Can man fix himself?


A couple of months back I passed up reading a book from the All Grace Outreach series in the Life Leadership program from Pastor Stephen Davey .  I think I passed the chance to read it because it was under 100 pages long and kind of looked like a cartoon book.  Having 4 kids under 7 I read enough play books “I thought.”  It is titled “Overcoming the ME Attitudes” and boy did I need to read it. He is going through the Sermon on the Mount found in Mathew Chapter 5. It is a great short book about the understanding of how morally bankrupt man is aka, totally depraved. Jesus says “blessed are the poor in spirit” which doesn’t mean “feeling bad about self, always looking sad, broke financially or weak physically.  The word translated poor is poctos, which is extremely descriptive of facing total bankruptcy.  Poverty in spirit is best explained later on by Paul in the book of Romans 7:18 “for I know that in me [that is my flesh] nothing good dwells,for I have the desire but not the ability”.   The big idea as  here is that man cannot fix himself or another man cannot fix a man without the aid of the Holy Spirit.

Now, what field do you guess has the top rate of suicide?  Most of you already guessed it, it is Psychology.  When reading page 31 in “Overcoming the Me Attitudes” I was astonished at the time and began a study of why.  Here is a few nuggets on My personal belief of why it is at the top.

Psychology literally means “the study of the soul”.  Sigmund Freud, the Father of modern psychology, was an unbeliever, or humanist and devised psychology as a substitute for religion. Modern psychology can be summarized in several commonly held ideas that have their root in humanism. Trying many methods and behavior modification to have man help themselves become happy.  Here is a few Dr. MacArthur states

  • Human nature is basically good
  • People have the answers inside them
  • The key to understanding and correcting a person’s attitude and actions lies somewhere in that persons past
  • Individuals problems are the result of what someone else has done to them
  • Human problems can be purely psychological in nature, unrelated to any spiritual or physical conditions
  • Deep seated problems can only be solved by professional counselors using therapy
  • Scripture, prayer, and the holy spirit are inadequate and simplistic resources for solving certain types of problems

Christian Psychology has tried to become an intercessor between what the Bible teaches  and what Freud taught and caused confusion with believers that “this is how Jesus would counsel”.  I do believe there is many things man can do to make life better on himself but that ability does not come from himself . Jesus taught proper thinking on the Sermon the Mount and it flies in contradiction to psychology. Do not get me wrong though Christian Counseling is very important Proverbs 11:14 “Where there is no counsel, the people will fall; but in the multitude of counselors there is safety”. Christian Counseling and Psychology differ in where they get there information from , the Bible or Freud

 Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him.

The Beatitudes      —– blessed is translated from greek word makarios meaning, happy or fortunate.


2 And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Jesus came along and said “happy” people are actually bankrupted, unappreciated, persecuted , reviled, needy, weeping, downtrodden, confessing people, who all know they themselves cannot fix themselves but only a true God can.  Happiness is not about our possesions, our past,  anything else, it’s about our positioning with our Savior. Romans 15:13 “now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the holy spirit” The  Psychology  field has many suicides because it attempts to fix what man was never meant to fix “himself.”   If we were meant to fix ourselves then God wouldn’t have needed to send down a savior from heaven “his only begotten son”  to save us from ourselves.  God bless Cody 


About Cody Newton
I'm happily married with 5 kiddos. Thankful to God for changing my life and revealing where I can be better. Love spending time with family, at church, doing business, laughing, fishing, hunting, boating and about anything outdoors.

3 Responses to Can man fix himself?

  1. Rick Yust says:

    Excellent post Cody.

  2. Stacy Bogue says:


  3. craig sams says:

    ‘Fixing myself’, sounds like an oxymoron. What a great post about how weak we really are without the
    power of the Holy Spirit. I am powerless without help from God. God always has a plan, the problem
    with that is I have to be willing to open my eyes and see. Sometimes free will gets in the way. Over the
    last few months God has spoken to me about something that has been standing in my way in several
    areas of my life; home, work, business, but most importantly, my relationship with Jesus. Specifics do
    not belong posted in a blog, but this issue has stood in my way my entire adult life. Today I am in front
    of it. I know that only daily help from the Holy Spirit can I expect it to stay behind me. God has spoken
    to me through the Team Training System, most notably the book “Man of Steel and Velvet” by Aubrey
    Andelin. This book paints a clear picture of what a man’s role is and why it is the man’s role. Thanks to
    this book and many others, I know I cannot be the husband, father, American, friend, business owner or
    employee God has called me to be with this issue in front of me. Simply put, I have shut myself off from
    the sunlight of the spirit. It’s interesting how God plans some events, and then leaves it up to me to
    hear the message. Recently my ears were open and the healing process has begun. Without inspiration,
    it’s difficult for a human to expect much progress. Cody thanks for being an inspiring man, loving me
    where I’m at and helping me start to heal.

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