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Rev Enosa Auva’a
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My independence is my dependence on the Lord

Tena koutou, and greetings church family.

It was lovely to see many of our new church family become full members of St Peters the other week. It was a great celebration and a special thanks to the events team for the waffle breakfast.

This week we will be having more great fellowship as the Carters and Potgieters home group host lunch after church. We really appreciate these times and no matter where we are in the world it makes us value our fellowship of St Peters.

As I hear the stories and see photos of many of our church family who are travelling overseas, it reminds me that today is Americas Independence Day, called “Fourth of July” in the United States. It is their annual celebration of nationhood and Declaration of Independence by the Congress on July 4, 1776. WOW What a celebration that must have been! This still continues today with massive celebrations all over America.

There is something about independence and freedom that we value, after all no ones like being told what to do. There is something in our human nature which wants us to “go our own way” and to “make it on our own”. Something which aspires to self-realisation. Something which wants to say, “I figured it out, I worked hard, I am a self-made man”, and “LOOK AT ME!”

As a Christian my independence is my dependence on the Lord. My independency is in my attitude which says in all things “I need God”. My independency is trusting God for the plans He has for my life. My independency is being dependent on the Holy Spirit promised by Jesus to be my comforter. My independence is being dependant on Jesus who sets me free to live life to the full. I encourage you to be independent by trusting God with your life and depending on Him.  May you be encouraged with the following scriptures as you depend on God.

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 16:13).

If there was one principle by which Jesus guided His life on earth, it was dependence upon the Father.

Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner (John 5:19).

This week as we go about our daily tasks, try memorising (Proverbs 3:5-6).  Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.

A reminder that you can depend on God’s guiding hand to help you through anything.

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Rev Enosa Auva’a

Ordained in 2022 after 20+ years in the education sector as a Teacher, Principal and Education consultant. Reverend Enosa heard God’s call to enter the ministry. Now Senior Minister of St Peter’s Church in Tauranga, he leads a vibrant Church in the heart of the City reaching out to the local community.

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