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Topic: Power (05/10/04)

TITLE: Dependent
By Eric Christopher Jackson


I look over my life and realize I'm not making it on my own. I should have been dead or without hope a long time ago. There have been times when cars barely missed me as I'm crossing the street. Other times, the bills have piled up and I didn't have the money to pay any of them. Spiritually, I have been broken, ready to throw in the towel. I couldn't see myself living a holy life before God. But...here I am...still standing.

The problem with the world, especially with the United States of America, is we think we're doing everything ourselves. We are strong, mighty, and powerful. No matter what the challenge is, we can conquer it...without God.

How many times have you heard people press for separation of church and state? How many times have you heard that the United States has never been a Christian nation? How often are goldly principles put aside because people say you're trying to take away my freedom? No prayer in schools; we are not "one nation under God"; the Ten Commandments are pushed behind closed doors; God did not create us with the universe we live in; and some yearn for gay marriage to be legal while boldly arguing it's a God-given right.

We use "God" while we're trying to get something we want or when devastating tragedy strikes. All of a sudden, God, or "the man up-stairs," exists after all. Very few are sincere about having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Which is why I don't understand our currency. From the penny to the $100 bill you will read, "In God We Trust." Why would a nation that supposedly began not believing in God make sure this statement is printed on every piece of currency that we make? The fact of the matter is, our founding fathers understood that in order to be a successful, prosperous nation, they needed to be under God. Human beings have limits, vulnerabilities, and weaknesses. For us to stand and succeed againt the enemy it will take a power that we just don't have. The Lord didn't make us invincible so we would know that no matter how strong, rich, and intelligent we get...situations will always come up that we can't handle without Him. Otherwise, we will perish from ignorance and pride.

If you haven't noticed...we're not making it very far without God. You look at the news and things are getting worse. Children aren't as safe in schools; thousands have lost their jobs; oil prices are at an all-time high; the war in Iraq, against terrorism...Jesus help us; the stock market is fragile; the costs for medical prescriptions is out of control; very few can look forward to their social security they've worked all their life for; and the sadest thing...people are having serious trouble figuring out the difference between right and wrong.

It's time to give the power and authority over our lives back to God because we are destroying ourselves and everything else He created. Jesus loves you. Peace...

Member Comments
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Angie Ragg05/17/04
I agree whole-heartedly! Thanks for the reminder! God Bless You!
Melanie Kerr 05/18/04
It is hard to be a positive witness for God in such a negative world. I can remember once at a church meeting parying about the then Berlin Wall to come down - it was literally dismantled in the next few weeks. God and prayer can change things.
L.M. Lee05/18/04
Amen. I use to hear the saying "It's all about God." and I thought...God isn't some Egotist that has to have everything revolve around Him. But then through a series of events, I learned...it is all about God. Without Him, nothing exists. He controls everything, especially the bad things we don't understand.
Dian Moore05/18/04
Well written comment on the decay in our society. I agree with all your words, and enjoyed reading them. Thank you.
Marie B. Corso05/19/04
How true!
Deborah Porter 05/22/04
Eric, even though I'm not from the United States, I definitely agreed with all that you wrote. Good message. Deb
B Price05/23/04
a good stand you took, and I agree. Too bad others doesn't feel this way or if they did they would show it.
Praise GOD !
HE is in control!
there was a few typos, but the message was wonderful.
Thanks for writing it.
this should be send in to a newspaper or something where others would see this.