God… Plus Me?

I’m a pretty independent woman.  I take pride in being able to do things “all by myself”  unless it’s something I don’t want to do, then I pretend I can’t do it and ask for help. (smiles)   Sometimes I just need some help to get started, and then I’m able to finish the task by myself.

Have you ever experienced that?  Maybe you’re looking for a job – a friend can help you get your foot in the door, then it’s up to you to impress the employer with your skills and work experience. Or perhaps you want to be involved in a ministry at church and you need someone to just help you get started.

A sense of independence is a good thing, but I wonder if sometimes I let that independent spirit translate to my walk with God. Do I live like I think I just needed the Holy Spirit to “get me in the door” with God, but now it’s up to be to do the rest?

How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? — Galatians 3:3 NLT

Being good, working in my own strength and obeying all the rules doesn’t make me righteous.

But those who depend on the law to make them right with God are under his curse, for the Scriptures say, “Cursed is everyone who does not observe and obey all the commands that are written in God’s Book of the Law.”  Galatians 3:10

I can’t keep all the law; I’m human and I mess up.  I’m cursed because of my failure to keep the law.  That’s why God sent His Son.

But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. — Galatians 3:13

I need the Holy Spirit just as much today (if not more) as I did when I first believed.  It’s never about human strength, but always about God’s grace.  It’s not God plus me – it’s just God.

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