MONDAY, MAY 16, 2011
"My help comes from the Lord." Ps 121:2 NIV
If you desire to do God's will but don't draw on His power, you'll fail in spite of your skill, your connections and your resources. You must develop an increasing sense of dependence on God. Now you can't just sit on the sidelines expecting Him to do everything for you. You've been called to step out in faith, obey His instructions-then trust Him for the right results. God-sufficiency should become your goal, not self-sufficiency! This calls for praying, "Lord, I'm tempted to do things in my own strength, but I don't like the results. Teach me to strive for excellence, not omnipotence; to maximize my talents and minimize my ego. Remind me that You will never give me an assignment that doesn't require obedience, commitment, and Your enabling grace." The Psalmist cried: "My help comes from the Lord." Think: if He's Lord of every situation and He's promised to help you, then your victory is assured. It's when you think you can do it without Him, or with limited input from Him, that you get into trouble. Jesus said: "The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do" (Jn 5:19 NKJV). Jesus knew He couldn't do anything apart from the Father, so He never bothered to try. We, on the other hand, quote the verse, "Without Me you can do nothing" (Jn 15:5 NKJV), then go out and act like it all depends on us. And what happens? We fall flat on our face. So learn to stop regularly and ask yourself, "Who am I depending on?" Then answer, "You, Lord!"
Published on Monday, May 16, 2011 @ 6:48 AM CDT