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 Three Categories of Believers ~ Zac Poonen

There are three categories of 'believers' in the world:

• (1) Those who have confidence in themselves. Such
believers can be identified by the fact that they pray very
little or not at all. And they usually never ever fast and
pray. Although they don't say so in as many words, by their
prayerlessness they testify that they can handle every
situation. Such believers can never do an eternal work for

• (2) Those who have no confidence in themselves and who
have no confidence in God. They confess that they have no
strength or wisdom. But they do not believe that God will
work on their behalf. Such believers are usually prayerless
too. Even if they do pray, their prayers are invariably
without faith. Such can never do an eternal work for God

• (3) Those who have no confidence in themselves, BUT who
have total confidence in God. They are aware of their lack
of strength and wisdom, but they also believe that God will
help them mightily, and do a work in them and through them.
Such believers alone are truly spiritual, and only such can
do an eternal work for God. It is good for us to recognise
that those in Category 2 above are just as useless to God as
those in Category 1. Those in Category 2 may look more
broken, but they are not - for unbelief can never be found
alongside genuine Christ-like humility. Without faith it is
impossible to please God, no matter how broken we may appear
to be. Merely acknowledging our inability will not solve our
problems. We must trust God too.

To confess that we are rotten, good for nothing, useless and
foolish, is not humility, but unbelief!! If we keep on
confessing that, we will remain useless forever. False
humility like that is often mistaken for the genuine thing
by undiscerning believers!

But Jesus told us to learn humility from Him (Matt.11:29).
And where do we find Jesus ever confessing that He was
useless and good for nothing? Never.

True humility is taking the place of entire nothingness
before God, so that God might be all in all. This is the
place that Jesus took as a man. This is what we must do too.
In that lowly place, we can trust God to do a mighty work in
us and through us, and to crush Satan under our feet.

Mike Balog

 2007/4/6 16:03Profile

Joined: 2006/5/22
Posts: 2676
Nottingham, England

 Re: Three Categories of Believers ~ Zac Poonen

Good thought provoking article.

I'm not saying which catergory I fall into, but I'll keep working at it!

God bless.

 2007/4/6 16:08Profile

Joined: 2005/7/5
Posts: 382
The Netherlands

 Re: Three Categories of Believers ~ Zac Poonen

Thanks for posting! :-)
But how about John 5:19 btw?

Jonathan Veldhuis

 2007/4/6 17:46Profile

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