Giving Birth

John 1:12-13 WEB

But as many as received him, to them he gave the right to become God’s children, to those who believe in his name: [13] who were born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.


Are you trying to give birth to something in your life right now? What goals and dreams are you pursuing? We all have goals. The question is are we striving in our own strength or are we resting in God? (Hebrews 4:11) It’s not hard to see striving. In our own strength, we may try to work too much and our relationships are probably going to suffer as well. On the other hand, we can rest and trust in God.

Resting in God is a spiritual path. Resting enables God to do the work of bringing our dreams alive. When we rest, we do not have to work ourselves into exhaustion or strain our relationships. We may pick up a few hours at our job as God directs, but we don’t have to work 60 or 70 hours a week. Also, we need the support of our family and social groups. But, asking for help occasionally is different from leaning on another person in place of God. (Isaiah 48:2-3)

Depending on the strength of our body or depending on the strength of our relationships should not replace depending on the strength of God. How do you do that? How do you depend on the strength of God? For me, I depend on the strength of God by praying (Eph 3:16), reading the Bible (Rev 3:8), obeying God (Psa 103:20), declaring the truth (2 Cor 6:7), fasting (Acts 13:2), and worshipping (Rom 12:1). These are my personal tools that I use to depend on God. I’m sure there are others but these are the tools I reach for the most.

I use these tools to run to God (Phi 3:13-14). In moments of doubt (Jam 1:6-8), in moments of confusion (1 Cor 14:33), and especially in moments when I feel like I need another person (John 12:43), I run to God. I do believe we all need each other, but we have to have ourselves aligned properly with God if we want God to be the one that births our dreams (Ja 4:16).


Lord Jesus, please forgive me for leaning on my own strength. Please cover me with your grace and teach me to lean wholly on you. In Jesus’ name, I pray, amen.