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BELL: Rely on God and experience the ultimate victory

As Christians, we must learn to rely on God, to depend on Him to lead us in our decisions and to show us how to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to Him.

However, we humans are taught from an early age to learn how to do things ourselves. We become “do-it-yourself” people and feel we can handle most any situation that arises. I used to think I shouldn’t bother God with things I knew I could do myself. I was independent — or so I thought. When I had a problem, instead of going to the Lord in prayer for guidance and counsel, I attempted to solve it myself.

Many men and women today feel with pride that they are self-made. They have pulled themselves up by their boot straps, prepared and educated and taught themselves how to be successful in all they do. Many have large egos and give credit to no one else, even though they have had help and instruction from others along the way. Some eventually learn to give credit and praise to others for doing a good job and realize the benefits of working with and through others.

When I became a Christian I began to realize how much I had to learn about the Lord. As I studied His holy word over a long period of time, I began to see and experience how He wanted to guide me and help me make good decisions. He taught me that I must learn to depend on Him and seek His counsel before I made a decision.

However, I didn’t always follow in His steps. Once I made a decision in business from a selfish point of view, and although I learned from that experience, it still caused a lot of trouble. If I had just prayed about it or sought the counsel of a Christian friend, I would not have made that mistake.

The Bible says in 1 Peter 5:6-7: “Humble yourselves, (Which means submit to the will of God, even in pain and suffering and without grumbling, complaining or retaliating) therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time. (Exalt means to lift up or place in prominence, to esteem or acclaim.) Casting all your care upon Him, (meaning to cast your burdens, your difficult decisions, upon Him) because He cares about you.”

God loves the Christian and wants to share His great knowledge to solve our problems. This is a wonderful truth. Who wouldn’t want the great and mighty God who knows all the answers to all our problems and needs to provide help and counsel for us?

Verse 8 says: “Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary (enemy) the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion (ready to pounce on us) looking for anyone he can devour.”

Satan is real. He wants to destroy all mankind and to defeat us and cause great grief and trouble among all people. Christians are safe from him because Jesus Christ has already defeated him, although he can still cause us much trouble if we listen to him. Those without Christ are not safe, for if they ignore the gospel and live like the devil wants they will go to hell.

I pray you will rely on God and depend on Him to save and keep you. Amen.