Are you Independent or Dependent?

Most struggle through life because they have knowingly or unknowingly chosen independence from God. Independent thoughts, words and actions lead to confusion and loss. Independence unleashes all of the corruption that is in the world. We were not created to live independently from God.

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who remains in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5)

Man was created to live in harmony with God; to think His thoughts, speak His words, do His works and fulfill His purpose in the earth. This is true life and light.

For with You is the fountain of life;
In Your light we see light. (Ps. 36:7-9)

Nothing is more fulfilling than to discover your true identity in Him. When you can see yourself as He sees you, you will experience His joy which is your strength. In Him is the fountain of life and the light that will guide you in this world of corruption.

“I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

Jesus is the Light and the Life that has been given to the world. Dependence on God can only take place if we are dependent on the life of His Word.

“It is the Spirit who gives life. The flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and are life.” (Jn. 6:63)

The longer we choose independence, the more we will struggle.

Barry Bennett

What Motivates You?

 

Every morning we all get out of bed and draw upon strength and energy to make it through the day.  We must choose from where we will draw our strength and energy.  For some, their energy comes from obligation rooted in boredom.  For others, their energy may come from the excitement of new challenges.  How many of us actually face each day drawing from the life of God within us?

 

He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. (Isa. 40:29)

 

If you are a born again believer, you have an infinite supply of God’s grace within.  His grace includes His provision, His strength, His equipping, His wisdom and His vision.  We can choose to face each day by drawing on our own limited strength and resources, or we can stir up the grace of God that is within us, give thanks, speak words of life, and step into all of the possibilities that exist in that day.

 

Realizing how much more potential I had in Christ, versus my very limited future without Him has only made me hungry to be fully given to His purpose in my life.  His resources are continually available to me if I will only choose them.

 

I’ve had days of low energy just like everyone, but now I understand why.  I was facing those days in my own strength, with my own limited vision, and meditating on my own limited resources.  No wonder I dreaded those days.

 

If that sounds like you, it is time to realize that you have a hidden energy source.  The Greater One lives in you!  You don’t have to dread the day.  Choose to trust in the grace of God within you and approach the day as a conqueror, not a victim!

 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.  (Isa. 40:31)

 

Barry Bennett

The Secrets of Abundance

 

God has revealed the secrets of increase and abundance in His Word.  “Seek first the kingdom and things shall be added,” “give and it shall be given unto you,” “be faithful in that which is least,” etc.  God desires our prosperity on every level.

 

Jesus demonstrated 3 keys of abundance when He fed the 4,000 in Mark, chapter 8.

 

So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. They also had a few small fish; and having blessed them, He said to set them also before them.  So they ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets of leftover fragments. (Mark 8:6-8)

 

When reading this one day I felt impressed to spend some time meditating on three key phases of this story.

 

  1. Jesus gave thanks for what He had.Rather than complaining about the obvious lack, He was thankful.  Thankfulness is a prosperous attitude.  Thankfulness is faith in action.  A thankful lifestyle and attitude is the first key in turning a life of lack into a life of abundance.

 

  1. Jesus used/gave what He had.He put His resources to work.  Many never prosper because they hold on tight to what they have.  They see what they have as lack, and they won’t let go of it.  Fear controls them.  When Jesus began giving the bread to His disciples, the multitude was still hungry and the resources were still insufficient.  But that act of using/giving what He had brought the increase.  Everything is seed.  Everything.

 

  1. Jesus blessed what He had.Far too often we are guilty of cursing our lack, cursing our possessions, our boss, our job, our car, our bills, etc.  We must learn the power of blessing.  Words are the most powerful force in existence!  Bless what you have.  Speak life over yourself, your resources and your future.  It is a key to abundance.

 

Abundance is available to you.  The power is within you.

 

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.  (Eph. 3:20)

Barry Bennett

The Most Beautiful Words

 

Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted.  But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isa. 53:4-6)

 

Certainly these are some of the most beautiful words ever written.  The Spirit of God inspired Isaiah and revealed the depth of God’s love for man, a love so profound that it was willing to give His Son (and the Son was willing to give Himself) in order to restore us to our original place in Him.

 

Jesus understood our grief, sickness, pain and trauma.  He understood the devastating power of sin that has created darkness and suffering for humanity.  Not only did He understand, He came to walk among us and demonstrate His love and compassion for the hurting.  But He didn’t come only to see and touch man’s need,  He came to take upon Himself the curse of our separation from God and all its manifestations.  He took the iniquity of every person on earth, every person who would ever be conceived.  He took our physical pain and sicknesses.  He took our depression, sadness and fears.  He took the full weight of every curse of sin.  In fact, He became a curse and He became sin as He hung on the cross.

 

Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (Mt. 11:28)

 

The invitation is for all.  Rest and peace are for all.  Healing is for all.  Deliverance from every trauma and grief is for all.  Jesus did this for you.

 

The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.  (Luke 4:18-19)

 

Take time to let your spirit feed on these verses.  Hear Him speaking.  See Him healing you.  Let Him restore you and give you life, peace and joy.  That is the gospel.

 

Barry Bennett