One Big Barrier
Theme of the Week: Gotta Be Weak to Be Strong
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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Key Bible Verse: Don't be so naive and self-confident. … You could fall flat on your face as easily as anyone else. Forget about self-confidence; it's useless. Cultivate God-confidence. (1 Corinthians 10:12, The Message)
Dig Deeper: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
The Christian's goal is to be conformed to the image of Christ (see Rom. 8:29). And it is essential to start with a willing spirit and a trust in God.
Paul writes, "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Rom. 12:2, NKJV).
One worldly barrier to a new life in Christ is an "I've-got-it-made" attitude. We get a diploma on the wall, a pretty good job, the house of our dreams, and we get the idea we do not need anybody's help. We get a false perception of strength.
You and I may be the envy of the neighborhood, but we are still weaklings compared to the problems the world can throw at us. No matter how well off we may be we are at the mercy of the next recession or natural disaster or family emergency that comes along. In our own strength, we are powerless. The only security in this world is a posture of dependence, relying upon divine grace and placing our trust in the infinite power of an all-loving God.
—Harry R. Jackson Jr. in You Were Born for More
My Response: If I am honest with myself, how much do I really trust and rely on God? What shifts in thinking and even lifestyle might I need to make in order to increase my trust and reliance on God?
Thought to Apply: God comes in where my helplessness begins.—Oswald Chambers (Scottish minister, devotional writer)
Adapted from You Were Born for More by Harry R. Jackson Jr. (Chosen, 2013; bakerpublishinggroup.com) 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
Omnipotent God, protect me from ever thinking I have it all together or that I can do life on my own. And during those times I am painfully aware of my weakness, use my weakness to display your strength and power.
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