Thursday, November 5, 2015


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 4:13
Yet, 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 1:24
When 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 118:8
The Word of God states this about our hearts...
Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. Proverbs 4:23
The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? Jeremiah 17:9
These 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 7:23
Thoughts 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.

Other persons choose to put their confidence in their own resilience to resist falling into temptation.  The great apostle Paul discovered that even with his most earnest desire to walk with God, he failed in his human attempt to so do. He needed to depend upon the Grace of God to be with him in order to walk right. Our flesh profits nothing good.  The apostle Peter, even though his intention was never to deny Christ, actually did the very thing that he said that he would not do.
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 7:18-19
Paul 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 12:2  
Jesus 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 10:4
This 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!


  1. So true! This is a very encouraging post and just the motivation I needed to keep moving today! Thank you so much!!

  2. Yes, your words do cause us to consider our thoughts and which are ours, from God or from the enemy. I like to see if the thought lines up with the Word and with God's will. Thanks for the awesome word today.

    1. I do so much appreciate your entries with us here at Tell me a True Story. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Well researched and well written. I was drawn to your post from Blessing Counters because of the picture. I started running a few months ago as a step up from walking in order to lose weight and get more healthy. I haven't run in 40 years, since high school, but I'm now able to run a 5K--my first one is on Sunday. A lot of it was indeed telling myself that I can do it--however, I know that God was behind me pushing me to keep going, in front of me, like a coach, urging me to come to him, and beside me, whispering in my ear, "You can do i!t" The scripture I love for my season is this: "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Phil 3:14) for I KNOW that God has been in this. I could not have gotten to the point of running 3 miles AND ENJOYING it without Him! Great words of wisdom here.

  4. We can't but God can. Let's rest in His grace. Thanks, neighbor. God bless you!

  5. YES! On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand!! That's what counts for me, day-by-day, moment-by-moment! Thank you for sharing so much, but this grabbed me instantly, because of my heart, soul, and spirit. Blessings...

  6. This article serves as a reminder to us about trusting in GOD. Sometimes we do things forgetting that GOD is in charge and not us. Articles like this brings it back home that we are imperfect and must trust in GOD and even when we try to do things on our own and fail, we are reminded by articles like this that GOD is available to comfort us and to remind us that we are to look to him for guidance. GOD loves us all the time.

  7. God has proven to us one too many times that He can do the impossible. We only need to believe. :)
    Thanks for this beautiful reminder.

  8. So much truth in this post! Sometimes I get frustrated when failure happens but then remember to always look to Him for guidance.
    Thanks for sharing on the Shine Blog Hop!


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