I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.
(John 14:16-17; ESV).
When I’m sick,
Or in pain,
Or I fall: You are the Helper
Who shares in it all.
When I’m sad,
Or afraid: You are the Helper
Who comes to my aid.
When I’m angry,
Or I sin: You are the Helper
Who pleads deep within.
The Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words
(Romans 8:26; NRSV).
You can do anything you want –
Yet you must wait
Until we turn to you
And start to plead.
You can take anything you want –
Yet you look down
And watch us sin
In thought, and word, and deed.
You can stop anything you want –
Yet you hold back
While we destroy
The perfect world you made.
You can say anything you want –
Yet you must grieve
As we ignore
The precious Son you gave.
You can have anything you want –
And yet you long
For us to recognise
The One you sent.
You can do anything you want –
And yet you wait
For us to see what’s coming,
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1. You can do anything, and no plan of yours can be thwarted (Job 42:1-2; CSB).
The Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion (Isaiah 30:18; NLT).
I cry out to the Lord; I plead for the Lord’s mercy (Psalm 142:1; NLT).
2. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job 1:21; CSB).
God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded back from you” (Luke 12:20; NET).
The Lord looks down from heaven on the entire human race (Psalm 14:2; NLT).
The Lord knows people’s thoughts (Psalm 94:11; NLT).
Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely (Psalm 139:4; NIV).
You know everything I do (Psalm 139:3; NLT).
3. All the peoples of the earth are nothing compared to him. He does as he pleases among the angels of heaven and among the people of the earth. No one can stop him or say to him, “What do you mean by doing these things?” (Daniel 4:35; NLT).
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1:1; NLT).
God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good (Genesis 1:31; NLT).
The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it (Genesis 2:15; NIV).
4. The one who rules in heaven laughs. The Lord scoffs at them. Then in anger he rebukes them, terrifying them with his fierce fury (Psalm 2:4-5; NLT).
They rebelled against him and grieved his Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:10; NLT).
God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).
5. If I were hungry, I would not call you, for all the world is mine and everything in it (Psalm 50:12; NLT).
The Lord longs to be gracious to you (Isaiah 30:18; NIV).
He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognise him (John 1:10; NLT).
6. “I will cause the sun’s shadow to move ten steps backward on the sundial of Ahaz!” So the shadow on the sundial moved backward ten steps (Isaiah 38:8; NLT).
I am about to cover the earth with a flood that will destroy every living thing that breathes. Everything on earth will die (Genesis 6:17; NLT).
After seven days, the waters of the flood came and covered the earth (Genesis 7:10; NLT).
The end of the world is coming soon (1 Peter 4:7; NLT).
Repent of your sins and turn to God for the Kingdom of Heaven is near (Matthew 3:2; NLT).