Sunday, January 29, 2012

Retire from Self- Care

Retire from Self- Care

Acts 16:31

God wants to take care of you, and He can do a much better job of it if you will avoid a problem called independence, which is really self-care.

The desire to take care of yourself is based on fear. You are afraid of what might happen if you entrust yourself totally to God and He does not come through for you. The root problem of independence is you trust yourself more than you trust God.


People love to have a back-up plan. You may ask God to get involved in your life, but if He does not respond as quickly as you would like, you take control back into your own hands.


But God has a plan for you and His plan is much better than yours. So give yourself to Him and see what happens. I promise you will not be disappointed.



Stand Strong Against the Adversary

1 Corinthians 16:9

It is true that whenever you do anything for God, the adversary will oppose you. But you must remember that greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world (see 1 John 4:4).


You should not have to spend your life struggling against the devil in order to serve God. Instead of wearing yourself out trying to fight spiritual enemies, you should learn to stand strong in the authority given to you by Jesus.


The best way to overcome the devil and his demons is simply to stay in God's will by obeying His Word and God will work things out according to His divine plan and purpose.



Depend on the spirit

John 6:63

If you are to fulfill God's will for you in this life, the flesh – the selfish, rebellious sin nature – must die. It must lose its power.


Often you are not fully aware of sinful thoughts, actions, and attitudes in your heart because you are so caught up in the outer life. These things must be faced and dealt with if you are to enjoy the good life God has planned for you. Paul said he wanted to do good things, but found himself always doing wrong things. He wanted to be free, and after much struggling, realized that only God could set him free and that through Jesus Christ He would. (See Romans 7).


As you face seasons of testing you must learn that your flesh benefits you nothing. Only then, can you deny the flesh and depend on the Life-giver to build His character in you.


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