Aug 25 2017

Ingo Breuer

Oh My God

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Oh My God

Many people scream “Oh my God” when something terrible happens. Mostly it is not an expression of faith but rather of disbelief. According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary disbelief is the “refusal of credit or faith; denial of belief. Our belief or disbelief of a thing does not alter the nature of the thing.”

When we have chosen the path of faith in Jesus Christ, should we use expressions like that? Should we scream and yell in disbelief? Even an atheist in an emergency will let out an expletive or cuss word appealing to a higher power he otherwise denies while everything is going his way. Anything from “Holy Mackerel” to “Holy Moly” and even worse.

Shouldn’t we turn those situations around and instead of expressing disbelief or even cursing, we are challenged  to use those moments to express an affirmation of faith or to speak a word of blessing?

Did you know that the term “O my God” appears 21 times in the Bible and mostly in the Psalms which are songs and prayers. Shouldn’t we learn from that for our prayer life as we pray evermore?

O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me. Psalm 25:2

Make this your personal declaration of trust in God. Don’t say “O my God” as if your are accusing God of all the consequences of man’s sin including your and my own sin. As you pray, say “O my God, I trust in thee”. Trust him! Believe that he is. If your are saved, then you know that God is and that He is with your and through the Holy Ghost He is in you. Make this your repeated prayer. You learn by repetition. You form habits by repetition. Avoid vain repetition, but relevant repetition is Biblical and the key to forming godly habits, character training, child training, transformation and obedience.

At the next car accident, job loss, act of terrorism, bad news from doctor, affirm in faith “O my God, I trust in thee. … Let not mine enemies triumph.

We trust in thee. Let not the SPLC, the Antifa, the leftists, the communists, the atheists … triumph over me.

Forsake me not, O LORD: O my God, be not far from me.Psalm 38:21

We want God to be close to us. Pray like this in order to draw nigh to God so that He will draw near to us. We want to be under God’s protection. Not all Christians live in the bliss of good marriages, good families, good churches, nice subdivisions, well-raised homeschooled kids and the organic Christian family farm and Sundays off..  Many believers today are divorced, deserted, alone, either jobless or overworked and they get whipped and harassed for their faith by liberal crowds who lie in bed with mega corporations. So you want to say: “O my God, be not far from me,” Affirm and declare this in your prayers that your desire God’s presence and closeness.

But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. Psalm 40:17

Sometimes prayer requests are urgent. The Psalmist urges God to answer and make no tarrying about it. He affirms his need for God’s help and his need to get help quick!

Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. Psalm 71:4.

In prayer we cry out do God for deliverance. “Deliver me, O my God, out of …” expressed in faith sounds much different than ranting “OMG” in disbelief”.  So turn those moments when otherwise your would scream in disbelief into a moment with God where you express your trust in Him because you have given this care over to Him.

Deliver me, O God, out of cancer, drugs, alcohol, meth, atheism, socialism …. and the list goes and on. But we must ask God to deliver us. Even if you are saved but caught in some kind of bondage to sin it is the right thing for your to ask God to deliver and save you:

Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten all mine enemies upon the cheek bone; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.Psalm 3:7.

It’s never wrong to ask God to save you.  When the Bible talks about salvation it does not always refer to the salvation of souls in the new birth. On some occasions it means to be saved from an urgent problem, crisis or need or to be saved from a physical or national threat. You might already havea received God’s saving grace. But maybe you are facing persecution, trials, temptations and other issues. Ask God to save you specifically from that. That is what the Psalmist does in his prayers.

Don’t be to proud to exclaim by faith: ” Save me, O my God.”

If you are lost and never have been saved, then you still need to call upon the name of the Lord and trust Jesus Christ. Why not stop what you are doing know and cry out “Same me, O my God.” Ask Him to save your soul, repent of your sin and trust in Jesus Christ because it was for our sin that He died on the cross to pay the ransom to save our souls from everlasting hellfire. God raised His Son Jesus from death and so we also can be raised to a new life. Death – the consequence of sin – can be overturned. We will die physically but we will not stay dead. We receive a now body that is glorified and not ruined by sin. We receive a new nature when we get saved. We can reckon our old nature to be dead but we have to put on the new man that we have received.

O God, be not far from me: O my God, make haste for my help. Psalm 71:12.

Don’t just yell “OMG” in disbelief. Pray like this verse and ask for God’s help. He wants to be your help. We can’t make it on our own. Trust in and ask for God’s help. Many times I have experienced God’s help as I quietly prayed. There is the outward prayer when your pray aloud in church prayer meetings or congregational meetings, family prayer, personal devotions. There is the inward prayer. We are commanded to pray evermore. We cannot pray aloud all the time. We pray silently in our heart as we are at work, in social gatherings, in groups, busy doing our work etc. In those times we can cry out for God to help us. We must believe that He IS (Heb. 11:6) and therefore is real, so that we can expect Him to answer.

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