Looking unto Jesus to go forth from ourselves and to forget ourselves so that our darkness my flee before the brightness of His face, so that our joy may be holy and our sorrow restrained, so that He may cast us down and raise us up, so that He may afflict us and comfort us, so that He may despoil us and enrich us, so that He may teach us to pray and answer our prayers, so that while leaving us in the world, He may separate us from it. Our lives will be hidden with Him in God, and our behavior will bear witness to Him before others.
“The more you focus on your self the more you focus on your self.” That she said was what she learned from ten years in therapy. They were, in her mind, ten lost years. Graciously God brought her out of that time and into a life of fullness in Christ.
A.B. Simpson wrote a wonderful little poem called. Leave Yourself Alone. Here are a few of the lines…
“Vain and fruitless is the struggle self to sanctify;
God alone can cleanse and keep you, wherefore should you try?
O the needless cares and conflicts you had never known,
If you’d learned the simple lesson let yourself alone.
Let your eyes keep looking upward; Cease to look with in.
All your introspection cannot cleanse a single sin.
You will find your best self effort vain and worse than vain,
As the touch of soiled fingers only leaves a stain.
It is life you need, not labor - life that springs from Him;
If you’d have your cup run over fill it to the brim.
All the springs of power and blessing flow from yonder throne;
If you’d have them fill and flood you let yourself alone.”
And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Genesis 41:15-16
He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of Jonah, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said to him, “Feed My sheep. John 21:17
Can We Pray? All wisdom God and Father, I confess that I have wasted much time lingering over myself seeking an answer for my need. God you hold the answer to all things. I am comforted that when I cannot know myself you know me full well. I am in awe that you should stoop to love me and to bring to me your life. May I more and more look up to take hold of that life by faith with out laboring over my self. Amen