John 7:17 ESV
If anyone's will is to do God's will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.
*Today marks our country's freedom and independence. The day when our nation separated itself, and stood on its own two feet. Guess who else gives us that opportunity? Our gracious Father in Heaven. He gives us free will, but the only difference is the fact that we never have independence. How is that? Well, in life you have basically two choices: 1. The choice to completely follow God's guidance, or 2.The choice to be vulnerable to the things of this world. The devil likes to disguise the latter of the two as independence. Sure, if you claim to make your own "luck," decide your own fate, or "do what you gotta do" you are making a choice. However, it is not one that necessarily illustrates independence. Instead, you have just decided to place your life into the hands of evil by removing God's protection through leaving His will, and accept what consequences come from that choice. This is also known as God's permissible will. You are always going to be a child of God, but since you chose to revoke your right to have access to His guidance, you are now open to the elements of going through unnecessary hardships or short-lived successes that you were never suppose to experience in the first place. So when you say you are independent today, truly sit back and think about what that means. Are you independent of the perfect will of God and all the grace and long term prosperity that comes with it, or are you permitting yourself to be used by the enemy to solely serve his agenda and purpose while reeking havoc upon your own wellbeing?