2 Corinthians 12:7-10
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

I quite enjoy writing and feel comfortable expressing myself with pen and keyboard better than I might communicate verbally. I can write at the pace I want, chose my tone, correct my thoughts, erase mistakes and in effect present myself and my thoughts better. However writing about Christ is another matter completely. As hard as I try to write these devotionals I fail when I try. There is only success when I follow the leading of the Holy Spirit and for that I need to be walking with the Lord. I enjoy talking to people too but again when I am counseling someone, I am a failure when I try to do it on my own strength. However, I have seen how powerfully the Lord can work through us when we submit those conversations to God and ask for His leading.

As wise as Paul was, as eloquent as he was, as well thought as he came across, I do not think Paul would have such an impact on the world as he has had without the leading of God. Like Paul we are ineffective in our lives minus the working of the Lord in our lives. Minus Jesus Christ, we are always ‘Trying’ but with Christ in our lives, we are ‘Achieving’. The Lord has permitted Satan’s thorns in our flesh to show us our sinfulness but in Christ we have His grace which is sufficient for us to cope and in Him we have the power to rise above our failures to succeed for His glory. I write and speak and do all things now in Christ because even though I am weak in many areas, through Christ I am strengthened and I can now work for His glory alone. Are you trying or are you achieving?

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

2 Corinthians 5:15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.

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Comments
  1. Rani John says:

    Vineet,

    Beautiful post…What you said is so true..Without God we are just nothing…Our work is effective only when Holy spirit works through us…otherwise its just vain words…no matter how eloquent we are..

    Thats the reason why Jesus uses ordinary people like us so that His glory will be manifested through us..Peter is a good example…He was a fisherman…but God used him to be a great leader in Christian faith…

    I do not know why, but God has been directing me lately to pray for the presence and the work of Holy Spirit in our lives…and He has been reminding me not to take that previlege granted….Your post was a confirmation on that matter..Thank You

    God Bless,
    Rani

    • ServantBoy says:

      Rani,

      Thank you for your kind words but as always, I am as much a spectator as you are when I read my posts because those words are not mine. God leads and I follow… glorified typist is what I often think I am 🙂 I’m so excited that what the Lord has been directing you is the same that He is directing me too. Learning to love and respect the Holy Spirit is a new ‘high’ for me and I praise God for the way He reveals new facets of Himself every time I go to Him. How awesome is our God!
      Vineet

  2. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    I struggle with the same things, I pray for God to give me the words, but they usually do not come on my time schedule, but on His. I also struggle when I do not let the Spirit lead as I should. When I look at my life in hindsight, those times when the spirit led are like being in a well lit room, and the times when I took the reins, all that shows is darkness. “Do not lean on your own understanding” echoes in my head a lot these days, placed there no doubt by the Spirit. My own understanding always makes life difficule.
    God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Amen to that thought you have about leaning on our own understanding. I am training at the bank and the program is a year long! I sometimes get negative vibes from my peers and it pulls me down but then I am reminded by the Holy Spirit that I was placed there by God for a reason and that I need to rely on God for wisdom and not worry about stray comments from a few. As we continue operating daily, we need to work with God and this is a daily learning for me.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  3. I do try a lot . . .but then accomplish little! The other morning He talked to me about words and writing, reminding me that His words are what are going to make a difference in people’s lives. So, that’s what I need to concentrate on sharing. Sometimes I get distracted, thinking I should write more or better or something other than what I am. Your post echoes Him! 🙂 God bless you!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      Thank you for always being a pillar of support and encouragement to me. Aren’t we all so blessed to have a gracious and loving God who instead of being served loves and supports us in our feeble walk with Him? Praise God for He is worth our everything!
      Vineet

  4. Vineet, I frequently have my own plans for what I want to write in my blog, but it is when I put those ideas aside and write what He wants that I get the best comments because others have been blessed, encouraged, and strengthened by what He has written through me.

    From what I know of Paul, from his own words, he was not an eloquent speaker. He had a great pedigree, being a pharisee and teacher of the law, but it was when he allowed Christ to speak through him that others viewed him as eloquent and well-spoken. He is a wonderful example for us all. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      It is awesome that you mentioned Paul and his ineffectiveness as a speaker which is what he confessed to. I kept thinking about it all of today and wondered if that is what our attitude will be once we fully submit to God’s will and realize that we are nothing without Him. I was talking with my wife, Preeti, about where God was leading us and telling her that it seems that God is training us to the point where the world is a blur to us because we are completely focussed on Him and we revel in the joy of serving Him above anything else. That day seems very far away for me and my family but we faithfully try to serve Him.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  5. Vineet,

    A good question. Am I trying or achieving.?To be honest…I find myself trying…and each time I do the end comes faster than anticipated….a FAILURE. But when I strive at achieving…the Holy Spirit leads me on into unfamiliar paths…which ends up with results…and a TRIUMPH. And most importantly, when I achieve for God…there is always a lasting satisfaction.

    Great post and thank you!

    Gladwell

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