We Didn’t Start The Fire

…and we can’t put it out ourselves.

I’m still working on how to not work on myself. Paul himself said it best in Romans 7:19, “For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing.”

Oh, that I may fully understand this passage once and for all.

A dear friend and man of God gave me a study bible some time ago and told me he had never opened it himself. One day at a time when I most needed a word from God I placed my hand on that bible and prayed to God to show me what he wanted from me; whether to do something specific or not to do anything I had thought for myself to do. I prayed, “Lord, show me what you want from me.” While wiping the tears of frustration from my eyes I opened the bible directly to Isaiah 1:11 and there found several underlined passages and notes in the margin referring to other passages. I turned to one of the passages therein noted; Micah 6:8 and there found the only other underlined text in the entire book. There I received God’s answer, “He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

This experience changed me deeply. I still find myself trying to please God in the flesh. When I am deep in thought as to how to please Him He brings Micah 6:8 to my memory… and I let go. The fire is too big for me. I am SO thankful that Jesus has already dealt with the fire. All I can do… all God expects me to do every day is to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with my God.

David Wilkerson posted the following passage on his Facebook page.

As followers of Christ, we are to take God at his Word and accept as true what he says we are. This means our “old man” represents a man who still seeks to please God in the flesh. Such a man hates sin, he doesn’t want to offend God, and yet his conscience continually brings him under guilt. So he pledges to overcome his sin problem: “I’m going to change! I’ll start today to fight my besetting sin, no matter what the cost. I want God to see how hard I am trying.”

Such a man brings to the Lord much sweat and many tears. He prays and fasts to prove to God that he has a good heart. He’s able to resist sin for days at a time, and so he tells himself, “If I can go for two days, then why not four, why not a week?” By the end of the month he feels good about himself, convinced he’s working himself free. But then his old sin surfaces, and down he goes, deep into despair. And that starts the cycle all over again. Such a man is on a treadmill that will never end, one he can’t get off.

May it never be! His man-in-flesh was crucified along with Christ, killed in the eyes of God. Indeed, Paul tells us that the old man was pronounced dead at the cross. Jesus took that old man into the grave with him, where he was left for dead and forgotten. Just as the prodigal’s father ignored the “old man” in his son, the Lord says of our old man, “I won’t recognize or deal with such a one. There is only one man I recognize now, one with whom I’ll deal. That is my Son, Jesus, and all who are in him by faith.”

The new man is the one who has given up all hope of pleasing God by any effort of the flesh. He has died to the old ways of the flesh. And by faith he has come to know there is only one way to please God, one way to delight him: Christ must become all. He knows that there is but One whom the Father recognizes: Christ and all who are in him.

This new man lives by faith alone: “The just shall live by faith.” He believes God’s Word so completely he leans on nothing else. He has found his source of everything in Christ, who is all sufficient. And he believes what God says of him: “Your old man is dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.” He may not feel it, or comprehend it fully, but he won’t argue with his loving Father’s Word. He accepts it on faith, believing the Lord is faithful to his Word.

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  1. Cameron says:

    This isnt directed at this specific post. I guess in a way we have something in common. When i need to profess my emotions and my experiences with god, i write. I write and lay it to instrumentation perhaps, but it all starts as words on the paper. I never thought you would chronical something like this, your journey…I feel so strong these days in my love for god and because he has so changed me i realize how powerful kind words can be. So not that you need it but keep it up, this is a wonderful read, a great place to stop. Ive seen you over the last nine years struggling inside, and its good to see such conviction and passion.(please ignor any and all gramatic errors)

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