Independence=Spiritual Barrenness

Proverbs 3:7-8 says, “Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil. It will be health to your flesh, and strength to your bones.” Evil is iniquity or sin. David understood iniquity. Psalm 51 was written after he sinned with Bathsheba. Verse 2 says, “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.”

Verse 5 is a statement about every one who is born. It says, “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity; and in sin my mother conceived me.” We are born with a sin nature because Adam and Eve disregarded God’s word. 

David’s sin with Bathsheba was in direct violation of God’s word. Look at how the Lord described it. 2 Samuel 12:9 says, “Why have you despised the commandment of the Lord, to do evil in His sight?…” Listen to the consequences. Verse 11 says, “…Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house…”

What was the first thing that happened after that? One of his sons, Amnon, raped one of his daughters, Tamar. Then another son, Absalom, killed Amnon. The list goes on and it gets far worse. One adversity after another within his own household. Do you have adversity in your families? You might ask the Lord where you disobeyed His word.

Acting independent of God is the work of our flesh. John 6:63 says that our flesh profits nothing. That means not one thing we do in our own strength has any benefit. In fact, it throws us into spiritual decline rather than growth. What is God’s antidote for one who is spiritually barren? Isaiah 54 was written to Israel. We can make a personal application. It says, “Sing, O barren. You who have not borne! Break forth into singing, and cry aloud…” Our flesh bears no fruit.

When we are spiritually fruitless, we need to go to God’s word. It is like an owner’s manual. We can use it to troubleshoot. Here are some examples. You are feeling depressed. Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” There is the root to the problem and the solution.

Here is another. You are feeling fearful yet there is no danger. 2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” First of all, the fear is not from God. It is a fiery dart lie from the enemy of your soul. The truth is God’s provision for all of His children. Power. Love. Sound mind. A sound mind is disciplined through patterns. We gain understanding of how our thoughts should be through applying God’s word to our lives daily.

We are called into a holy calling. We are equipped through His word. Obedience brings blessings and not cursing. When you have time you might go back and read about that in Deuteronomy 28. Though it was written to Israel, we can apply it to our hearts. 2 Peter 1:3 says that He has given us all things to prosper in our walk with Him. It comes through our relationship with the Lord. He showers the humble with His grace, but He resists the proud who walk in their flesh.

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