Habit Of Dependency

God promises to make a way so that none of his children are enslaved to mediocrity. But the ways of God are much different than our perception of how power is brokered and who wins in this life. When God invites us to take his yoke onto our life, he’s proposing that our only hope for peace and strength is a new authority structure. We must come under the leadership of God. And here’s the real challenge for many of God’s children: We claim to love God, but we’re not living in dependence on God. We’re trusting in our own strength and coming up powerless.

The strongest people on this planet are those who recognize and can celebrate their weaknesses. The people who embrace their limitations have the greatest conquests. The people who know they don’t have what it takes and surrender to the God who does are the ones who mark the journey to extraordinary.

Celebrating weakness is counterintuitive and countercultural even in Christian circles. One of the dominant challenges in the church is an independent spirit. God may well be knocking at your heart’s door to let strength back in again. Self-will is deceptive and deadly. We can so often be lulled to spiritual sleep, and we need to be awakened to our deep desperation for God. We can’t pretend that we have the power to live abundantly.

Your life has more capacity than you can imagine. Celebrating our weaknesses is all about us surrendering control to God so he can open up his floodgates. We can be conduits of God’s power in ways that cause us to be amazed. Here’s the reality: Life lived in our strength is like a malfunctioning squirt gun—a whole lot of work and very little water. Living surrendered to God’s strength in us is like an open water main—an abundance of water for us and plenty to share with others. Celebrating your weaknesses won’t land you in a dark hole of despair; it can be a discovery of true strength and amazing power.

Our greatest enemy might not be an evil spirit; it may well be an independent spirit. An independent spirit can live in anyone. You can serve independently, be married independently, work independently, parent independently, and preachers can even preach independently. Almost anything can be done independent of God. But independent living is exhausting, and long-term it produces only weariness and regret.

I suspect you’re humble enough to admit that an independent spirit becomes a weary spirit. I have some good news for you: “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength” (Isaiah 40:29).

Build a habit of celebrating your weaknesses. It may seem odd at first, but tell God how glad you are that you recognize your weaknesses and list all that you see. Never settle for less than God’s best again. It’s liberating and empowering to live in the truth. 

Matthew 11:29; Revelation 3:14–20; Isaiah 40:29