Independence caused the fall of Adam and Eve. We are born with that spirit of independence and only in God, by His grace, do we walk free from its damaging results.
Independence causes a self-governing, self-determining and self-regulating behavior—seeking to be in control. Thinking we don’t need anyone, we feel free to do whatever we like. We do not have to abide by anyone’s rules but our own. This independence brings forth bondage and only an appearance of freedom. The truth is, being independent doesn’t mean we do not depend on anyone; we do—we have to depend on ourselves. Our transformation in Christ deals with that spirit of independence and brings us liberty. There may be situations where we have become dependent upon others. Co-dependency can hinder our ability to follow Christ wholly. The Lord reveals to us the areas where our dependency needs to be more on Him, and this truth sets us free.
As we are transformed, we grow in our dependence upon the Lord. We depend upon all that comes from Him more than what comes for us: His word, His way, His strength, His ability, and all that is His. Instead of running away from what we think hinders our independence, we learn to run to the Lord instead. We learn to walk humbly under the mighty hand of God. We receive His grace to walk free, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:5-7 “Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.”