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::Devotional:: ‘Have You Ever Succeeded Without The Lord?’

March 23, 2010

Success is something everyone wants to achieve.  For some, a little success goes a long way; for others they will have to go a long way for success.  There are also those who succeed and desire more and more success.  It is a way by which we determine our own worth and significance.  As Christians, those whose lives belong to Jesus, we are taught through the Bible that we are not able to succeed apart from God.  Have you ever succeed without the Lord?

Most of us, if we were being honest, would have to answer yes to that questions.  In fact, perhaps we have succeeded in life many times without ever even so much as thinking about the Lord.  Think about it, we can do a lot of things through our own strength and fortitude can’t we?  We can dig deep and push through in many different areas of life and succeed right?  We put in the overtime at work to get ahead of that other guy for the upcoming promotion and raise.  We can volunteer to lead another ministry at church or get involved in another community group because we want to “get things done.”  Maybe we could even take out a second mortgage on our house so that we can finally get that boat we deserve.  In all these areas we may succeed to some degree or another out of our own strength and little help from the Lord.  But, what is the cost of this success?

Long hours at work means less time with our family and more stress to carry on our backs.  Volunteering to “get things done” may mean that we have our own agenda to accomplish rather than what the Lord wants to accomplish.  Taking out a second mortgage on our home may get us the boat we think we deserve but we have to sell ourselves into financial bondage to get there.  These things don’t sound very successful when you consider their cost do they?  These were only a few examples.  I’m sure you’re already identifying many things in your life and the lives of others around you that would fit in here.  The point here is the cost of succeeding without the Lord rather than what we may succeed in.

Succeeding in our own strength without the Lord costs us dearly.  Stress, irritability, anger, bitterness, gossip, lust, jealously, greed, malice, selfishness, deceit….need I go on?  All these things and more tend to increase in our lives when we succeed without the Lord.  However, when we rely upon the Lord and succeed in his power we see an increase in something the Bible calls the fruit of the spirit.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.  Galatians 5:22-3

We are foolish to think that we can succeed in anything worth while apart from the Lord.  Sure we may accomplish some things out of our own strength but with the costs we just mentioned, I’d hardly call that success.  In fact, the heart beats and breath it takes for us to succeed in our own strength comes from the sustaining word of the Lord.  Even our own strength is not ours; it is from the Lord.

We can depend on the Lord and succeed in His will through His strength.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.  He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.  He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.  Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.  Isaiah 40:28-31

Give credit where credit is due today.  Succeed in the ways of the Lord through the power of the Lord, not of your own strength.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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One Comment leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    March 23, 2010 10:25 am

    God gives us the strength to get out of bed in the morning. He gives us strength to live each day. He is always there when you need him.

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