The Virtuous Woman
Depending on God for Everything
How to Depend on God Truth
Welcome to our Christianity Oasis Virtuous Woman study program. This
is our absolutely adorable and faith building ... How to Depend on
God Bible study looking into what it means to be depending on God for
everything. The absolutely BE-YOU-tiful message shared in this how to
depend on God Bible counseling journey will truly bring a Spiritual
essence of peace and hope.
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I'm so excited to be with you today to share more Truth as women
seeking the virtuous life!
If you invest your time into something, you can make it prosper. But
what is the primary reason for the success of something you invest
your time in? Faith. Let's take a look at our verse for today. With
your eyes you see a field, but with your imagination, you see a
vineyard. Take a leap of Faith when the Holy Spirit guides you to.
Most people think that a leap of faith is doing something that has a
moderate risk, hoping that they'll profit for themselves. But, what
actually is a leap of Faith?
It's really about doing something that is so improbable, that failure
is practically certain without God's hand. If your leap of faith is
something that glorifies God, you can bet that His hand will be
helping you. Remember the story about Peter walking on water with the
Lord? What happened as soon as he started to lose faith?
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they
were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered Him and said, Lord, if it be thou,
bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And He said, Come. And when
Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and
beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and
caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little
faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
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How to Depend on God Concerns
You can do whatever you set your mind to, if you have faith. Jesus promised ...
Believe and you shall receive!
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing,
ye shall receive.
Beware of Your Comfort Zone?
Life can be pretty tricky sometimes. Sometimes when you're just
coasting along through life and things are uneventful ... That is,
peaceful, and seemingly secure ... You may feel like you've got it
made. But all too often, as long as things are going well in peoples'
lives, and they feel like they have control, they get very confident,
and forget their need for God.
Depending on God for Everything Experiment ... Let's put that little
theory to the test, shall we? As long as you're in your "comfort
zone" and everything happening in your life is pretty typical, how
close do you stay in communication with God? Okay, now, when there's
a crisis, even a minor one, doesn't your prayer time increase? Isn't
your desire for God's presence more intense at those times? Do you
not only pray harder and longer, but do you also whisper more
mini-messages to Him throughout the day and night? Why? Because you
have Faith that He will intervene to help. If you didn't really
believe He would help, you simply wouldn't pray.
God's purpose was not for us to do it all alone. His purpose was for
us to do things for Him and with Him. As adults, we're taught to be
independent and self sufficient. This "rule" does not apply when
Faith in your Lord is the issue. You must be as a child. Your Father
expects you to depend on Him. He waits and longs for you to ask Him
for His hand to help you.
3 And said, Verily I say unto you,
Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not
enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little
child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.
When you find yourself relying solely on your own strength to
accomplish something, you are denying the power of God to work
through you. That doesn't mean however that you shouldn't have
determination, it means that you trust in His plans and guidance and
2 Corinthians 12:9
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in
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How to Depend on God Today
Yet another great reason to become as that little girl you used to be
... That inner child of God! Because she is not afraid or ashamed to
be weak and lean on her Father. If she had a bad day and the world
seemed to be crumbling down around her ...
- If her teddy bear's eye fell off
- If her best friend called her a brat
- If she got chocolate ice cream on her new dress
- If she fell off her trike and scraped her elbow
- If she lost her lunch money on the way to school
- If some kids were making fun of her on the playground
Do you think for one moment, she would forget to kneel down by the
side of her bed that night and spend some time in the comfort of her
Father's arms? Now let's compare. As an adult, if you have a bad day
- If you lose your car keys
- If you forgot to charge your cell phone
- If you spill coffee on your new blouse on the way to work
- If someone pulls a prank on you at the office
- If your heel breaks off your shoe
- If your credit card gets denied when there's twenty three people
in line behind you at the supermarket
- If your child thinks you're square and doesn't invite you to
their school orientation
Depending on God for Everything Point of Interest ... Do you hit your
knees that night before you go to sleep, just yearning for your
Father's comfort and guidance, or are you more apt to analyze every
little incident on your own and try and come up with solutions to
make your life sail along more smoothly instead of surrendering it to
God? Just something to ponder on about ways of How to Depend on God
The last part of Verse 16:
This verse reminds me of John, Chapter 15.
Jesus the True Vine
1 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh
away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may
bring forth more fruit.
Jesus is the true vine and God is the vineyard owner.
We are the branches. If we don't bear fruit ... In other words, if we
don't glorify God by living virtuously, we are taken away.
Does that seem extreme to you? Think about it. This analogy is
actually a very good thing to reflect on. Jesus didn't compare the
branches of a tree or a shrub or any kind of ornamental plant. The
purpose of the grapevine isn't to be full of leafy vines, it's the
fruit that is important. The Lord didn't create us so that He could
look down upon a bunch of pretty faces every day. He created us to
glorify Him. And if we don't, we're really just taking energy from
the plant. Never forget that we have free will, so it's really our
choice as to whether we bear fruit or not. Maybe an easier way for us
to understand the concept of being taken away is to think of it as a
branch that falls off on its own. Those who fall away are taken away.
Depending on God for Everything Pruning Process ... If we bear some
fruit, God will prune us, or in other words, He will remove whatever
it is that is keeping us from being fruitful in our lives. If this is
happening to you and you don't realize why, you could get very
confused and think you're being punished, but once you realize the
Truth of it, it becomes very clear that God just wants you to be all
you can be ... For Him. The analogy of the grapevine is such a good
one because if you don't prune it very drastically, you'll get a
whole bunch of beautiful leaves, but not many grapes at all.
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4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot
bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye,
except ye abide in me.
5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in
me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing.
