galatians 5:24)

Below, you will find some precious promises that can bring comfort, relief, and peace to your soul.

 

The Promise of Forgiveness

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”  I John 1:9

 

The Promise of God’s Presence

“…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  Hebrews 13:5

 

The Promise of Help

“…The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”  Hebrews 13:6

 

The Promise of Strength

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”
Isaiah 41:10

The Promise of Peace

 

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4: 7

 

The Promise of Hope

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”  Romans 15:13

 

The Promise of Victory over Sin

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”  I John 5:4

 

The Promise of Joy

“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.”  John 15:11

 

The Promise of Provision

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”  Matthew 6:33

 

As you can see, God has a promise for your every need.  The more you read the Bible, the more God will speak to your heart, comfort your soul, and strengthen your resolve.  Take time to read His Word and pray every day.  Prayer is simply asking God to help you with your needs.

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