With their backs to the wall, with no way to deliver themselves;
God moved, and delivered them without their even lifting one sword to fight.
When Paul and Silas preached in Philippi; the magistrates had them put
in prison, where the jailor made their feet fast in stocks. With Paul and Silas being in a position where they could do nothing
by their own strength, they sang praises; and, God moved. God moved and caused an earthquake that shook the prison, opening
the doors and loosing the shakels from off Paul and Silas.
In Luke 9:23, Jesus said, “If any man will come after
me, let him deny himself…”
There is a good reason why Jesus said this: It is the fact that
self provides us with nothing, as far as victory is concerned. Self leaves us stranded with no way to be delivered, with our
backs to the wall, helpless, hopeless and lost.
The sooner a man realizes this and denies all that he can do
by ‘self,’ the sooner God will move, and the sooner the man can trust in what Christ did for us on the Cross.
We must realize that just by the fact that we are born sinners;
we are unable to do anything to save, sanctify i.e. separate us from sin, or deliver ourselves from the curse of the Law (Gal.
3:13), and from sin, death, and hell.
And when we finally give up on trying to do these things by
the use of self, then the Lord can move in our lives. The next part of Luke 9:23 says, “…and take up his cross
daily…” The cross that brings salvation (the Cross of Christ), deliverance, and sanctification i.e. separation
from sin, cannot be taken up until self is laid down. And to the extent that we pick up self, to that same extent are we laying
down the victory won by Christ at Calvary.
The only way to God is through Jesus Christ, the only way to
Jesus Christ is through what He accomplished on the Cross, and the only way to what He accomplished on the Cross, is by a
denial of self.
In 2 Corinthians 11:30 Paul said, “If I must need glory,
I will glory of the things which concern my infirmities.”
In 2 Corinthians 12:10 Paul says, “Therefore I take pleasure
in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions in distresses for Christ sake: for when I am weak, then am
God revealed the secret to Paul: that when his back was to the
wall, when his strength to help himself was gone; then God would move, for when Paul was weak, then God could be strong in
And so will God be strong in us when our back is to the wall
and when all hope of self delivering self is gone, then can we finally trust in Christ and all He did for us on the Cross.
Then; will God move.
The only way to God is through Jesus Christ, the only way
to Jesus Christ is through what He did on the Cross, the only way to what Christ did on the Cross, is a denial of self.
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,