Dependence Day

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The celebration of Independence Day tomorrow is quite a big deal in the United States. In fact, many countries have a holiday celebrating their independence and freedom from harder times. I love this time of year because it means that I’m usually with family. Right now I’m in Huntsville, Alabama with my entire family getting ready to enjoy a weekend of laughter, games, food and fireworks.

Within the last few decades though, July 4th has taken on a new meaning, one which has hurt our country and our historical reliance on God. America is now a country who not only celebrates our independence as a nation but also our independence as individuals. There no longer is a sense of unity prevalent in our country but a personal freedom to do whatever we want, when we want, without a regard for opinions of others or the law of God. Everyone wants tolerance for their lifestyle but are unwilling to believe that someone else might not see it their way.

What we’re sorely lacking is not a spirit of independence but a mindset of dependence… a new and restored dependence on God. Even many Christians, myself included, have long relied on our own abilities to make it through life instead of depending on God for our sustenance and strength. And that is the role God wants so desperately to portray. He patiently waits for us to sacrifice self and find refuge in him (Psalm 94:22).

Wondering how you’ll persevere?  Depend on God. Doubting your abilities?  Depend on God. Asking why our country is headed away from God?  Know he is still in control. Celebrate “Dependence Day” tomorrow and every day and re-dedicate yourself to God. “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33).

-Joe

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7 thoughts on “Dependence Day

    1. Joe Butler

      Ironically, the idea for this post woke me yesterday morning and I couldn’t sleep until I had written it. I am so thankful for our freedoms in this country but the catch 22 is it causes us to have less dependence on God. As Christianity continues to be marginalized in our government decisions, it’s important to depend more on God and faithfully follow him even if it becomes difficult.

      1. That is awesome how God inspired you to write the post and yes it’s very sad on less people rely on God and more on themselves.

        This has allowed the devil a foot hold in people’s lives to hide the true beauty of relying on God.

        Keep up the great work for Jehovah may you and your family have a blessed 4th

        Mikel,
        Grow – Reach – Seed

  1. ephesians413

    Good points. Our independent nature has been a strength through the years, but lately it has turned into selfishness and a “I don’t need God” attitude. In the past, Americans were independent, but they knew that they owed everything to God. That independent nature has helped us go to the moon and create many new things, but it has gotten us into a heap of trouble both individually and as a nation. We’re going to have to find out the hard way that we are nothing without God. Thanks for some good thoughts.

    1. Joe Butler

      And thank you for your encouraging comments. You know I’m only 39 but in my short life I have seen some drastic changes that make me fearful for the future we are facing. At the same time, I have great confidence and hope in my faith and God’s ability to see us through whatever we face in this lifetime. I just want to continue stoking the church into action so we will be able to affect our world and not fall prey to the sinful influences that are beginning to take control.

      1. ephesians413

        Your post got me thinking about independence and dependence. One really great thing about independence is that it is related to free will. In this country we have the most wonderful opportunity to make choices. A whole lot of people make rotten choices, but from time to time making those rotten choices leads a person to make right choices. I teach students who come from countries where they do not have many choices. When they come here, they often feel lost, left without a foundation. They have no idea how to make a choice. So they get themselves into trouble. Learning from making choices, both good and bad, leads us to a place where no one can take our faith away because we have chosen to continue on that faith path. Step by step, God leads us to a more righteous life. Happy Independence Day!!

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