Friday, July 4, 2014

Word of the Day... July 4, 2014....

Is America Independent from God? 
Now therefore, O kings, show discernment;
Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Worship the Lord with reverence
And rejoice with trembling.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way,
For His wrath may soon be kindled.
How blessed are all who take refuge in Him! Psalm 2:10-12

On July 4th, two hundred thirty-eight years ago, Americans declared their independence from England and her King. Unfortunately, such matters are seldom settled by simply signing a piece of paper. England was not pleased with this declaration and went to war. But in the end, America had her desire—she was independent of the English.

But in what sense are people and countries ever independent? It is an enticing idea that a person or a country can independently forge their own destiny,  write their own history. However, this idea is just as deadly as it is enticing. Reality is this: no country is free from the rule of the Great Sovereign of the Universe. Each person owes his next breath, and each country its next day of freedom, to the God of heaven and earth.

Nebuchadnezzar was a powerful king who thought he was in control of his world. God chose to humble him with a small demonstration of his power. Afterwards, the great king said this: 

Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever.

His dominion is an eternal dominion;

his kingdom endures from generation to generation.

All the peoples of the earth

are regarded as nothing.

He does as he pleases

with the powers of heaven

and the peoples of the earth.

No one can hold back his hand

or say to him: “What have you done?”

God does as he pleases with the countries and people of earth. The most secure position anyone can have is to acknowledge that God is the Ruler, the Sovereign, the King of all.  Independence from the rule of God is not an option.

Americans achieved independence from England, but we shall never be free from the dominion of Christ. This is an offensive statement to many. Laws are made that challenge the authority and rule of God. Marriage is redefined by man’s decree and not God’s. It has become unconstitutional for leaders to pray and acknowledge that we owe our lives to the God of the Bible and his Son, Jesus Christ.

The hope for America lies not in the passage of laws and in elections, but in the gospel.  I really enjoyed this devotional from Shepherd’s Press and really felt it was perfect to share on this fourth of July as we celebrate our country’s birth.  I have to say that I am happy that I am dependent on Jesus Christ for every part of my life and I cannot imagine ever wanting to be independent from my Sovereign Lord.  I hope that you all have a Simply Heavenly Fourth of July!!!  God bless you!!! 


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