HAPPY 4th of JULY!!
This evening, I heard a young man give a compelling message.
We celebrate our independence and freedom every year, and remember those who make it possible, on the 4th of July. But often times, I think, we forget another type of independence that is available. The independence and freedom from the chains of sin.
As a Believer in Jesus Christ and a Child of God, I am first and foremost independent and free through the grace of God.
Just as we remember the day our country was founded, we must remember the day of our independence and freedom through the grace of God.
Just as we stand and serve our country for independence and freedom, we must also stand for our independence and freedom through the grace of God.
STAND FAST therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. ~ Galatians 5:1 KJV
To explain it better, here is the Amplified version of the above verse.
IN [THIS] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
In other words... Christ died to set us free from sin and from a long list of laws and regulations.
Does that mean we are free to do whatever our hearts desire? No, because our hearts would lead us right back to the bondage and slavery of sin. However, we are now free and able to do what was impossible before - to live outside the bondage of sin - to accept God's grace and live in freedom, serving Him.
So if you are a Child of God, when you celebrate your freedom in this country, this 4th of July, celebrate also, your freedom through the grace of God!
God bless and keep you,