Lean and Depend on Jesus

My trust and assured reliance and confident hope shall be fixed in  Him. —Hebrews 2:13

Proverbs 17:1 says that a house full of sacrifices with strife is not  pleasing to the Lord. In other words, we could make all kinds of sacrifices of  time and effort to try to help people, yet God is not pleased unless we stay in  peace. Pursuing peace means making an effort. But we cannot maintain peace  simply by our own fleshly effort. We need God’s help and we need grace, which  is His power assisting us and enabling us to do what needs to be done.

The effort we make must be in Christ. So often we just try to do  what is right without asking for God’s help, and that type of fleshly effort  never produces good fruit. The Bible calls this a “work of the  flesh.” It is man’s effort trying to do God’s job. What I am saying is, be  sure you lean on God and ask for His help. When you succeed, give Him the  credit, the honor, and the glory because success is impossible without Him.  Jesus said, Apart from Me [cut off from vital union with Me] you can  do nothing (John 15:5).

It takes most of us a long time to believe this scripture enough to  stop trying to do things without leaning on God. We try and fail, try and fail.  It happens over and over until we finally wear ourselves out and realize that  God Himself is our strength, our success, and our victory. He doesn’t just give  us strength—He is our Strength. He does not just give us the victory—He is our  Victory. Yes, we make an effort to keep peace, but we dare not make an effort  without depending on God’s power to flow through us—failure is certain if we  do.

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