You have also turned back his sharp sword and have not let him stand in battle. You have made his splendor cease and have overturned his throne. Psalm 89:43-44
How many times have we tried to conquer the mountains in our lives on our own only to wear ourselves out, and accomplished nothing but frustration? We become so ‘spiritual’ that we think that this is what we’re suppose to do, without consulting the one who controls everything. I’m not pointing fingers, because I have been guilty of this many times. The Psalmist tells us that when we do this, we are denying Him glory. We are also ‘overturning his throne’ and if we are not placing Him on the throne; just who are we putting there?
The ‘world’ has taught us well, but it was wrong thinking – There is a way which seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death – Proverbs 14:12. So many of us has been taught that we must work for what we want, and to a degree this is correct; but God also has a part. I like the way Joyce Meyer puts it “We cannot do God’s part, and He will not do ours”. Recently I begun reading a book by Andy Andrews called The Traveler’s Gift. In the story, there’s a man who thought he had done everything right, but had ended up with nothing. Somehow he ends up traveling back in time to talk, and gain insight from seven different successful people. In his first trip back in time, he finds himself talking with then President Harry Truman. As the conversation precedes one of the insights he gleans is that your thinking dictates your decisions. There are many bible verses on watching what we think about, but this is also why the bible tells us that our mind has to be renewed – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2
So how do we know what our part is? Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes;…Proverbs 3:5-7 This is where placing God first (not just first thing in the morning, but first in any decision making that needs to be done.) is crucial! Too many of us has become lazy because we live in a ‘microwave’ world. Instant satisfaction and convenience store service. We have let our spiritual muscle of waiting turn into fat! Every believer has the Holy Spirit living inside of us, and we need to start asking him for help in this area. Again, I’m not pointing a finger; I am so guilty of this myself.
…“Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the LORD’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you must be quiet. Exodus 14:13-14