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Independence Day

Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed. John 8:36 (NKJV)

Last Thursday we celebrated Independence Day here in the United States.  For some the Fourth of July is simply a day of picnics, parties and fireworks, but to many others it is a day set forth to commemorate the declaration of Independence, which announced freedom for 13 American colonies from the British Empire.

Patrick Henry, who is known for being an orator during this movement for independence wrote, "It cannot be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ. For that reason alone, people of other faiths have been afforded freedom of worship here."

Mr. Henry was right, but not only have we been offered freedom to worship our Lord, we have been offered freedom through The Lord—freedom from the bondage of sin (Rom. 6:5-7).

For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin.  For he who has died has been freed from sin. Rom. 6:5-7 (NKJV)

Just because the Fourth of July has come and gone, it shouldn’t end our celebration.  We should actually be celebrating each and every day in the same manner, because we’ve been given true life (John 3:16), liberty (Luke 4:18), and the pursuit of happiness (Prov. 16:20) through Jesus Christ.  Additionally, we’ve been given the freedom and the power to live a life that brings honor and glory to God by making good choices that will see our lives richly blessed.

“But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NKJV)

But with our great blessing of freedom comes great responsibility, and we should never become jaded to what this freedom cost. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 8:36, where does our spiritual freedom come from?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you walking in freedom or are you still living as if in bondage?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s be willing to lay down anything that might potentially cause us, or another person to stumble in their walk with God. 

LET'S PRAY: Father, thank You for the freedom that You have given all of us. Lord, we are asking You to continue to guide us in our actions so we can see things as You do.  Help us to see those things we are doing that may be causing others to stumble.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott





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