So give yourselves humbly to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James 4:7 TLB
We all strive to be successful. Whether it’s success in our profession or our personal lives we want to be our best at whatever we do. How can we insure our success in all of our endeavors? What can we do to have an edge?
Don’t you know that the runners in a stadium all race,
but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way to win the prize. 1 Cor. 9: 24 HCSB
If you have run in a race you know that there is a wall that you hit that seems impassable. It can stop you in your tracks or motivate you to push threw. But, it requires calling on ever last ounce of effort. Sometimes that extra effort isn’t enough. Sometimes our best efforts and shear strength is not enough.
What do we do then? Give up? Make excuses?
Jesus gives us insight into how we can succeed in life.
“I am the vine, you are the branches.
He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;
for without Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5 NKJV
for without Me you can do nothing
Wait a minute! That’s got to be a misprint! I am an adult who is able to do anything. How can Jesus say such a thing? He can say that because He knows that we are only able to do so much while we live this life. We can get by for awhile but to be successful in this life – in a way that is important to God – we need to be connected to the source of power and strength.
Jesus is that source
and He uses the example of the vine and branches to illustrate His point.
The Word of God is full of people who were incapable of great things in their own strength but will God did mighty works. Abraham, Moses, Gideon, Samson, Paul, Peter and many more. His grace is sufficient for them and is also for me – and You too!
So the next time you are tempted to sin (no matter what that might look like) remember the formula for success –
Humble yourself before God
Resit the devil (the temptation)
Rest in the assurance that you and God have sent the devil fleeing
also consider this
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13 NKJV
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Heb 4:15 NKJV
and finally always remember
He who has begun a good work in you will complete it Phil 1:6b NKJV
Thank you for stopping by and God Bless, AL