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Maintaining Dependent Status. True dependency=freedom. The nature of independence. Independence is not, in itself, sinful How we exercise it, and what motivates it, determines its potential for good/evil A child learns to walk A child learns to disobey

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Maintaining dependent status

Maintaining Dependent Status

True dependency=freedom


The nature of independence

The nature of independence

  • Independence is not, in itself, sinful

  • How we exercise it, and what motivates it, determines its potential for good/evil

    • A child learns to walk

    • A child learns to disobey

      Independence: Any act that defies the intentions of God, His created order or His character


How d we get there

How’d we get there?

  • The seed of independence was planted at the fall thru pride

  • It came w/a 2-prong spirit of fear which the enemy uses to keep us independent

    • Fear of losing control

    • Fear of being revealed


Independence freedom

Independence =freedom?

  • It is a lie of the enemy

  • It is in the Western psyche (the “less than” mentality)

  • It can only be broken thru Christ

    • He gave all control over to the will of His Father

    • He became utterly revealed in His death


Where the spirit of lord is there is freedom

Where the Spirit of Lord is, there is freedom

  • 1. We are dependent on HS to bring us into salvation AND lordship

    • Mt 16:16 – “ Who do they say I am?”

    • Jn 20:22 – He breathed on them/salvation & establishes Lordship thru resurrection

    • Titus 3:5 – saves us….thru the H.S.

    • Acts 4:12 – salvation ONLY thru Jesus


Dependency on hs cont d

Dependency on HS cont’d

  • 2. The H.S. teaches us God’s Word for growth, guidance/direction

    • 1 Pet 2:2 – crave the Word

    • Jn 8:31; 16:13 – Know the truth & be set free; guides us into truth/santifies

    • Rom 8:14 – mature sons are led by HS

    • Jn 17:17 – we are “set apart” by truth


Dependency on one another

Dependency on one another

  • 1 Cor 12: 7,11 – gifts are for common good

  • 1 Pet 4:8-11 – we express God’s grace toward one another

  • Rom 12:3-8 – we bring motivation by HS to each other


Dependency on one another cont d

Dependency on one another cont’d…

  • 1 Cor 14:3 – we prophesy to strengthen, encourage and comfort each other

  • 1 Thes 5:14 – maintain a code of conduct

  • Rom 8:26-27 – we help each other win the victory thru prayer


The challenge

The Challenge…

  • Who’s directing the work of your hands and the desires of your heart?

  • How are you “partnering” with God to achieve Kingdom purposes?

  • Are you advancing God’s Kingdom or your own agenda?


The encouragement

The Encouragement…

  • Gal 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.”

    • Freedom – emphasized by its position in the Greek sentence, meaning freed from the burden/yoke of the law, as in yoke of slavery

  • 2 Tim 1:9 “…who called us with a holy calling…by grace”


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