Bible Ballistics: BBs #358 What Am I Dependent On???
As we conclude our series with the last of our 5 D’s, Dependence, what can we say when our culture is obsessed with the supremacy of “independence” at every turn. Will we choose to be ‘independent’ of or ‘dependent’ on the right thing? Will we be dependent on God, or something else?
Dependence– “The state of relying on or being controlled by someone or something else”. A synonym of dependent is trust—to rely on, to have faith in.
Do I really trust God? On whom or what do I depend? Self? Money? Power? Others? Or popular opinion? And that would certainly keep you busy, since it changes with the wind. Scripture speaks to this very idea.
“That we henceforth
be no more children,
tossed to and fro,
and carried about
with every wind of doctrine,
by the sleight of men,
and cunning craftiness,
whereby they lie in wait
to deceive;” Ephesians 4:14
Instead of the populace, or as we call it today—Political Correctness—we are to follow and depend on The Lord!
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
To succeed in our daily walk with Jesus, we are called to trust/depend on Him with ALL our heart and NOT to lean on our own understanding. When we depend on God, He promises to direct our paths.
The question is, ‘do I want God directing my steps?’ Am I willing to go His way rather than my own? Am I “abiding in Jesus” and depending on His Spirit to direct my steps?
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5
It’s our choice, will we abide in and follow our Lord, or will we go our own way, finding at the end of our lives, that we left behind “much ado about nothing”? Paul talks about this in 1 Corinthians 3.
“If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” 1 Corinthians 3:14-16
If we are the temple of God, our success depends on our relationship to the foundation—Jesus! If the building is resting firmly on it’s foundation all will be well, but if there is a shift in the relationship between the house and its foundation there is disaster ahead. Abiding in Jesus, assures that our work is precious to God, and that we have a reward ahead. But as Jesus said in John 15, “without me ye can do nothing” (that is of eternal value).
Our God is “trustworthy”, and we can depend on Him in all that we face—every day, all the way!!! He is ever at work in our lives, whether we are looking or not. We must develop eyes that ‘see’, and ears that ‘hear’ as we walk “in the Spirit”, knowing that God is working within us in all things!
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son….”. Romans 8:28-29
When we belong to Jesus, we can know that GOD is working everything in our life to conform us, His children, into the “image of his Son”. What a blessed confidence! We just need to learn to recognize the hand of God in all our ways, for HE is at work in “all things”, and we can rely on His provision in good times or adversity! Why? Because we can KNOW that God is working all for our good, and our spiritual growth, so that we can bring Him glory!!! What a way to live—in freedom and peace to the glory of God.
“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:” Romans 5:1
So, today will you exercise the traits of Jesus? Will we continually depend on God and pursue Him being: Dependent, Decent, Discerning, Diligent, and striving to be Debt-free? We can have “Victory In Jesus” every day, if we will but ‘abide’ in HIM!
“But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
Amen and Amen!