Happy Independence Day!

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"So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law. . . For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Galatians 5:1, 13-14

Aahhhh...Independence Day. The smell of burgers and hotdogs sizzling on the grill outside and the bursting of fireworks in the sky become familiar on July 4th. We eat, we sing patriotic songs, and then everyone watches fireworks and goes home.

However, an Independence Day celebration approaches that will include and impress the whole world! We don’t know the date and shouldn’t believe anyone who tells us they do. But, no one on earth or in heaven will miss its importance, and it will mark a day of freedom from the greatest oppressor ever – Satan.

It is the day of the return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! It is the beginning of real freedom, like no one has ever had before, except maybe Adam and Eve, before the Fall. Those who have believed in Christ’s atoning blood for their sins and have trusted and believed in Him, will enjoy an eternity spent with Him.

This independence day will release Christians from the many sins that keep them entangled. Imagine, no more sickness, no more addiction, no more gossip, no more hate, no more anything that does not reflect the positive attributes of the love of God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

Currently, we have the Holy Spirit to guide us, to strengthen us, to comfort us, and to give us power through Christ’s death and resurrection. However, we are still tripped up by sin as long as we live in this fallen world. When Jesus comes, all our ungodliness along with our negative baggage goes away. And I can’t think of a better freedom than that.

Happy Independence Day!

Gracious Lord, there is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience this freedom from sin and death that you have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise you. For this I am very thankful. Amen.
Jul 4 2018