When we couple a little weariness with church problems we come to the point where we say, “There has got to be more to the Christian life?”  At this point, the result is sometimes church burnout. Why does this burnout stage occur? Our talent and ability is practically useless unless it has been empowered by the Holy Spirit. Before you were a pawn of Satan and now you are a child of God. Matter of fact, I believe that is what the Christian life is all about – turning every segment of our life over to his control. If God said it, we believe and obey. 3. God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church. God can take any tragedy, disappointment and turn it into an incredible victory. Quite the opposite. God intends that the first step of every new believer is to learn to rest. Dependence and God’s Love. Having our fundamental identity in Christ frees us from trying to develop our identity from our occupation, achievements, our spouse or our financial statement. Many years ago I heard a sermon by Evangelist John R. Rice. For more on this subject of resting, I suggest you purchase a copy of the little booklet by Watchman Nee entitled, “Sit, Walk and Stand.” You can find copy at most Christian bookstores or you can order from Amazon. This is expressed through prayer. Will you “put on Christ” and draw on the rest that is yours and be fearless, or will you choose to be controlled by fear? It’s a presence that causes unbelievers to want the peace we possess. The opposite of fear is trust and rest. No more sacrifices, no more burnt incenses, no more entering in the Holy of Holies once a year to apply the blood to atone for sin. At the end of the sixth day He made man. The scripture tells us that we are ‘strangers and pilgrims’ in this world. And then encourage others to depend on God, too. By Debbie McDaniel "This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it." He paid the debt for our sin once and for all. Acknowledge to God that you are indeed fearful. The lens we view life from is the Biblical perspective. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD, and turn away from evil. Your dependency changes – Before being in Christ, you depended upon your own strength. God is poised and ready to carry you to the next level of maturity and trust. You have a shift in your worldview – “A worldview is the lens or glasses from which you view the world. Total Dependence on God. God’s intention for us is to be so dependent upon Him that we willingly lay down our need to control and be in charge. And bathe your actions and plans in prayer. These questions are all answered with our new identity. He tells us to “cast all your care on him for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7) God also tells us not to “worry about anything but bring it to Him in prayer with a thankful heart and he will give us peace that passes all comprehension” (Philippians 4:6-8 – my paraphrase). Notice that God first made Jesus to sit, then his made us to sit with Him. You run because you think if you can change the location the fear will go away. That’s because God is not only preparing a place for us, but He is also preparing us for a place. If we “hit the ground running” we can get so busy doing good that we may miss God. We never have to conform to societies values because we have a value system based on the absolute, never changing promises of God. The more we carry the weight of our own burdens, the more unrest and misery will be part of our daily life. The Scripture tells us that “we are made complete in Him” (Colossians 2). “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” - Isaiah 41:13 Jesus doesn’t work harder for those who try harder. I desire to have that glow of God’s presence every moment of every day. Our confidence moves from “I can do it on my own” to “with prayer and the leadership of the Spirit, in Christ I can do anything”. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building. A celebration began to break out and the gospel spread not only through out that village but through the whole region. Why am I here? If you’re life is hard, have you figured out how to make it easier? “I called . A seed was planted in the heart of the chief. Our life motto becomes, “Apart from Him I can do nothing.”(John 15). However, the first step in the Christian walk is not doing but rather learning to rest. For every tragedy and failure God has already gone ahead of his children to begin a process of turning our greatest hurt and disappointment into an incredible work of God. People of every culture have asked these three questions. Bottom Line We know that God supernaturally delivered Israel. This spiritual truth is supported by the Best Bible Verses About Dependence On God. Seek God's Sunshine to Bring You Through | Priscilla Calcote | ISBN: 9781490843728 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. He continued to sing. He would learn something about God's nature that would later help him trust the Lord to bring it all to pass. How can a believer grow during this time? Unfading Glory 2 Corinthians 3:7-11. Therefore, our worldview impacts our value system. As he rises in the social and economic scale, he surrounds himself with more and more … “Satan is so much more in earnest than we are–he buys up the opportunity while we are wondering how much it will cost.” Make sure you have absolutes in your life. The level of fear ranges from simple fear, like loud noises, to severe phobias like the fear of being touched. Trusting Him. It doesn’t matter what you are afraid of, or even if you don’t know what you are afraid of, the enemy is using fear to enslave and control. I have personally witnessed this incredible move of God. David rejoices in answered prayer. I recall the overwhelming feeling of worry that accompanied me to church that day. B. It gives us a new identity that is wrapped in God’s love and care. Somehow along the way, most of us fail to connect “salvation by faith” and “living by faith”. Are you drawing on the “…the incredible greatness of God’s power?” If not, it’s there for you; it’s found in the person of Christ who indwells you. That means we now have a choice, we can worry or rest. Declare with an act of your will that this fear is inconsistent with who you are in Christ. We know who we are, a child of the living God who is grafted into the family of God. 2. Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. It is available in Kindle format. Christ is enough. As a committed follower of Jesus our life is dictated by absolutes. Always Dying, Always Living 2 Corinthians 4:10-12. Inspiration Ministries is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. He will open the door to the warehouse and point to the vast array of blessings. In Psalm 142 he's saying, "I'm in the cave, I'm at the end, there's no one on the right hand or left. In the last couple of decades hundreds of thousands Indians have come to Christ. This dependence begins with our evaluation of the situation, and follows through every step. God-pleasing boldness flows from absolute dependence on Christ. But there is no record that they ever consulted God or sought His direction. (Ephesians 5:18), Resting is a time to realize that the same Holy Spirit that drew us to Christ has formed a union with us. As Watchmen Nee writes in his book Sit, Walk and Stand, “Christianity does not begin with walking but with sitting.” It spread because they had seen true faith and had seen the real character of God. He wants His children to trust Him for great things that only He can do. Prayer is connecting to the Central Person of the Universe, the ONLY Savior, the King of Kings and the Lord and Lords, and INVITING HIM to get involved in all things that concern us. But “being in Christ” means so much more. Perhaps you have heard that term from a sermon or you may have even read it in a Christian book. When I lose my temper and feel the need to set somebody straight, surely the glow fades. We are correct that we should tell others, that is a mandate for all committed followers of Christ. He prepares their heart for what He will lead. We first see the principle of resting in creation. Then cast your fear upon Christ. “Though none go with me still I will follow, though none go with me still I will follow, though none go with me still I will follow, no turning back, no turning back.”. So it is vitally important to know the fuller meaning of what it means to be “in Christ”. 118:24 . Then he was given one more chance to recant. Harry Buis April 30, 1997. That will only come as we surrender our lives to His control and then begin to trust Him for the impossible. We received a new nature, became the “tabernacle” of God, and were given the ability to dominate every fear that comes our way. The result was a disastrous defeat. He is not only our God, but He is also our “Abba/Papa” who draws us near. Why is that important? There are basically two worldview’s, a Biblical worldview and a secular worldview. As I look back on my counseling career one of the most prevalent problems I discovered among believers is the issue of FEAR. Encourage others to depend on God too – Psalm 20:7; Acts 4:12. To think and analyze. The old saying is true, “If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything.” Absolutes encourages us to be firmly planted on the absolute faithfulness of God. God never intended for us to live our life in our own strength. They depended on their own resources and strength, and just assumed that He would bless them. Problems Force Us to Depend on God. The world is not for us. Be careful to lay your plans before God. That means when we commit to resting and trusting in the living Christ within, then we will manifest His presence and others will notice our Heavenly glow. Devotional CONNECTION HOME < Back Next > November 25, 2020 Depending on God Alone . David Wilkerson (1931-2011) November 9, 2017. I believe this is one of the events that God used to open up this region of India. Our confidence moves from “I can do it on my own” to “with prayer and the leadership of the Spirit, in Christ I can do anything”. Again, not knowing what to do, he sang another verse. On the seventh day God rested. One such lesson in the Christian life is the lesson of learning to rest. Posted on July 24, 2011 by Tom “Those who wait on the Lord…shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) There is no thrill for us in walking, yet it is the test for all of our steady and enduring qualities. The choice is yours. Apart from the living Christ within us, we can do nothing. Then he will say to me, “John, these are all the blessing you could have had if you had just asked. We have a stable worldview that gives us rest and peace. Pause your devotional at any time to read at your own pace; Unpause and Continue Reading Log In. The village chief questioned him about his faith and gave him and his family a chance to recant. Why We Never Give Up 2 Corinthians 4:16-18. The God-Dependent Life 2 Corinthians 3:4-6. If you don’t learn to contain and control your fear your life will be characterized by fear. And