THE SERVANT GENERAL
OUR THEME FOR 2011
HUMAN VERSUS GODLY STRENGTH
March 24, 2011
says the Lord: Cursed is the man who trusts in human beings,
who seeks his strength in flesh, whose heart turns away from
the Lord.” (Jer 17:5). That is not any of us in CFC-FFL,
so fast. Consider if the following shows a trust in our
own human flesh rather than the strength of God.
attending CFC-FFL meetings because we have better things
to do with our time.
on to our money and not giving a tithe because of the greater
priority of our human needs and wants over the priorities
it over subordinates rather than taking the lowest place
as a servant.
to our human talents and gifts and not as much to the supernatural
grace of God.
up with many excuses for not giving more of ourselves in
When we, wittingly or unwittingly, start to rely on and look
to ourselves rather than God, our hearts will begin to turn
away from Him. That is the beginning of the end.
is the antidote? Simply obey God. Stop finding excuses. Stop
being neither hot nor cold. Trust totally in Him.
Jesus commands us: “Go into the whole world and proclaim
the gospel to every creature.” (Mk 16:15). Then go
and evangelize, and do it massively (as a community) and
with a passion.
says: “For I, the Lord, am your God; and you shall
make and keep yourselves holy, because I am holy.”
(Lev 11:44a). Then go and “be holy yourselves in every
aspect of your conduct” (1 Pet 1:15).
says: “I give you a new commandment: love one another.
As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.”
(Jn 13:34). Then go and love your neighbor as yourself,
and “while we have the opportunity, let us do good
to all, but especially to those who belong to the family
of the faith.” (Gal 6:10).
There are so many more commandments of God that we can read
in the Bible. Our place is to know them and to live them out.
“God’s law they study day and night.” (Ps
1:2b). Further, in the past few years since the restoration,
God has particularly called us to live out different virtues,
in preparation for what is to come. These have come through
our themes. In 2007, hope; in 2008, joy; in 2009, trust; in
2010, awe of God and redemptive suffering.
are assured: “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord,
whose hope is the Lord.” (Jer 17:7). Further, “the
law of the Lord is their joy” (Ps 1:2a). Still further,
we see the poor man Lazarus who suffered on earth but who
experienced redemption in heaven. As Abraham said to the rich
man Dives, that in his lifetime “Lazarus likewise received
what was bad, but now he is comforted here” (Lk 16:25).
us never trust in ourselves nor rely on our human strength.
Since we are doing divine work, we can only succeed if we
look to God alone. Then we will be like a tree planted beside
the waters (Jer 17:8a; Ps 1:3a). We need fear nothing (Jer
17:8b), and will bear fruit in or out of season (Ps 1:3b;
Jer 17:8c). Whatever we do will prosper (Ps 1:3c).
is it for one who looks to godly strength. If we have been
trusting in ourselves, let that end now. Let us be able to
truly proclaim: “My God is now my strength!”
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