Doomed to fail!!

January 18, 2007

This is the time of year when anyone who’s made a New Year’s resolution starts to wonder how long it will last (if it hasn’t already been broken!).

In life we often have great plans to be amazing people.  After a sermon that hits us right where we are sinning we might vow to be ‘better’, to be less impatient, to be more honest.  A matter of hours after that resolution or vow to try harder, we can break it, flying off the handle at a slow car on the road and breaking our attempt at patience.

The Old Testament is basically a tale of human failure: we see prophets, kings & ordinary humans crumbling as they try to keep the law.  God must’ve looked down as he saw the weakness and failure and sighed in despair.

The truth is that we can’t do it on our own.  In our own strength we are doomed to failure!  If we want to be more forgiving, more loving or more patient we actually can’t.  When i forgive someone it is not me doing it but Jesus living in me.  All these things we aspire to we cannot do, but Jesus in us can.

Jesus came to abolish the law in one sense because we in our flesh couldn’t stick to it.  Through the cross a helper was sent to us, one who can enable us to stick to the path of right living – the Holy Spirit.

Let’s through out muscular faith and trying to be good in our own strength because it will end in failure; let’s ask the Holy Spirit to enter in afresh this day and do in us what we cannot ourselves.


20 Responses to “Doomed to fail!!”

  1. timbob said

    Good morning. I really can’t comment because you’ve said it all. Jesus is the True Vine and we are the branches. I always enjoy my daily stop here and always come away with something to think about.

  2. Jason99 said

    It’s nice to know that the pressure is off us to make everything work out. All we have to do is listen and obey.

  3. timglass said

    “Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit” says the Lord.
    His blessings this day.

  4. YEs, Amen! Good post. Sounds like you speak from experience on that one!


  5. DulceDiana said

    This is perseverance! When we fall, and fall and fall but get up because of His victory we are also victorious! Praise God.


  6. Trekant said

    Great point. Letting God lead us rather than trying to push uphill by ourselves . . .

    He’s bound to be more successful because only He really knows where we are supposed to be going.

    I really enjoy your site – thanks.

  7. Lisa said

    You rock, Maria!! (Is that a good thing in the UK too?) Your thoughts are always so awesome and applicable.

  8. stuartdelony said

    how true that is that we try and muscle our ways through. if we can only be open and willing in our weakenss, we can let the holy spirit move.

    I also love your quote: “In life we often have great plans to be amazing people.” Why can’t we just be content to be the people God has called us to be.

  9. Another good post, Maria.

  10. Steve said

    Give me faith Lord and Strength.

    Thanks Maria.



  11. Becky said

    Excellent post, Maria.

  12. I like that 12 step saying:
    “Let Go and Let God”

  13. faithwalk said

    Amen Maria, you always get it right on the mark!
    How we need the Holy Spirit, Jesus living within us to do anything of any value…

    Blessings to you


  14. eph2810 said

    I am just glad that our Lord’s mercies are new

  15. Timi said

    Oh! how very true.
    Simply, His grace is sufficient for us.
    Great articles you have here.

  16. Joni said

    Every day I am encouraged by your writing. Thank you for being faithful to it.

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