The reason success can be deceptive is because it tricks us into thinking we need God less.
Though we may never utter or even think those words, the euphoria of success unintentionally leads us to believe we need God less and so in turn we depend on him less. We loosen our standards and let down our guard, but the appropriate response would be to hold fast, keep our guard up, and drive deeper into our relationship with God. Then we can celebrate the success and keep moving forward.
The reason success warrants more vigilance rather than less is this: the greater the success, the more opportunities there are for temptation, self-exaltation, power, influence, and cutting corners. Success in any form requires us to be on high alert. Dependence upon God should be a growing life-long endeavor and success requires more dependence, not less.
Where is your dependence level upon God? Is it deepening and growing, stagnant and stuck, or decreasing and diminishing? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you insight and redouble your commitment to growing in dependence today.
Here are a few things you can do to deepen your dependence upon the Lord:
- Repent for your pride of living as if you don’t need Him and admit you need Him more not less.
- Act like you need Him. What would you do if you were in a desperate situation and had nowhere to turn but God? How would you act? What would your relationship with Him look like? How would your daily habits change?
- Share with a friend and ask them to hold you accountable to some of the habits of dependence you’ve set up.
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