A couple nights ago, as I was praying before I went to sleep, I confessed to God that I just can’t do it:
I cannot be holy and kind.
I cannot make the most of my time.
I cannot be selfless.
I cannot be a leader.
I cannot do what is right.
I cannot know what is right.
But as I confessed what I cannot do, I realized I was lying to myself and I was lying to my Savior.
In and of myself, I cannot do any good thing, but I am not “in and of myself;” I am Christ’s and He is mine. I am “in and of” Christ. Two spirits abide within this one body, and no feelings of incapability can hide that truth.
The Holy Spirit abides in me, so to say that I cannot do what must be done is to deny that Christ abides in me and is at work within me.
Denying the power and presence of the Holy Spirit is blasphemy.
Oh, God, forgive me for my doubt. Forgive me for all the times when I have fallen and made the excuse that I cannot do it. I may fall, but I can do all things through You. (Philippians 4:13) My own weaknesses are never an excuse, because I have been given all things through You. Your strength and glory can never be lessened because of me. I realize that You don’t need me for Your Kingdom work, and my needs do not need to be met in order for You to be glorified or for Your Kingdom to grow. But I praise You every day, from my heart and soul, that You choose to use weak vessels for Your glory. Thank you for taking my life, this small sacrifice, and calling me precious, priceless, and worthy of Your love. Jesus, Your blood has made me who I am today, victorious.
Renew my spirit in You today, Abba Father. Help me to remember that You abide in me and I abide in You, so there is no evil thing that cannot be defeated in my life.
There are so many things I am not, but I know I AM, and You will not let anyone or anything pluck me out of Your hand. Amen.
His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us to His own glory and excellence, by which He has granted to us His precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. Therefore, brothers, be all the more diligent to confirm your calling and election, for if you practice these qualities you will never fall. For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able, at any time, to recall these things. (2 Peter 1:3-15)
In writing this, I was reminded of a similar post I wrote exactly two months ago; I Know He Can.
I think it’s funny that my Abba has to teach me the same concepts over and over again, but I am also encouraged that He continues to teach me. Jesus has not given up on me. He continues to give me everything and I know that all I need is to abide Him.
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