August 13

My beloved child…if you try to live a holy and righteous life in the power of your flesh… through reliance upon your human capabilities and capacities, by your own efforts and in your own strength, according to your own wisdom, knowledge and understanding… your very efforts will become the block that hinders My Holy Spirit from ever working it in you. [Father God…1 Cor 2:10-16]

Life in the power of the flesh, **        **, is characterized by trying rather than by trusting.  It is a life requiring your continual striving and struggling; all of your efforts, redoubled efforts, and strength; all of your commitments and resolutions; all of your pledges and promises.  Even then…the absolute weakness of your sin-enslaved human nature guarantees you will utterly fail!  My child…a life of trying in the power of your flesh ignores My Eternal provision for your living a holy and righteous life: the gift of My Holy Spirit given to dwell in you, and His eternal Power made available to you.  It disregards My command to keep on being continually filled with My Holy Spirit, giving Him free reign over the conduct of your everyday life.

Child of God!  Trying in the power of your flesh to do My work and My will presumes that you are fully capable of doing so, and do not need Me.  It is an assertion of your self-reliance and self-sufficiency, and that you have no need for dependence upon My Wisdom, Knowledge, and Understanding.  It is not well-pleasing to Me, **        **; it is a life of utter failure and spiritual bankruptcy!  Even just trying by your own efforts and in your own strength to live a holy and righteous life is in itself presumptuous…it presumes that you can actually do so, that you can be well-pleasing in My sight in the power of your sin-enslaved human nature.  The truth of the matter is…apart from Me you can do nothing that is good, or pleasing, or acceptable to God!

My beloved child, the Power of My enabling grace can not…can never…be manifested and exercised in you by your sin-enslaved human nature!  Only My Holy Spirit can make My enabling grace effective in you.  Don’t you understand?  It is My work, not your work; your place is to cooperate and to respond.  You live a life of trust not by trying to do what I show you to do, but by cooperating with My enabling grace to do so.  You are not trying by your own efforts and in your own strength; you are cooperating with My strength, My wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, with My capabilities and capacities.  It is My work, not yours.

**        **, your place in My work is to attentively and diligently look for the leading and guiding of My Holy Spirit in everything concerning your everyday life, and to cooperate with the Power of His enabling grace to do all that He prompts you to do, or say, or think. He is the One Who produces fruit in your life; you are simply to be a branch that bears His fruit!  You participate in My work by making the members of your body and all your faculties available to Me as instruments of righteousness, leading to holiness.  Offer yourself to God as a living sacrifice, a vessel dedicated for My honor and well-pleasing to Me.  This is your spiritual act of true worship [Rom 12:1], beloved child!

Abba Father, I know I can never attain righteousness by trying, by my own efforts and in my own strength…that any efforts on my part only serve to hinder Your Spirit from working righteousness in me.  Sanctification is the work of Your Holy Spirit, not mine. My place is to hate sin, love righteousness, and cooperate with the work of Your Indwelling Holy Spirit, Who is the One Who works in me both the desire to obey Your will and the Power to do Your will.  You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed You with the oil of exultant joy and gladness above and beyond Your companions. [Ps 45:7]

Abba Father…I understand. I am just the paint brush in the hand of the Master; the pen in the hand of the Author; the bow in the hand of the Master Violinist.  I am just the instrument of Your Righteousness…a vessel set apart for noble purposes, holy and consecrated to the Master, prepared and ready to be used for Your every good purpose. The all-prevailing, all pervading, atmosphere in which my soul lives and moves and has its very being is an unwavering child-like trust in You, Father.  The underlying foundation for my unwavering child-like trust is that in the very depths of my being I have embraced the reality of Your fathomless love for me, and Your absolute Sovereignty over all Creation.  Hallelujah!

Lord let the Holy Ghost come on down:

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