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Self-Reliance a Sin?
Therefore let us leave the elementary
teachings about Christ and go on to maturity,
not laying again the foundation of repentance
from actions [dead works] that lead to death,
Heb 6:1 NIV
the hardest time grasping the fact that relying on something
- anything - anybody - AS OUR
SOURCE - other than Father God is sin. Even self-reliance is
sin. We know we were saved by grace through faith but we all
want back up plans to live every day life. We are commanded
to put no other God's before Him but we just don't get it
that we, pious us, might have an idol.
we talked about trusting Father God by faith.
Like just now, my vision was
suddenly impaired; there was a large flashing
lighted image that would not go away. I am a nurse and the
enemy was threatening me as several possible diagnoses went
through my mind. I certainly don't believe it is wrong to go
to a doctor but I prayed first.
My revelation is that
it is wrong to immediately look to
another source besides
Father God, without asking Him what to do. We
should always ask Father God for His plan, relying on Him as
our ultimate source. If He had said to call a doctor now, I
would have called. He said to lay my fingers on my eye-lids
command healing, quoting two promises of healing,
so I did. The large flashing light image immediately
disappeared. Obedience works!
For we walk by faith,
not by sight. 2 Cor 5:6-7 NKJV
What is more tempting
to me, is to revert back to SELF-reliance:
my resources, my ability, my training,
my knowledge, my skills, my experience .... without asking
Father God first. Self-reliance is motivated by our hope to
please Father God with our own ability - or worse yet - our
plan in order to please ourselves. If we truly just want to
please Father God alone, why don't we just rely on Him alone
as our source? Is He is not a good Father?
Let me ask you something: What is the best way to fry an
egg? with oil? with butter? with a spray?
sunny-side up? until dry? with brown edges? The answer is to
fry it in the power of the Holy Spirit or to let Jesus fry
it through us. No matter how little we seem to need His
strength, we should let His Spirit do everything
through us. The problem is that we are not yet convinced
that unless He does it through us - we can do nothing.
am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and
I in him,
bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
John 15:5-6 NKJV
hard to believe that we can free of the frustrations
we had living in Romans 7. How can we be
free from the guilt, false guilt, shame and bondages? a long
record of failures and downward spirals? As long we are
trying to live FOR Him or are doing OUR BEST to please Him,
like plain beige melamine cups. We
are just RECEIVERS and RELEASERS, receiving Jesus
Christ, walking in Christ, and helpless to do anything at
all but to release Him to live His life through us. He alone
is our source of everything.
Have you gotten the revelation that in Christ, we contain
all that He is? If we abide in Him for hours, we
will only need minutes with men? Has being in Christ not
only replaced your works mentality but also your identity?
Are you full of His Spirit, His works, His life, His Truth
and His power?
He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk
just as He walked. 1 John 2:6 NKJV
As we abide in Him, we acknowledge that we are entirely
helpless. We are in tune with His will, way and
timing - not conniving of the importance our will, way and
timing. In Him, our passion is to know His plan - with pure
motivations - not to acquaint Him with our plan. We don't
try to convince Him as we pray - we humbly walk by faith and
not by sight. Everyday we rejoice because we are filled and
overflowing with His Holy Spirit.
As long as we revert to trying to live FOR HIM, we will be
defeated. He allows our self-reliance (our plans
in our strength) to be defeated to drive us back to Him.
Even if we try to rely primarily on good friends, family or
our leadership, we will eventually find we are defeated. He
will allow them to fail us, so we will fully rely on Him,
His love, His power and His anointing.
We must learn to trust Father God 100% because the end-times
are here. We will have to live in His
super-natural wisdom and provision. We cannot rely on the
media, the news, the government or past successes to guide
out way. We must depend on Him for Words of Knowledge, Words
of Wisdom and Prophetic Words. Even in turning to the Bible,
the written Logos Word, we need His direction to know which
passage to apply.
Let's choose again now, not to idolize anything or anybody
because it will be hard to immediately discern true
spiritual leaders from false teachers. The Prophet Daniel
had to make choices - whether to compromise before Kings, in
hopes of saving his neck, or to obey God. We must be
submitted to authorities but ultimately to Father God. He
chose Father God and was willing to deal with the
consequences without complaining.
Like Daniel, we will choose to either demonstrate our
convictions or to compromise them. If we rely on
our own strength, we will fail. We must rely on no one but
Father God as our source and choose spiritual life even when
it might lead to physical death. If we do not repent of
self-reliance now and continue to idolize acceptance,
approval, success, our partners, position, beauty, ministry,
materialism ... why would we trust God in the end-times?
on Christ is
enough; He is our all in all. Amen?
Then Jesus answered and said to them,
"Most assuredly, I say to you,
the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the
Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like
manner. For the Father
loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself
He will show Him greater works than these, that you may
John 5:19-20 NKJV
All that is important about a cup is that it is filled
that it is willing to pour Jesus out over and over.
Copy and print me. I will
be replaced by more living water.