Stop trying to "do your own thing' In His Word 7-24-2023


Stop trying to ‘do your own thing’. In His Word 7-24-2023

When I was growing up,  before I was saved, I tried to be ‘the good one’ in most circumstances. Mostly it was because I did not like getting in trouble, but I also really wanted happy parents. Happy parents meant happy kids. I didn’t think I was better than anyone else, or deserve to be loved more, I just wanted to do the right thing because my parents instilled that in me.  As far as I knew there was a right and a wrong, not maybe, or grey areas. It was what I knew to do.

When the idea of Heaven and hell came up I decided that being good was what TV and Movies said you had to do to get to heaven. So, I tried even harder to do the right thing. Then one day I realized that I needed to believe in the Lord Jesus Christ to be saved. To get to heaven I needed to believe! There is a very much longer story here, and it will take a book to fill it all in but basically I read through my ‘little bible’  and decided section by section if I believed what I read. I started with the New Testament, then Psalms and Proverbs. In the back of the Gideons Bible it told me what to do. I decided to write my name in the book!  As I studied more I realized God wrote it in His Book too!

Looking back, I realized that I wasted a ton of time trying to earn my way into heaven by doing good. I also wasted a lot of time worrying about what I did or did not do. 


But we who live by the Spirit eagerly wait to receive by faith the righteousness God has promised to us. For when we place our faith in Christ Jesus, there is no benefit in being circumcised or being uncircumcised. What is important is faith expressing itself in love. You were running the race so well. Who has held you back from following the truth? It certainly isn’t God, for he is the one who called you to freedom. This false teaching is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough! I am trusting the Lord to keep you from believing false teachings. God will judge that person, whoever he is, who has been confusing you. Galatians 5:5-10

Even after I ‘got saved’  I did what I thought was right and read my bible 1 hour a day and 2 hours on Sundays because I thought that was what a “Christian” should do. The more I studied the more the Holy Spirit spoke to me through the Words, eventually He lead me to a church that I felt at home in and I stayed there until I got married and moved away.

There I learned to live by faith. Faith that my car would not run out of gas,  that groceries would end up in my fridge, that I would get to my job; and even that I would find my husband. Throughout the years we had kids, we trusted God more and more for different things but then I seemed change. It was as if I was only trusting God for what I thought I should pray about and forgot to just naturally trust Him to help me with the simple things too! 

Finding time to write, getting to the grocery store, even being able to heal from different injuries would cause me stress. One day my husband said the words that made me stop and think about it.

“If you are worrying so much about things are you really trusting God to takes care of me?”

It hurt but it was the truth! We do not always realize that when we doubt we will get a raise, or that the project we are working on will turn out okay we are putting aside the trust we have that Jesus will work things together for good to those of us who He called.  We are not trusting Him to take care of us. We have not been called to stress out about or over our daily lives but called to freedom. That means we do not sin by worrying, murmuring or complaining, we do not doubt but instead we do the things we need, and can do according to His will and our walk and place in life and trust God to take us to the place He wants us to be.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers, and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

So ,I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Ephesians 5:13-16

If we are trusting God, then we are walking in the Spirit, if we are walking in the Spirit then our fruit will be as the following verses say. We will be at peace, because these things will flow out of us and we will not stress over deadlines but instead accept that things will happen as they should as long as we walk according to His will, in freedom of Spirit and In His Love!


But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things! Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. Ephesians 5:22-26

Lets not be jealous about someone else getting things that we want, but instead lets just keep our mind on Jesus and know that He will make our path straight when we trust in Him. ( Proverbs 3:5-8)