PRAYER: Please pray for our community tonight. Lots of prayer requests on the livestream this evening.
DEVOTION: “What is this dying of the Lord? It is dying to desire. In the measure that we look to one another for our help, we lose faith in God. If you rely upon any man or woman, upon any human assistance, to help you, you fall out of the greater purpose that God has for you. You must learn that no earthly source can ever assist you in this. You are going to this realm of life only by mortality being swallowed up by life. “And the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God.” (Galatians 2:20). It is a process of dying and living.” (pg 90)
Very, very interesting sentence here. The idea that the more we lean on human help and assistance, the more we lose our faith in God. I’ve never actually looked at it from that perspective before but it makes perfect sense. The more that lean into “earthly” help, our faith lessens. Our help comes from the Lord. I lift my eyes up to the hills. My help comes from the Lord.
Now, that’s not to say that there are friends, family members and neighbors who shouldn’t be helping us through whatever it is we’re going through but at the end of the day….Jesus.
Jesus is the source of our strength. Our help in times of need. All that we should rely on and lean on. All of it. Jesus.
His final sentence. “It’s a process of dying and living.” I love it. We continually need to die to ourselves, continually need to ask God for help in it all and yet we need to keep on living. Living so that we can be life for others. Living so that we can breath life into others in the name of Jesus. Living so that we can show others Jesus in us.
We need to die every day. So that Jesus can resurrect us. Bring us back to life again. Bring us back from our sin, shame and all that separates us from Him.