In the USA a common greeting today is “Happy Independence Day.” Today we celebrate our freedoms. July 4th is known  as Independence Day, the gaining of independence from British rule 246 years ago. America was planned to be a hope to the world for the glory of God. (Sadly we Americans have failed to share hope or reflect God’s glory, but this is not my focus today.)

Recently our former pastor and valued friend texted, “Happy Dependence Day.” I understood his message. His point related to being dependent on Jesus Christ. Living independently of Christ is not the way to happiness while being dependent on Him is the way to abundant life here on planet Earth and beyond. The “beyond” refers to eternal life in heaven.

There is a heavenly home promised to those who by faith in Christ alone trust Him as Savior and Lord. It means a happy day or joyful life truly is found in living in dependency on Christ.

Pastor Rick’s reminder follows many past reminders such as to abide in Christ. We were privileged for a couple of years to have him as our pastor. He shared truths found in God’s Word, the Holy Bible. His messages and teachings focused on Christ, honored the one true living God, and blessed our hearts… always.

Today I acknowledge my faith in Christ and pray to become more dependent on Him daily. I need His help, strength, and hope to go through trials in this life until He takes me home to perfect peace and rest.

In the meantime I will continue to read God’s Word, abide in Christ, pray without ceasing, and look forward to being home someday. Dependence on Christ gives me hope, and today I will share, “Happy Dependence Day!” with you and pray this is your reality.

“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, the God who is our salvation.” (Psalm 68:19).

“If I should say, ‘My foot has slipped,’ Your lovingkindness, O LORD, will hold me up.” (Psalm 94:18).

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” (Psalm 73:26).

“For I am the LORD your God, Who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’” (Isaiah 41:13).

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit for apart from Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5).

“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

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