I can tell you one thing. My walk with God has been filled with more failures than success. Yet, I am thankful that God has never let a failure go to waste. Each one has been shaping me and molding me and deepening my dependence on Him. So many times I have taken matters of life into my own hands and ran with it. Aight God i got this! I feel strong and I’m good. I know what’s going on, only to find out later when I’m crying out to Him again because I’ve run into a brick wall that I need him. I needed Him all along. In fact, I probably could have avoided a lot of disappointment had I just depended on Him consistently.
This attitude and this mindset of dependence needs to be a constant within us. Many times we only learn dependence or feel dependent on God when we’re in crisis or we need something from Him that we can’t get for ourselves. Then when crisis is averted and we feel strong and successful within ourselves we forget about Him. We go about doing our own thing. But somewhere in the midst of our walk into maturity we need to realize that the state of dependence on God should never change.
Look at what Jesus says in John 5…
Most assuredly I say to you the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that he Himself does. The Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will… I do not seek my own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Jesus, the Son of God couldn’t do anything part from the Father, so what makes us think we can. Our natures are so prone to independence. It’s what draws us away from him every time, but God says…
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5)
Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:5-9)
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5)
Our dependence never comes off of God. That is how we survive. We live by faith. Faith demands and requires dependence. God will call you to things that out of your capabilities. Thats the point. You can’t do it, because only He can through you. That’s how He receives the glory.
Create a constant dependence on the Lord, even when you are having a great day acknowledge Him. Bring yourself back to the place of desperate dependence and He will guide you. Jesus showed us that true anointing comes from dependence. He didn’t go out on his own and then ask God to bless it. He waited for instruction. He laid at the Father’s feet. Then He simply lived from a place of complete dependence.