June 26, 2020
Proverbs 28:13, “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you.”
Philippians 1:6, “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”
Dysfunction exists in all of our lives — no one is entirely immune. Does it mean we all come from dysfunctional families? No, but we’ve all been guilty of dissing God’s function in our lives emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. Self-sufficiency and pride lead us to think we know what’s best; we think we can handle everything on our own. But this “I want to run the show” mindset is the root of our problem.
When we double down and leap headlong into trying to fix ourselves, we’ll be nothing but disappointed. Why? God never intended for us to navigate life on our own. We’re incapable of shouldering the burden of accumulated baggage and making lasting change. It only leads to fear, frustration, fatigue, and ultimately failure. So, it’s silly to think we’re better equipped to deal with life issues than God.
What we keep from God keeps us from God, but success happens when we confess! Right now, admit aloud, “I can’t change!” Doesn’t it feel so freeing to say? Because the moment we agree with God about what He already knows is the moment real and lasting change begins. God will cast out fear! He will bring peace to frustration! He will provide rest from fatigue!
So, stop dissing God’s function and confess because, with Jesus, failure isn’t an option. In Him, we win! And through Him, we live in the light of God’s unending mercy and amazing grace.
What do you need to surrender and trust God with today? What do you need to confess? Lift up your response to these questions to God in prayer.
Heavenly Father, I need Your help. Show me areas where I allow self-sufficiency and pride to dictate my actions. Stir within me the desire to surrender what I can’t change to Jesus. And thank You for Your transformational power at work within my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.