16th June 2011

Our Success Is In God

“Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.”
Matthew 26:33 (KJV)

Many Christians are devastated when they fail in some area that they thought they had long since grown past.

We need to realize that as long as we are in this mortal body, we cannot fall asleep at our battle station against the works of the flesh. If we do, our flesh is just as capable of sin as anyone else’s.

If we fall, it should concern us but not surprise us. We should simply realize with Paul, that ‘in my flesh dwells no good thing’ (Romans 7:18), then get back into the spirit through confession and forgiveness, and go on with Jesus.

The Lord has never had anyone who was qualified working with Him. Paul wasn’t qualified, and even at our best, neither are we.  Yet  the Lord used him mightily, but he didn’t want us to forget that it was Christ in Paul and not Paul himself who was great.  Paul wrote in Galatians 2:16, “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ…But if, while we seek to be justified by Christ, we ourselves also are found sinners…”, and verse 20, “I am crucified with Christ:  nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:  and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  If we realize that we, of ourselves, are nothing and have nothing, then we are prime candidates to be used by God.

This also illustrates the extent of our Father’s love and forgiveness. If God not only forgave Paul for his sin but also reinstated and advanced him, then surely we have not pushed God’s grace beyond its limit. Where sin abounds grace abounds much more (Romans 5:20).

God does not see us as a failure—just a learner. God can redeem the worst failure and work it together for good (Romans 8:28).

We need to think like God.

Heavenly Father, help us to realize that without Jesus we are nothing, but with Jesus we are everything!!

Study by Allan Frankcom

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