If you cut a branch off the vine, it's impossible for it to bear
fruit. Without the Lord, you cannot be fruitful. You must
depend on Him. He is your lifeline, your savior, your betrothed, your
The Lord will not cause great pain in your life when another means
will produce the fruit He wants from you. Neither would you beat your
child with a paddle when ten minutes in time out would be effective
enough. God is not out to get you. He loves you. He guides and
teaches gently and lovingly unless tough love is needed.
Look again at the verse above:
Abide in me, and I in you.
Abide means remain or stay. Jesus is saying, Stay with me. When
you're betrothed to someone, you can't bear to be apart. You become
part of each other, united, as one. Whenever you feel like you're
drifting away from Jesus, just imagine Him whispering to you, Stay
Now, look at how it all ties together and is confirmed:
6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch,
and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire,
and they are burned.
7 If ye abide in me, and my Words abide in you, ye shall
ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit;
so shall ye be my disciples.
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Stay with Jesus and you will bear fruit.
Ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Believe to receive!
When you bear much fruit, you glorify God.
Read God's Word, pray and watch God's increase of the fruit in your
life grow to an abundance you never imagined.
1 Corinthians 2:9
But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have
entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for
them that love Him.
Don't risk losing the opportunity to be fruitful for the Lord. Once
Truth is instilled in your heart, you will learn to recognize the
things that produce good fruit in your life and the things that do
not. People know you by your fruits:
43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit;
neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns
men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart
bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil
treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
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I like that last part: For of the abundance of the heart his mouth
speaketh. What does that mean? It means that whatever is really in
your heart is gonna show up in your deeds. No fooling. Something that
is evil, but tries to be appealing, will be revealed, sooner or
later. You must be watchful to protect your virtue. Things can look
awfully pretty, and be useless, even harmful. Satan would love to
coerce you into eating (and producing) poisonous fruit. He doesn't
just use apples. He knows that everyone is wise to that trick. If you
become aware of bad fruit in your life, remove it. One bad apple will
spoil the whole bushel.
Have you noticed that we've been proving and disproving a lot of old
wives tales and old sayings? That's because a lot of people believe
that they're all true. Don't take it for granted that something is
true just because it is well known. You never know. Always reflect on
it and prove it for Truth.
When wolves come to you in sheep's clothing, don't let them pull the
wool over your eyes. Be alert. Be aware. Be prepared. If you allow
them to lead you astray, you will become fruitless.
18 Now in the morning as He [Jesus] returned into the
city, He hungered.
19 And when He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it,
and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever.
And presently the fig tree withered away.
The Lord is counting on you to be fruitful. Choose things in your
life that will amount to a bowl of fruit brimming with promise for
you and your family. Be faithful and fruitful.
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Have you ever seen an impressionist painting of a bowl of fruit?
Okay, now, have you ever seen a painting of a big bowl of rotting
fruit? Probably not, but the thought of it is pretty disgusting,
isn't it? You know, from your own kitchen, that if there is a bad
potato in the bag, the potatoes around it all have a tendency to
start rotting, and the smell of rotten potatoes is just about as
disgusting as it gets, aside from spoiled chicken ... And spoiled
milk "ranks" right up in there too, huh?
It doesn't take much, like mold and mildew to get things rolling in
the "rot" department. You may have a tomato that has a soft spot, and
you know it's starting the process of decomposition, so what do you
do? Throw the whole thing away because you can't see with the eye
alone if the spoilage has spread inside to the rest of the tomato,
and it just hasn't turned color yet.
Now, what about in life's basket of fruit? If you eat just a little
bit of salmonella is it okay? Won't your stomach detect the slightest
bit? When there is something that is a threat to your virtue, take
the utmost caution, be over protective, and remind yourself that just
a little bit of poison is enough to cause major damage.
Fruit flies. Odor. Stain. Progression. Illness. Ugh!
Depending on God for Everything Warning ... Keep a close eye on
things that can poison your soul and ruin your life and the lives of
your loved ones. Things that are bad have a tendency to grow ...
Fast! The sooner you get rid of them, the sooner you put them out
with the trash, the sooner your bowl of fruit will be fresh and crisp
and healthy and good again!
Back to Faith
Let's get back to the Depending on God for Everything topic. At the
beginning of the program, it was pointed out that many women fail in
the virtue department because they believe that they don't have
enough faith to be consistent in a life of virtue, so they simply
Depending on God for Everything Summary
How to Depend on God Conclusion
If you've heard a little voice say anything similar, that's just the
enemy talking. Faith is a powerful virtue, and throughout history,
faith has carried the most unlikely prospects through to salvation.
Moses thought he wasn't good enough to lead God's people to the
promised land because he wasn't an eloquent speaker, yet can you
think of anyone who could have done a better job? And it was because
of his faith that he endured forty years. That is forty years of
leading 600,000 backsliding, stiff-necked, murmuring people to the
land that God promised them. Love and faith ... They're amazing
virtues that a sincere Christian just can not do without. You can do
miracles too, like Moses did, if you just put your faith in God above
But ... But ... But ... I have such a jaded past.
1 Corinthians 1:26-29
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many
wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to
confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world
to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are
despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to
nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in His presence.
And have you forgotten about the grace of your Heavenly Father, that
surpasses all mercy that an earthly human can perceive?
You can do infinitely more than you know ... With the Holy
Spirit of God working through you!
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works
that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do;
because I go unto my Father.
Reflect on God's
Grace, it can change your whole life ... If you let go and let God.
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There is a force out there that is attempting to overtake us all; it is Satan. There is another force that is protecting us from him; it is the Holy Spirit. It is a battle for souls. This battle is called Spiritual Warfare, and like it or not, you are right in the middle of it.
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