God gave me this phrase one morning in my quiet time. One of my favorite sayings is “I know God to be a keeper.” God has kept me even in spite of myself. I hear this phrase a lot: “Oh, you’re a good one because I wouldn’t …” We do not know what we will do unless we have been in that situation. The bible tells us what we are capable of so we don’t think too highly of ourselves and others.
Mark 10:17-18 NIV: 17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him.“Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Romans 7:18 New King James Version: For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find.
Romans 7:21-25 New Living Translation: 21 I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. 22 I love God’s law with all my heart. 23 But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. 24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Even Jesus (the savior of the world) and Paul knew that it is only through God that we are good. My Aunt Mary also reminded me of Peter who was close to Jesus denied Him even though he said He wouldn’t (Luke 22:54-62) Jesus would always say “It is the Father in me, He does the work.” We can’t look to people or have any confidence in ourselves. Our confidence should be in God. Thank God for mentors and counselors. We must also remember that they have the same nature as we all do without the help of God and that includes me. When we mess up, we can cry out to God for help, repent and get back on track. There is no condemnation when we get back in Christ, our spiritual nature.
Never say what you wouldn’t do. It is God keeping you!
Prayer: God, I thank you for your goodness. I repent for yielding to my sinful nature. God, without your help I am helpless. I place my confidence in you, not in myself and others. People and myself can fail, but you, God, never fail. Through you I have the victory and that gives me hope. Hallelujah! In Jesus name! Amen.