now in Psalm 57 he says, "Now you be gracious to me, God. When we choose to fear rather than trust, we are in danger of offending God’s character. Check your email for details and to confirm your subscription. God has already given us His very best. PO Box 7750 Charlotte, NC 28241 He leads and guides us toward truth, He goes before us and prepares our daily path, and He opens the hearts and minds of those we come in contact with. The problem is that there are no absolutes, values are always changing, even to the point that wrong becomes right and right becomes wrong. Confident in Him. Dependence on God is not something we muster in emergencies; it is the realization that apart from His will we cannot presume even our next breath. That produces what I like to call the silent witness. One of the challenges of living the Christian life is laying aside our self-effort mentality. God always answers prayer. The scripture teaches us that we are to be filled with the Spirit of God for effective and fruitful ministry. (John 15:5) Our ability and power to be fruitful is directly related to being connected to the true vine, which is Christ. 803-578-1899. "This is our Father's world: O let us not forget that though the wrong is great and strong, God is the ruler yet." Sometimes He says yes. Make sure that your actions are consistent with His Word, and that you have the peace of the Holy Spirit. It was a seed that began to grow over time. Jesus warned us that we’d have problems in life. After I pass through the pearly gates an angel will usher me to a huge warehouse. Some would say that we took on too much too quickly. As a committed follower of Jesus, living in fear is the ultimate insult to God’s character. This power was not given to us to better cope in this world, but it was given in order that we could live above this world. Resting is an indication that we understand that our salvation is a work of God’s grace and not our self-effort. you healed” (v. 2). It happens when we practice trusting and resting in Christ as enough. Daily Dose of Dependence on God: Daily Devotional for Women: Are You in a Storm? God’s intention for us is to live fully in the present but not in the past nor the future. The story is told of a man who lived in a small village in this region of India. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. November 25, 2020 by CAROL SCHLORFF RELIANCE Dependence by CAROL SCHLORFF "Jesus gave them this answer: 'Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.'" At the burning bush Moses was being prepared to trust God to bring about that glorious work. Prayer. When you make a decision to follow Jesus you will be called on to “draw a line in the sand”. Seek God’S Sunshine to Bring You Through (English Edition) eBook: Priscilla Calcote: Amazon.de: Kindle-Shop Personal Life: Dependence on God. It didn’t take long for us to experience burnout. Northeast India for many decades had been known as the missionaries’ graveyard. One of the highest compliments that I was ever given was when someone said, “There is something different about you. (Psalm 27:14) In the Garden with God In one of the devotional readings in “Waiting on God”, Andrew Murray wrote: The region has been a demonic stronghold for centuries. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. That would be self reliance talking. Dependence on God is where we need to start. The power of God sets us free from the entanglement of the world, but it also allows us to be content in this world knowing that we are here for a purpose. We know that our salvation is vested in Christ alone but seem to have trouble connecting that living for Him is also vested in Christ alone. I do understand that most everyone has some sort of fear. The very essence of our Christian faith is vested in the fact that we are “in Christ”. That's why God loves it when we call Him "Abba." ” I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, I have decided to follow Jesus, no turning back, no turning back.”. “The cross before me the world behind me, the cross before me the world behind me, the cross before me the cross behind me, no turning back, no turning back.”. And they paid the price. We have heard the good news of the gospel, it has impacted our life, now we must get busy and tell someone else. October 21, 2019 October 23, 2019. It is only through accepting by faith Jesus’ finished work on the cross, in our behalf, can we receive this free gift of salvation. “For in Him we live and move and exist… (Acts 17:28). Check your inbox now to confirm your email address. Will I chose to follow Jesus absolutely or will I compromise just to keep my personal dream alive? Now I See 2 Corinthians 3:12-4:6. Schleiermacher has pointed out that at the bottom of all religion there lies a feeling of dependence, a sense of creature helplessness. Fully depending on God is basic to the Christian life. ( Colossians 1:27). There are not psycho-mind games to play when dealing with worry, we just learn to rest in Christ’s provision. Some would say that it’s just another way to say we are placed into Christ when we are born again, and that’s true. Every plan. We tend to worry about “what might be” rather than what we are experiencing in the present. 1. Who am I? Now here is the question you must ponder. You can be more productive in five minutes with the power of God on your life, because you have spent time resting, than you can in five years of working in your own strength. As the people of Israel faced the tiny town of Ai, they were brimming with confidence. Nothing pleases God more than for us to lean and depend on Him for every aspect of our life. Our life motto becomes, “Apart from Him I can do nothing.”