209 – ‘I Was Afraid’ is No Excuse!
September 20, 1986
Matthew 25 contains the parable of the talents:
The servant says: Lord, I knew you to be a hard man…and I was afraid, and went and hid your talent…. 24-25
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have in abundance…. 29
I see this means that God has given each of us talents to use for His purposes and His glory, but fear and self-consciousness, mixed in with laziness and distractibility wreak havoc on good His plans.
Oswald Chambers in My Utmost for His Highest, p 111, says: ‘Never say, I can’t. Never let limitation or natural ability come in. If we have received the Holy Spirit, God expects the work of the Holy Spirit to be manifested in us!’
Holy Spirit, Your conviction is so penetrating. I am undone, humbled. There is no argument, no self-justification of inability which can stand against You and Your call.
You have been raising my self-esteem (actually, my identity of who I am in Christ) so that I could receive this word today. You have been working Your word and Your presence into me, so that my self-esteem is tied with you and who YOU ARE and not who I am.
Impart, I ask in Jesus’ name, the WISDOM I need, the LOVE I need, the PEACE I need.
I rebuke FEAR in Jesus’ name.
I am seeing that most of the fear is an excuse from my lazy nature—’if I cover myself with fear, surely He’ll see and not ask any more of me because I am already so overloaded!’ Deceitful heart—be quiet!!