Evaluation of Desperate Dependency – Beth
Yay! You’re back for part 2 of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency! If you need a refresher on the background of the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency and Psalm 119, click here.
DDCommunity challenges you to move beyond the status quo to evaluate your relationship with God and His Word. Prayerfully process through the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency 2 as you take inventory of your spiritual maturity. Remember, this exercise is not designed to create a monument to your success or failure as a Christian. Rather, allow it to serve as a compass that establishes a “true north” so you may align your path to arrive at the ultimate destination of Christlikeness.
Let’s consider the Beth section of Psalm 119.
9 How can a young person stay pure?
By obeying your word.
10 I have tried hard to find you—
don’t let me wander from your commands.
11 I have hidden your word in my heart,
that I might not sin against you.
12 I praise you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.
13 I have recited aloud
all the regulations you have given us.
14 I have rejoiced in your laws
as much as in riches.
15 I will study your commandments
and reflect on your ways.
16 I will delight in your decrees
and not forget your word. (NLT)
Could You Have Written Psalm 119:9–16?
Are these statements true of you? Mark the verses that currently and consistently (more often than not) describe you. Take your time, and prayerfully consider your status as an individual who is desperately dependent on God.
❏ I stay pure by obeying the word of the Lord.
❏ I have tried hard to find the Lord. I desire to follow the Lord’s commands.
❏ I have hidden the word of the Lord in my heart so that I might not sin against Him.
❏ I praise the Lord and desire to learn His decrees.
❏ I recite aloud the regulations the Lord has given me.
❏ I rejoice in the Lord’s laws as much as I would rejoice in being rich.
❏ I study the Lord’s commandments and reflect on the ways of the Lord.
❏ I delight in the decrees of the Lord and do not forget the word of the Lord.
So, were those statements true of you? Don’t get hung up on counting your fingers and toes to see if you do more often than you don’t! Are you choosing to be desperately dependent on Christ? Or are you choosing to do things your own way?
Another reminder: As you continue to challenge your status quo, you should realize that you are incapable of arriving at the various milestones! In and of yourself you are powerless to accomplish His purposes in your life! It is only through His divine enablement that we can be personally empowered to live as Christ lived and desires us to live. Remember, God has supplied everything that is necessary for life and godliness, but we must allow Him to accomplish His purposes in our lives.
Stay with us as we journey through Psalm 119 to evaluate our desperate dependency. Don’t write this exercise off as something that is a waste of time, but engage in the evaluation to determine where you need to more completely allow Christ to live through you.
Did you get extra credit for the last installment? Here’s another chance! If you are really brave and want to know more about yourself, you might consider asking someone close to you to complete the Evaluation of Desperate Dependency with you in mind. God does place people in our lives to assist us in our growth process. So, ask someone in the body of Christ to offer their perspective on your spiritual maturity.
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May you grow in desperate dependency!
(excerpts from Desperate Dependency by J. Kirk & Melanie D. Lewis)
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