Who is your own worst enemy?
Have you ever done something you know you shouldn’t do…and then later, wonder why you did that? How about this? Did you ever pass up on the chance to do something good or right? You knew you should do it, but you just didn’t do it. If you’ve ever found yourself in either of those scenarios, you probably felt like your own worst enemy. Right? Well, don’t feel like it’s just you. I’ve been there. And so have just about everyone else on the planet. Even Paul, the apostle to the Gentiles, struggled with that problem. But he knew why.
We all have the tendency to wanna be our own kings (or queens). It’s part of our human nature. Paul described it as “the sin that dwells within me“. You can bet if he struggled with it, you’re gonna have to deal with it, too. But how can you deal with it, when your very nature lures you into things you shouldn’t do and away from things you should do?
You are your own worst enemy when you trust in YOU.
Yeah, you might be one of the best and brightest minds of our time. But when you trust in yourself to do the right thing, all that intelligence flies out the window. There’s a great Proverb that says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Because the allure of this world is so powerful, you and I need supernatural help. Fortunately it’s abundantly available. Even though many would have you believe all hope is lost.
Hope springs eternal when you trust in the one true, living, loving eternal Creator of Heaven, Earth, and you. Yeah, He made you, so He knows what makes you tick…better than the finest Swiss watch. Rather than trusting in your own limited knowledge, and becoming your own worst enemy in the process…why not just admit that maybe God knows the best way to live your life?
I’ve heard some Christians use that Proverb I mentioned earlier to say God is in control. They say, “see…He shall direct your paths.” And that’s not the meaning at all. Sure God will lead you, or direct you, in the right direction. But He won’t MAKE you go there. To do that He’d have to remove your freedom to choose. And He loves you too much to simply turn you into a mindless robot.
The first step is admitting you have a problem.
Maybe you’ve heard that line from the 12 step program for alcoholics…yes? It’s true for just about anything wrong in your life. Not just drinking. So, no matter what issues you’re dealing with, when you admit you have a problem that you can’t overcome on your own, and then ask God for help, you’re getting back on the path He’s directing you to.
What do you say? Can you admit you’re not all that today…and ask God to direct your paths? If so, send me a message and tell me about it. I love to hear those testimonies.
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