Arm of Flesh

Everyone needs someone. Throughout the entirety of the scriptures, there is not one example of someone who was able to accomplish purpose without the help of any external assistance, whether human or divine. The concept of being “self-made” is at best a myth, and is most certainly not scriptural.

Contrary to what some people think, God does not actually have an issue with us needing someone to help out with a problem, or trusting someone with a particular responsibility. God only has a problem with us, when our hearts are no longer with Him.

“Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord. For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness,in a salt land and not inhabited ” Jeremiah 17:5-6

Many of us are quick to assume that this only refers to depending on other humans for help at the detriment of your heart’s focus on God. Many of us fail to take cognizance of the fact we ourselves, at one point or the other, may become that “man” that we solely trust in, or that “arm of flesh” that we lean on for support.

It is important for us in our walk of Faith, to constantly assess ourselves. Am I still waiting on God for renewed Strength? Am I leaning on my own wisdom and understanding? Our work for and our walk with God can only be successfully accomplished God’s way. And it is impossible for us to accomplish purpose God’s way, without God’s Strength.

Sometimes, because of the pressures of life, it’s easy to zone out everything and everyone, and just make the attempt to go it alone. This would only leave you wearied and burned out at the end of the day, because the “Arm of Flesh” is bound to fail.
Anyone who walks in God’s strength, though he/she may expend energy at prodigious rates, will only get stronger, as they are drawing from a never-ending source of strength, and expanding their capacity to draw strength, even as they keep on trusting in that strength.

Don’t make the mistake of relying on yourself. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.

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