God Working Things in Your Lives You Could Never Do for Yourselves

June 1, 2018, 4:45 p.m.

I still haven’t written yesterday’s post!

I felt like I should make my Instagram account, instagram.com/frugalfishorg/, public. I set up some safeguards. Then researched and wrote my bio. I kept getting the same error message. It frustrated me because I needed to write that post! I stopped, prayed for guidance, and found the glitch.

Galatians 3:2-5, “Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you?

(3) Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it?

(4) Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!

(5) Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with His own Presence, His Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does He do these things because of your strenuous moral striving or because you trust Him to do them in you?” The Message

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Galatians 3:9, “…and that means that anyone who tries to live by his own effort, independent of God, is doomed to failure.” The Message

I ate breakfast and cleaned up the kitchen. I had a burning desire to decorate David’s office. It’s yellow and I decided to give it the Iowa Hawkeye color scheme.

I took out the burgundy accents and brought in a black lantern, clock, and vase. I moved things around several times before satisfied.

Mom called. She was in town and I invited her to come over. Then I quickly made my bed! 😉

Galatians 3:11, “…The person who lives in right relationship with God does it by embracing what God arranges for him. Doing things for God is the opposite of entering into what God does for you.” The Message

Then the guilt came. I hadn’t read my Bible or written yesterday’s post.

It’s in the 90’s today. I decided to do laundry before it got too hot. It was almost lunchtime. I had just enough time to clean the shelves in the door of the refrigerator.

Finally finished! I cleaned the frig one shelf at a time. It’s easier doing a tough job by breaking it down into smaller jobs. Then I read my Bible.

After lunch, I sat down to write my post. Nothing.

Galatians 3:21, 22, “…the law…its purpose was to make obvious to everyone that we are, in ourselves, out of right relationship with God, (22) and therefore to show us the futility of devising some religious system for getting by our own efforts what we can only get by waiting in faith for God to complete His promise. For if any kind of rule-keeping had power to create life in us, we would certainly have gotten it by this time.” The Message

I took a nap. Sometimes, my thoughts clear and I know exactly what to write. My 15-minute power nap resets – twice.

Still nothing. I decided to practice. Surely God would speak to me then.

He did. “The family picture would look better in the bedroom. You can hang the clock where it was.”

I moved the picture and clock. Then practiced for 45 minutes. Still nothing.

“At its core, sinfulness is selfishness. It’s enthroning yourself – your desires, your needs, your plans – above all else. …Instead of trying to fulfill His purposes, you try to get Him to fulfill yours. Who’s following who? Instead of following Jesus, you’re trying to get Him to follow you. It doesn’t work that way. …’If anyone desires to follow Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross,…Matthew 16:24.” The Word for You Today

What if I wrote today’s post before I wrote yesterday’s? That would be crazy! That would break all my “rules.”

That is exactly what I did!

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