Let's Celebrate Our Freedom

As we celebrate Independence Day, please do remember all of our service men and women who are still in harm’s way, protecting us and fighting for our freedom. 

We must realize that for both our spiritual freedom and our natural freedom, a price had to be paid.  Jesus Christ died to set mankind free from the bondage of Satan and sin.  Each and every day should be a day of celebration of our spiritual freedom. 

On the Fourth of July we celebrate our nation’s natural freedom.  Many families go fishing or spend the day having an outdoor Bar-B-Q; that is important.  

But keep in mind that a tremendous sacrifice was required for the freedom you and I enjoy.  Many people paid the ultimate sacrifice and gave their lives so that we could spend this holiday relaxing with our families and friends. 

Our country’s freedom is based in part upon the sacrifices of 56 men-the signers of the Declaration of Independence.  What kind of men were these? They were well-spoken men of means and education.  They had financial security and solid reputations.  But they valued liberty and freedom more than all else.  Twenty-four of them worked in the field of law.  Eleven were merchants.  Nine were farmers and owners of large plantations.  None of these men were rabble-rousers or hoodlums. 

What happened to these men? 

Five were captured by the enemy and tortured as traitors before they died.  

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.  Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army.  Nine of the fifty-six fought and died in the Revolutionary War. 

My friend, our freedom is not free.  The greatness of this nation is determined by what we the people are willing to give. 

I must seize this opportunity to also remind us that as far as our spiritual freedom is concerned, we could not have spiritual freedom unless someone paid the ultimate sacrifice for this freedom.  John 3:16 is ever fresh in my mind, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” 

Come on Saints of God, let’s thank God for the freedom we enjoy today as Christians.  We have been set free from the bondage of sin, sickness, and spiritual death and poverty.  John 8:36 says, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed”. 

In conclusion, as we celebrate our independence on Wednesday, please join me in reverencing those who paid the price for our freedom.  And also please join me in celebrating our spiritual freedom and honor the one who paid the price for our real freedom, our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 Your Pastor

 

Word for Today:  "Words have Life" 

Words have power.  In the Gospel of Matthew Jesus said   “We are justified by our words, or, we are condemned By our words.”  They can bring either happiness or deepest  despair; they can transfer knowledge from teacher to student.   The Bible describes the power of words more succinctly when it  says, “The power of life and death are in the tongue.” Our words impact everyone.  Question, “Are you maximizing the effectiveness as a leader by choosing words of life?