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                             INDEPENDENCE                                  

Good morning and blessings to all on this our Independence Day celebration. As I was praying about
the message the word independence rang loud in my ears. Three questions I kept hearing: 1) What
does independence really mean in its depth and simplicity and 2) Why do we set aside a day to
celebrate America’s independence, and 3) what does it really stand for? Below is what I heard.

You may be asking yourselves, ‘Why do we celebrate the 4th of July, America’s Independence
Day’? Let me begin with a little history on the date chosen. The 4th of July was not picked because
the Continental Congress decided it on that day; neither was it chosen because Thomas Jefferson
drew the first draft of the Declaration or the day we officially broke away from Great Britain. July
4th was the date most remembered because it was the date the Continental Congress approved the
final draft of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. We celebrate the birth of
America and call it Independence Day. Let us now dig deeper into the meaning of our
‘independence’ by defining what it means:

From Dictionary.com independence means: The state or quality of being free from the control,
influence, support, aid, or the like of others; not being influenced or controlled by others in matters
of opinion, conduct, etc.; thinking or acting for one’s self.

You might find yourself going back again and again to the definition of ‘independence’ as we study
this together. Here is a little more history about our country for greater understanding of who we
are and why we are.

In the 1500’s England broke away from the Roman Catholic Church and created a new church called
The Church of England; those who opposed to this church were powerfully persecuted. This was a
high motivation for many to leave England so they could worship God freely; their way without fear
of persecution or retribution.

Though there were other reasons for coming to America, hope for a better economy and better
wages, but in all my reading religious freedom was the igniting force. So America is born beginning
with the thirteen colonies in the east but eventually many moved further and further west. Now
America consists of fifty states each having their own state governing body and a Federal
Government who is the watchful eye over all.

Excerpt from 409 US 418 – Find Law I Cases and Codes: “All citizens of the United States shall have
the same right, in every State and …. The {409 U.S. 418, 430} Federal Government to keep a
watchful eye over police conduct.

Since I was a young girl I would hear stories how families from all around the world would do
whatever it took to come to America; America the land of the free and the brave. I can hear them
say, ‘if we can only get to America we will be free from fear and become prosperous. Our children
will be able to grow and educate themselves without fear of tyranny, corruption or oppression. They
would be able to flourish mentally, physically and spiritually.
(Excerpt from my book America My Beacon Again Will Stand.)

So again, what was the igniting force to leave England? You are right; to be able to worship God
their way. So America was born IN GOD WE TRUST and IN CHRIST WE BELI
EVE. I believe this is
God’s country with a capital ‘C’. You ask why? Well I’m glad you asked.  I want us all to see the
uniqueness of North America and why I believe it is so special. As I look around and think about all
the continents of our world; South America, Asia, Europe, Africa, Antarctica, Central America,
Australia, I see a common denominator. All that is in each one is called a country or nation within
the continent. North America is the only one with ‘united states’; not nations within a country but
states united with common goals under one awesome God and His Son Jesus. Another thing that is
special is we have not conceited to the metric system of counting and traveling; we have not joined
the world as a whole; we are uniquely set aside for God’s use. (There are two other countries that
still use this system one in
Africa, Liberia and one is Asia Myanmar (Burma)

Another thing I discovered while studying we, I believe, are the only country who can sustain itself
completely. We have all the resources we need for life and luxury also. From coast to coast we have
vegetation, fruit trees of all kind, oil, coal, silver and gold and beautiful jewels of every kind. We
have many kinds of trees for lumber to build. There are many different kinds of animals for meat.
We have some of the smartest scientist and some of the greatest technology in the world. Our
resources run from shore to shore, sea to sea; and God has sent people to this beautiful country with
every kind of talent to build, plant, invent, etc. Beautiful landscapes, forest, rivers, streams, etc. in
the world. America was born to sustain itself. America is made up of immigrants/people from
countries around the world; people who want a better life. America really doesn’t need other nations
for material things and we don’t have to call on other nations to send us talent we grow it here….
that my friend, makes America very special.  
Now let us say the pledge allegiance to our Flag:

I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it
stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

WOW! What a mouth full. Let’s exam this further together by defining several words and
statements in it:

Allegiance: meaning: Total commitment, faithfulness, devotion to an individual, group or cause.
Liberty: meaning: Being free from bondage, independent, freedom, peace, respect for all people
Justice: meaning: Fairness, honesty, equity, impartiality, morality
Pledge: meaning: A vow, commitment, assurance a solemn promise, bond
Indivisible: meaning: Unable to divide, incapable of dividing, a whole that’s part cannot be divided

Statement: I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States
Statement: to the republic for which it stands
Statement: One nation
Statement: Under God

How powerful those 31 words are! It speaks of unity, standing together for justice and
righteousness; it speaks of freedom and respect for all; being fair, honest, moral and impartial to all
people. It speaks of commitment, independent, freedom and peace; one nation under who? GOD! In
God we Trust and In Christ we believe.


