I know I need God, but too often, I act the opposite. I strive to achieve out of my own strength and knowledge instead of relying on God. I pretend to know all the answers and act like everything is under my control instead of acknowledging God as sovereign over all.
What I see as personal strength, God sees as pride. When I rely on myself instead of God, I reject the relationship God intended for us.
God set Himself up as our helper because He knows, our own limited ability will never be enough. He invites us into a personal relationship with Him because He meets the needs no one else can meet.
God wants to demonstrate His love and faithfulness to us, but first, we must get out of His way; we must admit our weaknesses and realize our desperate need for Him.
12 Reasons We Need God
1. He gives eternal life.
Without God, life is temporary. And even our short earthly life is not life at all without God.
“Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.” Ephesians 2:1-2 (NLT)
“The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you—they are full of the Spirit and life.” John 6:63 (NIV)
2. He provides us with everything we need.
God knows all of our needs, and as His beloved children, He looks after us.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 (ESV)
“Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.” Matthew 6:31-32 (ESV)
3. He alone can forgive our sins.
As Romans 3:23 states “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” As sinners, we need the saving forgiveness only God offers.
“For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21
4. He sends Holy Spirit to be our helper.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, God sends the Holy Spirit to teach and guide us.
“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26 (ESV)
“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)” Romans 8:9 (NLT)
5. He gives us the power of His grace.
God’s grace not only covers our sins, but it gives us strength when we are weak, and trains us in God’s ways.
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-9
“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people, training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age,” Titus 2: 11-12
6. He bestows wisdom and guidance upon us.
With God we do not need to rely upon our own limited knowledge, for He gives us wisdom and directs our steps.
“Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” Proverbs 28:26 (NASB)
“The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way;” Psalm 37:23 (ESV)
“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy,” Jude 24 (NASB)
7. He protects us.
God is always present, offering refuge in the storms of life.
“For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:5 (ESV)
8. He makes us a new creation.
With God we can leave our sinful past behind us, and become new in Christ.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (ESV)
“he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit,” Titus 3:5 (ESV)
9. He allows us to partake in His righteousness
We owe all our goodness to God.
“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 (ESV)
10. He fills us with peace.
In a world where stress and anxiety are the norm, we can call on God’s peace to reign within us.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:1
“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
11. He covers us with Mercy
God demonstrates His compassion for us everyday.
“Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.” 1 Peter 2:10
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22-23
12. He frees us from being slaves to sin.
God frees us from the bondage of sin by breaking the strongholds in our lives and bringing us out of the darkness.
“Let it be known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:38-39
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,” Colossians 1:13
As we seek the life God intended, a life as a kingdom citizen, we need to humble ourselves before God and regularly acknowledge our need for Him.