By Myself, I can do nothing

By Myself, I can do nothing

By Myself, I can do nothing. (John 5:30 NIV)

One of the most difficult lessons that the Lord’s children have to learn is how to let go to God. Even in a matter that is right and in the purpose of God, for instance, there have to be the lessons that Abraham had to learn through Isaac. It is not in our personal clinging to a God-given thing, whether it be a promise or a possession, but faith’s restful and fear-free holding on to the Lord Himself. If we had a thing from the Lord Himself we can rest assured that what He gives, He will not take again without some larger purpose in view; and on the other hand, none can take from us what He has determined for us. But there are many dangers that arise from our own will in relation to a divine gift or purpose.

The first is making things ours instead of holding them in and for the Lord. This leads to fierceness and personal uprisings. Then jealousy will not be long in showing its ugly head, and jealousy with its twin – suspicion – soon destroy fellowship and spontaneity of communion. Does not jealousy declare most loudly the fact of personal possession, and personal interest? If we realized how privileged we are to have even a very small part in the things of God, and how it is all of His Grace, surely we should be very grateful that we could just have the remotest connection with Him.

Then further, when we hold things received or as promised or believed to be for us as only unto the Lord, in restful trust, we make it possible for the Lord to save us from being mistaken in the matter. It is not an unusual thing for a child of God to come to see that a thing that he or she most strongly believed to be God’s will or way for them was not so, and it had to be surrendered. If there was any personal element of will in it the experience has proved terrible and has left works of bitterness and mistrust. Yet once again, a strong personal mind and will in relation to things of God too often makes us a law unto ourselves. That is, we get into an attitude that implies that we only know the will of God in the matter. We do not trust that others also may be led by the Lord in this thing, and so the corporates of guidance so necessary to the house of God are destroyed or paralyzed.

By T. Austin-Sparks from: “The Flame of a Sword”

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