On July 4th, 1776 Congress voted on a declaration, a declaration for freedom. America would declare its independence from Great Britain. From that day until this day, we have celebrated that independence, and the many lives that have served this country before us. We all probably know someone, are related to someone, or have a friend that is currently serving this great nation. Today, lift them up in your prayers, and pray for their safety and the chance for them to “Come Home”. When I stopped to think about it, I realized that to have Independence Day, it took a war to finally achieve independence. During war, many spouses, children, loved ones leave their homes and fight for the freedoms of this country. Many of these same people never get the chance to come home. I praise God today for the men and women who have served our country since its founding.
Perhaps you are living in a marriage where a spouse has left home, or maybe they live in the home but have left mentally, or maybe you are the one that needs to “Come Home?” As we remember our country’s independence, maybe you are having a hard time celebrating it because of the “war” that is going on in your personal life.
Today I challenge you to Declare "In-Him-dependence Day” in your life. Make today the day that you stop depending on the earthly and worldly things around you, including your spouse, and totally depend on HIM, Jesus Christ. My “In-Him-Dependence Day” is on October 9th.
I tried to do everything on my own, and tried to portray that I had it all together. Yes, sure, I would tell everyone that I believed in Jesus, but then my world fell apart. It was the world that I built, not the one with a strong foundation with Jesus. During that time I found myself hating myself, hating what I had done, and the problem was that I was thinking horizontally. I was still not thinking vertically.
Recently, I have been studying Joseph, and what a great person to look at when you want to become a person who thinks vertically, toward God. Joseph may have been a little boastful about some dreams he had as a young boy, and may have been spoiled by his father, Jacob, but, he did nothing to deserve the life he would enter at age 17. His brothers sold him into slavery, he was accused of wrongdoing and thrown into prison, where he was forgotten. It took 13 years before Joseph was elevated to the place of leadership in Egypt. Despite his circumstances, Joseph never stopped looking, thinking, and acting vertically. After all of these events, his own brothers who sold him into slavery stood before him in Genesis 45. Joseph had the power to do whatever he wanted. I love the words he spoke...
So then, it was not you who sent me here, BUT GOD. ~ Genesis 45:8 (emphasis added)
What an attitude! The two words, BUT GOD, changes everything. Whatever you are going through on this Independence Day, know that it is all in God’s plan. After your sentences, add the words… "_______________, BUT GOD" and fill in the blank. Rely on Him. Declare your “In-Him-Dependence Day,” mark this day on your calendar and celebrate the freedom of this great nation and the freedom you have in Christ.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. ~ Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus is calling you… "Come Home.”
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