Devotional thought: Depending on God…

For the Lord God is our sun and our shield. He gives us grace and glory. The Lord will withhold no good thing from those who do what is right. (Psalm 84:11 NLT)

Do you rely on God the Holy Spirit? I mean, do you really rely on Him, or is He a bit far off to you, someone that you can pray to but never see or hear from experientially? Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that God is always going to answer with a lightning bolt or some other dramatic fashion- He can, but maybe not all the time. But what about one time? Have you seen and felt and enjoyed a fellowship with Him that the natural man cannot experience?

Truth is, we need God’s presence daily. We can’t get by without Him. Yet many of us go through life as Christians not fully realizing the Spirit’s power. So what do we do?

First, reassess your dependence on God. Are you truly depending on Him, or are you giving Him lip service while you try to take care of things on your own? God wants you to depend on Him for all things- spend time praying for ways to please Him, including praying for the fruits of the Spirit to be displayed through you to others.

Second, reassess your time with God. How much time are you spending with Him? Does it compare to the time you spend with your TV set? Or the time you spend with your favorite hobby or activity? Does God get the first fruits of your time, or is it just something you tack at the end of the day? Do you seek to take that time with God and make it a time of worship, or intimacy, or is it rushed, routine, or even dry? God wants this fellowship with you, so take the opportunity to spend it with Him.

Third, reexamine your perspective of God in the world. Is He giving you opportunities to join Him at work? Have you been passing the little things up? Have your prayers been self focused or Kingdom focused- are you seeking Him to empower you to please Him or to satisfy your own pleasures? God gives gifts to lift up and glorify His name, and will withhold no good thing to His servants so that they can glorify Him in the process.

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