Independence Day

Each year, on this day, we celebrate Independence Day, which is also known as The Fourth of July.  Independence Day is a federal holiday commemorating our independence from Great Britain.  July 4, 1776 was the day Congress approved the document declaring our freedom. 

This document is known as the Declaration of Independence and was sent off to the printers for reproduction.  Unfortunately, the original document was lost at the printers and another copy was signed by the members of the Continental Congress. 

The Declaration of Independence is considered a cornerstone document for us as a nation.  The words and intent are cherished in the minds and hearts of freedom loving Americans. 

As Christians, we have a document, which declares our freedom from sin.  It is called the Bible, the Word of God or the Scriptures.  It is inerrant and “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).  It is our authority.  It is without error.  It is sufficient for all things.  It is the sword of the Spirit.

We embrace the truthfulness of the words of Jesus when He said: 

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.  He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”  Luke 4:18-19

“…and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”  John 8:32

“If therefore the Son shall make you free, you shall be free indeed.”  John 8:36 

Or the words of the Apostle Paul:

“:..for he who has died is freed from sin.”  Romans 6:7 

“But now having been freed from sin…”  Romans 6:22

“Therefore you are no longer a slave, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God.”  Galatians 4:7 

“It was for freedom that Christ set us free…”  Galatians 5:1

Indeed, we have been set free from sin so that we can live a life worthy of God.  We have been set free from sin so we can enjoy eternal life in the presence of the Father.  We have been set free from sin so that we can live in love with our family and our neighbors.  We have been set free from sin so that we can enjoy life on earth from a heavenly perspective. 

Yes, as Christians, we have our own declaration of independence.  We have been set free from the bondage of sin.  Let’s seek the Lord so that we can live like it.

Something to think about…