Thursday, April 09, 2009

Let it go... Depend on Him!

As I ever so slooowwly put material together that will eventually turn into a book, I sometimes find it helpful to look back on my old blog posts. Sometimes I'm reminded of some things that I would truly love to include in a book and sometimes I'm reminded of how I once saw things and how my thinking has changed, even if only slightly most of the time.

When this blog was still brand new in June 2006, I wrote Let it go... Depend on Him!

At the time, it went like this:


I've been "growing in grace" for a long time now. I mean, trusting in God's power in me - Christ's life - to be my victory and to be my sufficiency. But still I don't do everything perfectly. "I'm not what I want to be but I'm not what I used to be."

Growing in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus doesn't mean everything changes instantly! Growing "slowly" hurts as it is, but forcing it to happen quickly is deadly! There are certain things I wish God would change in me right now, and I've prayed for certain changes in my life. Sometimes I can see how I've changed and sometimes I can only see just how far I have to go! But the thing about resting in God's grace and sufficiency is that YOU don't control the changes in your life. The One who knows best is the one who's life is working in you according to His perfect plan. Jesus said if you rest in Him, you will bear fruit... right?

Take a deep breath. Hold it for a few seconds. Let it go..

Literally, let it go.

The only power in you to change is the perfect power of the Almighty. He may not be doing things the way you think you should be doing things. That's OK! He's got your -- WHOLE LIFE -- in His hands. You might not have come as far as you wish but you haven't slipped so far as to be out of His plan!

He has taken into account your weakness.

In fact... He has said that His strength is made perfect in your weakness. He is not depending upon YOU. Rather, you are fully dependent upon Him. And He will accomplish what He wants to accomplish in your life. Don't doubt it!

Man looks on the outside. God looks on the heart. You are a person after God's own heart - not because you have done everything perfectly, but because you trust Him.


I like a lot of what I said back then, but some things that I would add or change today would be to say that the reason we are weak is due to the fact that we no longer live! But Christ lives in us! When we are weak, then we are strong... but also when we are dead, then we are alive! "I have died, and I no longer live," says the Apostle Paul, "but Christ lives in me." Christ is my life. I'm not worried about "becoming" something better. I'm not concerned with "how far I've come" and "how far I have to go." I'm concerned with "today." I'm concerned with "right now." And Christ is my life right now, and I'm fully alive with Him right now! That's what matters!

Sure, I do look ahead. I "press on," as Paul would say. But press on toward what? Toward becoming a better person or a "better Christian?" Toward my own personal growth goals? Toward bigger and better "supernatural experiences?" No, I press on that I may lay hold of that for which Christ has already laid hold of me! It's a pressing on toward experiencing more and more fully who Christ is in me, and who I am in Him. A maturing... not of my actions, but of the realization of the fullness of Christ. I keep my eyes on Him.

Will my actions change? Sure! Will my attitudes change? The outward expression of the inward reality will truly change as I grow and mature, and as the life of Christ is more fully developed in me. And it all happens as I rest in Him, realizing more and more that He Himself is my life and sufficiency.


  1. hey there joel,
    good thoughts.

  2. Happy Day After... :D

    This is great, Joel! And I like the way you have grown in your understanding of how much MORE it is about HIM than about US!!

    Do you know the song "I Fix My Eyes On You"? We sing it just "Fix My Eyes On You" letting the understood YOU be the subject. Because we must depend on Him to even draw our gaze and fix our affections!

  3. Dang Joel, something hit me in this post - it's what we talk about all the time, but for some reason the verse "He strength is made perfect in my weakness" - came alive in 3D and I saw it with deeper revelation I think. It was one of those 'whoa' moments. I think this post hits home for me, it's right where I am the fact that I feel utterly weak and helpless right now in so many ways is A VERY GOOD THING!! Wow so I can expect His strength to breaking through any minute, haha.........!! This is one of those things we all know and tell ourselves but this time it hit me deep!! Woohoo!! Anyway, thought I'd share.......

    PS - By the way, you were in my dream last night. You were graciously hosting a bunch of 'us' bloggers (all faceless, except Free Spirit) and very interesting dream. You make a GREAT host by the way!!! Oh and you have a really unique and interesting house too!!!

  4. shoot pardon all the errors - gee whiz!!

  5. need to hear this. mmm hmmm. . . yep! Ah the rest. He's quite nice, eh. A cuddly sort of lion.

  6. Have you come up with a title for the book yet ???

    I too dreamed you were hosting but it was a hoedown...

    tee hee

  7. Great thoughts, Joel!

    That book will probably end up having the longest prep time in the history of man. Hopefully, it'll be written before you hit 50.

  8. Hey all... I've been essentially 'unplugged' for the past 36 hours or so, other than a pre-scheduled post this morning. Just getting back around!

    Nancy, as always, thanks for the encouragement!

    Jamie, I've not heard that song, that I know of, but I like how you sing it! The focus on Him, not us!!

    Lydia, I love when that happens! --- when we already 'know' something, but then the lights come on and it becomes so much more clear and alive!!

    Yeah, weak and helpless is a great place to be... it's SOOO where His strength is found! Cool about your dream, and indeed very interesting! I wonder what up with everyone faceless except FS. As for my house, I hope it was clean! Ha, fat chance! :)

    Becky, I've never heard it put that way, but "a cuddly sort of lion" really does fit, doesn't it!

    Leonard, I suppose the title will come out as I get more into the actual substance. I've toyed around with a few ideas, but it always changes as I put more things together.

    Hoedown? Well, it really WAS a dream then! LOL

  9. Aida,

    Yeah, it's been 12 years in the making already, so I may just be SIXTY when all is said and done! :)