Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God.
—2 Corinthians 3:5
That is the difference between Christianity and all the Oriental cults and religions. All cult religions try to wake up what you already have, and Christianity says, “What you have is not enough—you will need the enduement which is sent from above!” That is the difference. The others say, “Stir up the thing that is in you,” and they expect this to be enough.
By way of illustration, if there were four or five lions coming at you, you would never think of saying to a little French poodle, “Wake up the lion in you.” That would not work—it would not be enough. They would chew the little fellow up and swallow him, haircut and all, because a French poodle just isn’t sufficient for a pack of lions. Some power outside of himself would have to make him bigger and stronger than the lions if he were to conquer.
That is exactly what the Holy Spirit says He does for the Christian believer, but the cult religions still say, “Concentrate and free your mind and release the creative powers that lie within you.” COU142-143
Lord, in our self-reliance we’re all too often guilty of digging deep for that inner self-sufficiency. Our New Age culture fosters that error. Teach us how futile this pursuit is; show us Your power. Amen.