How Much We Are Dependent on GodBro. David Chancellor
7/29/2007 6:00 PM
1 Peter 5:5-7
Likewise, ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Too often as people we want to "do it ourselves," but we can’t. We are totally dependent on God. We have a tendency to carry our cares a long way before we give them to God. We could avoid a lot of the struggle if we’d just give our cares over to him. We need him.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 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.
Without God we can’t do anything. God had worked a lot in their lives up to that point, and maybe the disciples felt they could do things on their own. But Jesus told them they couldn’t do anything without God. Without Christ they wouldn’t have been of much significance. When Jesus came, their lives were changed. The difference is made to our lives when Christ comes in. We’re very much dependent on him.
O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.
In many ways you have no control over the course of your life. Events around you swirl out of your control. Your well-thought-out plans can change in a moment. You are still responsible for the choices you make, however. In yourself you can’t make the right choices; you need God’s help. We’re dependent on God. He’s the one who has control. If you will put your way and life in God’s hands, he’ll take you beyond what you’ll ever dream.
2 Corinthians 3:4-6
And such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves: but our sufficiency is of God; Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
"…Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves…" None of us are capable of any original thought. We need God to move upon our minds. We don’t know what other people think. If we’ll rely on God, he can give us the right thoughts and words to say. If we let God give us thoughts and words, they won’t be able to be gainsayed or resisted. God is our sufficiency. He can make us a blessing to others.
1 Corinthians 4:6-7
And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? Now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
What really makes the difference is God. We shouldn’t exalt men because without God they can’t do anything either. There is a need for leaders, but even leaders can’t do anything without God. The difference in the church of God is God. Our glory should be in God. You don’t have anything you didn’t receive from God. You are responsible for your choices. Why do people act as if they are capable of themselves? Without God, you won’t be able to do anything. We have what we have because of God. We’re dependent on God. Whatever we accomplish will be done by him.
2 Corinthians 12:7-10
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
There’s so much we can’t do, but that’s where we find success. God’s strength is made perfect in our inabilities. When we acknowledge that we can’t, God can. Recognize where your success lies.