You Can't Do It . . .
Theme of the week: Embracing God's Will for Your Life
Monday, August 26, 2013
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Key Bible Verse: Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
Dig Deeper: Colossians 3:1-15
There are many books on the market today about self-improvement and personal success. They tell us that if we can learn how to exchange bad habits and attitudes for good ones, the end result will be wealth, health, fulfillment, and happiness. They are like cheerleaders standing on the sidelines and chanting, "You can do it!"
[But this week's readings are] not intended to challenge you to "grow," "develop," "achieve," or "change," but rather to yield your life to God.
If the "You Can Do It" philosophy were true, we wouldn't need the Holy Spirit. The "You Can Do It" mindset needs to be replaced with another, which essentially says, I can't do it on my own, but I can do all things through Christ (Phil. 4:13). With his help anything is possible.
[Still,] there are moments when God's way will seem so difficult, so prolonged, and so unrewarding, while our idea will seem much easier, much quicker, and so much more enjoyable. But looking back, we will always find that God's plan is so much better than ours. So you might as well just decide from now on to yield to God's will, do it God's way, and wait for God's best.
—Daniel Kolenda in Live Before You Die
My Response: An area of my life I need to yield to God is …
Adapted from Live Before You Die (Passio, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.
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Prayer for the Week
Father, may I desire what you desire, live as you want me to live, and seek to consistently live my life for your greater glory.
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