Reliance on God Equals Serenity

The book of Proverbs reminds us to rely on the Lord instead of ourselves (Proverbs 3:5). A point often overlooked is a dependence upon God brings us an inner serenity and an eternal future with our Savior. Given these points reliance on God calms the storms of life leading to a peaceful existence.

It’s difficult to abandon oneself to God. Everything inside ourselves wants to go it alone. This instinct to rely on our own limited power isn’t new. In fact, it started the moment sin entered humanity.

We understand this truth from Adam and Eve’s fall from God’s grace (Genesis 3). Even though, Satan persuaded them to disobey God (Genesis 3:4) it shows the consequences from relying on oneself.

But God’s mercy provides a way out (2 Peter 3:9).

My Experience With Self-reliance

I know the fruitless results from living life without leaning on Christ. When I use my understanding of how to live in a broken world, the outcome isn’t satisfying. This places me in a position where I collide with God’s word and live in disobedience.

In my experience living a self-searching lifestyle, the courage needed to overcome temptation stays elusive. I find myself unable to meet life’s terms without sin. My inability to live free from the bondage of sin coupled with my powerlessness over it leads me to resentment, fear, and ungodliness.

And I know without Christ’s strength it gets worse.

Every day we come up close with the dangers of separating ourselves from Christ. We live in a world riddled with examples of evil deeds with wicked intentions. These sinful global occurrences give evidence to a life anchored in action unacceptable with God.

Leaving Christ out of our decision making the door to more problems swings open. Even in our Christian walk, this unintentional approach can cause us to stumble.

On the positive side, our experience in trusting God leads us to refocus our efforts and seek Jesus divine wisdom. And once we shift our hearts over to His care a peace unlike any other enters our inner-being.

Glorifying God Comes From Christ-reliance

One of the most favorable actions God looks for is glorifying Him. It doesn’t take much of exertion to praise Christ. The Lord’s recipe for salvation includes the ingredients of humility, sincerity, and willingness to live in Christ. Those three spiritual actions lead to heaven.

On the other hand, self-sufficiency glorifies individuality an act of pride and distasteful to Christ.

The antidote for self-reliance is improving our relationship with Christ. Since God made Jesus His entry into salvation, then it becomes our responsibility to surrender our personal agendas and live in His purpose. It’s important to realize the more we rely on Jesus the greater our ability to live acceptable in God’s eyes.

What are your experiences with reliance on Christ?

 

Divine Privilege

Being chosen by God to join His Kingdom is a divine privilege (Ephesians 2:8-10). God invited us into an elite family. He included us with His most trusted servants and wanted us to live with Him forever. And God made Christ the head of His family.

When I meditate over the remarkable company God has placed me in I’m astonished. His list of faithful people is extraordinary. I’m grateful to be included with God’s chosen people; Abraham, Moses, Ruth, Peter, Paul and many other biblical ancestors. It is exhilarating  knowing one day I will be able to meet them in heaven.

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One of the most stunning revelations from God is experiencing the same Living Spirit as those people we find in the Bible. Our Father doesn’t show favoritism (Galatians 3:28), and once He saves a soul, then Christ begins teaching God’s way. We are blessed to have the same path to eternal life as our predecessors.

God’s divine privilege of salvation separates us from spiritual death. Our Father united us together through Christ to plan for His new heaven and earth (Revelation 21:1-7). And God’s gift of Christ secures our inheritance for eternal life.

The Lord’s infinite wisdom of everlasting life doesn’t come without responsibility. We must be active in carrying Christ’s message and learning to live holy. The most efficient way of sharing God’s promise of salvation is through living life through faithful examples (2 Corinthians 5:7).

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This means we need to show others the impact Christ makes in our lives by responding to the world’s injustices through love, forgiveness, and devotion. It isn’t easy but not impossible because the Christ in us provides a strength beyond ours.

Remember God saved our souls, and this means we are no longer living for ourselves but His glory. And glorifying God can’t be accomplished without Christ. To glorify God is picking up our cross, walking in Christ footprints and living in God’s purpose.

When I lived outside of God’s kingdom, my life wasn’t useful. I knew nothing of living holy and relied on myself for the answers to life’s riddle. My outlook on life was grim, and I was skeptical towards God. I became agnostic, and this was an empty and lonely existence. Even though I denied God, He had plans to save me. I’m grateful He introduced to Christ and snatched me out of the darkness. I owe everything to Him.

For-the-grace-of-God Today I’m honored to hear God’s voice. Christ has taken away any excuses for me not to humble myself before God. Even though I’m not perfect, Christ doesn’t abandon me because He has shown me the way of repentance. And this allows me to grow in God’s image.

One of God’s greatest privilege is enabling us to be called His sons and daughters. To be chosen by God and recognized as one of His children isn’t to be taken lightly. Remember, we didn’t save ourselves. And this holds us accountable to live in Christ and give Him our undivided attention. We must give Christ our best efforts because the result from a complacent faith has fatal consequences.

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God gives us many spiritual privileges. Life in the flesh is temporary, but heaven is forever. If I don’t experience God’s Living Spirit then something wrong. The Holy Spirit is the way God lets us know our faith is real. Without it, we can’t live in Christ, and the door to God’s kingdom stays closed.

Have you found God’s promises?

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