Oct 7, 2012

Let Go {Romans 8:5-8}

Day 7 of 31 days - Part 1
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Today's Verses: Romans 8:5-8 Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life. Those who trust God’s action in them find that God’s Spirit is in them—living and breathing God! Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life. Focusing on the self is the opposite of focusing on God. Anyone completely absorbed in self ignores God, ends up thinking more about self than God. That person ignores who God is and what he is doing. And God isn’t pleased at being ignored. (my emphasis added)

I am really self absorbed.  I am.  I am not sure if it's a good thing that I am so aware of it, or a bad thing.  What I do know is that I am aware of it.  I make a conscious effort to focus on other people, but I find myself constantly having to slap my hand (subconsciously) when I find myself pulling the focus back on me.  

The good news (for me) is that I am not the only person I know who has this problem.  I would say that the way I am is more the rule than the exception.  Most people I interact with, from the toddlers I know up to those in their 80s, are still pretty focused on numero uno (number one - for those who aren't from California).

I am sure it's a survival instinct.  Or sin.  Whatever.

The above scripture is pretty convicting.  I don't want to be a person who waits for God to act and then takes credit for the outcome, but some days I think I really am.  Working with "higher risk" teens, I spend a lot of time crying out to God, asking Him why.  But when something AMAZING happens, my first reaction is "wow, look at how amazing I am... oh, and You too, God."

This is true in my own life too.  This last week, as I have been posting about what Inner Beauty looks like, it would be really easy to take credit for any positive change that has been happening, but like the scripture says "Those who think they can do it on their own end up obsessed with measuring their own moral muscle but never get around to exercising it in real life.".  I can't do it on my own.  I can't change my inner heart.  I can't make myself more gentle or quiet.  Only God can do those things.

God came to set us free from the "sinful nature", but we have to choose to give ourselves over to Him to allow Him to change us.   We have to constantly look to Him, listen to Him, and constantly lift our eyes from our own temporary issues and look at the One who gives us eternal hope in Him.  

If we trust in God to take care of us, we can release the pressure we feel to take care of ourselves.  If we stop working so hard protecting ourselves, we will be so much freer to love others.  Once we are at peace with the Truth that God is actually IN US, acting on our behalf,  guiding and protecting us, we can rest in Him and allow Him to work.

It's beautiful to Let Go... and Let God.
(this is a poem that was on my parents' fridge growing up)





3 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post. I say I love God with all of my heart, but how often am I focused on me and not Him? Beautifully written! Xoxo

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  2. Well said! I agree that it is easier to take the focus off the one who really created or made it happen. I have heard that once you become aware that you are humble you are not. I won't pretend that I am humble...I am not. I have been careful especially the past few years to get the limelight off of me without dissing my choice to obey. I do get to take credit for obeying. I hold some positions of influence and I keep handing those over and over to God b/c I know I focus on me WAY too much.

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    1. You know... that is true, we can take credit for obeying, as long as we are aware that we only obey because He is in us! :)

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