Wednesday Morning, July 4th, 2012

Location: Heifer Farm, Rutland, MA

Offered by: Will Dozier and Sarah Falkovic
Prayer Partners: Mitch Dozier and Marsha Beylund

Scripture:

Proverbs 13:20 "Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm."
Proverbs 11:14 "Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety."
Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.
Proverbs 16:28 "A perverse person stirs up conflict, and a gossip separates close friends."

Reflection:
Well, today is the 4th of July, otherwise known as Independence Day, so I wanted to speak about something that would link to god.  I decided to explain about the opposite: dependence.  We won our independence from the British. We came to America so we could depend on our own religious ideas, so we could be dependent on ourselves.  Our belief took us here.  So we couldn’t have hoped to get here with out god, so in a way we became independent by depending.  This is a statement I found from the preacher Charles Spurgeon.
"The way of reaching this state of justification is not by tears, nor prayers, nor humblings, nor working, nor Bible-reading, nor church-going, nor chapel-going, nor sacraments, nor priestly absolution, but by faith, which faith is a simple and utter dependence and believing in the faithfulness of God, a dependence upon the promise of God, because it is God’s promise, and is worthy of dependence. It is reliance with all our might upon what God has said. (Charles Spurgeon, Sermon No. 3392, Delivered on April 28th, 1867)"
This basically states that we reach resolution when we believe in god.  That when we believe in God, problems that were once difficult you can now solve. Now, here is something to think about.  (You don’t have to say it out loud).  How has both your dependence in God and your personal freedom shaped your daily life.  2 good examples would be going to church, and not caving into peer pressure.  Think about this all day today.