Independence By Prince of Peace Posted July 15, 2014 In Featured, Inspiration, Up Independence2014-07-152014-07-15https://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pop-logo_horizontal_color-e1473696608865.pngPrince of Peace Lutheran Churchhttps://popmn.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/pop-logo_horizontal_color-e1473696608865.png200px200px 0 Independent/Independence (From the American Heritage Dictionary) Politically autonomous; self-governing Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant Not contingent Affiliated with or loyal to no one political party or organization; the independent vote Not dependent on or affiliated with a larger or controlling group, system, or the like; separate Financially self-sufficient; self-supporting Independence from God is a tough way to go through life. Oh, we may think we can do whatever we want, but, the consequences of our own behaviors outside of God are difficult. When we depend on Jesus, our lives are different. He died for your sins and rose to new life. His example is an example for us, for our time, for our situation, for our life. Are you willing to become dependent? (Each day, I choose to be dependent on God because everything I have comes from Him.) Are you willing to give up control? (Each day, I struggle to give up control and let there be less of me so that there can be more of God in me) Are you willing to work for Him in your life? (Each day, I must balance my time with and for God and for my family and friends) Are you willing to do your best work with a purpose? (Each day, I look for purpose in my work both for and away from the church) Are you willing to look around and see Him at work in every nook and cranny of life? (Each day, God reminds me of situations where I can be of service to Him. My challenge is to know when and how to help. Being open to the needs God stirs in my soul!) Should I wait for God to tell me what to do? (Each day, I pray for discernment to know when to act and when to simply watch and wonder as God’s purposes are accomplished through my life and the lives of others. I pray for strength when it is my turn to act. Coincidences or “God moments”? Five years ago, we purchased a picture to hang in the living room above our television set. Now, just a month ago, my in-laws moved into a home six blocks from us. They needed a picture above their fireplace. As it turns out, our picture no longer fit our living room configuration and had been off the wall for some time. Now, that picture fits perfectly above their fireplace and matches the woodwork and dimensions (size) needed. Coincidence or small “God moment”? How many times have you heard or read of a circumstance where someone was saved because four or five different people crossed paths at that very moment? Coincidence or big “God moment”? I have come to believe that there is order in the universe, even though it may seem random to the naked eye. To me, a miraculous rescue would be considered a big “God moment”, but there are smaller ones occurring every day here at Prince of Peace and in the world. God isn’t just out there somewhere in space. He is right next to us in the coffee house, in the grocery store, in our homes, in our work, and wants to be in our hearts. Will you invite Him in? Will you serve him a meal by helping others less fortunate? Will you serve Him by using your time, resources (not just money), and abilities wisely? Recently, Pastor Jeff preached on the subject of meeting people where they are physically, spiritually, and at the “wells of life”. Where are the “wells” for you? Are you willing to watch for God there? Are you willing to show up so God can use you in one of his “God moments”? God gives us “choice”. What will your choice be? Independence or Dependence? Here is the devotion for June 28th (the day I wrote this article) form Living Words for Today, Daily Devotionals from the Living New Testament, a small devotional I received on my confirmation day many, many years ago. No Harmony Don’t be chained to those who do not love the Lord, for what do the people of God have in common with the people of sin? How can light live with darkness? And what harmony can there be between Christ and the devil? How can a Christian be a partner with one who scoffs at his faith? And what connection can there be between God’s temple and an idol temple? For you are God’s temple, the home of the living God, and God has said of you, “I will live in them and walk among them, and I will be their God and they shall be My people.” That is why the Lord has said, “Come away from among them and stay away; touch not their evil things and I will welcome you, and be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughter,” says our Almighty Lord. (II Corinthians 6:14-18) Prince of Peace Recent PostsImagineGod’s EmpathySignsWhat Are You Waiting For?