The Pagan Proverb often quoted by many professed Christians ignorantly is this:
“God (or heaven) helps those who help themselves.”
The truth is this:
“God helps those who CANNOT help themselves”
This helpless souls are weak and feeble and have acknowledge their helplessness.
The Psalmist said “I was brought low, and he helped me.” Psalm 116:6.
When WE feel our wisdom is sufficient to save us, then the power of the Infinite One can not step in to deliver.
Paul, as a convicted sinner, cried out helplessly:
“O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death?” Lest I perish. (Romans 7:24)
There is only one option:
We must be delivered, or we perish. A power outside of us must do the work on our behalf. We must be saved by grace, and not by our works.
It is dangerous to believe in your own strength in the matter of sin, satan, and the world. This three forces are far superior than us. We are vitally attached to them and cannot detached ourselves except a Power stronger than these three forces comes in.
We must be like the canaanite woman, whose daughter was vex with the devil, she met with Jesus and pleaded for help by crying out “Lord, help me.” Matthew 15:25.
Peter also recognized his helplessness when he was sinking in the sea of sin and cried out: “Lord, save me” Lest I perish and Jesus stretched forth his hand and delivered him. Matthew 14:30, 31.
There is only one deliverer: Jesus Christ.
You cannot be saved or delivered by TRYING. You can only be saved by you DYING. Dying to self is the option that we have to be delivered from Sin, Satan and the World. “There shall come out of Zion the deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob.” Rom 11:26.
“I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord.” “Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Rom 7:25, 1 Cor 15:57.
All of Heaven will come to our rescue when we cry out to God in helpless desperation to be delivered from Sin. God is ready to evacuate all the infinite host of heavenly angels just to save you from the prowls of Satan and his emissaries.
For it is written for our admonished that Jesus will save His people from their sin. (Matt 1:21).
By laying ourselves helpless on him and crying out to him in desperation: deliver me from the power of sin, satan and the world.