GOING BEYOND OURSELVES
Etched on a white marble pillar that marks a grave in a small cemetery surrounded by ancient oak trees are these words: He takes us where we would not go alone…beyond ourselves. I visit this cemetery often and have pondered those words many times. The very thought of going beyond myself, beyond my own natural ability is saying to me as a human being living on planet Earth; I am very limited. There are many things I want to do, long to do, but I cannot. Why? Simply because they are beyond my own capability…if I go alone.
Only God can take me to that place of impossibility, a place where I simply cannot go. In my own strength, I would not attempt to go where even angels fear to tread; that ridiculous, impractical, presumptuous place, that place that is beyond me. But, with His help, I can go beyond my natural human measure and rise above my earthly and fleshly resources. “And He said unto me, my grace is sufficient for thee, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Cor 12:9
It is an awesome thought to know that God is able to take us beyond our weakness, to work with us in spite of our character flaws, our personality hang-ups, and our fleshly inadequacy. He takes us beyond social and cultural boundaries, beyond all the devices Satan has purposely set up to impede and stop our progress. If we allow him, Satan will throw up the roadblocks, try to turn us around, thwart our every effort to keep us from completing any endeavor, especially if our goal is to give God glory and to advance the work of the gospel.
We have all read the historical accounts of the persecution of the Church, how God’s people stood true to the faith against great and terrible odds. We marvel at their bravery as they stood at the burning stake with no cords holding them in place. How did they do it?
As God went before them, the Christian martyrs rose above and went beyond their own human strength and endurance. However, the most important thing to remember is…they did not go alone. God took them there, where they would not―could not go alone.
In today’s world and time, we face the dark and deceptive battleground of the mind, often causing us to fail before we ever put a hand to the work! We must recognize this satanic plot and go beyond every hindrance that arises in our forward progress. Go in the strength of the Lord. I have learned this while in the “secret place.” God takes us where we would not go alone…beyond ourselves, beyond our physical weakness, our besetting faults, our incredible circumstances, our inabilities, our human limitations, and in truth, He takes our weaknesses and uses them to make us perfect in Him and to glorify Him.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor 12:9
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheth me.” Phil 4:13