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Wednesday, June 4, 2014
"In Himself, Nothing"
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
A. W. Tozer once wrote, “The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority. Rather, he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson, but he has stopped being fooled about himself. He has accepted God's estimate of his own life. He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels. ‘In himself, nothing; in God, everything’--that is his motto."
You may need to go back and reread that. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
The essence of our strength is the Lord. We are weak in ourselves, and we can expect power failure when our flesh is in control. Write it on the palm of your hand if you have to, but get it straight that your flesh is your enemy. There is “no good thing” in your natural man. The flesh is corrupt to the core, and we are helpless in and of ourselves. We must get that straight.
Moses was called the meekest man in his day (Num. 12:3). The son of Pharaoh’s daughter, heir to the riches of Egypt, and one of the most powerful men in the land, Moses had it all. Yet, when he considered the end of it all (“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward” Hebrews11:24-26), he realized that in all his splendor he was nothing without God. So Moses cast off all the treasures of Egypt to take up the reproach of Christ, and in a moment went from splendor to slavery, from prince to pauper. Moses realized the reward of being everything in this world was nothing in eternity, but being a nothing in this world would bring him everything in eternity. Moses was not fooled about himself, and saw that he was helpless and weak without Christ.
“In himself, nothing; in God, everything”--let this be your motto!