Independence of Dependence - 1 of 12
July 7, 2019
Most people arrive at the conclusion that in order to be independent they need to have ever greater degrees of control over their own lives. This is the case when it comes to relationships, finances, careers and along with the many categories that make us who we are.
But what about being independent from the endless checklists and compulsory and tedious works/behaviors brought on by religion? What about being independent from the sin that accompanies our fallen nature?
The wages of which is death (Romans 6:23), that ensnares (Hebrews 12:1) and separates us from our Heavenly Father? (Isaiah 59:2)
Surprisingly, the only way to become independent of these burdens is to place one’s full faith and trust in what was accomplished by Jesus Christ at Calvary for the benefit of all humanity and for the glory of our Heavenly Father.
That’s right. Become independent of these things which either bring with them worry (salvation by works) or permanent separation (an unpaid sin debt) by being ever more dependent upon God who has worked out both for each of us personally.
After all, scripture tells us, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NKJV)
That what surrounds us, the visible, was created out of the invisible by the word of God; He revealing Himself by the physical so that we could know the goodness of the One we cannot see; a conclusion arrived at by faith.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the [b]evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, NKJV)
And, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” (Hebrews 11:3, NKJV)
In fact, the invisible became visible when God the Son took on the form of a man and walked among us as Jesus who was/is Messiah. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” (Philippians 2:8, NKJV)
This so we, today, right now, could be independent and free of that which entangles and ensnares us in our fallen nature; independence through dependence.