Speaking the Truth in Love

How can Increase My Dependence Upon God?

“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10). I can begin each day with prayer that includes thanks. 1 can replace the question, “Why has God done this to me?” with, “How has God helped me in the past?” I can count my blessings. 1 can set aside a favorite Bible verse or a favorite group of verses that can serve as points of reflection in my life-in good times as well as bad. I can look for ways to be God’s instrument for good in the lives of others. I can read the Bible daily. I can insure treasure in heaven by directing some of my money to those who are in need. I can reflect on what my life would be without Christ. I can thank God for good health. I can read and practice the “one another” messages of Scripture (e.g., John 13: 34; Ephesians 4:32). I can streamline my life by limiting or eliminating luxuries that encourage me to forget God. I can consider periodic fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). I can ponder the phrase “daily bread” in the model prayer of Jesus (Matthew 6:9ff) and how I should not take for-granted God’s daily provisions. I can remember, reflect on the fact, and remind others (especially my family) that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17). I can be constantly aware of how fragile human life really is (James 4:14). I can remember the fact of Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?” I can stay connected to God’s people. I can end each day with prayer that includes thanks.

Lance Cordle Calvert City church of Christ Calvert City, KY

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