Monday, July 04, 2005

Independence Days

July 4th-the birthday of the United States as a free and independent nation. This is the day that we recall the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776. After the war, the people of the 13 British colonies along the eastern coast of what is now the United States received the life they wanted.

Just like the early Americans, we as Christians have declared our independence. Our independence though is from the things of this world. We strive daily to maintain this independence in order to become what God wants us to become, not who the world says we should be. Each day is our Independence Day and we should treat it as such.

Psalm 119:45 says, "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts." In this verse, the author shares that they have freedom because they sought out God's will for their lives. But, with freedom comes responsibility and trials. Just like the early Americans had to endure the war in order to finally declare their independence, we as Christians must live in a world where spiritual warfare is imminent. Satan does not want us to accept God's freedom, he wants us to be dependent on him and secular things. The good news is that God helps us handle the freedom that He has given us.

Throughout the day, remember that you are free from the reach of death. You have declared your independence of Satan's grip. Thank God for standing by you and sending Jesus to die on the cross to make you free. Don't forget that God's gift of freedom is not a one day thing, your independence is forever!

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