“Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless either for the soil or the manure pile, so it is thrown out. The one who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Consider as well: "Many plans are in a person’s heart, But the advice of the Lord will stand." Proverbs 19:21 NASB.
It's a hard thing to learn of when I am out of my element ability wise or out of my element because it's not for me to be doing, but the blessing is meant for another because of my situation.
I often try to exhaust options before throwing in the towel. Even at that point sometimes God throws the towel back at me and says to wipe off my face, I am not done yet.
We probably know of the passage that speaks to robbing God. Malachi 3 if you're interested.
Do you realize you rob others of blessings because you can press too hard to do things yourself and not ask for help?
God indeed uses events and situations to cause growth in others. The 4 Gospels are filled with Jesus doing just that. We often get too prideful in asking others for help. Humility tends to be brought in by the Spirit to counter that.
That one part of Luke really lends to this idea "Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple." When we are focused on carrying our own cross our focus tends to be on what Jesus wants not what we want.
If Jesus wants me to go through something rather than around it there's a reason. I really like "90 Minutes in Heaven" by Don Piper. In this book you follow a Pastor whom God allowed to go through some extremely heavy situations. He cried out to God many times. Even in anger at God for not doing something, even though he says later on that indeed God was working. But it wasn't until he indeed was recovered years later that various people were brought into his life that he saw how God did what He did with him in order to prepare him to minister to people who otherwise weren't going to be open to the salvation message.
Our lives are not our own, we were bought with a price. People don't realize the magnitude of that verse, of its full implications. That our lives, are to be spent on the work that God has lined up for us to be doing.
I have been on short term mission trips. On one such trip I learned a rather humbling message from God. I was about to do something for someone rather than them doing it and He had the person assert themselves in a way that pointed out that while I might know what needed to be done and how to do it, it was for them to do it and not me. That while I saw their possible physical limitations He saw what they could do because He knew them internally.
The longer I live the more I am not really impressed by what this world has to offer. I will probably be speechless when I get to see how this world will be transformed for the thousand year reign of Jesus Christ on this Earth.
Knowing when someone else needs a blessing is often difficult but not impossible. I can indeed do a great many things through God who strengthens me. I can also help cultivate success in others in their walk with Jesus by not trying to do it all myself.
My situation might be the lesson someone else needs in order to grow in Christ Jesus. Ever really really think about that?
My situation might to really be my situation but rather another person's opportunity.
Pray in everything the Bible says. Set your minds on the things that are above and not on the things that are of this world.
Growth is the hallmark of the branches of the vine which is Jesus Christ.
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