Are you relying on Jesus today? Below are three ways to find out for sure!
The world is fast-paced and ever-changing. Just when you become familiar with one form of technology or a new set of laws, it all changes again! Even people seem to be unpredictable at times. In a world of uncertainties and unknowns, it can be a challenge to believe that anything is certain, stable, unchanging—reliable.
But we have those exact qualities in Jesus Christ. Some people see Jesus as one whose disposition changes on a whim, one who is unpredictable. But, no! Jesus isn’t hard to figure out—He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Because of this truth, your Covenant contract doesn’t expire, and you don’t have to constantly upgrade to the next version of the Bible to be in the know. It’s always the same. You can rely on it.
Relying on Jesus is far beyond natural feelings—it’s a decision. It’s a decision to rely on Him and only Him, no matter what might come your way. It’s a lifestyle of the most happy and victorious people in the world. And it’s a life worth pursuing.
If you’re wondering if you fall into that category, there’s one way to find out. Here are three ways to know if you’re relying on Jesus.
1. Jesus Is Your Daily Bread
“Give us today our daily bread.” –Matthew 6:11 (NIV)
Food, clothing, house payments, college tuition, a car. Our list of needs can feel so long! Sometimes our thoughts can be consumed by how to acquire what we need and desire—even lying awake at night trying to figure out how to make it happen. How we will make it happen. But that isn’t what God intended.
When one of His disciples said, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1), Jesus responded with what we refer to as the Lord’s Prayer. Within it, He instructs us to make this request: “Give us each day our daily bread” (Luke 11:3, NIV). In other words, this is where you come for your supply. God is your Source.
Everything you’ll ever need or want was provided for you on the Cross. Jesus is your perfect, unending supply. Too often, Christians will say, “God provides,” but don’t live like they believe it. They’ll throw up a casual prayer, and when they don’t see an immediate manifestation, they go about their business trying to get it done themselves. They phone friends, search the internet, calculate monthly payments, plan to cut costs and acquire raises.
The problem? When you rely on alternative sources, you withdraw your faith and pull yourself outside of the supernatural. This is a form of unbelief (Matthew 13:58) and unbelief will put you in a spiritual stalemate.
But when you’re relying on Jesus—not just in word only—you don’t look at other sources to meet your needs. If Jesus is your Source, you don’t look to the government, your job, your credit cards or your relatives. You don’t put your hope in the economy or some government-run program to give you increase. You know better!
If He is your Source—your only Source—you won’t look at the possible, you’ll look at the impossible, and expect it, believe for it and know it will come to pass. If you’re relying on Jesus, trusting in the Lord with all your heart, and not leaning on your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5), nothing will be impossible for you.
That’s because God doesn’t operate on the world’s system—He lives in the supernatural, and that’s where He wants you to live. But you have to take your mind off what the world says to get there.
So, if you’re relying on Jesus, instead of doing what’s “logical” or what the “experts” say, you go to the Source. You’ll speak out with boldness, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19). You’ll launch out into the deep knowing Jesus is coming with you.
If He isn’t your Daily Bread today—your only Source—get in the habit of going to Him for help. Believe you receive when you pray. That’s just simple faith. You can trust Jesus with your life. When you make the kingdom of God your primary focus, you’ll never be without. That’s it in a nutshell. Drive out alternative sources and receive Him. He is your Daily Bread.
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2. Jesus Is Your Rhema
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” –Matthew 4:4 (NKJV)
When you need advice or an opinion about something, who do you call? A friend? A family member? It’s good to have godly counsel (Proverbs 15:22, 11:14), and there are certainly times when it is wise to seek the input of others. But, one thing is sure, the final word should always be God’s Word. Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless, the Lord’s counsel—that will stand” (NKJV).
The counsel of the Lord is His Word. The word used for word in this scripture came from the Greek word rhema, which means “revealed word.” When God reveals something to you through His Word or with instruction spoken directly to your spirit, that is a rhema word—a revelation.
When Jesus is your Rhema, His Word is the final authority in your life. If you’re in the habit of doing what Mama says, no matter what, you’re not relying on Jesus. If the news is dictating whether or not you believe for healing, Jesus is not your Rhema. If you go along with the crowd, you’re missing out on insights only He can provide!
