Tag: Without

We’ll Do It On Our Own

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

The prophet Isaiah said of Israel: “‘Woe to the rebellious children,’ says the Lord, ‘who take counsel but not of Me, and who devise plans, but not of My Spirit, that they may add sin to sin’” (Isaiah 30:1). The Hebrew word for woe here signifies a deep sorrow and grief over what God describes as rebellion, meaning backsliding, stubbornness, a turning away.

Simply put, God said, “My people no longer consult me. They don’t look to me for guidance and counsel. Instead, they lean on the arm of flesh and every time they act without seeking me, turning to the world for help, they pile sin upon sin. They have forsaken their trust in the strong arm of the Lord.”

Today, we think of rebellion as refusing to obey God’s Word and turning to drugs, alcohol, sexual immorality and other gross sins. But the rebellion God refers to here is far more grievous than these things. The Lord’s own people were saying, “Let’s not bother God with this; we have the wisdom and we’ll do it on our own.”

God’s people knew full well that they were to trust the Lord in every situation, no matter how insignificant. The Psalms constantly reminded them of this: “My soul trusts in You; and in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge” (Psalm 57:1). “Because You have been my help, therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice” (Psalm 63:7).

The Lord is grieved when you take steps to make your plans work without waiting for him to act. You really want to pray about everything and let God have control but too often when a crisis arises and things seem to be progressing slowly, you end up taking matters into your own hands. You may grow impatient with the Lord’s timetable but it is vital to remember that your own reasoning will not bring about God’s best plan. And the Word promises a place of refuge and rejoicing when you trust in him.

by David Wilkerson


The Athens Christian

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

Ephesians 2:12 says, “Once you were … without God in the world.” The Scripture is saying that the Gentiles were going through their lives as if He didn’t really exist. The Greek word for without God is atheos, from which we get the word atheist.

You might think an atheist is someone who denies God, but the root of the word really denotes someone who’s without God. If you’re not careful, you could end up being a Christian atheist- a Christian who lives as if God doesn’t exist. Much of modern Christianity, many churches, and ministers exist not for God, but to keep existing – serving the house of the Lord, not the Lord of the house. They wouldn’t run well without computers, phones, consultants, databases, or their business practices, but they’ll run smoothly atheos/without God. Beware that you don’t end up the same way, running activities in your life quite smoothly without God. Get back on your knees, because atheist really means without God, and without God nothing else matters.

Today’s Mission – Acknowledge your need for the Lord in everything you do today. Live in the very present reality of God.

by Jonathan Cahn