How to Demonstrate That You Are Capable of Independence

How to Demonstrate That You Are Capable of Independence

Scripture: Genesis 14:22-23 NKJV

“But Abram said to the king of Sodom, “I have raised my hand to the LORD, God Most High, the Possessor of heaven and earth, that I will take nothing, from a thread to a sandal strap, and that I will not take anything that is yours, lest you should say, ‘I have made Abram rich.”


This verse sets the tone for the next two verses in Abram’s response to the king of Sodom. Abram could have argued that he had the right to keep everything for himself because he had defeated the people who had plunder Sodom. Instead, he informs Bera that he has made a covenant with God not to uphold any of it. Abram specifically states that he has raised his hand to “the Lord, God Most High, Possessor (or Creator) of heaven and earth” to make this oath. Abram now declares his own loyalty to the One who owns all things after just receiving a blessing from the Lord’s priest Melchizedek and giving him a tenth of the spoils.

1- If you are wise as a serpent you will live your life not expecting money, gifts, grants, donations or even loans:

Abraham did not need anybody to make him rich. In fact, he did not want anybody to think that they had made him rich. It is Children who always expect that Mummy and Daddy will give them something to solve their problems. When someone is incapable of independent living, he often expects people to give him something.

You must not expect that any outsider will make you rich. Why do you want somebody to give you something? Why are you always looking, hoping, and expecting a gift, a loan, or a handout? You must lead your life in a way that will make you independent of an external donor.

2- If you are wise as a serpent you will be a master of your own life and will not need anyone to build things for you.

Your wisdom will lead you to rise and build for yourself. This is why a man is said to be wise when he has built things. The inability to build reveals the lack of wisdom. If you are wise as a serpent you will rise and build the things, you need. Solomon built many things himself. He built houses, planted vineyards, made gardens and orchards and planted trees of all kinds of fruits, and made pools. Ecclesiastes 2:4-6

3- If you are wise as a serpent you will not ask for gifts, loans and continually beg for assistance.

You must not ask for gifts or beg for money. When you are as wise as a serpent you know that you are on your won from day one. Every serpent knows this. You must rise and meet the challenges, knowing that others have encountered the exact same challenges and were able to overcome. The reason why nations receive gifts and aid and loans and never prosper is because that is all they know how to do: ask, beg, and plead for gifts, loans, and donations. They do not know how to rise and count their pennies. They do not know how to roll up their sleeves and work with their hands. People who do not know the history of America think that America became rich by osmosis or some supernatural miracle. The plain hard work of building roads, cities and railways is often lost on the ignorant masses. America was built with sweat and manual labour.

4- If you are as wise as a serpent, you will learn to encourage yourself.

You must not depend on outsiders to encourage you. A person who is capable of living independently will learn to encourage himself because it is wisdom to live without expecting to be comforted by another. David encouraged himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:3-6- Reference- Bishop Dag-Heward-Mills

Steps to Independent Living

1- Accept that no one really cares about your condition: Therefore, you must care for yourself. Fight for yourself and strive to rise independently.

2- Develop a dislike for loans and gifts: Every admirer of gifts and loans is likely to fail in leadership. Many people do not pay back their loans.

3- Do not have an expensive lifestyle: Cut your coat according to your size. Avoid grandiose and expensive things that others may be doing. There are people who do not fear debts and live happily using large sums of money, even though they owe a lot of money. Do not be deceived and do not follow bad examples because it will not end well.

4- Cut out waste: Most poor nations waste half of their resources. That is why they are poor and incapable of developing themselves. They simply have not learnt to prevent wastage and corruption.

5- Learn to do things yourself and with your own hands. Do it yourself. Some people love to sit aloof in an armchair and never roll up their sleeves to work with their own hands. They imagine that they are executives when they are not at that level. They function as the highest kind of executives and do not know much about the practical things that go on. Reference- Bishop Dag Heward-Mills

Tomorrow, we shall see why Serpents are masters of inner power….


Dear Lord! Thank you for these teachings. We ask that you help us to demonstrate that we are capable of independence, Amen.

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Pastor Bob.

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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