Written by Allison Sylvester-Conliffe
As believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, we are familiar with the verse of Scripture which says
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phillipians 4:13Yet, I am sure that most of us could attest to the fact that even while we quote that Scripture, we fail at our endeavours at times. Mind boggling isn’t it?
It is my belief that the Lord allows us, His children, to fail at times in order to prove to us that we are nothing in ourselves. The failure is designed to remind us of how much we need Him to guide us in every step that we propose to take. Sometimes we may go ahead of God’s leading and stumble or we may even fall. The failures experienced are tailor made to bring us back in line with God’s will for us … if we would only seek Him in order to discern His guidance.
Some persons put their confidence in their own strengths and abilities to achieve. This should not be so. Others put their trust in their own hearts and minds, and when they get brutally disappointed there is a tendency to blame God for their failure, forgetting that God is indeed Sovereign. He is always right and never makes a mistake.
The following verse of Scripture cautions us, against our choice to place confidence in our own selves.
For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: 1 Peter 1:24When we were born again we are expected by the Father to live IN Christ, therefore our confidence must be cemented in God the Father through His Son Jesus Christ.
It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. Psalm 118:8The Word of God states this about our hearts...
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9These are extremely strong adjectives used to describe the condition of the human heart, yet so many persons are guided by what their heart tells them to do. God says that man shall live by every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!
When we ponder the facts in the Scriptures, we should ask ourselves whether it is then wise to put our confidence in what our hearts tell us to do as opposed to following what God's Word guides us to do. Our hearts can deceive, but His Word is true. I surmise therefore that it would be wise to put our confidence in the Spirit of God who would always guide us to the truth which is in God’s Word.
Some of us believers act on whatever our mind tells us to do. This is dangerous however, because there is always a war taking place in our minds. Paul discovered this as he wrote the following verse of Scripture.
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. Romans 7:23Thoughts of the enemy, satan, mix with our own thoughts and create the illusion that the enemy’s thoughts are our own. Therefore, it would not be wise for us to put our trust in the dictates of our own mind.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Romans 7:18-19Paul got the revelation that in order to root our confidence in God, we should allow ourselves to be transformed by the renewing of our minds through the very Word of God.
And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. Rom 12:2Jesus is likened in the Scriptures as unto a Rock.
He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he. Deut 32:4
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 1 Cor 10:4This Rock is incapable of failure – this Rock is Perfect - this Rock is the Son of God! There is a guarantee that if we place our confidence upon the Rock that is Jesus Christ, we shall not be easily moved. He is the One that holds the blue print of our lives in His hands and we should strive, in Him, to be victorious in bringing it to pass.
People of God, we have been given the capacity to do all things but it will only be accomplished through Christ Jesus!