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CELEBRATING OUR INDEPENDENCE

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 by Max Garrett, Walk Minister

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The 4th of July is a time to celebrate our Independence, where we came from, who we are today and were we are headed in the future.  This American Holiday is more than just firecrackers, picnics and games of horse shoes with family and friends. We should take the opportunity to look upon our nation’s history and contemplate what this holiday truly means to each one of us.  For some it will mean freedom to worship as you so choose, for others the ability to work and play at your choosing without the government interfering with it, still others may say it is freedom paid for at a very costly price.  Whatever your reason for celebrating this holiday, take the time to reflect on what it means to us as Christians. 

America was founded by “Pilgrims” seeking a new land to worship God as they saw fit.  This did not happen by accident but under the directing hand of a God who desires our honest attention.  Things could have been so different if men were not willing to lay down families, jobs, property and their lives for the founding of this nation, and the eventual defending of our freedoms still today.  God had some very stern words for the children of Israel as they prepared to enter into their “Promised Land” that just might pay dividends to read once again.  (Deuteronomy 8:1-20 Common English version)

For centuries we have been enjoying the many blessing bestowed upon us from God, we are not wanting for anything really.  We have fine homes to live in, nice cars to drive, and food in our stomachs but most importantly the Freedom to work and earn any of these things.  Let us not forget the “Dependence” we have on our Heavenly Father.  Through Christ, who strengthens me, I can do all things, and because of His blessings I have everything I own.  

A very distinct warning exists for those who forget where they came from (vs10-20).  Our season of prosperity is not our own but comes from God.  We owe, as scripture teaches, everything to the God who loves us in spite of ourselves.  We are so underserving of His blessings yet He keeps pouring them out upon us.  Be aware those days could come to an end as verse 20 plainly spells out. 

So this July 4th season, take a moment and look back at all God has brought you through.  Take the time to share this with your children, family, friends and your life group.  Let us not forget from where our strength and power comes.  Keep God first in our lives so that we may continue to be a blessed nation under God trusting in Him alone.



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