Today is Independence Day for the United States of America. The fourth of July commemorates that day in 1776 when, as a people, we declared our independence from Great Britain. Our forefathers declared the right to “dissolve the political bands which have connected them” to Britain and claimed the right “to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station” to which they were entitled.
Independence from Britain was a great and good thing for the people that became the United States of America. But independence is not a good thing for the people of God. In fact, as God’s people we should make a formal “Declaration of Dependence” on our Creator.
Those of us, who have been born again spiritually, by the power of God in Christ, have no rights. We are not our own, we have been bought with a price (1 Cor 6:20). We have been set free from the bondage of sin and death so we can become slaves of Christ (Romans 6:22).
In fact, according to the Bible, we are totally dependent on God for everything. We can do nothing without Christ (John 15:5), but in Him we have the strength to thrive in every circumstance (Philippians 4:13). Without Him, nothing. With Him, everything.
So why do I still try to do things my way, in my own power and strength? Maybe it’s because I still think too much of myself and too little of Him.
Lord, I declare today “Dependence Day.” Will you help me be totally and utterly dependent on you in everything I say and do?
What about you? Does our culture of independence get in your way of depending completely on God?
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