Relying on God

September 19, 2012 | Tags: , , ,

The report of your obedience has reached everyone. Therefore I rejoice over you. But I want you to be wise about what is good, yet innocent about what is evil.

Romans 16:19

I love God.  But I love Him in the way that I am capable of love.  My way of loving is vastly different than God’s.  My love is fleeting.  It is for a moment, even if it is pure–lasting for only seconds or less.  The enemy is quick to steal away purity and replace it with lies, worry, or fear.  I used to think the commands of the Bible were for me to try to keep on my own, or with a group for support.  I treated the church like a “Twelve Steps for Holiness” group.  Let’s all just support one another and try harder and hold each other accountable to being good, I thought.  When this didn’t work I thought for a while that this Jesus stuff must not be for me.  I struggled to deal with my lack of ability.  I let people down, I let myself down, and surely, I let God down too.

When God commands innocence He is calling us to something we absolutely cannot do.  When God commands innocence He commands us to rely on Him.  Relying on God is the focus of all God’s commands.  His desire is to draw us into a relationship with Him.  Our dependence is what keeps us clean and close to God.  Our surrender to Him is the only thing that will lead to wisdom about what is good and innocent about what is evil.

And the God of peace will crush Satan underneath our feet.

By Rebecca Dillard

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