In the past, I struggled with being self-reliant. I really adopted the independent woman persona, trying to do all things by myself. It was like I had something to prove. I wanted to be seen as an organized, multitasking, well put together superwoman who did not need anyone’s help. It was not until I started studying my Bible, praying, and hearing the Word of God through my Bishop that I realized thatbeing self-reliant is not a Kingdom principle. It took some work in building my faith, but I learned to rely on God way more than I rely on myself. Well, in the last couple of weeks, self-reliance has reared its ungodly head in my life again. So this morning I prayed that God remove this spirit of self-reliance and replace it with remembering to call on Him every day. My ultimate goal is to glorify God with everything that I do, but I cannot glorify God without His guidance. Right after I prayed, the Holy Spirit led me to read John 15 (NLT), specifically focusing on verses 4-5. Jesus says in these verses,
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”
God does not want or expect us to make it on our own. He wants us to remain in Him so that we can produce much fruit. Isn’t this just what we were created for? To produce much fruit in Christ Jesus? But right here, Jesus lays it out plain for us, we cannot produce much fruit without Him, because apart from Him we cannot do anything. I always thought being independent was the most desirable attribute of a woman, but God has definitely changed my viewpoint. I thank Him for that revelation in my life. Trying to be independent would have led me down a lonely road, I probably would have never considered getting married if it wasn’t for that revelation.
The truth is God was helping me even when I was not actively trying to remain on His vine. God does that for all of us. I want you to do me a favor and think back over your life. I mean go all the way back as far back as you can remember. Remember all of the situations that you have been in, that you should not have come out of unscathed or should not have made it out at all. Think of all the things you tried that you knew that you shouldn’t try, but you tried anyway. Think of all the addictive substances you used but thank God that you did not become addicted. Think of the unhealthy relationships that you knew you should have left but you stuck around longer than you should. Think of the people who you hung around that you knew were a bad influence but you let them pressure you into making horrible decisions. And when you recall these memories just start praising and thanking God, because your life could be so much worse than the blessed life you are currently living.
The reason God kept saving us, and continues to save us, is because we have larger purposes to fulfill. God keeps rescuing us despite our free-willed mistakes because He has high expectations of us! He created us for specific purposes that He knows we are capable of executing with His help. God is just waiting on us to ask for His help in accomplishing His perfect plan. So when you get tired of spinning the wheels of independence and self-reliance, call on God. With Jesus Christ interceding on your behalf, God will begin to prepare you to walk in your abundantdestiny.