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Forever Dependent

Dependence on God Humility Gratitude

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2021-03-28

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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ILLUSTRATION

There is perhaps no greater picture of total dependence than that of an infant rooting for its mother’s milk. The toddler may insist on holding a cup of milk by himself, but he is just as dependent on his parents to provide it.  And the dairy farmer, who owns the cows that produce the milk, is just as dependent on his Creator to provide the straw needed to feed his cows.

APPLICATION

At some point in our growth and development, most of us begin to think that we have arrived at a point of independence.  We make the mistake of thinking that by taking on more responsibility, we have become independent.   

But we never have, nor will we ever, create our own necessary food, or the universe in which it is cultivated, or the people who grow it, or the teeth that crush it, or the saliva the begins to break it down, or the stomach that digests it, or the biological system that delivers it to the individual cells of the body.  

At the height of our abilities, we only ever play a minuscule role in providing for ourselves.  But that doesn't stop us from looking at our successes and thinking, "I've got this."  

The truth of the matter is that we don't have this, but God does have us. Let a stroke take that tiny part of our independence away and we very quickly come to the realization of just how totally dependent on God we really are.

The point is God has a purpose not just for the provisions He provides but even for the trials that seem to set us back.  Blind and arrogant as we are to our total dependence on God, we often need His help to see the truth.  Sometimes that help comes in the form of helplessness.

"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me" (2 Corinthians 12:9). 

My Contribution

Humility Success Quotes Praise

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Contributed By: Thomas Bevers | Date Posted: 2019-10-16

Scripture: Philippians 4:13

Author: Thomas Bevers
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ILLUSTRATION

(Said by Stacey King, after Michael Jordan scored a career-high 69 points and Stacey King scored 1 point against the Cavaliers.)

 

APPLICATION

We can go two ways with this quote. There are times we think way too much of ourselves and we claim more credit than we deserve.

But there are other times when we remember whose team we are on. If I ever played basketball, it would make all the difference being on Michael Jordon's team; if football, Tom Brady's team, if baseball, Ty Cobb's team. 

Since we have believed, you and I have been on Jesus' team.  As such, we must humbly remember to give Him the credit for any good that takes place in our lives. 

"I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing" (John 15:5). 

What Job Knew

Humility Trust (In God) Suffering

Contributed By: Corey Sawyers | Date Posted: 2018-09-08

Scripture: Job 19:25 ; Job 40:1

Author: Corey Sawyers
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ILLUSTRATION

One way to study the Bible is by marking the keywords of a book. Take a keyword and follow it through to see how it is used in the text.  In the book of Job, "know" is such a word. It is used often, 87 times, in fact. However, what is most interesting in the book is how it is used.

APPLICATION

When tragedy strikes, a conversation begins between Job and his friends in which what they "know" (or think they know) is very much at the forefront. Job will argue that he doesn't know why this is happening because he has done no wrong. His three friends contend that they know Job must have committed some great sin. All the evidence they think they need to see is in Job's circumstances. 

Job answers that indeed he does not know what he has done. Still, he does know one crucial fact; that God is in control (see 19:25; 31:6, et al.).

After several rounds, a fourth friend (Elihu) stands up. He has heard enough. He rebukes these four old men for running their mouths and not doing what is right (32:6-7). This young man just knows he has it all figured out (32:10, 17; 33:3; 36:4, et al.).

Then God speaks. Rather than answer Job or his friends, God challenges them. If they know so much, let them give some knowledge to the Lord God (38:2-5, 12, 18, 21, 33; 39:1-2; 40:6). In 40:1-6, Job answers the Lord. He says, "I know nothing but You. You teach me."

So, from the book of Job, what can we know?

That we do not know why any particular person is suffering.

That we can make the suffering worse for someone when we presume to know.

That the only thing we need to know when it comes to suffering is the One in control.

I may not know what tomorrow may bring. I may never know why I endure certain things. All I need to know is the Lord God. He knows all, is all-powerful, and cares for each of us. 

The Man Who Is Willing To Serve Unnoticed

Calling Spiritual Gifts Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2017-05-26

Scripture: Matthew 23:11

Author: Illustration Exchange
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A Pencil In God's Hand

Witness Humility Stewardship

Contributed By: Mitchell Dillon | Date Posted: 2017-05-03

Scripture: John 3:30

Author: Mother Teresa
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What Stan Lee Did For Superheroes

Weakness Power Humility

Contributed By: Da Al | Date Posted: 2017-03-17

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:10

Author: Alex Hodgson / Illustration Exchange
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What's Your Biggest Weakness?

Weakness Salvation Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-10-14

Scripture: 1 John 1:8 ; 1 John 1:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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God's Paralympics

Humility Weakness God's Power

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2016-09-22

Scripture: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Author: Illustration Exchange
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Listening For Mosquito Tones

Humility Listening Hearing God's Voice

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-18

Scripture: Matthew 18:2

Author: Doug Newton
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The Principle of The Shrew

Boasting Self-absorbed Humility

Contributed By: Illustration Exchange | Date Posted: 2015-11-14

Scripture: 1 Samuel 2:3

Author: Illustration Exchange
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