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Who Are You Relying On?

We stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God.” 2Co 1:9 NLT

Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials” (Jn 16:33 NLT).

You solve one problem, and another one comes along to take its place.

They’re not all big, but they’re all necessary to your spiritual growth.

How do you assess the strength of something? By testing it!

The Bible says: “Don’t be…shocked that you are going through testing…It will prepare you” (1Pe 4:12-13 CEV).

Some of your most life-enriching experiences will come during your worst moments

  • when your heart is broken,
  • when you feel abandoned,
  • when you’re out of options,
  • when your pain levels go through the roof & you turn to God.

That’s when you learn to pray heartfelt, honest-to-God prayers.

When you’re in pain you don’t have the energy for superficial ones. And that’s when you discover, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted” (Ps 34:18 NLT).

God could have kept Joseph out of prison, Daniel out of the lions’ den, Jeremiah out of the slimy pit, and Paul from being shipwrecked, but He didn’t. As a result, each one of them was drawn closer to God and impacted the world around them.

Your problems force you to look to God and depend on Him instead of yourself. This is especially hard on superachievers like Paul. “We…saw how powerless we were to help ourselves; but that was good, for then we put everything into the hands of God, who alone could save us” (2Co 1:9 TLB).

You’ll never know what God can do until God is all you’ve got.

So place your needs into His capable, loving hands, and watch what happens.

– from a daily devotional

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One thought on “Who Are You Relying On?

  1. “No soul can be really at rest until it has given up all dependence on everything else and has been forced to depend on the Lord alone. As long as our expectation is from other things, nothing but disappointment awaits us. Feelings may change, and will change with our changing circumstances; doctrines and dogmas may be upset, Christian work may come to naught, prayers may seem to lose their fervency, and promises may seem to fail; everything that we have believed in or depended upon may seem to be swept away, and only God is left, just God, and if I may be allowed the expression; simply and only God.” – H. W. Smith

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