Exodus 9:16 "I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth."



Early July our country celebrates its independence from Great Britain.  This, like many other separations, turned out to be a really good thing for both groups of people.  
But independence or separation does not always end up going well.  Our first parents—Adam and Eve—were tempted by the devil to become independent from God.  The devil “said to the woman, ‘Did God actually say, “You shall not eat of any tree in the garden”?’”  (Genesis 3:1)
Questioning God and his motives has been a common practice in all cultures—even among Christians.  Why can’t we Christians truly believe God that he will do all that he has promised?  
Instead, we doubt God and then we try to find solutions to a problem independently of God.  Our pride sticks out its chest and we march blindly forward concluding that we can do all things outside of God.
When our solutions cause more problems, we stumble and fall.  Why can’t we simply confess our sins to God—acknowledge that we have tried separating ourselves from him—and then receive God’s sweet, lifegiving forgiveness?  Instead of separating ourselves from God, “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call upon him while he is near.”  (Isaiah 55:6)

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Mapleton, IA 51034

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