This morning, as most other mornings, I was doing my devotions. I hadn't read in the "Jesus Calling" book for some time, but it was a new year and the page for today had been highlighted and written on for last year. I thought it must be quite important and after I read it, I knew that I must share it with others:
"You can achieve the victorious life through living in deep dependence on Me. People usually associate victory with success; not, falling or stumbling, not making mistakes. But those who are successful in their own strength tend to go their own way, forgetting about Me. It is through problems and failure, weakness and neediness that you learn to rely on Me."
True dependence is not simply asking Me to bless what you have decided to do. It is coming to Me with an open mind and heart, inviting Me to plant my desires within you. I may infuse within you a dream that seems far beyond your reach. You know that in yourself you cannot achieve such a goal. Thus begins your journey of profound reliance on Me as much as you need. This is not a path of continual success but of multiple failures. However, each failure is followed by a growth spurt, nourished by increased reliance on Me. Enjoy the blessedness of a victorious life, through deepening your dependence on Me. Psalm 34:17-18; 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)."