Thoughts on Michael Wells’ teachings in My Weakness for His Strength - # 204
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In this day’s writing, Michael takes an earthly illustration to solidify (no pun intended) some great truths that can do what only Truth can do: “make us free” (John 8:36).
Soak for a good while on what Michael shares here…
Concrete For Rebar
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. –Philippians 4:13
Did you know there is no strength in concrete? The strength is in the steel the concrete encapsulates. A building that is only concrete will quickly crumble, and a building that is only steel will move and bend. The concrete is not the strength but holds the real strength, the steel, in place. The same is true of the body’s skeleton being held in place by the muscles and skin. Likewise, Jesus in me is my steel; His will is the steel and my will is the concrete. When I choose, the concrete is poured and it sets, after which the steel will not move. His love in me is the steel, but I must set it in place by my will. I choose Jesus in the situation. I hear His words and I set the concrete in place by an action of my will. The believer, upon being offended, yielding, and hearing His voice, now sets the whole thing by taking one step forward and hugging the person, saying, “I love you.” It was Jesus in him loving, but the Christian set the whole thing in motion by a choice. Next, the believer feels the concrete set, the strength of the steel is revealed, and the believer actually experiences supernatural love. Wonderful! It does no good to withdraw and wait to get stronger; these are faith decisions resolved in a believer who learns that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Choice is merely setting the concrete around the steel that is in him.
Does this mean that Jesus needs me? Yes! Many are repulsed by the thought of Jesus in need, but He showed us that He lived His whole life in need. God created the world and gave dominion to man. In so doing He is bound to work through man. Jesus had to become a man; it was the plan from the beginning, the lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8). He needs those--the concrete--that will choose Him to be expressed through them.
Yellow – VIP, Very Important Point Green – IT, Incredible Truth
Red – GP, Greatest Promises
Turquoise – UR, Unfathomable Riches Pink – PV, Priceless Victory
“Jesus in me is my steel.” This makes perfect sense to a Christian who possesses the Mind of Christ and is operating in His Soul. And the picture for Life is clear when associated with the concept of “Concrete For Rebar.” We see with our spiritual eyes what He can and will do for us.
We experience Him when we CHOOSE to. LIFE for a Christian is an uncomplicated, easily-experienced adventure when choosing Jesus is done.
Here’s a seldom thought-of fact: Christians GET to choose Jesus for His Life each moment, but Unbelievers don’t have that choice (they don’t have Jesus). Unbelievers can only choose/draw from the Natural Soul (natural mind, natural will, natural emotions) they were physically born with. Christians get to choose to live from Christ’s Soul. Well, amen.
Michael has much to say about “choice” in My Weakness for His Strength. “Days” #’d 39 (Oct.3, 2012 blogpost), 40 (July 3, 2013 blogpost), 41 (July 10, 2013 blogpost), 42 (July 17, 2013 blogpost), 43 (July 24, 2013 blogpost), and 44 (July 31, 2013 blogpost) are the best to start with. Go to www.leemccm.blogspot.com to access all these prior posts! Get the book by contacting ALMI in Littleton, Colorado.
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