Declaration of Dependence

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I looked at the Beatitudes recently and was struck by how counter they are to our own American “Declaration of Independence.”  As a result, might few want to hear this word: Our inalienable rights endowed us by our Creator and protected by our government – life, liberty, and our pursuit of happiness – do not necessarily coincide with the declaration of dependence on Christ in the beatitudes. I have never heard anyone say that before, but there it is in all its glory.

Declaration of Dependence vs. Independence

Declaration of Dependence vs. Independence
This kind of leans back into my entitlement posts, doesn’t it? Many hear the words “pursuit of happiness” as “our right to experience happiness.” Well, this is just a recipe for destruction. God has endowed me with the right of free will, but not the life I demand, the liberty I insist upon, and the happiness I expect. But wait—isn’t that my American RIGHT?! Not so much.

Demanding a right to happiness sets me up for serious hurt and deep disappointment. Though I may pursue it, God doesn’t guarantee happiness. And even if I do achieve the American dream, God doesn’t assure my true satisfaction in it.

Beatitudes: Declaration of Dependence on Christ

Beatitudes declaration of dependence on Christ
Now let’s look at the declaration of Christ.

Blessed are . . .

  • …the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (5:3).
  • …those who mourn: for they will be comforted (5:4).
  • …the meek: for they will inherit the earth (5:5).
  • …those who hunger and thirst for righteousness: for they will be satisfied (5:6).
  • …the merciful: for they will be shown mercy (5:7).
  • …the pure in heart: for they will see God (5:8).
  • …the peacemakers: for they will be called children of God (5:9).
  • …those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (5:10).
  • Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

You see, we are driven by happiness but satisfaction is our need. Reward motivates us, and that’s by God’s design. But there’s a catch: the Lord lays out my life and determines my circumstances. Since I am His child, God decides what my life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness looks like. And further, only living in His choices satisfies me!

The Declaration of Dependence is In-Dependence

Imagine if our founding fathers wrote a Declaration of In-Dependence like this:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights, that among these are the right to poorness of spirit, to being meek, to hungering and thirsting after Righteousness; the right to be merciful, pure-hearted, and to be a peacemaker who is persecuted for Righteousness; you have the right to be insulted, persecuted and falsely accused, and ultimately, you have the right to rejoice to live God’s dream.

God isn’t obligated to uphold my assumed rights of happiness. In fact, His passionate pursuit is for the rights of His SON—for His Life, His Liberty, and His Pursuit of His Bride. My declaration of dependence supports His right to be my Life, to be my Rights and bring in His Kingdom. So it is there I will find true contentment and lasting satisfaction.

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Ulrike

Hi, John, thank you for sharing your impressions. We have before us the laws of the kingdom of heaven, but they are not like wordly laws imposed upon us by an authority. The King Himself has constantly lived them, fulfilled them, and they show us His own nature. Jesus describes Himself as gentle and lowly in heart, and that He of Himself could do nothing(John,5,30). Once He, through the Holy Spirit starts living in us, He will do everything to work out this His own nature of dependence on the Father in us- until we have to admit: Without You,… Read more »

Bless you Ulrike! The blessing of weakness, huh?! Thanks for your comment!

Wanda

Wow! That is sure an eye-opener. I get so tired of all the TV commercials and announcements that we are “entitled”. I tell my husband, ” We are ‘entitled’ to nothing. We ‘deserve’ nothing except judgment. Thank you for this post. Love to all.

Entitlement is such a counterfeit to the reality that I have everything I need in Him. Love you Wanda!

jim

LOVE THIS!!!
Thanks for hearing and sharing!!!

You’re so welcome, miss ya Jim. Love you man!

Sue

John, I am ‘happy’ and rejoicing over your posts’ I can’t say I didn’t know the truth, for you have plainly shown what the Lord God’s standard is for His Son and His bride. This scripture came to me as I pondered your writings: James 1:2 Count if all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that testing of your faith produces patience. The Lord knows exactly what I need and provides the path for me to follow
May HE bless your obedience and sharing your path with the sheep!!!!

Thank you Sue! All our tests prove to us we need Him utterly and reveals our dependence as well as being such a wonderful invitation for His Life to come in and shine. I bless your dependence Sue and His Life expressing itself for and through you.

Roman Ropp

As Creator, the Potter has the authority to do with His pots whatever He chooses. As Sovereign, He has the right to do whatever He decides with His entire creation. In fact, He’s the only one with this right. As the Potter, all rights are exclusive to Him. – See more at: http://www.constitutionmythbusters.org/rights-mans-sacrilegious-claim-to-divinity/#sthash.7LSpiflq.dpuf

Christy

Yes — love this. Thank you!

Rosalinda

I am trying to sign this but I can’t get on the right page. Can you send me infor. on this. I am ready to sign. Thank you, Rosalinda Bolla’

There’s nowhere to official sign this declaration but your comment is sufficient for me. And I believe God hears the intention of your heart too. Thank you for commenting Rosalinda!

Rosalinda you made me smile. I love it!

Sandy

These words are GOLD…

Donna McManus

I have a friend who send this site to me because I had shared with her how the Lord had revealed this very same truth about the US Declaration of Independence and how it in no way fits with who we, His body , are called to be. Though we live here, this is not where our true citizenship is nor is it our true home. Thanks for this “one in Spirit” truth.

How cool is that Donna! I believe this is a now word for those called to be His. He probably spoke it to you with passion as well. I hope you will stick around! God bless.

Fabi

I love when I read you and find synchronized with what I´ve been meditating, feel on the way.
Just yesterday I told my husband after I marked my Bible in the mountain sermon in Mathew that a way to keep my motives on the Father, to become a bounty hunter.
Thanks John, where do I sing the new Declaration of Independance?

Tina

Absolutely! The pursuit of the American dream has caused more fear and pain than we can ever know. Children are sacrificed at it’s alter daily! The love of the world takes precedent over the love for God,one’s family and others. It causes people to hide behind facades of success, material goods, and a love of knowledge, all which when the fruit is born is rotten.