Written by: Tammy Botkin
Morning and evening meditation
Read: Ephesians 3:20, Psalms 37:5, Proverbs 3:5-7, Jer 29:11-14
Pray: Ask the Lord how to be dependent on/trusting of His will in all areas of life. Ask Him to reveal areas that are functioning independent of His control…so you can be totally dependent and confident in His provision.
Read : Ephesians 3:20, Psalms 37:5, Proverbs 3:5-7
Giving up control can be scary. It’s like the old trust trick; a person behind you is standing, ready to catch you, and then you fall backwards. If you’ve ever done it, you might have had a quick conversation with yourself…”Can I rely on this person?...What if I fall?”
Independence means: “free from outside control; not depending on another's authority”. It’s the leaning on one’s own understanding and ability. The world often seeks after this…it ties independence to success, self-esteem, self-discipline. It’s no wonder there is temptation for self-reliance. Yet the most “independent” people in the world have been left in personal ruin…it’s just too heavy to bear. We can try to create a half-way decent life, dependent on our own ability, but God says a life fully reliant in Him is so much more than we can hope for or imagine.
Power and Freedom. Ephesians 3:20 says; “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us…”. You’re either working via your own power or His. Which option is secure? Promising? Full of hope? God has more for us when we’re dependent on Him, than we can ever obtain on our own. Reliance actually brings freedom. Freedom from worry, doubt, burdens. Ps 37:5 says “Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you”.
We are designed to depend on God. We need fellowship with Him, security, direction and hope. Proverbs 3:5-7 says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom…Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
When we rely on God, blessings follow. Proverbs 3:5-7 says “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.”
Not something we can ever promise ourselves...without Him.
Am I really trusting the Lord with every area of my life? Or just the ones where my hands are tied?
Lord I want to rely on You. Help me to seek You first; trusting Your path for this (and all) area/s of my life. For You have plans for me! A future and a hope. (Jer 29:11-14)
Look at areas of your life that may not be producing fruit. Bring focus to these areas during daily prayer time. Give them/trust them to God.