I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (ESV)
I’m done. I give up. What are you done with? What are you giving up on? I’m done trying to serve you with my own strength. I’m giving up on relying on myself, trying to do what you have given me to do for you. It’s about time, don’t you think? What do you mean by that? It was never my plan for you to rely on yourself to do what I have given you to do for me. Why do you think I have given you so many tasks that you couldn’t accomplish by yourself? Is that what you have been doing? I thought maybe I was just a miserable failure. No, you are not a miserable failure. Yes, I have been giving you God sized tasks so that you would learn to come to rely on me. I want to grow your faith. I want to develop your trust. So often, you have trusted and relied on yourself. You will never be able to accomplish the God sized tasks that I give to you without your relying on me. You will never grow in your faith unless you allow me to work in and through your life. So, it is a good thing that you are done with relying on your own strength and are giving up on your own efforts. I guess so. You guess so? No, I am certain that it is good to start putting all my faith and trust in you. It is a good time for me to begin to rely fully on you for all the strength that I will need to do all that you ask me to do for you. Yes, it is.
So, what are you going to do differently? How are you going to begin to rely fully on me? Well, I will come to you to ask for your help. I will seek your wisdom. I will rely on your strength. I will ask you to give me your power. I will ask you to show me when, where, and how you want me to do something for you. I will take whatever steps you guide me to take. I will not race ahead of you. I will not lag behind you. I will not turn aside to the right or to the left. I will follow where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.
Do you believe that I will help you? Do you have faith that I will make you able to do everything that I give you to do for me? Yes Lord, I believe that you will give me your power and strength to do whatever you ask of me. That’s very good.
Lord, I have tried to serve you with my own strength alone. Those efforts of mine have often failed miserably. I am done relying on myself. I need your help. I need all the strength that you will give me to do all that you ask me to do for you. Amen
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