Questions for you: Who do you rely on when times get tough? Do you rely on yourself or God? Do you head for the phone or do you head for the throne? The answer, which is the most important to you, makes the difference between success and failure.
I remember a time in my life when I put my faith in a man I had a relationship with. He was the man I thought I would marry. He was the man of my dreams so I thought. I put alot of time and effort in that relationship to the expense of God. Yep, that man was my god, my idol, my stupidity, and my ignorance. It was a big mistake and a huge lesson for me for putting my faith in people, places, or things over God. At any rate, it was something that was a defining moment in my life and now I'm stronger, smarter, and faster, because of that setback. And now I have a new respect for Psalm 16:1/2.
Psalm 16:1/2 says, "keep me safe, my God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “you are my Lord; apart from you I have no good thing.” When we lean on Jesus, when we rely on Him, when we put all our faith in Him, we have staying power and we have leverage in God. I don''t know about you, but I can easily answer those questions at this time in my life and say I'm relying on God. Period. End of story. And that has made the difference in my life. I couldn't always say that, now I can for sure. I'm not relying on anybody else in my life -- nobody, because humans are unreliable, because humans are...well human. We're not God, so we're going to fall short, right? I'm going to fall short and the people around me are going to fall short. Yet today I can say it with 100% accuracy and conviction that God has been the only constant in my life who has proven himself over and over again with perfection and precision -- Jesus is it. There is no person who can say that about anybody else 100% of the time. No person. I like what John Maxwell said in his message to Christ Fellowship Church, in his message titled How To Feed Your Faith. He said:
'If fear is stronger than faith, then fear wins out and if faith is stronger, faith wins out. When we feed our faith, we starve our fear. When we feed our faith we can talk to God and tell Him about it, because He knows anyway. People full of faith are thankful for what God has done. Faith enables us to depend upon God of a future, but fear causes us to despair of our future. Fear is the result is being self-dependent and faith is the result of being God-dependent.'