Friday, May 25, 2007

Self-Centered Faith

I am reading through the Bible this year (2Chron 22 now) and have been reading about the kings and the prophets. The one thing God continues to show me is how His power is available to us but we usually trust in our own power for everything.

In 2 Chron 14 Asa became king. Early in his reign the Cushites came against him with a large army. Asa called on the Lord for help and "the Lord struck down the Cushites." Later in his reign the king from Israel came against him. What did Asa do? He took the silver and gold out of the temple and bribed another king to help him. A prophet came to him after this and reminds him of how the Lord saved him from the Cushites but Asa relied on his own strength against Israel. He said, "the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him." He told Asa you have done a foolish thing and from now on you will be at war.

This story is played out many times in the old testament. But are we any different? Most Christians today have never really seen God's supernatural handiwork. Most would say that they believe God could work miracles in their lives but they don't believe that he will. Unfortunately this thinking leads to the same conclusion. If we don't think that he will help us we will do everything in our own power.

In 2 Cor 12:9 it says, "my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Most of us don't want to be weak but we will never see the power of God in our own strength.

I was just blogging to myself this morning. I really want to see God's supernatural power at work in my life and ministry.

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