Every year on July 4th most people are off of work and gather at different place to grill their favorite food, be with friends and family and end the day with a great display of fireworks. There is nothing wrong with that! The Fourth of July is one of my favorite. But do we realize the underlying reason that we are able to enjoy this holiday? Here is a little history to refresh us and then bring about a much deeper meaning.
America as we know was under the rule of Great Britain and the 13 Colonies were getting restless and was growing very tired of “Taxation without representation” and they decided to break free and become their own country. On April 19, 1775 the American Revolutionary War broke out where the 13 Colonies rose up against Great Britain. That war lasted 8 years 8 months and 26 days.
However, Independence was formally declared on July 2, 1776 on July 4, 1776 congress approved the final version of the Declaration of Independence and it was officially signed on August 2, 1776. A very interesting point here in the timing of these dates. The American Revolutionary War was still in full force. They had not yet defected Great Britain when they declared their independence! I will bring that point around in at the end of the post.
In New York harbor stands a lady with her touch raised high. She stands 305 feet tall. She was dedicated on October 28th 1886, One hundred and eleven year after the thirteen colonies declared war on Great Britain for their independence. Back in the day when people traveled by boat to America, she was the first thing they saw, Lady Liberty. Or officially known as The Statue of Liberty. That still stands today and represents the land of the free and the home of the brave!!! Man, do I love this country.
Let’s bring this home to a point that we all need to realize and that I can help you go to a high level.
Free, having liberty, what does that mean exactly. Webster simply states that “liberty” is the quality of being free. You and I enjoy a quality of living in this country. We can go and do as we please unless we break the law. Then we have a problem.
Spiritually we can enjoy a quality of living as being free from sin and worry. Free or at liberty from the spiritual bondage of this world.
Let’s talk about bondage. Contrary to some people opinions, webster states that bondage is the tenure or service of a villein, serf, or slave. A state of being bound usually by compulsion (as of law or mastery): as servitude or subjugation to a controlling person or force. (People in bondage to drugs)
Romans 8:15-21 states For we have not received the spirit of bondage of sin to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, where by we cry, Abba Father. Please read the text in full by clicking on the link.
How can we get free from this bondage?
II Corinthians 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the the Lord is, there is liberty. We have to experience God’s Spirit in our lives to be free from the spirit of bondage. We have to make a declaration, I will become free!
If we read Romans 6:1-18 Paul gives us a fresh perspective on what is sin and what it does to us. As well as how we can become free or at liberty from the bondage of sin and it’s effects.
When we follow the simple plan found in Acts 2:38, we can walk in liberty, because when we fulfill Acts 2:38 then we invoke II Corinthians 3:17 and we enjoy liberty.
Psalms 119:45 And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy percepts. When we walk in liberty, free from sin. We enjoy a positive environment, economic right or financial blessings when we obey the Word in every aspect of our lives. We have privileges that the rest of the world doesn’t have.
You have to start somewhere and that somewhere is making a declaration I will not be bound any longer. Then declare war on what has you bound! Remember at the beginning of this article the Revolutionary War lasted long after they wrote, declared and signed the Declaration of Independence.
Britain was not going to give up easy and neither will the devil. But if you will fight, you will win. The cross is our statue of liberty. The cross represents our freedom.
How can I help you break free from your spiritual bondage and make your declaration of freedom?
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