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Archive for the month “May, 2014”

“God helps those who help themselves.”

This saying is definitely not Biblical in origin. In Isaiah 25:4 the Bible says, “For You [God] have been a defense for the helpless, a defense for the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat…” Romans 5:6 says, “For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.” When we’re stuck and we can’t do anything for ourselves, God will be there.

Often trying to do things ourselves, out of our own self-sufficiency leads to God not helping us. There’s scripture where God is waiting for us to humble ourselves, throw up our hands, and cry out that we don’t have it under control (Psa. 53:1-3, 119:169; Matthew 14:29-30, James 4:10.)

When we can’t do it anymore. When we’re not able to conquer that habitual sin. When we’re emotionally and physically at the end of our rope – God will be there to help even when we can’t help ourselves.

Truth takeaway: God does help those who cannot help themselves. God desires a humble heart and contrite spirit (Psa. 34:18, 51:17). Sometimes God wants to see this more than us trying to fight our way through life.

Freedom takeaway: I think it’s just freeing to know that God is there for me in my distress, struggles, fatigue, etc.

Are you ready to let go and receive God’s help?




Is karma Biblical?


Another br220px-It_Shoots_Further_Than_He_Dreamseak from the “Stuff we Say” series. Though in a way, it’s not. We’ve often said things that agree with the idea of karma. Karma, in our Western culture basically means “What goes around, comes around.” (The actual principle of karma in the Hindu beliefs where it originates is actually more complex.) While the Bible doesn’t directly say “What goes around, comes around,” there are two verses that speak to that principle

Obadiah 1:15 “For the Day of the Lord is near, against all the nations. As you have done, so it will be done to you; what you deserve will return on your own head.”

Galatians 6:7 “Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap,”

Truth takeaway: While not actually called “karma” in the Bible, the concept is the same.

Freedom takeaway: When we’re hurt by someone else or see injustice done we want them to pay and pay dearly. These verses are a promise from God that He will deliver what is deserved.

Jesus, Fix My Wife! – Repost from The Generous Husband

This is a repost from The Generous Husband. He, and his wife’s blog (The Generous Wife) have an amazing Christian marriage ministry through these blogs and their websites The Marriage Bed (also found on Facebook here).

As with most things I write or post on our FreedomTruthMarriage Facebook page, I’m posting this as a reminder to myself. One of the most profound and eye-opening things I learned this last year is that I need to quit worrying about fixing her (from problems I usually caused), but need to focus on fixing me. All I need to do to her is just love the heck out of her and be the husband she desires.

Here it is:  Jesus, Fix My Wife!

Take a look at some of the other stuff he’s written. Also, ladies, check out his wife’s blog.

If you want to read more stuff about  good, Christian, (and fun) married sex check out The Marriage Bed.


“When God closes a door he opens a window.”

From what I’ve found, this isn’t in the Bible. I do know it’s in the Sound of Music film. It’s spoken by Mother Abbess midway through the movie. While Mother Abbess is depicted as a woman of God, I don’t think that qualifies this saying as Scripture.
An example of God saying “No” to one thing and having his follower go another way is in Acts 16:6-12. Paul and company were heading to Bithynia but they weren’t allowed to. Instead they went to Macedonia.

Sometimes Revelation 3:7 is used to justify this saying. It says, “Write to the angel of the church in Philadelphia: ‘The Holy One, the True One, the One who has the key of David, who opens and no one will close, and closes and no one opens says:'” That seems like a stretch to me, and doesn’t really support this saying.

Truth takeaway: While it sounds good and God can work anything however he wants, this saying isn’t in the Bible. It isn’t supported Scripturally either.

Freedom takeaway: A lot of these sayings that I cover sound great. Some are Biblically supported. Others are almost heretical. Let’s walk in the freedom provided by the truth of the Scriptures, not in fortune cookie sayings that sound religious.

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