Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Experience the Helper

And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 4:9 (NASB)

He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Matthew 11:15 (NASB)

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; John 10:27 (NASB)

but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; 1 Peter 3:15 (NASB)

Then you will discern righteousness and justice
And equity and every good course.
For wisdom will enter your heart
And knowledge will be pleasant to your soul;
Discretion will guard you,
Understanding will watch over you, Proverbs 2:9-11 (NASB)

EAR           hear         HEART 

Two parts of the body identified with hearing 


What is missing? Why does life seem empty? Where is God?

If you’ve asked such questions, you’re not alone. People continually search for life’s meaning—prodigals enter the dregs of society searching for feel good moments. Do they ever discover and unwrap the precious gift of a life fulfilled in Christ Jesus?

Scripture tells us over and over again that if we seek with our whole hearts, then we will find a treasure! And that treasure is God. Scripture also says where your heart is, there will be your treasure (Matthew 6:21). What is your treasure? What do you desire? Are you missing anything?

The disciples kept missing proof of God’s saving grace right before their eyes. They simply didn’t understand it all. Of course none of us will fully comprehend who God is until we stand face-to-face with Him. In the meantime, let’s review some facts from our journey up the mountain into the cloud with Jesus and His disciples and recognize Him as our Helper.

Overwhelming fear grew within the disciples as they observed the radiance of their friend Jesus on the mountaintop. And there talking with Him stood Elijah and Moses. Shocked and surprised, Peter quickly said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; let us make three tabernacles, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” (Mark 9:5)

Most likely the Israelites previously celebrated a joyous annual festival called “The Feast of Tabernacles” where they resided in booths or tents for a week (in our time as well, the Jews recently completed the observation of this festival). Their celebrations included remembering God’s past provision during their forty-year wilderness journey and it commemorated God’s present provision with the completion of the fall harvest. Their prayers during this feast asked for the future provision of rain for new crops. 

What has God done for you in the past? How has He supplied your needs? Do you look to Him as your “daily bread” and give thanks for His provision? Are you trusting Him to supply all your needs and relying on Him to carry you into the future?

All in all, “The Feast of Tabernacles” emphasized the Messiah’s return to set up His future Kingdom with the ingathering (or harvest) of His people where He will tabernacle (or dwell) with them. It was a foretaste of the feast to come with God’s people living peacefully in secure dwellings. Peter and the disciples, along with all Hebrew people, waited for their Messiah. When Peter spoke of setting up tabernacles (shelters, booths, tents) for Jesus, Elijah, and Moses, it’s as if He somewhat understood the messianic age upon them. Remember He declared Jesus as the Christ (or Messiah). Yet we also know from Scripture that Peter had a long way to go before He totally understood Jesus the Messiah and His mission. 

Do we understand this Jesus Christ and His mission? Do we understand the power we can access? If we believe on His Name, we can literally experience a spiritual explosion. 

As Peter, James, and John descended the mountain with Jesus, He told them to keep silent about their experience until He rose from the dead. The words rising from the dead sparked questions among the disciples. Jesus talked with them several times about this matter during His life on earth, but His followers lacked understanding. After Jesus’ ascension into heaven, an experience during Pentecost revealed the answers. 

Finally knowledge and comprehension cleared their muddled minds. The disciples encountered a spiritual explosion when God sent His Holy Spirit, the Helper, at Pentecost. Peter, the one who earlier denied Jesus, grasped the mission of Jesus the Messiah. A forgiven man now full of the Holy Spirit, Peter preached to those around him about the redemptive grace of His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the long-awaited Messiah—many believed and were saved. I don’t mean to be trite or disrespectful but as Billy Wilder said, “Hindsight is always 20/20.”

We live in the 20/20 era and can read about the experiences of God and His people in the Holy Bible. The Word of the Lord through Peter and other writers of Scripture reside in this book withstanding the test of time and available in many languages. We can read and meditate on the Word (Jesus Christ) of God, and when we believe in His name, He dwells (or tabernacles) within us. We can ascend the mountaintop and experience the Helper. We can dwell deep within the valley and still experience the Helper. We can face each day, come what may, experiencing the Helper. When clouds gather, we can experience the Holy Spirit through faith like Peter and the disciples did after Pentecost.

In a seemingly perfect life with no storms we become complacent. Without rain we become dry. Storms and rains provide growth and rainbows. Obstacles and challenges offer chances to trust God and increase faith. Like the Israelites who offered thanks to their Provider during the Feast of Tabernacles, we can celebrate His providence—past, present, and future. He is the Bread of Life. He is Immanuel which means God with us (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23). He is our Helper.

What life issues are troubling you? Are you weighted down with difficulties? Do you need help? Climb your mountain, put your head in the clouds, and listen to the voice of God and His Word. Relinquish your burdens and render praises to the One who resides in you and walks with you from past to future. Worship your Messiah now…..

for King & Country singing "Shoulders"

I will lift up my eyes to the mountains;
From where shall my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
He will not allow your foot to slip;
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, He who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade on your right hand.
The sun will not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.
The Lord will protect you from all evil;
He will keep your soul.
The Lord will guard your going out and your coming in
From this time forth and forever. Psalm 121 (NASB)

“This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
“I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her needy with bread.
“Her priests also I will clothe with salvation,
And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. Psalm 132:14-16 (NASB)

The Lord is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart exults,
And with my song I shall thank Him.
The Lord is their strength,
And He is a saving defense to His anointed.
Save Your people and bless Your inheritance;
Be their shepherd also, and carry them forever. Psalm 28:7-9 (NASB)

Before reading the psalm below, understand the word selah (pronounced see lah). It means pause and reflect or meditate. It also refers to a strong city surrounded by mountains. Take time to stop, look, and listen to His voice.

God be gracious to us and bless us,
And cause His face to shine upon us— Selah.
That Your way may be known on the earth,
Your salvation among all nations.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy;
For You will judge the peoples with uprightness
And guide the nations on the earth. Selah.
Let the peoples praise You, O God;
Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its produce;
God, our God, blesses us.
God blesses us,
That all the ends of the earth may fear Him. Psalm 67 (NASB)

Understand the Helper is the Holy Spirit and He grants us the same power that rose Jesus from the dead. Click on the link below and listen to "Same Power" by Jeremy Camp.


  1. Wow!! My ears are hearing this wonderful encouragement loud and clear. Lot's of yummy spiritual food to feast on. Makes me feel strong and totally dependent on God. Thanks for sharing your gift and insight. Simply Outstanding!!

    1. Thanks so much, Johnnie. You are a wonderful encourager.