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My Declaration of (In)Dependence

 
 

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

 
 
In the course of my life’s events, it became necessary for me to dissolve the emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual bands that connected themselves to me, and to receive the power of Almighty God which He freely offered me.
 

 
I now hold the truths of the Bible to be self-evident, that I am created in the image of God and that He has endowed me with certain inalienable rights. Among these are eternal life, earthly freedom, and the pursuit of Him, which leads to true happiness.
 
 

Such was my suffering, which led me to declare my independence:
 
 
 

For my 33 years, I struggled with whether I was truly saved. I had done all the “right” things in my Christian life—I had always been in church, but that’s all I remember. I had gone through seasons of certainty, where I said, “Yep, I’m good.” To seasons of uncertainty, “I’m not so sure.” Every time, I rationalized it away.
 
In 2009, I admitted I was not 100% certain I was saved. This troubled me more than ever, especially given all the growth and freedom I had experienced the previous five years in recovery. Still, I did not want to continue with this inner restlessness any longer. I wanted to be certain. I wanted to have the assurance and the memory that I had truly accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
 
On that Sunday afternoon, I realized that through all my life struggles, I had come to love God so much that it grieved my heart to even consider the possibility that He could look at me at the end of my days and say, “I don’t know you.” That thought alone was enough for me to take the biggest step in my recovery from codependency. I ignored all the self-criticism in those moments and the “What would people say?” Once and for all, I did it. I prayed to receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior – at the age of 33, with my accountability partner by my side. I am now 100% certain that I will spend eternity with the Lover of my soul.
 
I believe that from the moment I was born to April 5th, 2009, God had been wooing me with his grace – that undeserved favor toward me, a sinner. On that day, I was finally at a place where I had come to love him more than anything. Swallowing my pride and making it official – no matter how foolish it might appear having grown up in the church – was my way of showing Him. The very next Sunday, I was proud and humbled to have my Pastor – Pastor Jay – baptize me as a public profession of my faith.
 

 
Therefore, I, Daphne Tarango, appealing to Almighty God in the name of my Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, declare I am free and absolved from all allegiance to the enemy of my soul. All emotional, mental, physical, social, and spiritual connection between us is totally dissolved. I am a free person, and I pledge my life and my dependence to the One who came to set the captives free—Jesus, the Christ!
 
 

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). 

 
 
Come alongside… Tell us about the moment you declared your independence. What led you to make that decision?
 
 

4 Responses to My Declaration of (In)Dependence

  • Merida Ortiz says:

    Wow! Reading this brought tears to my eyes. Because I never realized until January 15, 2011, that a seed that was planted in me by my Adopted grandparents (Pastor/a Julio & Ana Rosario) was growing. Yes it had to take a tragic lost in my family to bring me close to the Lord, and accept that the only person that was their waiting for me with open arms to heal all my pains and to teach me to forgive those who have hurt me has been God, waiting on me patiently. From the day I accepted the Lord as my only Savior being baptized July 29, 2012. Don’t regret the changes my life has done and keeps making.

    • Daphne says:

      Wow, Merida! It’s amazing how an event can bring us to the cross. Don’t regret your choices. Use them for God’s glory. Help others who are going through similar situations. Your story is not in vain.

      Hugs,
      Daphne

  • Rick Bath says:

    Amen, I’m so happy you have been saved. I was saved back in 1989. I had about one year sober time and decided I was going to get just enough of this God thing to work the program. Well, needless to say God had other plans. Once I started I was hooked into Jesus. I was saved and life has been great. I still have my ups and downs, but I know where to turn to. I’m still sober with over 26 years.

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