Something very profound about depending on God is that the real you is Spirit and those that must worship God can only do it in Spirit (Jn 4:24). Unless your mind is renewed with the Word of God (Rom 12:2), then it is subject to the devil and not God. Therefore, pursuing or doing just what seems good to you is in conflict with God. Rom 8:7 says the carnal mind is enmity against God. Therefore, only those that are led by God are His (Rom 8:14). We don’t merely depend on God when we lack resources or ability, our entire lifestyle has to be an embodiment of depending on Himself (Jn 5:19). That is the key to living a successful Christian life. We should not live our lives as if it belongs to us, He is our Potter. We are clay in His hands – Jer 18:6.
In 2Chr 16:1-9, we see a King who wouldn’t depend on God. He asked for help elsewhere. In return, God said henceforth he would see war! A life dependent on God is one of blessing and victory. That’s why we are studying this subject, so we can learn to depend on God rather than asking God to bless what we are doing.
Practical ways to be God-dependent
- Depend on God’s Strength. – Phil 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”. Humility before God is being dependent on Him for strength and life, instead of our own flesh and ability. Psa 71:16 says, “I will walk in the strength of the Lord.” Our own strength is limited and exhaustive, God’s has no limitation because He is eternal. We have to depend on God every moment to carry us through (Is 40:31).
- Depend on God’s Wisdom. – Pro 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” Depending on God’s wisdom means you are constantly talking to God in prayer, acknowledging His presence, asking for directions and instructions on whatever you are facing in life.
James 1:5 says, “If anyone lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives liberally and without reproach and it will be given to him.” When you depend on yourself, you set yourself up for failure. Pro 14:12 says, “There’s a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the ways of death.” God’s wisdom is what will see us through.
- Depend on God’s Resources. – Your job or business is channel of God’s blessings. God is our source of provision. Phil 4:19 says, “And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God has the capability of meeting every need and kingdom citizens should suffer no lack.
- Depend on God’s Timing. – God is never late. Delay is not denial. God is always working through His Word while we wait. God knows the right timing for every need of our lives. Ecc 3:11 – God has made everything beautiful in its own time. Don’t help God or become a god for yourself. When you do, you’re like Abraham and the disaster you cause will outlive you. (Gen 16).
- Depend on God to Defend You. – You cannot defend yourself from people’s attack, no matter how hard you try. Let God vindicate you. In 1Pet 2:23, Jesus suffered attack and was persecuted but He never defended Himself. Psa 62:5-7, David declared that God was his defense. If God doesn’t defend you. You’re in a big mess. Let Him do it.
Is your life one that God is leading, or is it one in which you’re the lord of your own life? Do you depend on God only when there is no other way, or is doing the will of God your lifestyle? Settle this: God will ultimately ask you to give account of how you have lived your life. Do you think at that point you will be able to say, “I have done what You wanted me to do,” or will you say you lived for yourself? Only a life lived with God as Lord in all areas will be a success. May that be your life.