Friday, July 4, 2014

Thank God for Freedom


Thank God for Freedom

Galatians 5:1
 Stand fast therefore in the liberty (freedom) wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Dear Lord,

There is no greater feeling of liberation than to experience the freedom from sin and death that You have provided for me through Jesus Christ. Today my heart and my soul are free to praise You. For this I am extremely grateful. Forty-one years ago, I was “Born Again” by the power of God working in my life. This was the first truly free Fourth of July celebration I had ever experienced and I will forever be thankful.

On this Independence Day, I am reminded of all those who have sacrificed for my freedom, following the example of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Let me never take my freedom for granted, physically or spiritually. May I always remember that my freedom was purchased with a very high price. My freedom cost others their very lives. Thank you, Lord, for giving the ultimate sacrifice, Your perfect sinless Son for a sinner like me.

Lord, today, bless those who have served and continue to give their lives for my freedom. With favor and blessing meet their needs and watch over their families. Help me to live my life in a way that glorifies You, Lord. Give me the strength to be a blessing in someone else's life today, and grant me the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing Christ.

Amen!

Many songs, poems and quotes have been written to express the love and appreciation we have for this country. We are proud to be called Americans and need to pray for this country, the land that we love. Songs about America are written with God’s blessings in mind: “God Bless America” and  “America the Beautiful,” express the truth of God’s grace shed upon this land. 

 ~ Famous Quotes ~

Defending freedom ~ "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." — Abraham Lincoln 

On God's side ~ "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side." — Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln, one of America’s most beloved presidents, has numerous books written on the subject of his religious life. When one reads Lincoln's presidential speeches and letters, filled with his references to the Bible and showing his dependence on prayer for God's guidance, it is difficult to comprehend why anyone would perceive President Lincoln as anything but a man that sincerely relied upon God. By the end of the Civil War, Lincoln had demonstrated sincere faith in the guidance and judgement of the God of the Bible. In Lincoln’s brilliant Second Inaugural Address, delivered six weeks before his death, he demonstrated a mature opinion of Divine Providence. Lincoln did not doubt that it was God that controlled man's destiny, not man himself. 

Thoughts:  I want to express my sincere appreciation to my God for allowing me the awesome opportunity of being an American and for the wonderful life He has given me in Christ. I am free from the bondage of sin according to Galatians 5:1, and privileged to live in the land of the free. Though the men and women that have given their lives for freedom were not my personal friends, I thank them for their extreme sacrifice and for their love of liberty. The sacrificial death of Christ upon the cross was an expression of Jesus’ love for us and evidence of His selfless compassion. Through His unselfish example, Christ gave to us, “So great a salvation.”

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