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This is a phrase that people say all the time, myself included. In fact I have said this many times. If things don’t work as they should have, I just say “I did my Best” without even thinking about it. But the Lord has been dealing with me about this. 

OUR BEST IS TAINTED!

Because of the fall, our best is tainted and is not good enough. That is another phrase we say, “Oh that is good enough”.

We either look at others to compare our actions or we compare ourselves with ourselves. 

Eph. 5:1 THEREFORE BE imitators of God [copy Him and follow His example], as well-beloved children [imitate their father].

Be followers, be imitators of God, not each other. Our standard of comparison, as to how we compare our life and action is Christ. People are in a rut of being average because they compare themselves among themselves. 

“I did my Best”, But did you do God’s Best??

Many teachings today has to do with Self improvement. Faith in self. God does not want us to improve on self. He wants to be conformed into the image of Christ, not others or our old self. 

1 Pet. 1:13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Prepare your mind for action. In order for you to walk in the vision & be all that God wants you to be, you are going to have to make some tuff decisions about your life. You are going to have to decide to raise the standard in your life. With Jesus as your standard. 

1 Pet. 1:13-16

13 Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the former lusts which were yours in your ignorance,

 15 but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior;

 16 because it is written, “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”

The standard and measurement must be Jesus!!

1 Cor. 10:12-13

12 Not that we [have the audacity to] venture to class or [even to] compare ourselves with some who exalt and furnish testimonials for themselves! However, when they measure themselves with themselves and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding and behave unwisely.

    13 We, on the other hand, will not boast beyond our legitimate province and proper limit, but will keep within the limits [of our commission which] God has allotted us as our measuring line and which reaches and includes even you.

We are behaving unwisely and without understanding when we compare ourselves with others. We must rise above, we must stop comparing ourselves with others. Even stop comparing ourselves with ourselves. “Well I am better than what I used to be”.  That is good, but that doesn’t matter and should not be our standard to live by. We are not to look at self. 

Sometimes we settle for the way things are because we think we have no choice. We need to get a vision beyond ourselves. 

We let what others have said about us hold us back. We let our past experiences hold us back. We must let the Spirit of God led us!! (Rom. 8)

We must do things God’s way. Our Best is not good enough. 

People say “Good is the enemy of Best”.  But I say, “Our Best is the enemy of God’s good”. 

We try to do good works, but they are not God’s good works. We look to self to perform those works. This produces pride in our lives. Which causes us to say “I did my Best”.

Eph. 2:9-10 (AMP.)

9 Not because of works [not the fulfillment of the Law’s demands], lest any man should boast. [It is not the result of what anyone can possibly do, so no one can pride himself in it or take glory to himself.]

    10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

I like what this says about works. We are to do those good works which God predestined (prepared ahead of time), that we should walk in them (living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live).

We live so far below what God has for us, because we look to our best. Don’t look at the best of other either. There is a gap from where we are and where we could be. We limit our vision of what God can do through us when we look to self. We are limited in what we can do.

You must fully cooperate with the Holy Spirit & in the effort that He wants to do in our hearts & lives while at the same time recognizing that only the Holy Spirit can perform the work. If we look to Jesus and what He did for us, that gives the Holy Spirit latitude to work in us and change us. 

We will do more than our best when we totally trust in Him. Then we can touch this world. Our lives will truly be changed, when we realize our best is not God’s best. He has so much more for us than we can ask or think of. 

Please don’t let condemnation come on you because you try and do your best. We must reach beyond ourselves. We must not limit ourselves to what we can do, that limits what God wants to do in us and through us. Trust God to take you beyond self. Again, today there is so much out there about self and how we can improve it. Well that is a good try from Satan to keep us average and below God’s Best. So look to Jesus and what He did for you and let the Holy Spirit work in your live so you can go beyond your Best and go into God’s best for you!!!

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Why does satan use fear? 

When people fear they revert back to their old nature. Fear is not a part of your born again nature. Your new nature is of God.

2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if any person is [engrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!

When you give your life to God & except what Jesus did at the Cross you no longer walk as one in darkness. We do not follow after the flesh (the old Adamic nature). 

Satan wants you to walk in the old nature to be like him, not God. He will lie to you, deceive you, and try to make you fear so you will be like him and not like God. 

