Can’t Save Yourself
“Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense; he has become my salvation” (Isaiah 12.2 NIV).
In our society today, much emphasis is placed on individual strength, ability, talent and determination. These are all great attributes, but they give us very little authority and meaning outside of our relationship with God. When we focus too much on this temporal life and worldly acclaim, we can forget that there’s an eternity to which we belong. This world in which we now live is merely a shadow and a whisper of an eternal existence. The impact of anything done outside the will of God–no matter how brilliant and awe-inspiring–will not continue with God in heaven. Only actions done in obedience to God will make a lasting impact on eternity. In light of this truth, our strength is weak and our ability is lacking without the hand of God powering our actions. For this reason, we must always place our hope and trust in God’s strength and salvation. We can do everything in our power to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading, knowing that God is in complete control and he holds our victory. Only through Christ have we achieved salvation of our sins, and He releases His saving work to every area of our lives–emotional, physical, intellectual, relational and spiritual.
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mindand discipline and self-control” (2 Timothy 1.7 AMP).