Jesus’ invitation is that we come follow after Him…
John the Baptist said, “It is necessary for Him (Jesus) to increase and for me to decrease.”
If we are so full of ourselves — our thoughts, our habits, our way of doing things — then we have no room to grow.
We must of our own free will and volition empty our vessel in order that Jesus may fill it.
Another way of putting it is, we must learn to relinquish more of our self nature in order that we may experience more of God’s nature and God’s power in our lives.
He’s the Good Shepherd and we must choose each day to trust in Him, with all of our heart (not leaning on our own understanding); and then to follow Him, by faith (meaning we cast the whole of our life and our life’s circumstances upon His reliability and trustworthiness), because He alone knows the path that He has destined for us to follow (see Rom 8:28-29; Eph 1:11).
As Christians, we are no longer guided by our self interest, because we realize that because of Christ’s propitious sacrifice on Calvary’s cross, our life no longer belong to ourselves.
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”
Every Christian is now called to live by FAITH, which by definition is the action we take, based upon our belief and reliance upon God and the truth of His Word; which action is sustained by our confidence that when God promises something He is well able to perform.
His promise is that He is with us ALWAYS, to help us in our daily problems and difficulties; but we must learn to cooperate with Him, taking His yoke upon us daily (Mat 11:28-30), meaning we must sign over the deed of our life and give Him the keys to our life, making Him Lord over every area of our life.
Jesus’ promise is that He never leaves us, but we must learn to cooperate with Him each day, through the Holy Spirit.
Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
5 Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have];
For He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support.
[I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]
6 So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently and boldly say, The Lord is my Helper; I will not be seized with alarm [I will not fear or dread or be terrified]. What can man do to me?
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