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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘…I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.’ John 5:30 NKJV

Three things describe Christ’s relationship with His Father: intimacy, dependency and obedience. Today let’s look at His dependency on God. ‘The Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.’ (John 5:19 NKJV) Jesus knew He couldn’t do anything without His Father, so He didn’t bother to try. We, on the other hand, sing, ‘Without Him I can do nothing,’ then go out and act like it all depends on us. If we succeed, we often become so conceited that nobody can stand us. And if we fail, it’s usually because we collapsed under the weight of an assignment God didn’t give us in the first place. Have you ever wondered why Jesus never struggled with insecurity or battled the fear of failure like we do? Because it never even occurred to Him that He couldn’t do something which His Father had already assured Him He could do. When you know you have heard from God you can face any obstacle or enemy with confidence. God will never give you an assignment that does not require His wisdom and undergirding strength. Indeed, every act of God in your life is designed to increase, not decrease, your dependence on Him. You say, ‘But I have talent. I can do a lot of things!’ Yes, but you can do nothing that matters in God’s eyes. So before you begin your day, kneel and pray, ‘Lord, I’m counting on You, and I don’t have a backup plan!’

SoulFood: Jos 5:1-8:29, John 14:15-25, Ps 118:19-29, Pr 28:5-8

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2011

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