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Are You Relying on God's Help? 4 Reasons You Should!

Outstretched hand reaching toward the cleft of a rock

Christians definitely have go-to Bible verses that are quoted often, Scriptures that bring with them reminders of God's faithfulness and His unending supply of help for ANY circumstance.  Not that the rest of Scripture doesn't resonate or should have less emphasis, but there are those passages of Scripture that bring with them especial hope and security in the knowledge that we can rely on God's help.

One of those verses comes from Psalm 46...

God is our refuge and strength
a very present help in trouble.
Psalm 46:1

On a day to day basis, do we fully apprehend this Truth.  In fairness, you might look at this verse and feel it applies to a dire emergency, but the reality is, when you get right down to it,  we are all helpless creatures.  We were created to utterly depend on our loving Father.  It brings the Lord great joy to help His children.

I believe there are four reasons why we should rely on God's help

Do Not Rely on Your Own Strength


I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

When Paul was inspired to write these Words, he was an expert, if you will, on what it meant to suffer.

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

Here we see the Apostle Paul encouraging the Philippians that it was God's help that strengthened Him in both the negative situations and the positive situations.  You might say, but why would Paul need God's help when well fed or living in plenty?  Because the fact of the matter is, we may need God's help the most when things are going well for we run the risk of developing a habit of not relying on God, but on our own strength.

It's so interesting that our natural inclination is to rely on our own strength rather than depend on God's help.  We are essentially turning away the stores of help that are freely ours in Christ Jesus.  Why?? ... {and I'm preaching to myself here...}  Especially, when reliance on God is the secret to contentment!  We are a fickle bunch...

Whether in peril, frustration, inconvenience or at a high point in our lives, we should allow God to help us so that His working in our lives is evident to all which brings Glory to God.

Rely on God's Power

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, 
and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem
 and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Acts 1:8

For God gave us a spirit not of fear 
but of power and love and self-control.
2 Timothy 1:7

In both of these passages, we see the promised power that is ours through the Holy Spirit.  Every Believer has been sealed with the Holy Spirit.  His power resides within to help us in ANY situation or circumstance.

But how many of us rely on that power, especially when we need help?  Sadly, in our human frailty, we succumb to fear or doubts about what God can do in and through us for His Kingdom, forgetting the power that is already ours.

Imagine what the church today would accomplish for God's Kingdom if every one of us relied on God's help by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Or imagine the freedom we would  have relying on God's power to accomplish all that He promises.  We would no longer put God's ability to help us in a box, but in full dependence on His power, would trust the outcome to almighty God who holds the universe in His hands.

By depending on the Helper's power, His works will manifest in and through us.

Absolute Dependence on God

I depend on God alone; I put my hope in him.  
He alone protects and saves me; he is my defender, 
and I shall never be defeated.  
My salvation and honor depend on God; 
he is my strong protector; he is my shelter.
Psalm 62:5-7

As Believers we know that our very lives depend on God, but do we act like it?

The reality is, when we don't absolutely depend on God, we are backing away from faith in Him, and putting faith in ourselves instead.

You've heard it said, "Your life may be the only Bible a non-Believer will read".  If we are not depending on God on a day to day basis, we are showing a dying world that although we are professing faith in Him, we are not relying on God for help.

If we are being honest, the Lord has called each one of us to do something big for Him, but because we were focused on our own inability to do what He called us to do, we didn't step out and do it.  {myself included...}  We missed an opportunity to see God show Himself big AND we missed an opportunity to show our big God to others.

No one will ever regret depending on God.  After all, faith is confidence and trust in God to help.  And shouldn't we want help, especially God's!  The best way we show our faithfulness to God is by depending on Him.

"Faith does the impossible because it lets God undertake for us, 
and nothing is impossible for God... 
Prayer throws faith on God and God on the world. 
Only God can move mountains, 
but faith and prayer move God." 
E. M. Bounds

Pray for absolute dependence on God and just wait to see the mountains He will move.

Benefits of Depending on God

When we depend on God for help, whatever that might look like, we will enjoy many blessings...

The Shepherd will supply all our needs. 

The Teacher will show us what it means to rest in total dependence on Him.

The Redeemer will refresh our souls.

The Wonderful Counselor will guide us in all things.

The Father will comfort us.

Jesus will fill us with His peace.


May we all experience the joy that only full dependence on the Lord can bring.

Are you relying on God's help?  These are the reasons you should!


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Comments

  1. These are hugely grounding words, and I am grateful for this reminder of the true source of "refuge and strength."

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    1. Hi Michele, Praise God!

      Amen!

      Thanks so much for stopping by. :-)

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  2. Your life may be the only Bible a non-Believer will read - I’d never heard this before! That’s a really neat perspective!

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    1. Hi Valerie! I know, isn't it! I am currently doing a Bible Study about our identify in Christ and one of the ways Christians are described by the author of this study is to be image bearers of Christ, His ambassadors. It really makes one take stock of how we conduct ourselves in every aspect of our lives.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

      Blessings,

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