Oops…My Flesh Is Showing

0 comments Posted on October 30, 2018

by Dianne Barker

No promises. I’m making the Lord no promises.

Surely He’s heard enough. They sound good in the beginning, and I sound determined. But they end up shattered, and I hide my face in shame.

He knows I’m frail—made of dust—and that I do my best. But the flesh isn’t capable of much.

So what am I to do? Here’s this frail flesh trying to act spiritual. Once in a while it comes up with a new idea and makes a promise. “This time it’s going to work, Lord.” Then it messes up again.

The Lord said something about abiding.

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me” (John 15:4 KJV).

As for my promises, He knew all along they wouldn’t work. Only one thing works—abiding.

“If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you” (John 15:7).

That sounds too good to be true, but I really believe He means it.

No more promises. I’m through with promises based on confidence in the flesh. My confidence is in Christ alone. I’m relying on His promises, beginning here.

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not” (Jeremiah 33:3).

I can’t wait to see what happens next!

(Adapted from Cabbages and Kings—Reflections on Living Abundantly in Christ)

Dianne Barker is a speaker, radio host, and author of 11 books, including the bestselling Twice Pardoned and award-winning I Don’t Chase the Garbage Truck Down the Street in My Bathrobe Anymore! Organizing for the Maximum Life. She’s secretary of Christian Authors Network and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association and Christian Women in Media Association. Visit www.diannebarker.com.

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