Thursday, May 6, 2010

I am not God

I am not God.  You are shocked I know first that I am admitting that or maybe some of you thought ... no way.  But what I can say and admit is there are times that I act like I am God.  Most of us do.  And that is wrong.

Are we trusting in ourselves, or our ability or strength or intelligence? Admitting that we are not God means that we allow God to work in and through our lives.  It also means that we expect more and more of God and watch Him do incredible things we cannot do without Him.

Do you see what I mean?  Last week as I was praying (and I have already alluded to this earlier this week) God said one of the things that is standing in the way of us as a church and me as a leader is me.  Do you hear that?  I am in the way.  Listen up:

Proverbs 3:5 (NLT) --- Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.

Are my thoughts what I am sharing or am I sharing God's thoughts?  Do I rely on what I call my vision or the vision that God has placed on my life and in His church?

Honest, I want His best, and that means I must lean on Him.  The first step to seeing God work is letting God be God.  Get out of His way.

Galatians 2:20 (NLT) --- My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

How often do we let our "old self" get up out of the grave and lead us?  It is often if we are honest.  Yet the closer we get to God, the more time we spend with Him, the greater the opportunity for God to speak and for God to work.  I want that.  No, I long for and am desperate for that.  Are you?

My prayers this week have added the dimension of asking God to move me out of the way when I am in the way.  Pray like that.  God move me out of the way when I am in the way of you working and being seen.

Why?  Because life and church and family and purpose and helping others is all about Jesus.  Nothing more and nothing less.  Therefore, I am not God.  I move out of the way by the grace and help of God.

Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) --- Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

1 comment:

Sako said...

Often we leaders think we got it all or on the other end, we don't have it at all. The truth is, as this quote says, "God doesn't call the qualified, but qualifies the called." (Of course not in all cases). I think a lot of times we are scared as leaders or are too proud. I think it boils down to this.

We see when Moses was talking to God at the burning bush, he was scared when he was called. He didn't think he had what it takes. All God said was that He will be with Moses and that will be enough. I think sometimes we need to realize that. God is enough for us and also the one who we should be leaning on for our ministry.

pray for your children

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