Listen to this devotional:
Listen while you read: "God Of Our Fathers Whose Almighty Hand"1 (Lyrics)
John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (NIV)
The Fourth of July is celebrated in the United States to commemorate the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. On July 4th, flags of red, white, and blue known as "Old Glory" or "the Stars and Stripes" are proudly flown throughout the country.
One such locale was at the Arakelian home. The flag was always seen flying proudly, mounted on the large tree in the front lawn for all to see. It was placed there to demonstrate our love and devotion to our country. At my brother's residence, the flag can be seen displayed on a designated flagpole, proudly viewed with a spotlight shining on the stars and stripes as it flies in the wind, every day of the year.
When I think of July 4th, I think of freedom. We should never take our freedom for granted. It is a fact that those of us who live in the United States, Canada, and other democratic countries can voice our opinions freely and vote for the people of our choice. These are very good reasons why we should never take our freedom for granted.
The concept of spiritual freedom was explained by Jesus:
John 8:31b-32 – If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (NIV)
The believer in Jesus is released from the stronghold of sin. Sin enslaves; Christ sets free:
Romans 8:2 – For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (NKJV)
Romans 6:22 – But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God. Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life. (NLT)
As a result, we can have real freedom — freedom in Christ to live a life that glorifies Him. We can display it every day of the year, so that His banner of love, truth, and peace can be seen by all.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help us to live our lives in a way that glorifies You. Give us the strength to be a blessing in someone else's life today, and grant us the opportunity to lead others into the freedom that can be found in knowing and believing in Christ — the ultimate freedom-giver. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.