A rhema word will give you information no person on this earth has access to. A rhema word will tell you when to buy and when to sell. It will tell you when to stay and when to move. It will tell you how to build things and even invent things that no one else has ever thought of. It will give you the secret to reaching the heart of your spouse, your children or an unbelieving friend. It will propel you to unprecedented success.
When Jesus is your Rhema—your final Word—you will always stay on the right path, the safe path. What God says in His Word is the only right way. We don’t get a vote in the matter. The world says, “If it feels good to you, it’s right.” But that couldn’t be further from the truth.
So, if people around you—your family or friends—tell you something that contradicts God’s Word, don’t listen to them. Let God have the final word! He is always right.
Of course, people can ignore God’s ways and come up with their own ways if they want, but in the end, they will be disappointed. They will end up sick, sorry and sad. And if they make up their own way to get to heaven, they will end up in hell. God’s way is the only way that works.
The more time you spend with the Lord, the more you’ll find yourself relying on rhema words from the Lord to direct your steps. The more you meditate on the Word, confess the Word and act on the Word, the less counsel you’ll need from others, and the less you’ll question if what you’re doing is right. The Word will be your final authority.
That’s what Jesus did in the Bible. Every time Satan tempted Him, He answered back with the Word of God. In Matthew 4:3, “The tempter came to him and said, ‘If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread’” (NIV). Jesus answered back with rhema, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word [every rhema] that comes from the mouth of God’” (verse 4).
Satan was trying to get Him to have another sustenance, another source other than the Father. So, Jesus didn’t just resist Satan, He resisted operating on another word. That’s what Satan will try to trick you with, too. And he’ll try it again and again.
No matter how many times Satan tried to tempt Him, Jesus didn’t listen. Instead He said, “It is written.” Satan came back at Him again, and Jesus said, “It is written.” In other words, it has been rhema to Me. And what happened? Satan got right out of there and waited for a better time.
You can’t fight someone who is solid on the rhema Word of God. Jesus made God’s Word His source. We must do the same.
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3. Jesus Is Your I AM
“Jesus said to them, ‘Most assuredly I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.’” –John 8:58 (NKJV)
When someone uses the phrase “I am,” they usually fill in the blank at the end. I am a teacher. I am a father. I am a Christian. But, in John 8:58, Jesus ended His description of Himself right there: “I AM.” That’s because He is everything—everything that has been or ever will be.
When you say, “I need healing,” Jesus says, “I AM your healing.”
When you say, “I need money to pay my bills,” Jesus answers back, “I AM your provision.”
When you say, “I’m lonely, sad, or in despair. I need comfort,” He says, “Most assuredly I say to you…I AM your peace and comfort.”
Jesus is the answer to everything you’ll ever need or want. He is your Savior, your Healer, your Deliverer, your Comforter, your Shelter, your Strong Tower, your Provider. Whatever it is you are believing for today or needing in your family or life—healing, finances, peace, joy—you will not find it anywhere but Him. There is no substitute.
When you come before the Lord with great faith, reverential respect, putting Him first place, and yielding to Him in all things—that’s how you know He is your I AM. When He is your first call instead of your last resort, your hope and confidence in the midst of impossibility, your greatest expectation of an outpouring when there isn’t a cloud in the sky (1 Kings 18:41-19:8)…that’s when you know you’re relying on Jesus.
If you aren’t in that place today—there is a sure path to get there. To see Jesus as your I AM, John 15:5 says you must abide in Him: “He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing” (NKJV). When you’re abiding in Him, you are connected to Him—you aren’t trying to do things in your own strength. But abiding in Jesus isn’t something that comes automatically to any believer. It’s a lifestyle that involves discipline and effort.
It takes time spent with Him, growing in His Word and letting the Word grow in you. It takes a revelation of the goodness of God to build a trust that makes it easier for you to put your life in His hands.
In conclusion, when you live in a place where Jesus is your Daily Bread, your Rhema Word, and your I AM in every situation, you can be confident that you are relying on Him. The Christian who fully relies on Jesus is the one who excels in this life—who always seems to be increasing and being promoted by leaps and bounds. It’s what makes a believer unstoppable, unshakable, and ever-increasing in faith and victory. It’s how you are meant to live!
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