Well in a couple days it will be "The 4th of July", Yahoo! It is the celebration of the freedom of our country, the Day we call, "Independence Day".
I was pondering this today and thinking of all the preparation for the celebrations that will take place all over our great nation. There will be Bar-B-Ques, picnics, softball games, and fireworks. What a grand way to remember and be thankful for our independence.
But something else that came to me was, what does "Independence Day" mean to you? Was it the day you were born again? Was it the day that God gave you the courage to lay down your addiction? To give it to God - whatever it may have been. Was it the day that God freed you from fear, insecurity and people pleasing? "Independence Day" can be a single day that was a great turning point in your life where you became free, or the start of a new life , or it may be day by day as you lay you life down for God.
The independence of this great nation came with a price. Our ancestors fought for our freedom. Not unlike our Heavenly Father that gave us his Son so that we would be free. See John 3:16.
Our Heavenly Father wants to be free of the power of sin Romans 8:2 .
John 8:36 Says: So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Big and small we all have things, and issues that God has saved us from. Things that he has given us His mercy and grace in.
As we celebrate the freedom of our nation, please take some time to celebrate your freedom in Christ Jesus. And as we remember those that have given their life so that we may enjoy this freedom that we have, let us also remember Jesus who gave us His life so that we would have freedom and life abundantly.
Thank you Jesus for my Independence and to all of you "Happy 4th of July"
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