Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, September 6th, 2018
Gotcha's Deceits: False Help
The time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear.
2 Timothy 4:3 (NIV)
You have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him.
1 John 2:27 (NASB)
Perhaps only God and the Library of Congress know the extent of self-help books. (Second thought... just God).

If we add webinars and life coaches competing to help unhappy people... we reach a mind-bending sum, with millions of options costing billions of dollars.*

Because we're constantly dissatisfied. Because media's fantasy lifestyles spur us to seek the assistance of men.

But The Word says:

'Human help is worthless' (Psalm 108:12, NIV).

'It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man' (Psalm 118:8, KJV).

'Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength...' (Jeremiah 17:5, NLT).

'For you have only one Teacher, the Messiah' (Matthew 23:10).

Bottom line considerations:

1) God's Own Son realized His helplessness apart from His Father, so he sought Him. 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by Himself...' (John 5:19, NIV).

2) He told us to follow the same process: 'Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you' (Matthew 6:33, NKJV).

3) Godly counselors are beneficial. They can help help apply His Word to your life: 'And in abundance of counselors there is victory' (Proverbs 24:6, NASB).

## Gotcha's Deceits: False Help (Part 19)

* Interesting Short Article(s)

* 11 Billion Reasons The Self Help Industry Doesn't Want You To Know The Truth About Happiness:
https://www.inc.com/matthew-jones/11-billion-reasons-self-help-industry-doesnt-want-you-to-know-truth-about-happiness.html

* 19 Self Improvement Industry Statistics and Trends:
https://brandongaille.com/18-self-improvement-industry-statistics-and-trends/

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Gotcha! series.


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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis


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