Thursday, September 10, 2015

"Your Own"

"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see."  Revelation 3:18

In our study last night at church on the seven churches in the Book of Revelation we discovered that at Laodicea they made eye salve.  One of the commands to the church of the Laodiceans was to anoint their eyes with eye salve that they might see.  This eye salve was not the one that they made-- it was not their own.  It was the one that came from God.  Their own eye salve only met a physical condition but not a spirit one.  That is why He said they were "blind".  (verse 17)  God was saying to them that "your own eye salve won't heal your blindness".

Adam and Eve tried to cover their nakedness with their own clothing-- fig leaves.  Their own clothing wouldn't do it-- they were still naked.  God had to make clothes for them that would cover it.

Your own righteousness won't save you-- Christ Jesus' righteousness will.  Your own good works won't make you right with God-- the sacrifice and atoning work of Jesus at the cross will.  Your own wisdom will not guide you-- the wisdom from above will.  Your own understanding can't solve your problems-- acknowledging God will.  Your own strength can't deliver you, you will grow weak and tired-- God's strength is perfect and never wears out.  His strength will deliver you.    Your own course of action won't grow your ministry-- God's plan will.  He grows it by His Spirit. 

You can try to do your own thing, use your own resources, and direct your own steps, but you will still be lacking like the church of  Laodicea.  Or you will wind up with an Ishmael like Abraham and Sarah who tried to manifest the promise of God in their life with their own means, idea and plan. 

Have a great day.  Doing things your own way will not bring success.  Your way is faulty and not accomplish the anything.  Doing it God's way will. 

For further reading:
Revelation 3:14-22
Genesis 3:7,21
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