God knows we will give ourselves to anything. We will put confidence in anything except for Him… because that is the nature of man. But we as children of God trust not in the persuasion of our human nature—the part of us that is apart from divine influence and therefore prone to sin and opposed to God.
“For it is we who are the circumcision, we who worship by the Spirit of God, who glory in Christ Jesus, and who put no confidence in the flesh.”-Philippians 3:3 (NASB)
Paul is saying that there is a way to avoid the pitfall of our natural self, but it requires replacing the behavioral “natural” response with one that enslaves us to who God is. In order to have confidence in something outside of yourself you have to know that something or someone else. You have to choose to not place confidence in the part of yourself that naturally opposes God.
If we can enslave ourselves to who God is and apply Him to our lives, we will glory (rejoice) in Christ Jesus, who is the Savior of mankind, and more specifically, the Savior of our very hearts. Only then are we available to avoid being induced into believing, having faith in, obeying and yielding or trusting anything that has its foundation in our earthly nature and is apart from God’s diving influence. Knowing our nature to sin and oppose, in His goodness and mercy, He will protect us and preserve us.
Today I ask you, are you enslaved to Christ? Do you truly know Him in such a way that your confidence is fully reliant upon Him? What are you facing in life that you believe would be better taken care of by your plans rather than His?
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