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Psalm 34:4-5, “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”2 Corinthians 12:9, “But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

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If the enemy had his way, each of us would feel like the only one on earth who needed help. Oftentimes, the reason we don’t ask for help is that we want to stay sick. If we tell others, we’ll have to relinquish control. And God? Sure, we say we want Him to take the reins, but it’s not true. If we keep a firm (often white-knuckle) grip on our secret, we won't have to change.Fear drives our need for secrecy. We fear every possible outcome — rejection, exposure, or that we're too far gone. Instead of asking for help, we quickly assume every negative “what-if.” We worry that others will think we’re weak. But, isn’t it just as possible that we’ll find acceptance, grace, unconditional love, and healing? And isn’t asking for help the opposite of weakness? Think about it. What takes more courage: speaking out or staying silent? Being comfortable or making progress?When we admit our need for help, when we let go of our secret and allow God to work in that space, His power is perfected in our weakness. When we are weak, He is strong! So, ask for help! See yourself through the lens of Scripture. From that place of need, you’ll find Jesus — who loves you just as you are!

Act

What do you fear most about giving up control? What lie might be woven into that fear?

Pray

Dear Lord, I admit that I need help. In Your strength, I can overcome my fear of change. Give me the courage to seek wise counsel and to see myself through the lens of Your Word. I am accepted, covered by grace, and loved unconditionally, just as I am. In Jesus’ name, Amen.