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  • Writer's pictureNathan Carlson

The God-Fearing Declaration of Dependence

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

That all people are equally loved by our Creator and have been endowed with certain undeserved gifts, unmerited favor, and unearned blessings. Romans 12:1-8

That God has graciously given to his children eternal salvation through his Son, Jesus Christ, and this is a gift from Him that we receive, lest we think our earthly merits hold any import. John 3:16, James 1:17, Ephesians 2:8-9

That He has already gifted us with life and liberty and a happiness that need not be pursued but is instilled in us by His Holy Spirit, and that these are holy and sacred to Him. Isaiah 61:1-3

That only His continual presence in our lives through the power of the Holy Spirit leads and directs our daily steps. Psalm 25:12, Proverbs 16:9

That He alone has bestowed on us the ingenuity to create, the ability to lead, and the courage that dispels doubt and propels faith (Joshua 1:9), and the fruit of the Spirit of love, joy, peace, and patience that engenders for us the favor of God and man. Galatians 5:22-23, Luke 2:52

That He has called us first to Himself, then to our families, and then to those who have joined us in our God-ordained, special mission. Matthew 4:19, 28:19-20

That He has gifted us with wisdom and perseverance to prudently steward His calling in our lives with godly excellence validated by our faithfulness not our results. James 3:17

That our true riches are those rewards stored up for us in heaven because of our obedience on earth and only those riches have any lasting value. Matthew 6:19-21

That the wonderful, restful, joyful, and fulfilling pursuit of our calling is itself an act of worship, holy and pleasing in God’s sight (Matthew 11:28-30, John 17:4), and

That the only accolade we truly seek is not from Man but that which we will hear from the one and only true God at our grand homecoming, “Well done, good and faithful servant". Matthew 25:21

Wherefore, with no reservations but with an awesome fear of God, we humbly declare our unfettered dependence upon our loving Heavenly Father, and we mutually pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor to the Creator of life who alone is worthy of all glory and honor. Revelation 14:6-7, Romans 15:13, Jude 24-25

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