Billy Graham once said our modern philosophy of self-reliance and self-sufficiency has caused many to believe that we can make the grade without God. “Religion,” they argue, “may be all right for certain emotional people, but you can’t beat a man who believes in himself.” But this self-confident generation has produced more alcoholics, more dope addicts, more criminals, more wars, more broken homes, more assaults, more embezzlements, more murders, and more suicides than any other generation that ever lived. It is time for all of us to take stock of our failures, blunders, and costly mistakes. It is about time that we are putting less confidence in ourselves and more trust and faith in God
I wonder if you've ever thought about the incredible number of messages that rain down on us every day; television ads, e-mails, phone calls, magazines, junk mail. Videos, billboards, conversations—the list is almost endless.
How many of those shape our thinking? How many of them subtly convince us that the road to happiness is really paved with possessions, or beauty, or money, fame, or any of a hundred other things? How many of them persuade us that the most important thing in life is financial success, or the esteem of others, or power, or sex? It’s hard to resist the cumulative impact of so many messages.
But God says our thinking must be shaped by His truth. What this world calls valuable, God calls worthless. What this world scorns, God exalts. “My thoughts are not as your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” (Isaiah 55:8).
What would need to change for you to honour God with your life?
Sometimes our hearts are so foolish. Even though when we have been walking with God and tasting His blessing on our lives, still we so easily turn from Him and put ourselves first, honouring ourselves instead of Him. If you find yourself wandering away from God today, remember the blessing in your life when you were walking with Him. His nearness in your heart, a sense of peace and rightness about your life, His voice speaking to you through His word, Him working through you in the lives of others.
God allows us to do valiantly. Things we never thought possible become almost commonplace. God will enable us to do things we never even dreamed of. Rely upon the Lord, and He will help you conquer the enemies of your heart and mind that threaten to make you less than He wants you to be.