Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Help- Chapter 16

Immaturity considers the Lord Jesus a Helper. Maturity know him to be life itself. "Christian living is not our living with Christ help, it is Christ living His life in us.

** So many times I find myself begging for Gods help to give me the spirit to obey him and really want to follow him. This shows how immature I really am. I shouldn't want to live as my old sinful self. It has brought me a lot of pain and shame.

Phil 1:21 For to me, to life is Chris and to die is gain.
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

God is not trusted, not honored, in our continually asking him for help.

Phil 4:19 And My God will supply all your needs according to his riches and glory.

Our responsibility is to see in the word all that is ours in Christ, and then thank and trust him for that which we need.

** This is definitely where I've been struggling lately. I don't see who I am in Christ and what I have. My heart has been torn between people and I've spent more time worrying over this than trusting that God knows what is best for me and what is in store for me.

When you are in the thick of the fight, when you are the object of attack, plead less and claim more, of the ground of the blood of Jesus Christ. I do not mean to ask God to give you victory, but claim his victory to overshadow you.

Man's way is to try to suppress sin by seeking to overcome it; God's way is to remove the sinner. many Christians mourn over their weakness, thinking that if only they were stronger all would be well. (this makes us think that we have some kind of power-- and we don't)

God's means of delivering us from sin is not by making us stronger and stronger, but by making us weaker and weaker. This is surely a peculiar way of victory!

** I feel like this lesson was a kick in the butt today. I need to stop feeling sorry for myself and trust that God will take care of me. In my life I have ambitions but I wait for the perfect job to be handed to me. I need to take charge and trust that God will open doors for me if it is the right job for me.

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