* God is faithful and you can depend on His Word
This is not an ironclad guarantee that all believers will be delivered from death and starvation. God can (and often does) miraculously deliver his followers from pain and death; although sometimes, for purposes known only to him, he chooses not to. When faced with these harsh realities, we must focus on the wise judgments of God. The writer was pleading for God’s watchful care and protection. In times of crises, we can place our hope in God. (NLT)
Psalm 33:18-19 – But the Lord watches over those who fear him, those who rely on his unfailing love. He rescues them from death and keeps them alive in times of famine.
* Reliable communication you can depend on
In Solomon’s day, a king had to depend on messengers for information about his country. These messengers had to be trust=worthy. Inaccurate information could leak to bloodshed. Reliable communication is still vital. If the message received is different from the message sent, marriages, businesses, and diplomatic relations can all break down. It is important to choose your words well and to avoid reacting until you clearly understand what the other person means. (NLT)
Proverbs 13:17 – An unreliable messenger stumbles into trouble, but a reliable messenger brings healing.
* Depend on your God
If we walk by our own light and reject God’s, we become self-sufficient, and the result of self-sufficiency is torment. When we place confidence in our own intelligence, appearance, or accomplishments instead of in God, we risk torment later when these strengths fade. (NLT)
Isaiah 50:10-11 – Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God. But watch out, you who live in your own light and warm yourselves by your own fires. This is the reward you will receive from me: You will soon lie down in great torment.
* What it means to depend on God
We often depend on our own skills and abilities when life seems easy and only turn to God when we feel unable to help ourselves. But as we realize our own powerlessness without him and our need for his constant help in our lives, we come to depend on him more and more. God is our source of power, and we receive his help by keeping in touch with him. With this attitude of dependence, problems will drive us to God rather than away from him. Learn how to rely on God daily. (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:8-10 – I think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and completely overwhelmed, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we learned not to rely on ourselves, but on God who can raise the dead. And he did deliver us from moral danger. And we are confident that he will continue to deliver us.
* Disciples were to depend on others for support
Why were the disciples instructed to depend on others while they went from town to town preaching the Good News? Their purpose was to blanket Judea with Jesus’ message, and by traveling light they could move quickly. Their dependence on others had other good effects as well: (1) It clearly showed that the Messiah had not come to offer wealth to his followers; (2) it forced the disciples to rely on God’s power and not on their own provision; (3) it involved the villagers and made them more eager to hear the message. This was an excellent approach for the disciples’ short-term mission; it was not intended, however, to be a permanent way of life for them. (NLT)
Luke 9:3-4 – [Jesus said] “Don’t even take along a walking stick,” he instructed them, “nor a traveler’s bag, nor food, nor money. Not even an extra coat. When you enter each village, be a guest in only one home.”
* Dependence on God as a key to prayer
The disciples would often face difficult situations that could be resolved only through prayer. Prayer is the key that unlocks faith in our life. Effective prayer needs both an attitude—complete dependence—and an action—asking. Prayer demonstrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite him to fill us with faith and power. There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seen impossible. (NLT)
Mark 9:29 – Jesus replied, “This kind can be cast out only by prayer.”
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