“People aren’t born with the innate ability to do what they need to do. Everyone needs training. Training is not a once and done kind of thing. Training takes place day in and day out.” – a quote from Charlene Notgrass and her blog (It is worth your time to subscribe – http://notgrass.com/dailyencouragement/your-childs-personal-trainer).
Many people these days seem to think that they are designed to “get along” on their own intuitions, premonitions, or some other kind of self-contained “-tion” without relying on others input, instructions, or wisdom. NOT TRUE.
One of the more difficult challenges for me, personally, is that as an “All In” disciple of Jesus, I am to be open to healthy influences from others. “Open” does not, of course mean that whatever is suggested I assume God sent me. I must “try the spirits” (so to speak), but I am to be open AND discerning. One of the more deceptive “voices” I hear with regularity is my own!
It is sooo “not in man …to direct his own steps” (Jeremiah 10:23) that the Spirit directed the Apostle Paul to tell Titus to have those folks in Crete look for the right kind of people to be their spiritual mentors. And by the way, in case you missed it, Titus had the right kind of spiritual mentor himself: the Apostle Paul.
Arrogance is a powerful tool Satan uses against people everywhere. It comes with a huge price tag, the wrath of God (Romans 1:18). Arrogance is especially deceitful when used against “All In” disciples. Becoming prideful moves us right out of the category of disciples of Jesus and plants us firmly in the category of self-centered, without our even noticing the shift.
Humility is the key to our “All In-ness.” Just don’t become proud of it.