Freedom and the 4th of July
In honor of Independence Day (July 4th in the USA), I thought freedom would be a fitting theme to write about. Freedom and independence usually go together. There is a synonymous relationship between the two, along with slight differences. From dictionary.com:
Freedom emphasizes the opportunity given for the exercise of one’s rights, powers, desires, or the like.
Independence implies not only lack of restrictions but also the ability to stand alone, unsustained by anything else.
That sounds good, but we know how distorted these concepts can get, given the fallen nature of mankind.
No Turning Back
Galatians 5:1 — It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. (NIV)
Why would we go back to a yoke of slavery? Perhaps we have misinterpreted freedom or accepted a worldly distortion. Maybe, just maybe, we have substituted independence instead — standing alone and being unsustained by anything else. If we are to be free as Christ has set us free, then we need God to sustain us. We need the Spirit of God, the Holy Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17 — For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (NLT)
For those of us who put our faith in Jesus Christ, God gives us the victory over anything that would seek to entangle us and pull us back in to sin. He calls us to stand firm, believing that he has set us free. However, we need to remain clear on worldly versus godly freedom. This is of God: freedom from sin not freedom to sin.
Galatians 5:13 — For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. (NLT)
Free for the 4th of July
It is fun celebrating Independence Day. However, it is even better to celebrate being set free by the love of Jesus from whatever may be holding you back — worry, fear, lust, addictions, guilt, etc.
Ephesians 1:7 — He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins. (NLT)
Jesus is calling on you to repent and let it go. The chains are broken. Freedom is yours. Believe it and stand firm.
Enjoy your weekend and remember this:
So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free. — John 8:36 (NLT)
Have a Happy 4th of July Weekend!
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