Whether it be from your self-righteousness uncle Joe or your Holy Roller Aunt Beatrice (who both happen to watch a LOT of TBN), this phrase is all too common in the dialogue of Evangelical Churchianity rivaling the likes of “God hates the sin, loves the sinner”
(That’ll be an article for another day 😉)
>”God only helps those that help themselves”
Are you trying to help yourself to salvation as if it were an item on a buffet line? Well, I have a piece of advice for you.
The God of the Bible is the one that helps the powerless.
*2 Chronicles 14:11 KJVS
And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord , it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O Lord , thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.*
*Job 26:2 KJVS
How hast thou helped him that is without power? how savest thou the arm that hath no strength?*
But one may protest:
>”But He gave us free will to decide whether we want to give God permission to help us!”
Is that true? What exactly does it mean for one to be a “servant of sin”? Does it entail capability?
*Romans 6:20-23 KJVS
For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness.  What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death.  But now BEING MADE free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.  For the wages of sin is death; but the GIFT OF GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.*
*Ephesians 2:1-5 KJVS
And you hath he quickened , who were dead in trespasses and sins;  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)*
*1 Corinthians 2:7-15 KJVS
But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the HIDDEN wisdom , which God ORDAINED before the world unto our glory:  Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it , they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  But God hath REVEALED THEM UNTO US BY HIS SPIRIT: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God KNOWETH NO MAN, but the Spirit of God.  Now we have RECEIVED, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are FREELY GIVEN to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the NATURAL MAN RECEIVETH NOT the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: NEITHER CAN HE KNOW THEM , because they are spiritually discerned.  But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.*
Being under the curse of Adam, no man has no power in himself to receive and believe the spiritual truths of the gospel. God is the one that frees us from from being under bondage through the regenerative work of His Spirit that we may know the truth and experience FREEDOM.
*Romans 8:15 KJVS
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.*
We cannot bring about their own salvation. It is God that converts the disposition of lost depraved sinners that they come to know and trust the gospel of Christ unto eternal life.
This is the truth, GLORIOUS truth, which renders ALL GLORY to the LORD, exalting His OMNIPOTENCE, and humbling elect sinners, who in fear and trembling, render to Him all the praise that is due for HIS MIGHTY WORK in quickening their souls. We know we believe the truth ONLY because He has made it so.
*John 14:17 KJVS
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.*
*John 5:21-23 KJVS
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them ; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will.  For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:  That all (collectively,some of all type) men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.*
*Ephesians 1:17-20 KJVS
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:  The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,  And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,  Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places*
In summation, God doesn’t need a consent form in order to open our eyes. The LORD does whatsoever it pleases Him to do showing compassion and mercy to whomever He wills being both the help and righteousness of the saints. May His name be praised above ALL names!
*Psalm 33:18-22 KJVS
Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;  To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine.  Our soul waiteth for the Lord : he is our help and our shield.  For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.  Let thy mercy, O Lord , be upon us, according as we hope in thee.*