20-The Disciple and His Dependance

Day 20: The Disciple and His Dependence on God

An Intimate Walk with Jesus – A 30 Day Quiet Time Series
Text: Galatians 3:1-3

Assignment: Make a list of the things you asked advice about in the last week.

Lesson to Learn: A Christian must learn to totally depend on God if he is to grow spiritually.

God promises forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit to those who hear and believe the Gospel, repent of their sins and are immersed in the watery grave of baptism (Mark 16:15-16; Acts 2:38). It is impossible to begin the Christian journey without the help of the Holy Spirit, for He “helps us in our weakness” (Romans 8:26a). There is, however, a great temptation to try to do things by our own strength. The challenge that every disciple of Jesus faces is to learn to depend totally on God. His spiritual life will only reach higher levels if he has a humble heart, and allows God to fill him with strength and wisdom. In this lesson, we will examine some areas that a Christian should learn to depend on God more.

1. Galatians 3:1-3 – Paul was upset at the Church at Galatia because they had returned to the Law of Moses as the means to be spiritually perfected. He reminds them that this is impossible. They were born through the Spirit and would have to be perfected through the Spirit! Do you live your life as one who is empowered by God? Do you pray daily for God’s strength to enable you to accomplish His will?

2. Philippians 4:13 – Paul was convinced that he could do anything if God would supply the strength. Nothing is impossible for God! The limiting factor is whether or not we depend on God to give us our strength. God’s wisdom and strength are immeasurable. Do you believe that you can do anything through the strength that God supplies? Does your life reflect this dependence on God?

3. Proverbs 15:22 – One of the areas to measure whether we depend on God or not is in the area of seeking advice. The Bible teaches that when we seek counsel our plans will succeed. Why do we not seek advice more? Often the problem is our pride that prevents us from being humble before a wiser brother or sister and asking for input. Do you seek advice for the plans that you make? Do you feel more than competent to make all decisions for your life? If you do, you are not relying on God.

4. Proverbs 11:14 – Everyone would like to have ‘sure victories’ to venture forth, knowing that you will win. This is only possible if we have advisers who will give us spiritual advice. God assures us that we will win the victory! Are you a person who is known for getting advice? Do people challenge you on your independence?

5. Acts 15:1-21 – A large problem had arisen in the Church when some began to teach that Christians must return to the Law to be saved. Paul, as an apostle, had the authority to deal with this problem. However, they traveled to Jerusalem to seek the wisdom and advice of the apostles and elders there. Paul was not angry because he had to do this, nor was he threatened. He had faith that God’s wisdom would be revealed. When the council makes a decision, it is Paul who carries this message to the Churches. Would you have the same humility as Paul did? Do you get angry if someone questions your decisions?

Relying on God brings peace and tranquility. When a Christian relies on himself for all the strength he needs, he will feel isolated and alone. Seeking wisdom and advice from mature disciples will test the degree of your humility. Victory is assured if we ask other mature Christians for advice.

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