(John 15). Every tactic. By recognizing our dependence on God, and finding encouragement therein. We depend on God because He is willing and able to help us in every situation. To grow in understanding, and seek to make wise choices. 3. We are to live our lives as if we are already citizens of heaven. Sign-Up For Our Devotionals. It’s that presence that draws men and women to Christ. Please protect me from evil and bring me to the place of simple dependence on you. He wants you to live daily within the realm of His mighty power, trusting Him to do the miraculous. His conversion and commitment to Christ plus his zeal for the gospel had so irritated the villagers that a mob formed. Having just defeated the mighty fortress at Jericho, they felt invincible. Utter Dependence on God. We mess up, make mistakes and through the school of hard knocks we finally learn the lessons we wished we had learned years earlier. Regardless of how we developed our various fears the bigger issue is how we handle our fears. "O God, You be exalted." Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else, not only in this world but also in the world to come. Dependence is confidence in God; … Knowing that God gave us His One and Only Son – Jesus should fill us with confidence that our Master cares deeply for our needs. I heard an inspiring story during one of my trips to India. A stranger is not familiar with the territory and a pilgrim is just passing through. – Joshua 7:3 Amplified Bible. Our identity in life is now settled. That means that man’s first full day on earth was a day of rest. Why is that important to know? It is in those quiet moments of resting that we hear His tender voice and we receive those gems of wisdom and sense His overwhelming love. When you are fearful and live in the future it causes you to “hoard or run.” You have a tendency to hoard because you fear what you might not have in the future. But for those who have been placed “in Christ” we have a different worldview. They may have felt that they were trusting in God, but in reality they took for granted that He would bring them the kind of victory they just had at Jericho. Bottom Line However, we must not depend on ourselves, or take His blessing for granted. So give God the glory for what he has done. -Catherine Booth. The Bible makes it clear how dangerous it can be to trust in ourselves. Even though the region was considered closed to the gospel, somehow there was one family who became a follower of Jesus. Even though that man and his family were killed that day, something remarkable happened. He is the source of our protection, wisdom, help, love, courage, faith, and light. God wired us to depend on Him. 1. We can’t manufacture that presence. “. Then one day he gathered the villagers in that very same square and renounced his previous faith and he declared his allegiance to Jesus Christ. Matter of fact, positionally speaking, in Christ we are already in heaven, “we are now seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 1:6). When God looks at us, He sees perfection now because of Jesus. If you are living in fear then you are enslaved. He watched as they brutally murdered his wife. The moment we placed our faith and trust in the risen Savior, and His finished work on the cross, we are placed into Christ. Man’s futile attempt to keep the law was now fulfilled in Jesus. The secular worldview is driven by a “relative” mindset which believes that values change as the culture changes. So the next time you are tempted to give in to fear remember the following steps: 1. I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Self-dependency breeds worry. He wants to move us out of the “safe zone” to the “trust zone”. However, it is nonetheless easy even for believers to go through their day as if they can do so under their own power. In Jesus' name, Amen. As they approached Ai, these men, filled with overconfidence, felt they were sufficient in themselves to win. (Psalm 139, 2 Timothy 1:7-9). (John 3:1-14) You have passed from death unto life. God made everything in six days. ― Amy Carmichael, “Now to him that is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” (Ephesians 3:19 NAS). Depending on God. Daily Devotionals; Sign Up; Podcast; Give; Dependence and God’s Love. Accept the peace that comes through your dependence on God. A Biblical worldview is not based on the culture, or political correctness but on the absolutes of God’s Word. Regular prayer helps us do that, for by it we remember our full dependence upon Him. It is instinctive to human nature to begin the process of “doing” as soon as we have a meaningful spiritual experience such as salvation. But before I share the story, a little background. As a result, sometimes you felt like you measured up and sometimes you felt like a failure. Lord, I confess there are times when I neglect to lean on you. “Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.” (Philippians 1:27 NLT), This challenge from the Apostle Paul is a great reminder of our role as followers of Jesus. He said, “This is what I think will happen just after I get to heaven. ( 2 Corinthians 5:17) We now have a new nature occupied by the Spirit of the living Christ. Lest we become self-reliant in a negative way, we must remain aware of our need for Jesus. What advice would you give your 18 year self? 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