Happy Fourth Of July!
First off I want to say to anyone in the military or a family/friend of anyone in the military, thank you and may God protect you and your family while you make this great sacrifice for our country.
Because this holiday is always associated with freedom, I woke with thoughts of our freedom that God provides.
Let's look at a few scriptures.
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
:33 They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou *, Ye shall be made free?
:34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you *, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
:35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth * ever.
:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Did you notice that Jesus left no doubt in their minds how they could be made free? And He also left no doubt that they indeed were not free even though as Abraham's seed they thought they were? We as a nation are considered a "free" nation. But this clearly tells us that freedom is an individual thing when it comes to God. If we are in sin, we are a servant of sin according to Jesus' words above. And a servant is not free. Personally, I want to be a servant. Does that surprise or shock you? It shouldn't. I hope you want to be a servant also. I want to be a servant to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. That is where total freedom is. He says above you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free. Christ is the truth. And just like it says, if the Son makes you free you are free indeed.
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
Ah Lord, make me your servant for life.