It was July 4, 1776, in Philidelphia. The Declaration of Independence, primarily authored by Thomas Jefferson, declared colonial freedom from Great Britain’s dictatorial rule. Liberation was so important to these colonists they were willing to stand against the backlash that would most certainly come from the determined King of England. He certainly would not allow this self-proclaimed freedom to come easily for these insurgent colonies! We should always keep in mind that freedom, as well as slavery, does not come without a price. July 4th, 241 years ago, marked the birth of this great United States of America.
I find this most fascinating. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail saying, “It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.” Not being there ourselves, it might be easy to not consider their emotional experience. But we should always remember what they did didn’t come without a price. It is easy to think of July 4th as an opportunity for a break in our typical schedule or a day of relaxation but let’s not turn it into something about us. Shall we instead have a heart that stands firm, a mind that remembers, and a voice that rejoices?
Can you think of anything that does not come with a price? The bondage of slavery comes with a price ~ you are giving up what Christ died to give you. The broken chains of freedom also come with a price ~ it takes persistence and focus to stand and claim the truths of God.
Let’s take a look at some Scripture you can stand and claim regarding your freedom. This freedom was paid for by the blood of the Darling of Heaven, the Prince of Peace, the Alpha and Omega, and Lamb of God:
“Christ has liberated us to be free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 5:1
“Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“Therefore, if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.” John 8:36
“In my anguish, I cried to the LORD, and He answered by setting me free.” Psalm 118:5
“Now since the children have flesh and blood in common, Jesus also shared in these, so that through His death He might destroy the one holding the power of death — that is, the Devil — and free those who were held in slavery all their lives by the fear of death.” Hebrews 2:14-15
“He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners.” Isaiah 61:1
“Creation itself will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God’s children.” Romans 8:21
“Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
“For you were called to be free, brothers; only don’t use this freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but serve one another through love. ” Galatians 5:13
I pray you have a thankful remembrance of those who have gone before you and stood boldly for the cause the freedom in the United States of America. Even more so, that you would have a thankful remembrance of what Christ has done to secure your freedom. Let’s stand firm in this freedom and never succumb to the lies emitted from the pit of hell that desire to enslave us again in chains.
Happy Freedom Day!
In His grace,