who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own
moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life.
only trust that you have lead me to the place where I am at for a reason. I am here with the blessings and the growing edges as a part of the plan. It is not coincidence or luck that has brought me here but blessing and grace.
trust God's action in them find that God's Spirit is in them—living and
So the point is not moral muscle but grace and hope worked out over a lifetime of trusting for the next step to be shown. So really you call me to trusting for the next step to be able to sense the Spirits power at work. The validation of the Spirit comes as I step out in faith and trust.
Obsession with self in these
matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a
spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God.
the lesson to learn is not to focus on where I am but where you are Jesus? You
are at work in your people…you are at work shaping and impacting events and
forces that shape my world. You are at
work shaping and changing me in that process at the same time.
are at work in this place so it can be a place of holiness and of hope a
place of dynamic and sustained vitality…a place of new challenges…a place where
the Spirit of the Living God can work freely and without constraint.
focus needs to be on you and on your grace not on legalism and on dotting “I’s”
and crossing “T’s” not on self in the sense that the Law can some how fix what
is wrong inside…it just can not happened.
what is the next step? How do I begin to
focus on you instead of self?
Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn't pleased at being ignored.
start is in thanksgiving and gratefulness for what you have already done. I am blessed and I am cared for and I have
been lead. All of that is because of
your grace at work within me. That has
been a work of power…to take me and bring me to where I am right now. You have been the one to provide and sustain, to strengthen and to protect. You have been at work
throughout my life and I trust you to continue that work.