Quit Trying

Whatever is not from faith is sin [whatever is done with doubt is sinful].

Romans 14:23 AMP

Over many years of ministry, I have often heard the phrase “I’m trying to do better” or “ I’ll do the best I can.” Every time I hear phrases like that I cringe inside. The try-hard mentality does not proceed from faith in the finished work of Christ. Self-effort is a sin.

Trusting that Christ is working in us both to will and to do of his good pleasure is such a joy. When we know Jesus loves us unconditionally, it is easy to trust him. He doesn’t make us a better version of ourselves; no He makes us brand new. As we yield and cooperate with Him, He transforms us. We do no