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Independence

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Do you desire independence?

Why?

We often associate freedom with independence

Is independence good or bad?

Independence gives you freedom from and freedom to choose

2 Peter 2:19 NASB95
19 promising them freedom while they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by what a man is overcome, by this he is enslaved.

Independence without moral foundation will self destruct

Galatians 5:1 NKJV
1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
2 Corinthians 3:17 NASB95
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

What does it mean?

INDEPEND´ENCE, n. [in and dependence.]
1. A state of being not dependent; complete exemption from control, or the power of others; as the independence of the Supreme Being.
2. A state in which a person does not rely on others for subsistence; ability to support one’s self.
3. A state of mind in which a person acts without bias or influence from others; exemption from undue influence; self-direction. independence of mind is an important qualification in a judge.

True independence and true freedom is valuable and never cheap

You have to make a Declaration of independence for yourself if you want to be free from sin and addiction in your life

How do we find true independence?

John 8:32 NASB95
32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
James 1:25 NASB95
25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.

How do we live as someone who is truly independent and free?

Psalm 119:44–45 NASB95
44 So I will keep Your law continually, Forever and ever. 45 And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Your precepts.
James 2:12 NASB95
12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty.
Galatians 5:13 NASB95
13 For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Isaiah 61:1 NASB95
1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, Because the Lord has anointed me To bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to captives And freedom to prisoners;
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