Issue: I am a very independent person and I find it really hard to rely on God the way the Bible shows us too. How can I change that?
Insight: I continually struggle with that. I am also an independent person and I find that many times I try to do things on my own without God's help. The result is not pleasant. I am usually worn out, defeated, and worst of all I end up feeling guilty about not asking God to help me right from the start.
God is our strength and our shield. If we are in the midst of a battle for our lives and we toss our shield down we are leaving ourselves vulnerable to all of the attacks our enemy has coming our way, however if we keep hold of our shield and allow it to protect us, we will be able to push back the enemy and gain the ground of our lives back. God truly is our shield and he wants more than anything to protect us from the fiery darts of the enemy but it is our choice to hold onto the shield or put it down and fight on our own. The problem is many of us expect that we start the battle on our own and when we need it the shield will just leap into our hands, God does not work that way. Our free will is what keeps the shield on the ground until we choose to pick it up.
Remember, the enemy is always looking for a way to defeat us. He will wait for the moment that we put the shield down, because he knows he will be more successful if we are weak and vulnerable than if we are strong and defended. I am sure some of you are wondering what battle I am talking about and what enemy I am referring to. The enemy is Satan, and the battle is a spiritual one that rages on every day. As a Christian it is my desire to follow Christ and to live according to His purposes for my life. Satan is our enemy and he wants nothing more than to draw us away from God. The best way for you to start relying on God is by looking at your life and seeing which works better you doing everything on your own or with God's help. When you realize that on your own you end up wounded, weak and defeated; and you see that with God you are protected, strong and triumphant, you will then find the choice easier each time.
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