Ozark Christian Living

Family Life & Homemaker's Guide

The Declaration of Dependence

July 4

"... for without ME ye can do nothing."  John 15:5

"The seedling of a dependent spirit is sown in humble soil" 

 

That anyone born in such tight fisted rebellion toward the ultimate of all authority, would dare to declare independence from a lesser, defies audacity!  Man's determination to go it alone is his most heralded trait, and his most damnable!  Freedom from the tyranny of men is blessed indeed; but if independence below is not tethered to dependence above, we enslave ourselves in the chains of our own pride.      

de·pend·ence  (dî-pèn¹dens) noun

    1. The state of being dependent, as for support.  2. Subordination to someone or something   3. The state of being determined, influenced, or controlled by something else.  4. A compulsive or chronic need; an addiction.

"Then answered JESUS and said unto them, verily, verily, I say unto you, The SON can do nothing of HIMSELF, but what HE seeth the FATHER do: for what things soever HE doeth, these also doeth the SON likewise."  Beyond the obvious of these words is a treasure trove of example.  Real dependence is an absolute ineptness on our part and the humility to admit it.  "To HIM be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen."  As GOD incarnate, CHRIST was privy to infinite power and authority; but in deference to HIS FATHER'S will, and our eternal benefit, HE laid aside HIS glory for a season: "And being found in fashion as a man, HE humbled HIMSELF, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."  We deceive ourselves to think that independence and self assertiveness is the path to success.   "If this MAN were not of GOD, HE could do nothing."  The fame of the LORD of glory, was the knowledge of HIS dependence upon HIS FATHER. 

Whether on the personal or national scale, independence apart from dependence is not liberty, but instead, the grossest form of license.  The seedling of a dependent spirit is sown in humble soil; with all declarations arranged in proper order, if they are to be realized.  First, cast yourself in dependent faith upon the finished work of HIS cross; then declare your independence from sin's damning power.  "WHO HIS OWN self bare our sins in HIS OWN body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by WHOSE stripes ye were healed."  Only then am I able to declare with a straight face that: "I can do all things through CHRIST which strengtheneth me."

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of GOD"


For Love of Country
Benjamin Franklin  (1706-1790)
(Governor of Pennsylvania, 1748)
"It is the duty of mankind on all suitable occasions to acknowledge their dependence on the DIVINE BEING ... that ALMIGHTY GOD would mercifully interpose and still the rage of war among the nations ... [and that] HE would take this province under HIS protection ..."

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