Happy Independence Day! Now, I know that everyone reading this is not from the United States but around here July 4th is kind of a big deal. Families and friends get together to celebrate.
Food, fun, and fireworks abound but what are we actually celebrating?
On this day 241 years ago 56 brave men signed the Delectation of Independence. If you haven’t read it since your school days, I encourage you to read it and to check out the history behind its creation.
One of the most well-known statements in the document is: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
As a result of the Declaration of Independence, a nation was born but not before a war was fought to obtain that freedom. Many brave souls fought in the Revolutionary War to gain independence. And many have fought and are fighting to this day to protect the freedom established so long ago.
I am so grateful to live in my country and for all I have because of the sacrifice of others. But, today I want to talk about a different kind of freedom. One that also came at a significant cost but is far more valuable.
A Different Kind Of Freedom
The freedom I’m talking about is so much more than the life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I’m talking about true freedom.
True freedom comes from within, and only Jesus can give it to us. That is why Jesus came to earth. He died and rose again to set us free.
“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” – Galatians 5:1
Often we don’t realize what it truly means to be free in Christ, and that results in us living with less liberty than God intended.
Instead of living like the sons and daughters of the King that we are we live like slaves in bondage.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. This 4th of July we can step into the freedom that is ours in Christ Jesus.
Claim Your Inheritance
Take a minute and open your Bible to read God’s declaration of freedom for you.
When you do, you will discover these 16 revolutionary freedoms that are ours if we have accepted Jesus as the forgiver of our sins and the leader of our life.
Romans 6:15-18 (MSG) – From Sin
John 8:36 – To be truly Free
Galatians 5:1 (NLT) – To Stand Firm
Colossians 1:21-22 – From Accusation
James 1:25 – By the Word
Ephesians 3:12 – To Approach God
Psalm 118:5 – To Cry Out to God
John 10:10 – To live Abundantly
Galatians 1:4 – From Evil
Hebrews 9:14 – From a Guilty Conscience
Romans 8:1-2 – From Condemnation
Galatians 2:4 – From Religious Slavery
Galatians 5:13 (TLB)- To Serve One Another In Love
1 Peter 2:16 – To Be Authentically Holly
Romans 8:15 – From Fear
Psalm 91:14-16 – From Trouble
This list is by no means exhaustive so let’s make July a Freedom Challenge month. Dig into Scripture and see how many other “Freedom in Christ” scriptures you can find. And as you find more verses go to our community Facebook page and share them.
What area of your life do you find yourself living in bondage? What steps are you taking to claim the freedom that is yours in Jesus?