Tuesday, February 16, 2010

not by human power...

in galatians, i noticed an underlying theme...not by human power. of course this runs through most of the bible, but it really stood out to me in the following verses...

"paul, an apostle- sent not with a human commission nor by human authority, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father..." ch. 1 vs. 1...not by human power.

" and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age..." ch. 1 vs. 3-4...not by human power.

"i want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the gospel i preached is not of human origin. i did not receive it from any human source, nor was i taught it; rather, i received it by revelation from Jesus Christ." ch. 1 vs. 11-12...not by human power.

"but when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that i might preach him among the Gentiles..." ch. 1 vs. 15-16...not by human power.

"for God, who was at work in Peter as an apostle to the Jews, was also at work in me as an apostle to the Gentiles." ch. 2 vs. 8...not by human power.

"so we, too, have put our faith in Christ Jesus that we may be justified by faith in Christ and not by observing the law, because by observing the law no one will be justified." ch.2 vs. 16... not by human power.

"i have been crucified with Christ and i no longer live but Christ lives in me." ch. 2 vs. 20...not by human power.

"after beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by human effort?" ch.3 vs.3...not by human power.

"Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us..." ch.3 vs.13...not by human power.

"...for if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law." ch. 3 vs.22...not by human power.

"...for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ." ch.3 vs. 27...not by human power.

"...God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts..." ch.4 vs. 6...not by human power.

"his son by the slave woman was born as a result of human effort, but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a divine promise." ch.4 vs. 23...not by human power.

"...that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be no value to you at all." ch.5 vs. 2...not by human power.

"so i say walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature." ch.5 vs. 16...not by human power.

"since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit." ch.5 vs. 25...not by human power.

"may i never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and i to the world." ch.5 vs. 14...not by human power.


it is very evident that...

i am weak and He is strong.
i need thee every hour.
nothing but the blood of Jesus.
i am mine no more.

help me, Lord, to let you reign and to let your Spirit work in me. for without you, i am nothing.

1 comment:

Kim said...

I love it. I LOVE finding themes throughout Scripture, and that is a great one! I sometimes lose sight of the fact that Christianity is not a matter of me "gritting my teeth" and forcing myself to do the right thing. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, yes, but it cannot fill you with the love, joy, and peace that you need to live the life that Christ calls you to. You HAVE to have the Spirit's power in order to fulfill your purpose.

Thanks for the reminder!