APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING
I usually do not know that I have been trying to do something in my own strength, until I discover I was not able to carry it out. Then, I know it is time for me to stop dead in my tracks and look to someone else to take over. It actually feels good to surrender to someone else’s Power to get the job done, on one condition—that Person is Jesus.
Lord Jesus, I can’t;
You never said I could.
Lord Jesus, You can;
And always said You would!
(Major Ian Thomas)
If you have been trying to go forward, but have been going backwards instead, you have probably been trying to accomplish things in your own strength. I bless you to give up trying. Throw in the towel. Call it quits. Apart from Jesus, you can do nothing.
NOW TO HIM WHO IS ABLE TO DO EXCEEDINGLY ABUNDANTLY ABOVE ALL THAT WE ASK OR THINK, ACCORDING TO THE POWER THAT WORKS IN US, TO HIM BE GLORY IN THE CHURCH BY CHRIST JESUS TO ALL GENERATIONS, FOREVER AND EVER. AMEN
Know that He who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all that you ask or think, wants to do it in you, for you, and through you. How? He will use your body…but His Power!
Have you been trying lately to live a holy life? Have you been trying to think all the right thoughts? Have you been trying to live a life filled with hope, joy, and trust? I have only one more question. Have you been failing?
Confess to the Lord Jesus that you are not able to trust, nor able to be joyful, nor able to be holy. Declare to your Savior that you are not able to keep the negative thoughts at bay, nor able to overcome your jealousy, nor able to forgive. Admit to your Redeemer that you are not able to keep your emotions positive, nor able to stop hating your enemy, nor able to stop worrying. Then, ask Him to do it IN you, FOR you, and THROUGH you. He will.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, come and do in me that which I cannot do myself. Be my God. Be my Savior. Be my Deliverer.
Maintain an Awareness
So, yes, the deepest urge in human nature seems to be the desire to be important–to matter. But, it is not the PRINCIPLE of wanting to be important that is wrong; instead, it is the way we adapt or the means we adopt to meet this most urgent desire of our hearts.