Many of us have tried a whack-a-mole approach to life. We spent our effort focused on tamping down sin. Anytime a sin would raise its ugly head--which is quite often--we would work to smash it back down below the surface. The problem is that the whack-a-mole technique is [...]
But aren’t we supposed to believe in ourselves? Isn’t that healthy? No, absolutely not. Mixing faith in Jesus with faith in yourself will get you tangled up. You get snarled every time.
We have misinterpreted the word “flesh” in the Bible. Flesh does not mean bad actions or wrong desires, what we call “sin.” It means human effort. That’s a game changer.
We try to get somewhere by being pulled from the outside instead of being powered from the inside. We serve God. We work for the Kingdom. We volunteer for our local church. We do stuff for Jesus. All of that is good except for one thing: much of what we do is on our own ability due to feeling obligated.