Is Jesus on the Sideline?

Dr. Creflo Dollar

10-10-2013 12-59-24Many of you will spend 20 or even 30 years of your life trying to figure out why something hasn’t worked in your life. You’ve prayed, you’ve fasted, you’ve done everything you know how to make things better, when all along, all you had to do was relinquish “you” and lean on God. How easy is that?
I’m learning that it’s okay that I have weaknesses. When I’m weak, that’s when the strength of God can show up. His divinity is a perfect match for my humanity. Could it be that your weakness is the back door to your strength? Is it possible that failure could be the back door to your success? I know that sounds weird, but not for the Christian who totally depends on God! But what many of us have done is put Jesus on the sideline, and then put ourselves in the game!

Galatians 2:20, AMP, states, “I have been crucified with Christ [in Him I have shared His crucifixion]; it is no longer I who live, but Christ (the Messiah) lives in me; and the life I now live in the body I live by faith in (by adherence to and reliance on and complete trust in) the Son of God, Who loved me and gave Himself up for me.”

How much do you trust the Jesus that’s in you? Your victory flows from Him, from His life. But you keep trying to do better without Him. Why can’t you learn how to live your life dependent on Him? Why is that so hard? Why are you afraid to trust the God in you? You’ve been washed in the liquid of religion, and you’re convinced that it requires your effort in order to make things happen. Religion has inundated your thinking with, “Jesus needs me to do something first. After all, God helps those who help themselves.” Excuse me, but God didn’t say that—Benjamin Franklin said that!

You have to learn how to live from the life of Christ that is on the inside of you, everyday—not just when you get in trouble. Don’t wait until something is so overwhelming that you have no choice but to turn to God. You’ll have some success from the things that you do. But if you are to condition and discipline yourself in anything that you do, discipline yourself to depend on the life of God that is on the inside of you. Second Peter 1:4 declares, “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature.” You’re partakers of Christ’s divine nature, so partake!

Anything that causes you worry is an opportunity to lean on and trust in God. Fall in love with some of the situations where you feel like your back is against the wall; they’re an opportunity to let Jesus show you what He can do! Many of you have issues, and you’re saying, “I don’t know what to do.” The answer is the life that you carry with you! Put Jesus in the game! He’s got plays that you don’t know about! Get real about your relationship with Jesus. In whatever circumstance you’re in, choose to trust Him! Pray this prayer out loud:

“Lord, I only have life because You gave me Your life. Lord, I want to live from Your life. I don’t ever want to step in front of You and say, ‘I know how to do this, so I don’t need You, Jesus.’ Lord, my life is supposed to be lived through You. It’s not my life! It’s not my will! It’s all You! I purpose to walk and develop in a place where I’m totally dependent on You, Lord. Amen.”
“Because I live, ye shall live also” (John 14:19).

God is trying to get you to a place where you’re totally dependent on His life and not your own. I hammer this truth home in my liberating teaching series Resting in Jesus. Your life has been nailed to the cross! You are hidden in Christ! You now possess Christ’s life, which is eternal life. Receive this enlightening ministry tool and discover how to live a life of total rest and dependence on the life of God in you!