Good morning readers! Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Last week my father took me to breakfast! We had a wonderful time and a great discussion, and I would like to share it with you today.
Before we begin I would like to tell you a little about my amazing father. He is a wonderful person, and loves God and all things in, and about life. He however did not know God as he does now and sometimes still cannot discuss his personal feelings as free as he would like, this has been a need he continually works through. So we all continue growing receiving daily more of him that frees us from the bondage of ourselves.
We are going back in time today, as my father and I did last week when he took me to breakfast. When I was young my father wanted to instill in us a attitude of being what ever we wanted, whether it was being good at something or being good at being a good person. He instilled we had the mind, and spirit ourselves to be this good person, or have a incredible dream. We could be and do anything we set our minds too.
Have any of you heard of the story "The little engine that could?" Through this little engines story the engines friends would tell the engine it could make it up a hill. His friends told the engine if the engine would keep telling itself "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can," he could! Especially since they were cheering him on. He did as his friends asked and they cheered him on and he made it! Yeah!!! Great story of the human spirit making itself think, "I can, I can, I can."
My little engine I received, was broken! The more I thought I could, the more I couldn't. When I would tell my father, "I can't," he would always tell me, "That word should not be in your vocabulary." I began feeling no matter how hard I tried convincing myself of this good behavior, and this good person he wanted me to be I always found myself falling short in my mind, and when I looked at him I felt disappointment as well.
I gave up early in life trying to become one of those engines that could, and settled for the engine that couldn't. I did not know God then, and my sin was something I accepted and lived with and thought that was everyone. I thought at the time, we all try our best and come out at the end of life with the engine that was delft to us. Some engines could and some engines couldn't, that was life.
My father tried to instill in me all of our strength, acceptance, confidence, maturity, moral goodness and choices comes from our own minds and will. We can be this engine if we work hard physically with actions toward this goal and mentally in making ourselves think we can. He was a great high school coach and used this philosophy there as well. My sister, brother, and mother back then seamed to be these people that could, they had many accomplishments to look at, that would support this physical and mental work in their lives.
When I met my Savior, and first heard him much later in life, I received a different wisdom than I was taught by my beloved parents. God said, "I can't" and not only did he tell me I can't, he told me no one can. What? I thought to myself. That did not make any sense, why would God tell all of his creation they can't do anything?
"John 15:5 "I am the vine; you are the branches, If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing."
When I sat down with my Heavenly Father he told me we were made not to be able to do anything that would be our best. He told me our best thinking, reasoning, and will to do anything, could never be his best. That was his plan. I ask Him, "Why would you make us not to be able to do or be our best? He told me because if we could be and do our best, we would be the vine, then we would have never needed him. We would never know how to worship him, we would be worshiping ourselves, and most importantly we would not know his true love for us, ours for others, nor would we know how to love him.
God planned the cross for mankind before mankind was created so that when we receive Him as our Savior, Jesus Christ we would receive His Son, our Father and Lord and through them we would receive this wisdom, " I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." This means without him our strength, plans, will, reasoning, and goodness will only take us so far and for now, not for eternity.
Ephesians 1:4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
This lets us know God planned Jesus to save us since the creation of the world. Thank you Father for your gift of grace we receive through your son, you get all the glory for what you have given us to be what you planned before the creation of the world.
Jesus told me in John 15:9, "As the Father has loved me, so have I love you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remained in his love.
How can a person obey Jesus or obey the law to be the best we can be? He gives us the Holy Spirit of God himself! Through Christ we get the Spirit of God that gives us him in our mind, in our heart, and all his righteousness in how to be good and how to be led through life. We have to give up " I can" attitude as our own little engines can, to receive his "I truly can" attitude through me your Savior from the cross. He puts the real engine in us through His Spirit that can do and be all things He requires us to be. He is our true and most wise Father!
John 16:13 But when the, the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you.
It is so amazing when you receive the Spirit of God in you telling you the secret truths of God in so many ways. Through his word, dreams, through His Spirit in other people, though and his whispering in your mind the very words that are in his Bible before you have read them. You immediately know he knows all things, and you immediately are his child receiving his daily moment to moment instructions. He is the only voice you hear and listen to because you know where he comes from and who it is!
Now when I say, "I can't," I feel good all over! I have a true freedom in knowing I can't, because I know He will! So the "I can't engine" has become part of my vocabulary in word, deed, emotionally and mentally. When someone tells me, "Vicki, I can't do that, or "Mom, I can't do that." I say, "I know I can't either, but Christ can, and through Him I and you can do everything!"
Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength!