I Don’t Need You
Sometimes I feel like my relationship with God looks a lot like the push and pull of a relationship centered on: “I want you, but I do not need you.” It is this awkward bind that keeps you tied to someone yet, that same commitment is one that seems one sided. Then, if a relationship becomes centered upon one person and not the two, or the relationship itself…what else is it than a self-serving relationship.
A lie, though perhaps not as openly acknowledged, that we as believers fall into believing is:
“I Can Make It Without Consistent Time In The Word And Prayer.”
This great deception is perhaps, the most tragic as somehow we can be convinced that it is okay to want a relationship with God, but that we do not need to invest in that relationship. Of all the ties we can forge in our lifetime, this one is the most important and perhaps also the most neglected.
It does not matter how Orthodox, devout, or faithful we are or claim to be. Our faith is meaningless if there are no works behind it. We cannot proclaim to have a relationship with our Heavenly Father if we are not willing to make an investment in it.
Pride and Humility
Satan wants us to believe that we can live our lives independently of God. In other words, he would have us with the mindset that we do not need God, that we are self-sufficient.
When We Try To Live Without God
- We will become spiritually impotent
- When faced with trials and tribulations we end up feeling utterly defeated
- Eventually, we get sucked into worldly thinking
- Without actively reading God’s word, we become vulnerable to deception
- We become prideful
While we may not see it right away when we decide to take charge and that we no longer need God our lives transform into an endless well of chaos, dysfunction, doubt, as well as turmoil. When we determine that we are efficient enough to do things without God, we forget the grace given us. We elevate ourselves and in so doing, we turn our backs on our Greatest Friend, Most Awesome Father, and Redeemer.
James 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
But He gives more grace. Therefore He says: “God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble.”
Humility Cures Worldliness
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.
God Resists The Proud, and God Gives Grace To The Humble.
When we look to God to see us through our days, things change. We find strength, we discover courage. Above all else, no matter the circumstances, we find peace! So no matter what ordeal or things we may face from day to day, we can rest assured that we do not have to endure them alone if we only are humble enough to give them all to God and trust in Him to see us through.
Proverbs 2:1-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
The Value of Wisdom
My son, if you receive my words,And treasure my commands within you, 2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding
Proverbs 3:5-6 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.