Just give up and die!
I read recently that death is "weakness produced to its limit."
Often we feel like we are weak when it comes to making things work in our lives. We pray, we wait, we do this or that, and it seems like the answer is just to buckle down and try harder.
But Gods answer is to just "die." Obviously I dont mean physical death, but I mean allowing our "weakness to produce its limit."
I believe that our need is to discover what God has already provided for us. I believe that we dont need God to perform something "new," as much as we need to SEE, by revelation, what He has already done.
So often we dont SEE because we have not reached our "weakness produced to its limit."
1 Corinthians chapter 1:25-28 tells us that God has chosen the weak things of this world. (Thank you Lord!)
1 Corinthians chapter 2:9 says, "But as it is written: Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Corinthians 2:9).
Then verse 10 says that God has unveiled and revealed them through the Holy Spirit, Who diligently searches, explores, examines, even sounds the profound and bottomless things of God, things that are hidden from mere man!
Verse 12 says that we have received the Holy Spirit so that we might realize, comprehend, and appreciate the gifts of divine favor bestowed on us by God.
So what is our task, and what is Gods task?
Our first task is to "die," to recognize our weakness. Our next task is to position ourselves to hear! Our task is to "press in to hear" no matter what the cost.
If you study this chapter, 1 Corinthians 2, you will find that we need to be obedient, grateful, diligent, searching, recognizing. We need to pray in the Spirit, verse 13, which is another way of becoming weak. Fasting is a great way to bring our weakness to its limit.
Gods task is to reveal the fact in 1 Corinthians 2:16 that "we have the mind of Christ, and do hold the thoughts, feelings and purposes of His heart."
There are a multitude of books can that tell us what God has provided for us. I could go into it here; how we have been crucified with Christ, how we already have the legal victory in Christ, etc.
However, that is second hand hearing. It is like watching a movie, or watching someone drink water. It will not quench your thirst unless you personally partake.
While God can use a writer or a teacher, and He does, there must come a personal Word spoken by Jesus directly to you. It must be the Holy Spirit sounding the depths of His Word for you personally before it really makes a difference in your life. It must be the mind of Christ in you that lets you know what is already yours.
Larry Chkoreff, November, 2000