Are You Relying on Your Strength?

“Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”

Proverbs 4:23

Ponder This

If you study the great saints of God, you find out they failed at their point of strength, not weakness. What was Simon Peter’s greatest strength? His courage. In Luke 22:33, he said, “Lord, I am ready to go with You, both to prison and to death.” He was the one who pulled out a sword and went after the man in the garden of Gethsemane. (See John 18:10.) Peter had physical courage and strength. You wouldn’t want to get in a fistfight with Peter. He was a big and tough fisherman. And yet where did he fail? At the point of his courage. Those who identified him as one of Jesus’ disciples prompted him to curse and deny the Lord Jesus Christ. (See Matthew 26:74-75.) We must be careful that it is not our own strength we rely on and boast in. Proverbs 4:23 reminds us we must guard our hearts with diligence. If we don’t, we’ll trust in the place where we will certainly fail.

  • Where are you most tempted to rely on your own strength?
  • When have you failed because you trusted in your own strength over God’s strength?

Practice This

Write out a list of your personal strengths. Take time to reflect on this list and thank God for the ways He has gifted you, then ask Him to help you guard your heart against trusting in yourself over Him.

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