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“A Word for this Week” - Pastor Bill Mugnolo
Week of July 6-12, 2020: “Dependence Day” … Matthew 11:25-30 (Zechariah 9:9-12, Romans 7:14-25a),
While there are those today who seek to “cancel out” the name of our recently celebrated July 4th holiday, one church sign that I saw a few days back presented an interesting alteration to it. It proclaimed this past weekend’s holiday as “Dependence Day.”
Truly, every day for the believer in Christ is meant to be “Dependence Day”. From creation itself, we were meant to be in a totally dependent relationship with the Lord who made us. But then we declared our independence from Him as we fell into sin. But through a covenantthat is, a sacred agreementthat He has made through His Son’s blood (Zechariah 9:11), we have been forgiven and put into a new relationship of dependence with Him.
Still, our sinful “independent streak” continually flairs up and interferes with the dependent relationship with God that we are meant to have. Even the Apostle Paula man so dedicated to His Lordsaw this within himself. As he saw his sinful flesh continually thwart his desire to do good, he cried out, “Wretched man that I am, who will save me from this body of death” (Romans 7:24)? Then, he spoke of the one who would do just thatthe one whom he was to depend upon--as he proclaimed, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ, Our Lord” (Romans 7:25a)!
Dependence Day: It is meant to be every day as we are totally dependent upon Our Lord Jesus Christ for both our salvation and for our overcoming sin and death daily. It is He himself who bids us, in our daily struggle, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). May we find our rest as we depend upon the one who has cancelled out our sinful debt through His blood once shed upon the cross for us.
Replace today's negative thoughts with God's eternal truths, guided by the following list passed down to us from an unknown source. This is especially important in dealing with the Coronavirus and all the bad news we are hearing. Keep God's Word close at hand to combat the negative thoughts.
The world says: "Its impossible." God says: "All things are possible." (Luke 18:27)
The world says "I'm too tired." God says: "I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28-30)
The world says: "Nobody really loves me." God says: "I love you." (John 3:16, 34)
The world says: "I can't go on." God says: "My grace is sufficient." (2 Corinthians 12:9; Psalm 91:15)
The world says: "I can't figure things out." God says: "I will direct your steps." (Proverbs 3:5- 6)
The world says: "I can't do it." God says: "You can do all things." (Philippians 4:13)
The world says: "I'm not able." God says: "I am able." (2 Corinthians 9:8)
The world says: "It's not worth it." God says: "It will be worth it." (Roman 8:28)
The world says: "I can't forgive myself." God says: "I forgive you." (1 John 1:9; Romans 8:1)
The world says: "I can't manage." God says: "I will supply all your needs." (Philippians 4:19)
The world says: "I'm afraid." God says: "I have not given you a spirit of fear." (2 Timothy 1:7)
The world says: "I'm always worried and frustrated." God says: "Cast all your cares on Me." (1 Peter 5:7)
The world says: "I'm not smart enough." God says: "I give you wisdom." (1 Corinthians 1:30)
The world says: "I feel all alone." God says: "I will never leave you or forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5)