How To Depend On Jesus – Easier Said Than Done: Here’s How I Do It
To be honest, during good times, any of us can preach to others about depending on Jesus.
When we are not experiencing hardship, sickness, or financial stress, it can be easy to think we have a dependence on Jesus.
But I recently had the opportunity to be reminded of my own advice.
In this video, I talk about how we can really depend on Jesus. Here’s a summary: My small business was recently sued for copyright infringement.
Though I was not aware we were in violation, it was a valid lawsuit. The suit was for $125000, or we could settle out of court for $10000. Either way, we are small and there was no win for us.
After consulting with our legal counsel, we were advised there was no getting out of this. Moreover, we are in Virginia, and the lawsuit was taking place in California. Not only would I need to travel, but I also need to pay another attorney in California who was experienced in this kind of law.
Between legal fees and the settlement, we were looking at no less than $16,000. All over a $2 image (no kidding).
For the next 3 days, I was stressed out to the max I literally slept about 3 hours each night. It consumed every waking minute of my thoughts. It was awful.
It was then I realized I was not really depending on Jesus. It was then that I had to rediscover what it means to lean on Jesus and MOREOVER, how to do it.
You see, for me, life has been pretty smooth lately. I forgot what trouble felt like. So I said, “okay, I am going to depend on Jesus for this”. Well, I said it, but it didn’t do it. I guess I had forgotten how. And that’s why I am doing this video.
What does it mean to depend on Jesus?
Depending on Jesus is about giving up your rights. For me, it was giving up my right to get out of this lawsuit. It was deciding that no matter what the end result, I was going to trust God.
I hope you’ll watch this video for a full explanation. I think you’ll be glad you did.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar was raised in a church setting where he frequently noticed that many attendees would eventually drift away. The church labeled these individuals as ‘back sliders’ or ‘fake Christians’ just looking for ‘fire insurance’. However, Mike realized the issue was rarely with these individuals but instead with the church’s message itself. The teachings heavily emphasized behavior improvement and one’s flaws, with only a fleeting mention of one’s identity in Christ. It felt as though every sermon was tailored to the church of Corinth, who as we know or committing sins that even unbelievers don’t partake in. This trend was noticeable not just in one denomination, but across Baptist, Catholic, Pentecostal, and many other churches. Upon understanding the true essence of the gospel – that our righteousness comes from Jesus’ actions, not our own – Mike was inspired to liberate believers from lifeless sermons and reconnect them with the genuine teachings of Jesus. He believes that one can nurture a vibrant and growing bond with Jesus, unhindered by rigid religious practices. And thus, “Jesus Without Religion” was born.
It turns out that it is grace that leads to repentance. And if our heart is to get others to walk in the Spirit and live a godly life, then the best approach is not a beat down sermon, but rather to remind other that it is only when we understand our true identity in Christ that we will live it out. Yes, it’s true, if you’re convinced that God thinks you’re a dirty sinner, you will ultimately continue a lifestyle that mirrors that view, but if you truly believe that even on your worst day, you are called holy, sanctified, justified, and will be presented blameless in the end, well, it turns out this is the secret to living out on the outside what has been worked in to the inside.