Inside: We are told from a young age to be independent not dependent, however, God wants us to rely on Him and to need Him daily in our lives. 7 Reasons Why Depending on God is Important.

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When I was a new mom, I had many people giving me advice! The same theme echoed over and over again though, do everything you can to get that baby independent.

Don’t hold the baby too much or you’ll spoil her.

Start solids as soon as you can, so she isn’t reliant on you for feeding.

She needs to walk close to her first birthday, so she can be independent and get to places herself.

To sum it up, this was only the beginning of being pushed to make my daughter self-sufficient.

Our culture has an attraction to being self-reliant and focusing on independence.

Depending on God

Independence: freedom from control, influence, support and/or the life of others (these definitions are from dictionary.com)

Dependence: subordination or subjection to, relying on or needing someone.

I don’t know about you, but the defintion of dependence makes me feel alittle ick. It goes against the “I can do all” mindset that I’ve grown up with.

Haven’t we been told that independence equates to confidence?!?

However, what I’m learning is that as a Christian, I can’t be self-reliant. It actually goes against what Christianity is.

When we become Christian, we have two paths we can follow. We can deny ourselves and surrender to God’s calling on our lives by having trust in Him, that He is the master planner of our life.

We All Need to Depend on God, It’s Important

Comparatively, we claim Christianity but spend our lives trying to control and in the meantime, miss out on the blessings and peace we receive when we surrender to and depend on Someone greater.

Here’s a little nugget of wisdom: we all have a need for Jesus. We have a longing deep within that can only be filled by Him. All other things are likened to square pegs that don’t fit this circle-God hole. 

The truth of the matter is, we will spend our lives trying to make the peg fit, and it won’t until we become dependent on God.

A critical point not to miss is, self-reliance won’t get us to Heaven.

We can try and be the best person we can be, but God demands perfection. Since we live in a fallen world, the only way to experience eternal life is through someone named Jesus. Our Savior took all the wrong things that we’ve done and died on the cross to pay for our punishment.

When God looks at us, He sees perfection now because of Jesus.

Accepting God into your heart starts the first step of becoming dependent on Him.

Dependence on God is cross-cultural but it’s the only way to get through this life.

If you’re life is hard, have you figured out how to make it easier? That would be self reliance talking. Most likely if you figured out the solution to this problem, the next problem is already in the wings ready to frustrate you.

 

Why Do We Need to Depend on God?

  1. Everything is life is shifting; here today and gone tomorrow! Psalm 73:25-26
  2. God can bless us when we follow Him: with our reputation, our purpose and plans, our health, and material blessings. Proverbs 3:1-12
  3. Helps us through dark periods of our lives like nothing else. Isaiah 50:10
  4. We are able to produce fruit that blesses others when we are in close connection with Him. John 15:5
  5. He gives us what we need. Psalm 145:15
  6. God already knows the future and what His plans are for us. Philippians 4:5
  7. The point of life is really glorifying God and receiving eternal life someday! Psalm 49:5-13

 

5 Ways to Become More Dependent on God Daily

  1. Get in the Word.
  2. Prayer: it opens up communcation between us and the Creator of the World.
  3. Focus on God more than the problems in life. Refuse to worry!
  4. Join a small Bible Study or prayer group.
  5. Ask God to grow us more like Him.

So friend, I don’t know about you, but in a culture of self-reliance, I’m leaning in closer to God. I want to be God-reliant, trusting in the Solid Rock. 

The truth is, all other is shifting sand!

In my everyday life, continuing to persevere through everything in the daily routine – I am keenly aware that I am dependent on the Lord. I need Him every hour of every waking day! I couldn’t make it without His grace, strength, help, and wisdom. I would be so lost without His help.

The world might think that that kind of dependence is a sign of weakness, but it’s actually completely the opposite. Knowing we can’t make it on our own, that we’re dependent on Him, is acknowledging where our strength comes from! Our strength comes from the maker of heaven and earth!! It’s not a negative thing. It’s the most wonderful thing in the world that we can trust God to be our help in all the details of our daily lives. ~Sally McClung

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