My Grace-Full Life

7.29.19 Praise & Prayer Prompt: A Reminder From My Air Conditioner

PRAISE & PRAYER PROMPT ••• There is nothing like a broken air conditioner to remind you that you are not as independent as you think you are.
I am sitting in my living room this morning, under a speeding fan with half the windows in the house open after a restless night of mugginess and heat.
Because in case you haven’t heard, North Carolina is really hot and humid in July.
I’m reminded that there are some things we take for granted until we can’t.
I don’t think much about my air conditioning unit until it stops working, but today—I realize I am deeply dependent on my A/C.
I don’t think much my tires until one is flat.
I don’t think much of my internet until I can’t connect.
These little things remind us that we are very dependent beings.
But that’s how God created us to be…
He made us to be dependent on Him.
Except the problem is, our sin and pride are excellent liars who convince us that we don’t need God.
After all, we all know those who never go to church, never read their Bible, but suddenly become prayer warriors when it comes down to something they want or need.
Unfortunately, I’ve been that person before.
All of us have in some form or another.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.”
When we trust in God—both His way and His plan—we can experience the joy of utter dependence on Him.
We can depend on Him to be our everything.
Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
It’s not about physical wealth or material possessions, but our utter dependence on Him boils down to the salvation offered through the blood of Jesus Christ.
We can’t do life without Jesus.
We may muddy our way through it for a time but our independent ways will fail us eventually.
Only dependence on God will give true and everlasting security.
Today, as you pray, thank God for being the dependable, reliable, and trustworthy God that He is.
Ask the Holy Spirit to remove the self-reliant spirit that deceives you.
Ask Him to give you a spirit that recognizes your complete and total need for Jesus.

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