The Fall

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:26
 
Adam and Eve’s fall – when they took the bite of that apple—wasn’t  like falling off a stepladder; it was like falling off Mount Everest. It was mankind’s fall, and we weren’t just dented; we were demolished. 
 
Once we realize that all of our thoughts and desires are twisted, and all of our strength is diverted away from God; then we’ll begin realizing how dangerous it is to rely solely on our own strength, desire, and wisdom.
 
Human strength fails when you don’t see any results. Human motivation ends when applause and affirmation fade. And human wisdom tells us to get ahead and then quit. 
 
But God’s strength becomes perfect when we’re weak. His approval comes when we stop trying to please the crowd. And His wisdom tells us to stop trying to lead the way and to follow Him instead.
 
Remember, God’s grace is greater than our ability to mess up.
 
“Above all, believe confidently that Jesus delights in maintaining that new nature within you, and imparting to it His strength and wisdom for its work.” - Andrew Murray (1828-1917)

 

 

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Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.