Dependence Versus Own Strength

Have you noticed that the things the Lord says ‘don’t do’ would be things done in our own strength? The things that He says ‘do’ would require absolute dependence on His grace-strength.


Ephesians 5:16-17 says to redeem the time, and to understand what the will of the Lord is. When we are in the center of His will, He directs us. His impeccable timing and orchestration help us to recognize the opportunities He sets before us.


Verse 18 says to not be overcome by anything that would cause us to waste away. Psalm 106:15 says, “And He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul.” This verse makes me tremble. Nothing is worth it!


Verse 18b-19 says, “…be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.”


Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in your richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.”


Here is the capstone. Verse 17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”

Anything that we do in the name of the Lord requires absolute dependence. We certainly don’t sin in the name of the Lord! I encourage you to think about what you do. Are you wasting time or seizing every opportunity the Lord sets up for you to share the gospel?

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