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That's not what I said!

Doesn't it aggravate you when someone says you said something that you know you did not say? All my life I have heard "Cleanliness is next to godliness" and "God helps those who helps themselves". God didn't say either one of those things.

There are countless sayings that get attributed to God that he did not say. They may be good thoughts; they may be good ideas, but he did not say them.

Another one that you've heard all of your life is, "God will not give you more than you can handle". The Bible does not actually say that, and I believe it confuses people when life drops a tangled mess on them and they absolutely feel they cannot handle anymore. Many people get saved; hear that God will not give them more than they can handle; and, automatically believe they're not going to have a lot of trouble any longer. That is just not true. Life will often handle you things that you cannot handle at all.

What the Bible actually says is "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." Clearly, WITH the TEMPTATION he will make a way to escape" (I Cor. 10:13).

You probably cannot re-count the times that you have heard "God helps those who help themselves". Well, that is not in the Bible either. If it's not in the Bible, but so many people think that it is, where did it come from?

I heard John Ortberg, pastor of Menlo Church, say this saying goes back to one of Aesop's fables. In the fable a man gets his wagon stuck in the mud. He gets out, kneels down on his knees praying to the gods that it will get unstuck. Hercules appears to him and tells him to put his shoulder to the wheel. From that fable, it became a common saying that God helps those who help themselves. Now, I don't know if that's where it really came from or not, but to me, I can find many examples in the Bible that are also the likely source of "God helps those who help themselves."

Proverbs 18:9 says, "He also that is slothful in his work is brother to him that is a great waster". God wants us to take initiative. He wants us to work. He wants us to be responsible for providing the needs of our family, but he does not say he helps those who help themselves. Proverbs 6:6 says, "Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise." Solomon says the ant has no helper, but is wise enough to prepare for its future needs. To me it's easy to see why someone coined, "God helps those who help themselves". But, also God helps those who need help.

The truth is, we all need help. God has enabled us to do many things for ourselves, but when we cannot, God has provided a way. There has been times when God provided for me through someone else. There has also been times when God provided for somebody else through me. God makes a way and the truth is God helps those who can't help themselves.

When the Israelites were in bondage their cry for help went up to God. He heard and delivered. The Bible says he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. (Matt. 5:45).

According to the Bible if we ask, he is there to help. The Bible says, "Keep on asking and you will receive what you asked for. Keep on seeking and you will find. Keep on knocking and the door will be open to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks the door will be opened" (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT).

Prayer is the key if you want help from God. Just ask. God's heart is full of love and he has a listening ear.

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