Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. – 2 Corinthians 3:17
In July of 1776, the Declaration of Independence was signed, making the original 13 American colonies a new nation, apart from the British Empire: the United States of America. John Adams, who later became the second President of the United States, said this about the resolution of independence on July 2nd, which was revised as the Declaration of Independence and signed on July 4th:
The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. 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 forever more. – John Adams
There is something very significant about remembering and celebrating our freedom. This is why I still celebrate the day that I was born again and gave my life to the Lord, over 44 years ago. May we never forget that our freedom in this nation was fought for – – so that we would not take our liberty for granted. Likewise, our spiritual, emotional, and mental freedom came at a high price, paid for by Jesus Christ through His sacrifice at the cross. All freedoms come at a cost. Therefore, we should never take our freedom in Christ for granted either, because it is that kind of behavior that leads us back into the very bondage from which we had been set free and causes us to abuse our freedoms (Romans 8; 1 Corinthians 8:9-13).
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It has been reported that 90,000 Christians worldwide were martyred in 2016 for their faith. For those of us living in the United States, we must remember that we still have the legal freedom to share the Word of God, which is able to set people spiritually free! I travel to many nations throughout the year, and I see how we have been given the opportunity to reach the lost and worship our God, without fear. This is a reality many believers in countries hostile to the Gospel cannot say they enjoy. We cannot hide or water down the Gospel simply because it may not seem popular or may offend people. The Gospel was offensive when Jesus walked the earth too, but that Gospel is still good news for everyone. His desire is that all would be saved (1 Timothy 2:4-6). Jesus came to deliver us from the bondages of fear, sin, death, sickness and disease, and more. His love heals our brokeness and ushers us into our adoption as sons and daughters of God.
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
By the grace of God, we have been made free. We didn’t earn salvation and freedom, and we didn’t pay for it. It was paid for in the blood of Jesus, and we simply receive it. But, now that we have received salvation, by grace through faith, we must choose to stand in our freedom and live like it. That comes from staying constantly refreshed and filled by the Holy Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17 tells us, “that where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty.” When we are praying each day, ‘Lord fill me afresh with Your Spirit’ we are also inviting the Lord to bring new freedom into our lives. This is powerful, because it is the little things of life (Song of Songs 2:15) that try to entangle us and ensnare us, so we need to encounter the Spirit which sets us free daily.
May we never grow cold in our gratitude for our salvation or for the daily liberties we enjoy. Let’s not only celebrate on a national holiday or on the anniversary of our salvation, but daily rejoice in the fact that Christ takes our freedom so seriously that it was just for the sake of our being free that He gave His life and delivered us.