Sometimes, we try to please God
in our own ways
and we actually say no to His blessings,
but instead get into a whole pile of trouble.
He lets us experience this bondage,
in hope we will turn around
and walk in the freedom He has for us.
From head to heart,
from in to out,
God wants us to know Him,
walk in His overcoming power,
and receive His blessings
in His way,
in Jesus Christ.
Religious practice is not true humility,
but acknowledging who God is
and who we are in Christ—
beloved, accepted, blessed, forgiven,
set apart for Him, children of God—
able to go boldly to the throne of grace
to find help in time of need.