Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Power You Can Rely On

“The keeping of a believer from the allurements and the deceit of the world is a supernatural task.  No man is smart enough to do it on his own.  Nothing else is sufficient, only the power of God can keep us.”  - Ray Stedman

The above quote from Ray Stedman is to remind us that just because we do our part, we must not be mistaken that we can do it all from our own power, because our power is limited without God (as hard as this may be for our ego to take.)
Ray Stedman in his sermon actually goes further into saying that the mistaken tendency of relying on one’s own strength is the downfall of Judas Iscariot (the one who betrayed Jesus.)  You can read or listen to Ray Stedman’s entire sermon on this at:

However, do not misunderstand.  This does not mean that you sit back and do nothing and let God do it all.  A father would not be a good father if he does it all for his children, and his children never learn.  In the same way, Our Heavenly Father is the Good Father requiring us to do our part.  We do our part, and God will do His part.  Just be sure we do not erroneously think that it is all in our power.  We need Him.

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