"For though He was crucified in weakness, yet He lives by the power of God. For we also are weak in Him, but we shall live with Him by the power of God toward you. 2 Cor 13:4
"And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2Cor 12:9
"He must increase, but I must decrease." John 3:30
I'm still enjoying Brennan Manning's book "The Importance of Being Foolish". This quote from page 132 excerpted from writing by Dietrich Bonhoeffer says,
"Satan's desire is to turn me in on myself to the extent that I become enslaved and become a destructive force in community. The thrust from Jesus Christ is the opposite - to enhance my freedom so that I can become a creative force of love. It is the spirit of self-centeredness and selfishness versus the spirit of openness and self-sacrifice for the good of others."
I read this and think "Ahhhh YES!!!"
This is truly the battle. And it's sometimes a ferocious one, where I must step forward into the light and make the good choice every time, especially when I don't feel like it, because the far reaching effects of the selfish decision in the moment, could be shattering.
Yet through all the scriptures listed I hear the call to wait and listen. How can we operate in His grace when we haven't partaken of it. I know that sometimes it's a moment by moment call, but we must have eaten of the Bread of Life for the strength to follow. We must be abiding in the vine for the fruit to be evident.
Stop and listen, abide, wait, be weak, He is strong.
Help me Lord, each moment to do this, for then it's not me, it's You and only You can make anything good come from me.
Type in "Larry Norman, The Tune, youtube" into your search engine and you'll view a unique presentation of a song about how we get out of tune and have to listen...
Enlarge the screen if you can to watch. Larry always put on a good show.
Thank you God for your never ending patience and presence, in Jesus Name...