DECLARATION OF DEPENDENCE UPON GOD (By: Mike Sherman)

The History of the 4th of July. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.
Today, the original copy of the Declaration is housed in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and July 4 has been designated a national holiday to commemorate the day the United States laid down its claim to be a free and independent nation.
Tomorrow is the day we celebrate the 4th of July holiday which is unique to the United States of America. We celebrate our “declaration of independence” from Britain which presupposes we were dependent upon them at the time the declaration was made. The motivation to do so was in large part due to the oppressive taxes on imports and exports as well as “big brother” wanting to determine our young nation’s destiny. The decision to declare our independence was a very difficult one because there was also the down side. Our young nation would give up the support and protection provided by Britain as well as many of the imports we enjoyed and became accustomed to.
Whether we’re willing to declare it or not, the fact is, we are dependent upon our God and creator! The sooner we humble ourselves and “declare our dependency” upon Him the better off we’ll be. We’re dependent upon Him for:
1) Guidance & Direction- Psalms 23:1-4 A psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (2) He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, (3) he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. (4) Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
2) Guardian & Protector- without God’s guidance and direction we are like straying sheep vulnerable to the “roaring lion” (Satan) seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 2:24-25 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” (25) For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
3) Physical & Spiritual Nourishment- Matthew 6:31-34 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (32) For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. (33) But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. After Jesus miraculously satisfied the physical hunger of more than 5,000 people he tried get them to understand that only he could satisfy their spiritual hunger as well.
John 6:32-35 Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. (33) For the bread of God is the bread that comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” (34) “Sir,” they said, “always give us this bread.” (35) Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
Let us use this time of celebrating our country’s “declaration of independence” to proudly ” declare our dependency” upon our Great God and Father in heaven.

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