2 Corinthians 3:5 says “Not that we are sufficient in anything as of ourselves, but our sufficiency is of God. Not of the letter for the letter kills but the spirit gives life through Christ.”
Continuing Michael's message, he writes : As His ambassadors, we must give up all rights to self sufficiency and independence. According to Jeremiah 17: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and maketh flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord. Therefore, trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding, in all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy path.”
Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies, it cannot bear any fruit. God through Jesus Christ has called us to die to self in order to live for Him. Until you surrender your life to him, you cannot be his disciple. Those who approach God for forgiveness must leave their egos at the foot of the cross. If you value the things of the earth, you will not be blessed when you read the book of Ecclesiastes. The theme of Ecclesiastes is that the things of earth are vanity of vanities ... everything that is done in the flesh is worthless, it will come to naught. At the end of Ecclesiastes the conclusion of the book is that the whole duty of man is to revere, love, honor and respect God, to serve Him and keep His commandments.
The gospel of prosperity in the flesh is contrary to approaching the throne of grace with a humble, broken and contrite heart. Salvation is about making Jesus Savior and Lord, and then we shall be free. Salvation is to change lordships: I am no longer master of my own life, He is. According to Isaiah, in repentance we find our rest and our salvation. Repentance in the Greek means to turn around, it literally means to "change your mind" from the things of the world to the things of the Lord. Rest and peace with God is waiting for your repentance. Who's doing the waiting? You're not waiting on the Lord, He's waiting on you. God is longing to be gracious to you ... his nature is loving kindness and tender mercy. When we turn from ourselves and unto him, when we get out of the way of our selfish selves, God will grant reconciliation. Reconciliation means to put back together that which has been separated. Our selfish self sufficiency will separate us from the grace of God. Until we proclaim our "Declaration of Dependence" God cannot reconcile us back to himself. The greatest victory is the greatest surrender. I surrender all ... God works best with nothing.
Like Gideon's men who broke their pitchers so that the light of God could shine forth, Lord break our earthen vessels so that the excellency of the power may be of you Lord and not of us. May we die to self in order to live for you Lord.
Thank you Lord for your words in Romans 12: “I beseech ye therefore brethren by the mercies of God that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and wholly acceptable unto God, our reasonable act of worship.”
May God richly bless you,
Your brother in Christ, Michael