How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

I wonder how often we say the phrase, “I will do it”, or “what if you”? How often do we think we have the answers?

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I am starting to do the Bible study about Daniel by Laura Davis, Unlocking the Truth of Daniel. I helped her do some of the editing and working through the questions but now it is time to let God speak to me through this study. I read Daniel 2 this morning.

I stopped at Daniel 2:4. Those words really spoke volumes to me this morning.

 Then the astrologers answered the king,“May the king live forever! Tell your servants the dream, and we will interpret it (Daniel 2:4, NIV). (emphasis mine)

For some reason this morning those words spoke so clearly of arrogance. We will interpret. We can do it. We are wise. We are wonderful. We can do anything.

Then I thought, how often do I do that? When someone tells me their troubles, how often do I try to fix them? How often do I say, “What if you…?”

I need to stop that right now – as of today. I need to instead say:

‘Let’s ask God for a solution to your troubles.”

Praying is a much better solution for everything. Asking Him can sidestep our weakling human ideas. God may give us some human ideas but it will come from Him, not me. Taking things into our own hands can go against all that Jesus taught us.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you (Matthew 7:7, NIV).

Doesn’t that say it all.

Self-reliance can be debilitating.
Spirit-reliance can be freeing. (tweet this)

Freedom is giving over everything to Jesus so we can live in peace. (tweet this)

The battle is fought “in the domain of the will before God.” (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Are you more devoted to your idea of what Jesus wants than to Himself? (Oswald Chambers). (tweet this)

Prayer:

Help us, Lord, to overcome ourselves. Help us to get so close to You that our hearts beat as one. Guide us each minute of our days. In faith and trust we pray in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


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13 thoughts on “How Often do you say, “I will do it”?

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  2. Laura J. Davis

    Last week I was on vacation and missed this post. So glad you are getting into Daniel now and for these insights! You are so spot on. I can’t count the times I’ve done or said the same things. Thanks for sharing and I hope you enjoy the book!

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Laura,
      I am really enjoying the study (even if it is the second time – not editing this time). There is so much to learn and you have a great way of helping me get into it.
      Blessings
      Janis

      Reply
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  5. elizabethfstewart

    This is so helpful to me! I do so much counseling, and your reminder to first say, “let’s ask God…”, is something I want to remember to do.

    Reply
    1. JanisCox Post author

      Elizabeth,
      I would love to know more about your life and counselling. And I am grateful that my words are a reminder to you as well. I remember once when I first started to do some visiting for the church, I would always pray before picking up the phone to make that “cold call”. I too must revisit this.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply
  6. Lesley

    So true! It is easy to think we know the answers sometimes or to try to fix things ourselves instead of turning to God and acknowledging our dependence on him.

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    1. JanisCox Post author

      Lesley,
      I am constantly doing this. I just act without asking first. I am trying to slow down and take the time to check with Him first. It takes practice and discipline.
      Blessings,
      Janis

      Reply

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