Self-dependency eventually leads to despondency

When you depend on temporary situations for happiness your happiness soon departs. Self-dependency will also eventually let you down and lead to despondency. It’s like your shadow. When the dark night comes self-dependency dissipates.

I’ve been deceived and disappointed too many times to depend any longer on my own desires, feelings, or opinions. If you’re looking for a solid foundation for your life, don’t depend on yourself. Trust in and rely on God. If you depend on anything but God, you can depend on being disappointed.

Faith means to be God-dependent–to trust in and rely on Him rather than self. The more I depend on His inspiration, the more I’m inspired.

Depend on yourself and you’ll be let down into discouragement. Depend on the risen Jesus and you’ll be lifted up into inner peace. Your feelings, desires, and opinions will be unreliable as long as your heart is out of focus. Depending on God means that you free to depend less on yourself and on other people.

No human is totally dependable. I had to look higher than humanity to find Someone I can trust to never let me down. My life has been changed, directed, and protected by God’s intervention so many times that I’ve learned to depend on Him.

Gather with Jesus
And a few friends,
Then depend on Him
And follow His lead.

Open churches without open hearts don’t depend on the Lord. What’s controlled from a stage is staged. What flows from hearts touched by the presence of Jesus is genuine. Hearing lectures about your friend would be a poor substitute for spending time together. Jesus is my Friend. I want to interact with and be dependent on Him, not to hear talks about Him.

Church teaches us information about Jesus, but until we learn to daily depend on and rely on Jesus, that info isn’t very helpful. Relying on a church service to keep you close to God is like trusting in a food TV show to keep you well fed. Church does us a disservice when it trains people to listen to a weekly lecture about God, but not to daily lean on and rely on Him.

Church says to depend on a solitary preacher for Christian guidance, but the Bible declares, “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Let’s go beyond depending on religion. Let’s actively help each other depend on the living Jesus. If Christians relied as much on “Christ in you” as we do on a preacher in a pulpit, spiritual awakening would become our continuous condition.

Organization and programming prevent revival. God doesn’t work according to human specifications. Dare to tear up the program and depend on God’s Spirit instead.

Limiting church to some stage led songs and a one-man sermon greatly restricts what God can do. Jesus said, “Follow Me.” He never said, “Listen to a weekly talk about Me.”

Now is the time
To depend on God to do
What He wants to
In and through you.

You can depend on this: Christianity isn’t about religious organizations and religious belief systems. It’s about a personal relationship with the risen Jesus. Let every step you take be a walk with the risen Jesus carefully following His lead.

Now is the time to depend on the risen Jesus! We’re living in God’s now timing. The time to trust in and depend on the living God is always now. No matter our circumstances, in spite of our feelings, desires, pain, or confusion, and regardless of apparent delays, those who belong to Jesus can be supernaturally assured that God will never leave us or forsake us; that Christ in us is the hope of glory, and that the Holy Spirit is the Comforter abiding within us and dynamically empowering us with strength and faith — “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Instead of being
Visibly amazed
At the presence
Of Jesus
And dependent on Him,
Church has trained
Christians to sit
And be dazed
By sermon fatigue.
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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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