Be a God-Dependent Woman-Blog by Melanie Newton

Be a God-Dependent Woman

Do you fight any need to be dependent on someone? Does that attitude find its way into your relationship with God? God wants for us women to be God-dependent women—not “independent except for when we need Him.” That is very hard to accept in our culture that continually tells us to be self-sufficient. But the Bible teaches that we, as believers in Christ, should live our lives dependent on God all the time. We are to be God-dependent in our strengths when we are using our gifts and skills and opportunities well. We are to be God-dependent in our weaknesses that drive us to Him for help. And we are to be God-dependent everywhere in between.

The Choice to Be a “God-Dependent Woman”

Paul wrote this in 2 Corinthians,

We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:8-9)

We are to rely on God rather than on ourselves. What does that really mean?

Paul described how he and his companions were experiencing something far beyond their ability to endure. If you ever studied Acts, you realize how tenacious Paul was, how bold he was, how much he endured, and how he even endured beatings and imprisonments with singing. After all that time, why did God still want them to rely on Him rather than what they had learned already?

Here is the definition of rely:

Rely = “to place confident trust in, to depend on.”

God wanted Paul to place confident trust in Him and to live dependently on Him. In fact, confidence in God encourages dependence on Him.

Our God wants the same for us. I call it “Dependent Living” That is not a senior housing option. It is a choice of how to live life with God. We are called to dependent living.

Being a “God-Dependent Woman” Is Counterintuitive to Culture

Being God-dependent all the time is so radically different from what our culture teaches. If you have been reared in western culture, this is contrary to what you have been taught most of your life. From the time we are girls, we have been told that women should not depend on anyone or anything for our success.

I realize that this compensates for poor teaching from the past that looked upon women as weak, unequal to men, and too emotional to be reliable. So, from girlhood, we have been taught to “stand on your own two feet” and “you don’t need anyone to be successful.” Self-reliance is the way to be a strong, effective woman.

As the wise Jedi Yoda says in the Empire Strikes Back movie, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” That might involve turning away from some voices in social media, Netflix, books, and blogs that contribute to the illusion that you are a stronger woman if you are completely self-reliant.

Let me say this, though. I am not equating self-reliance with being responsible. God wants us to be responsible for what we do with our lives, our finances, and our time.

Being a God-Dependent Woman Is Not Being Weak and Passive

So how does this relying on God fit our lives as women today? What does being a God-dependent woman look like?

  • Are we as Christian women supposed to stay like babies not doing anything for ourselves? No! That is not what it means. We are supposed to grow and mature in our thinking and behavior.
  • Are we as Christian women supposed to just lie back and let anything happen to us? No! That is not what it means. The New Testament teaches Christians to be wise and proactive in our dealings with everyone—whether in the church or outside of it—for our own good as well as for the good of others. We can and should depend on God in the pain of relationships as well as when things are going well for us.
  • Are we not supposed to use our skills, talents, advantages, and opportunities to be the best women we can be? No! That is not what it means. God wants us to give back to Him all the skills, talents, advantages, and opportunities He has given to us and use them for His glory. That involves following His leading and guidance. Sometimes, our strength can be our greatest hindrance. We tend to rely on that rather than on God.

So, relying on God means submitting your strengths and your weaknesses to Him for His purposes in your life.

Becoming God-Dependent Is How God Grows His Children

Here is what I figured out several years ago from studying this topic in the Bible.

Human parents raise their children to be less dependent on them and more independent. But God raises His children to be less independent and more dependent on Him. Whatever He brings into our lives that makes us more dependent upon Him is good for us.

Wow! That is so opposite of what we are taught in our culture and rightly so when it comes to parenting. We rejoice when our children get out on their own and can pay for their own housing, food, transportation, and insurance.

Therefore, does God allow things into our lives so that we are forced to live dependently on Him? Yep. He does.

God Gives You More Than You Can Handle

You have likely seen or heard the saying, “God doesn’t give you more than you can handle.” It is often repeated in Hallmark movies. But it is a lie!

Biblically, God gives you more than you can handle so that you will learn to rely on Him more than on yourself. Go back to Paul’s statement in 2 Corinthians.

Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. (2 Corinthians 1:9)

What do we tend to rely upon? Usually, it is our own inner strength. Our life experiences. Our skills and know-how. Our own logic.

Paul had years of experience figuring out how to get out of a messy, painful situation. But after all those years of walking with and serving God, if God wanted Paul to rely on Him rather than on his own figuring out, then you can with confidence be assured that God wants you to rely on Him rather than your own figuring out when you have pain and trouble. It is a given. God gives you more than you can handle on your own so that you will learn to rely on Him more.

What if you believed that God does not give you more than you can handle? Then, something comes along that just wipes you out, that floors you, that takes every resource you have, and the pain is still there. That kind of teaching leads to a sense of failure because you could not handle whatever God gave you. Ask anyone who has a life-long debilitating injury or illness. Ask anyone who has a physically or mentally challenged child. Ask anyone who has seen one job loss after another. Do not add to their pain by making them feel like failures!

God gives everyone—you and me and your neighbor—more than we can handle on our own in order to drive us to Him. To rely on Him. To gain the confidence in Him so that we will depend on Him more. It is one way He transforms us into the aroma of Christ that reaches others as He changes us from the inside out to reflect Christ more than ourselves. There is purpose and reward for enduring life’s challenges in a God-honoring way.

Being a God-Dependent Woman Is the Best Choice

Choosing to be a God-dependent woman is not choosing weakness. It is being stronger and having more influence, success, and satisfaction than you could ever have through your own efforts—as brilliant and self-sufficient as you might be (or think you are) or as weak and ineffective as you think you are or anywhere in between. All of us need to learn how to live dependently on God more than on ourselves. It is the best choice we can make in this wicked culture that keeps putting emphasis on human power—men power or women power. It is only Christ power that matters.

You learn how to become a God-dependent woman as you act in obedience to the Word of God, depend on Jesus Christ for the power to do so, and trust Him with the results. As His child, God transforms your life by teaching you to live dependently on Him in weakness and in strength. This “dependent living” will make you stronger and more effective in life.

To learn more about being a God-dependent woman, do “The God-Dependent Woman” study of 2 Corinthians on or download the eBook from You can also read “The God-Dependent Woman blog series” or listen to the podcasts related to this topic.  

Let Jesus satisfy your heart with confidence that you can depend on Him. Then, live each day as a God-dependent woman!

Related Resources:

The God-Dependent Woman (read online)

The God-Dependent Woman (download)

The God-Dependent Woman podcast series

The Value of Suffering by Sue Bohlin

Melanie Newton is the founder of Joyful Walk Ministries, an online ministry that helps women learn to study the Bible for themselves and grow their Bible-teaching skills to lead others on a joyful walk with Jesus. Melanie has written many Bible study guides (available on and her website) and presented insightful messages to large groups of women. All of her BIble Studies are available as books on Melanie is wife to Ron Newton (“Integrity at Work” ministry), loves to be outside in her garden, and enjoys her yearly fix of boiled crawfish.

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