How Can Increase My Dependence Upon God?

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“For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).

I can begin each day with prayer that includes thanks.

I can replace the question, “Why has God done this to me?” with, ”How has God helped me in the past?”

I can count my blessings.

I can set aside a favorite Bible verse or a favorite group of verses that can serve as points of reflection in my life—in good times as well as bad. I can look for ways to be God’s instrument for good in the lives of others.

I can read the Bible daily.

I can insure treasure in heaven by directing some of my money to those who are in need.

I can reflect on what my life would be without Christ.

I can thank God for good health.

I can read and practice the “one another” messages of Scripture (e.g., John13: 34; Ephesians 4:32).

I can streamline my life by limiting or eliminating luxuries that encourage me to forget God.

I can consider periodic fasting (Matthew 6:16-18). I can ponder the phrase “daily bread” in the model prayer of Jesus (Matthew 6:9ff) and how I should not take for-granted God’s daily provisions.

I can remember, reflect on the fact, and remind others (especially my family) that every good gift comes from God (James 1:17).

I can be constantly aware of how fragile human life really is (James 4:14).

I can remember the fact of Romans 8:31: “If God is for us, who can be against us?”

I can stay connected to God’s people.

I can end each day with prayer that includes thanks.

Lance Cordle
Calvert City church of Christ
Calvert City, KY

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