Saturday, March 20, 2010

A Time of Mulling-Over...

Dear Reader,

Bear with me while I muddle through something and feel free to comment on anything in these next few lines.

First, we know that it is in our weakest moments that God is strong. We know that we can't be strong in and of ourselves, we need the strength of Christ to live (1 Cor 1:25; 2 Cor 12:9-10). So, since God's strength is our ONLY certain and constant source strength, and since His strength is perfected through our weakness, doesn't it seem to follow that our goal, as Christians, should be to strive to be as weak in ourselves as possible? To constantly remain soft, malleable, and vulnerable, and to increase our dependence on Him?

Now, seeing that, is it fair to say that the mark of true success in our Christian walk is not how confident, or strong we feel, whether in doing what we should, or in NOT doing what we shouldn't, but rather the mark of our success is how unsure of ourselves, and weak we feel? The truly successful Christian is one that is striving to be broken and humble, so when we begin to feel that we're "doing good" that should be a danger sign that we may not be fighting our pride the way we should.


1 comment:

  1. Since you welcomed comments, allow me to expand on one point: What are the differences and similarities between the terms "weak" and "unsure".

    Truly, we should not feel confidant in our own actions. We can, however, feel confidant in God's promises. Also, while you are doing what He has said, and following His commandments, you can have confidence that His love surrounds and protects you. However, that confidence is based in Jehovah's promises, and bolstered by constant prayer. Perpetually seeking His reproach and asking for His direction is necessary.

    I kind of went back and forth with each sentence there, but you see my point? We, as Christians (in ASL, it is interpreted "Jesus people") should find confidence and strength entirely in the Lord- not trusting anything of ourselves.

    This is what the LORD says:"Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD.....

    "But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him....

    "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?"

    Jeremiah 17:5,7, and 9