Rom. 8:1 THEREFORE, [there is] now no condemnation (no adjudging guilty of wrong) for those who are in Christ Jesus, who live [and] walk not after the dictates of the flesh, but after the dictates of the Spirit.

Satan wants you to walk in fear so condemnation will come upon you. He wants you to walk in fear so you will live & walk after the dictation’s of the flesh. Satan wants you to be controlled by the flesh. But when you are born again the Holy Spirit comes to your aide so you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. 

Rom. 8:5 For those who are according to the flesh and are controlled by its unholy desires set their minds on and pursue those things which gratify the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit and are controlled by the desires of the Spirit set their minds on and seek those things which gratify the [Holy] Spirit.

Satan wants you not to have peace. Vs. 6  Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever]. But we can have peace in God. We do not have to fear life and what life holds. 

Vs 7 The carnal mind is hostile to God. Satan tries to put fear on you so you will revert back to your old ways. Carnal thinking, walking in the flesh is all hostile & against God. 

Satan wants you in bondage. Rom. 8:15 For [the Spirit which] you have now received [is] not a spirit of slavery to put you once more in bondage to fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption [the Spirit producing sonship] in [the bliss of] which we cry, Abba (Father)! Father!

Fear paralyzes you so you can not cry Abba Father. 

Satan wants you to make decisions according to the flesh. Fear causes you to make wrong decisions. You become stupid & all you have learned of God does not flow from you. 

Your flesh will control you, unless you are controlled by the Holy Spirit. Fear is a Spirit and it controls you if you let it.  And God did not give us a spirit of fear, but of power & love & a sound mind. Fear has torment and it takes away your power. 

Gal. 5:16 But I say, walk and live [habitually] in the [Holy] Spirit [responsive to and controlled and guided by the Spirit]; then you will certainly not gratify the cravings and desires of the flesh (of human nature without God).

Satan knows that if he can get you to walk continually in fear you will have your part in the lake of fire(Rev. 21:8) And you will be separated from God forever.

Fear causes anger, bad feelings towards others, slander, lying lips, & much more from the flesh. Satan wants you destroyed. He does not want you to walk with God in peace. Fear takes faith from you & without faith it is impossible to please God. 

Fear causes you to look at self. You do not look at God and what He can do, you only look at your shortcomings and what you can do in the flesh. Fear stops you from living and Jesus came so you might have life and have it more abundantly. He came to destroy the works of satan. 

The devil is a destroyer and he wants to destroy your peace, your joy, & every aspect of your born again life and your walk with God. 

Fear causes you not to hear God’s voice. God wants to walk with you and talk with you. He does not want you to fear. 

Ps. 62:8 Trust in, lean on, rely on, and have confidence in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts before Him. God is a refuge for us (a fortress and a high tower). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

Ps. 115:9 O Israel, trust and take refuge in the Lord! [Lean on, rely on, and be confident in Him!] He is their Help and their Shield.

Ps. 23 1 THE LORD is my Shepherd [to feed, guide, and shield me], I shall not lack.

   2 He makes me lie down in [fresh, tender] green pastures; He leads me beside the still and restful waters.

    3 He refreshes and restores my life (my self); He leads me in the paths of righteousness [uprightness and right standing with Him–not for my earning it, but] for His name’s sake.

    4 Yes, though I walk through the [deep, sunless] valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod [to protect] and Your staff [to guide], they comfort me.

    5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my [brimming] cup runs over.

    6 Surely or only goodness, mercy, and unfailing love shall follow me all the days of my life, and through the length of my days the house of the Lord [and His presence] shall be my dwelling place.

Is. 12:2 Behold, God, my salvation! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song; yes, He has become my salvation.

Ps. 46:1 GOD IS our Refuge and Strength [mighty and impenetrable to temptation], a very present and well-proved help in trouble.

God is here for you. You do not need to fear. Satan is a liar and the father of all lies. Trust God and walk with Him. Resist all that satan would try to put on you. Do not let fear have a place in your life. Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh. You can do it with God. All things are possible in Him. Do not fear!! Trust!! God is not going to tell you about tomorrow, he wants you to trust Him. Though things change and you don’t understand, God knows all. He already knows what will happen one minute from now, one hour from now, one year from now, and He has it all under control. So don’t let fear control you or have any part of your life. FEAR NOT!! TRUST HIM!

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