Summary: Co-dependency means anything that aids you in self-destructive behavior. The worst self-destructive behavior is not trusting God!

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No Co-Dependency!

 Many of us have grown up learning to “pull ourselves up by our boot-straps”

 We have been taught that, “God helps those… who help themselves.”

 “When the going gets tough,… the Tough get going.”

 These may sound good, but really are unbiblical and destructive.

 These sayings are “co-dependent” types of doctrine

 Co-dependency means anything that aids you in self-destructive behavior (substances, people, adrenaline, etc.)

 However, The worst self-destructive behavior is not trusting God!

 Even these sayings, though they may sound motivating, responsible and self-sufficient – are actually destructive.

 They are mindsets that foster a lifestyle of not trusting God.

Matt 6:25-34

25 "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

26 "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

27 "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

28 "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin;

29 "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

30 "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, ’What shall we eat?’ or ’What shall we drink?’ or ’What shall we wear?’

 Jesus is not having a 1970s, flower-child, retro- flashback here (It’s all groovy, so, don’t worry - be happy)

 He is trying to get us to see the big picture

 If we really consider God our Father, our Provider, our Shelter, our Healer… then we should never look further than Him to meet our needs

 When we do, then we are not trusting God

 We become co-dependent

 Dependent on something or someone other than God

 We think God doesn’t understand that importance or seriousness of our situation.

32 "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34 "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

 If we will seek Him first, if we will seek His ways, If we will seek His Word - all the other things are added

 Not just our needs but even our wants (our desires)

 We live in a society full of stress, anxiety, and worry

 We live in a society looking for answers, looking for relief, looking for satisfaction (looking for love in all the wrong places)

 God is our all in all – He is the great I AM

 People even try to work out (earn) their salvation

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