Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Self-Propelled

If you travel a lot you are probably familiar with those moving sidewalks they have at airports.  You can step on this sidewalk, put down your luggage, relax and let the machine do all the work.  But if you have seen this type of transport, you know that not everyone takes advantage of the free ride.  Many people choose to pick up their luggage and walk the distance in their own strength.  

Many people try to follow Jesus out of their own strength too.
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The message of the Old Testament was God with us.  The message of the New Testament is God in us.  God with us is good, but God in is is so much better. 

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. Romans 8:11

Most of us go to great lengths to hide our weaknesses; we try so hard to do it all on our own.  Like the people at the airport who choose to walk instead of ride, we think we can get there faster in our strength.  Or we don't want to be seen as feeble or wimpy.  But Jesus says:

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  2 Corinthians 12:9

Trying to live our your faith and walk with Christ in your own strength is ridiculous.  The Bible says, "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit."  Galatians 5:25

Why would you walk in your own strength when you could ride with the Spirit?

Are you walking or riding today?

Many blessings,

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13 comments:

  1. Today, I choose to ride with the Spirit! Great encouragement, Lisa. Thanks!

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  2. I want to ride with the Spirit! Great post.

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  3. Hi Lisa 0 great analogy. I know I try to do much in my own strength - Jesus wants me to relax and take a load off and put my burden on the travelling thingimy bob. I want to walk in the spirit. Great post, great reminder.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. I'll take the ride please! Great analogy, I want to stay in step with the Spirit. I do go it alone sometimes and it always ends in a reminder to never do it again :) Thanks Lisa!

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  5. Hiding my weaknessess was something I was always good at. When I took the mess I had made of my life and turned it into a message God could use, I began sharing the weak parts...the parts that point to Jesus. Because in our weakness, He is strong! Great post Lisa!!

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  6. Having just returned from my morning walk (that I have avoided for a couple days), I would have to say that today (YAY) I am walking...and it feels so good to know that I can lean on His strength to do it!

    Great post - thank you for the reminder today!!

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  7. Oh, I'm riding. I know I cannot do it by myself. I want Jesus to lead, guide, steer, and take me wherever He wants. I am along for the ride! :)

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  8. I have a painting of Christ walking on the seashore and the name of the painting is Walk with me. The painting is in my hallway and I often stop and look at it. Am I walking with the Savior today is another good question.
    Blessings for your thoughts today. I enjoyed the read!

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  9. Great analogy Lisa! I choose to stay in step with the Spirit, and rest in His strength.

    Have a Blessed Day!

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  10. I've come face to face with this one: Or we don't want to be seen as feeble or wimpy.

    Yep, I can do it because I'm tough, I'm able. Oh, how quickly that leads to pride and devastation.

    What a good reminder here.

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  11. I'm totally one of those people schlepping down the concourse with my suitcase in tow, so this is the perfect metaphor for me, Lisa. Thanks for making it real, girl!

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  12. Lisa~That is such a good question to end with. Riding is so much easier but I have to admit that sometimes I walk. Good reminder for me today.
    Blessings...Chelle

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  13. I have to admit that I often walk on my own rather than riding w/ Christ. Thanks for the reminder to lean on HIm and let Him do the work(in me).

    Good post!!

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