There’s a disease spreading rampantly, one infecting the mind, emotions and will of many believers. The symptoms mirror the way many in our society live, allowing this condition to go undetected for long periods of time. Jesus warned us about it. The disease is called self-sufficiency.
Self-sufficiency is a state of mind that originates in lie based beliefs. Jesus warned us: “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing’” (Revelation 3:17). With our words and actions we tell God, “I don’t need you.” We think we are rich – rich in wisdom, rich in strength, rich in love… Yet Jesus tells us we are deceived: “You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
We were created to live in union with God, His Spirit reigning over our spirit; His Spirit influencing our mind, emotions and will. Apart from Him, Jesus said, we can do nothing of eternal value. Self-sufficiency keeps us apart from Him because we trust in and rely on ourselves. We believe we can supply and provide for our every need. We are deceived.
The cure, according to the Great Physician, is to “buy” from Him everything we need. (Revelation 3:18)
The treatment and preventive care are glorious:
“Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with Him and he with Me” (Revelation 3:20).
Jesus heals us as we open the door of our lives to Him. The cry of our heart should be, “Lord, I need you.”
Self-sufficiency is 100% curable. When the prescribed treatment and preventive plan are implemented, the success rate is 100%.
Let’s not allow the disease of being self-sufficient to remain in any area of our lives.
Today, say to the Lord, “I need you. Every hour I need you.”