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2/26/2023 - This weeks left hand page is entitled, Learning to Wait

"Learning to Wait

Living with confidence involves emptying myself of all self reliance. Man can never be more powerful than that on which he relies. If I rely on myself, I can only be as strong as myself. To be stronger than I am, I must rely on Someone greater (Psalm 37:3). Let me suggest four steps to emptying ourselves of self reliance: (1) Count self's abilities as nothing (Philippians 3 and 4); (2) Hunger for God's empowering (Philippians 3:13-14); (3) Learn to pray effectively (Philippians 4:6-7); (4)Trust (Philippians 4:11,12). Trust always acknowledges God's control and never leaves it to its own persuasions. Trust necessitates that I understand the meaning of true humility.

Humility involves: A right perspective of God - true humility is not centered in my inadequacies, but in His magnitude (Isaiah 6:5); a right perspective of myself - humility is not self-degrading, but self-accepting; a right perspective of others - humility will never let me exalt self by degrading others.

God will never make us more fruitful than our humility will allow (I Peter 5:5). I've listed for your study several attitudes to be considered when leaning on the Lord:

1. Perspective - rather than concentrating on the visible, perceive the invisible (Isaiah 40:31).

2. Direction - let Him direct your path; we commit our ways, He directs our paths (Proverbs 16:3).

3. Obedience - moving only at His direction (Psalm 123:2).

4. Patience - wait with assurance on Him (Luke 2, Simon; Romans 8:25).

5. Attitude - make proper responses to pressure (Psalm 62:5 and 6)

6. Confidence - know God will equip you for the task (I Samuel 21:9)

7. Submission - know the Lord will complete His task; 'Be still and know...' (Lamentations 3:25,26)

8. Non-defensive - don't defend your position (Proverbs 20:22)

9. Sacrifice - giving self to fasting and prayer; begin to see as God sees (Isaiah 58:11)

10. Faithfulness - remain faithful to your duties (Hosea 12:6; Psalms 25:5; Acts 1:4).

Learning to lean,

Pastor Ron Mehl"



 
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