ABSOLUTELY NOTHING

For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel
after those days, declares the Lord:

I will put my laws into their minds,

and write them on their hearts,

and I will be their God,

and they shall be my people. Heb.8:10

In His humanity, Jesus said He could do nothing without the Father. He said the same thing about us in His parable about the vineyard. If that is true, why do we still keep trying so hard to take matters into our own hands? If it’s true that I can do nothing without out Him that actually produces great freedom. I know He is all powerful (He can do anything), all knowing (He knows everything), and He is filled with lovingkindness. If I can just focus on those simple truths and then rest, life is actually a piece of cake. My job becomes yielding, not doing. That takes the pressure off of me and places the glory on Him. He has plenty in store for my hands to perform, I need His guidance and favor too be fruitful. Here are some thoughts from Spurgeon on this precious truth.
“All that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Moreover, as all blessings thus flow to you through the Holy Spirit, so also no good thing can come out of you in holy thought, devout worship, or gracious act, apart from the sanctifying operation of the same Spirit. Even if the good seed be sown in you, yet it lies dormant except he works in you to will and to do of his own good pleasure. Do you desire to speak for Jesus-how can you unless the Holy Ghost touch your tongue? Do you desire to pray? Alas! what dull work it is unless the Spirit makes intercession for you! Do you desire to subdue sin? Would you be holy? Would you imitate your Master? Do you desire to rise to superlative heights of spirituality? Are you wanting to be made like the angels of God, full of zeal and ardor for the Master’s cause? You cannot without the Spirit-Without me ye can do nothing.”
Our battle is the yielding part. It takes trust and humility to yield. You must believe that God is leading you and His hand is on you in order to yield. Now here is the difficult part. We have to be willing to take no credit for how He uses us. That is way easier said than done. Trust in the Lord and humble yourself under His mighty hand; all things really are possible from this perspective.

One Reply to “ ABSOLUTELY NOTHING”

  1. Being humbled, yielding and trusting is a process that repeats itself over and over with ever increasing responsibility and results. Knowing how to react to God working thru you and me, is a learning highway, filled with off ramps (these come into play when we begin to think there is something special about our accomplishments) to places that lead us backward rather than forward with God. Quality leadership from those God has put over us and in our lives, can be a valuable aid on our journeys.

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