Those two statements are the most powerful words in the whole pledge. That is what makes America
different and greater than any other nation in the world. Faith in the God of America is what our
flag stands for. If you believe freedom means you have the right to trample America’s flag under
your feet or burn it; you are living in the wrong country. Whether the flag we see is tattered and
torn or like new blowing in a gentle breeze we need to respect what she stands for; One nation
‘under’ God! That is what has made her so great. When man forgets this we spiral downward but
when we bow before Him America rises to the top. God has not forgotten America and His promises
are Yes, True and Amen. He has promised America will rise again and be a beacon to the world one
more time; that His glory will shine from coast to coast, north, south, east and west again.
Sometimes when we look around we may get discouraged but look up for He has said America will
unite and that is the key to winning every war. You ask how I know unity is the key? Because our
motto has always been:

United We Stand…Divided we Fall…the Word of God proves this out also:

…”If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided
against itself, that house cannot stand. Mark 11:24-25


Now let us go even deeper into the spiritual aspect of America; the land of the ‘free’ and home of
the ‘brave’. True independence is not having material things many people come to America for,
such as silver and gold, many houses and cars, etc. True independence comes from knowing Father
God and Christ as their personal Savior and dearest Friend. His love will sustain you through the
toughest storms you will face in Life. Things of the earth will disappear but Christ will never leave
you nor forsake you, but will walk before you into battle and guard your back from the enemy of
your soul. He is the reason America stands above all others.

Isaiah 52:12: For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you, and
the God of Israel will be your rear guard.

Psalm 46:1: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 91:1: He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the
Almighty.
II Corinthians 12:9:…”My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength in made perfect in weakness.”

Remember America was born because they wanted freedom to worship God freely and without
reprisal or persecution.  America was born a Christian nation; In God we Trust; in Christ we
believe. True and undefiled freedom comes only from serving the Christ of Calvary; in that it doesn’
t matter where you came from, what color you are or greed you profess. You may ask yourselves,
“Who is this Christ you talk about?” I’m glad you asked; putting is as simply as I can. The God of
America is a God who not only is filled with love for mankind but is LOVE; period. He is Holiness,
righteousness, Master, Creator of everything. His love penetrates everything even going as far as
sending His only Begotten Son to be the supreme sacrifice for all mankind, to whosoever will; for all
have sinned and come short of the glory of God.  now hear what Christ did not just for me and you
but for all mankind:

Jesus Christ, our Hope of glory (…
Christ in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27), left His home in
heaven, was born of a virgin
(…Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
the angel said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Highest will overshadow
you, therefore, also the Hoy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God…Luke 1:34-35),
lived
among us. As a child He suffered childhood mishaps like scraping his knees as He fell walking,
feeling hunger and thirst, just like us. Though He was all man He was all God. He came to show us
the Father’s love; He did nothing nor said anything accept what He saw His Father do and say (…for
I have not spoken on My own authority; but the father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I
should say and what I should speak. And I know that His command is everlasting life.


Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak. John 12:49-50). He healed the
sick, cast out demons, preached the Father’s love and raised the dead. This power He has given to
His church (…when He had called his twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean
spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease. Matthew 10:1).


For that the church leadership of that day wanted to kill Him. But what they didn’t know is His
mission was to die for all mankind (For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son,
that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life…”). He suffered hardship
as we all do, but made the way for us all to escape. He called 12 men to walk beside Him; to learn
and be able to carry on His work; one would betray Him as a friend betrays a brother (And when He
had called His twelve disciples to Him…Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed Him. Matthew 10: 1 & 4).


He felt pain as we do; heartaches and knew trouble and persecution. Last of all He was faulty
accuse, lied about, spit on, mocked and laughed at before the Romans hung Him on a Cross between
two thieves (“…and they will mock Him, and scourge Him, and spit on Him, and kill Him…Mark 10:
34). But not like all other gods of this world, He rose on the third day, as He said He would (And the
third day He will rise again.” Mark 10:34) presented Himself to the Father who accepted Him as the
supreme sacrifice for all mankind. He then returned to earth and showed Himself openly to around
500 people (After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once…I Corinthians 15:6)

before returning to heaven in a cloud of glory to sit at the Father’s right hand to intercede for us
day and night (
…It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of
God, who also  makes intercession for us,…Romans 8:34);
declaring one day to return in like manner
to receive His bride who is watching and waiting for His return (…while they watched, He was taken
up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight…
This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into
heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.” Acts 1:9 & 11).


That was not the end, He asked the Father to send us another comforter the third person of the
Godhead, the Holy Ghost to be not only ‘with’ us but ‘in’ us till He returns for His bride (
“…I will
pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, (Comforter), that He may aide with you
forever…for He dwells with you and will be in you…” John 14:16-17).
What more could we ask of our
God? He gave it all

This subject has been burning in my heart for a long time; I hope you enjoyed it.

 
WORD FROM THE LORD

The churning you hear in Washington DC
Are My angels obeying Me
The chaos is the removal of the deceptive ones
The troublemakers, dividers and bums

I am in the whirlwind from start to finish
Getting rid of the fake and skittish
Sending in warriors I’ve been preparing
The strong, vigilant, the daring

The tower in America the enemy has built
I’m displacing bricks, his plans will wilt
My church praying talking to Me
Hungry for America to be set free

Faith arising crushing satan beneath their feet
Till he crumbles in total complete defeat
Faith increased, spiritual eyes open to see
Christ cleansing coast to coast, sea to sea

Our worship touching God’s heart
America will have a brand new start
Revival breaking out from coast to coast
Praising Father Son and Holy Ghost

Because Your church on bended knee
                                      America will again be set free
To worship the true Lord and King
Creator, Master of everything

From the lowest to the highest in the land
People will shout, “ON CHRIST WE STAND!”
Word in poetry from the Lord to me
                                                         


Blessings to all
Dee Knupp
Partner in Power In Unity Ministries
dee@powerinunity.com