Grace Life Church
July 4, 1776, was the day of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. This formal statement, written by Thomas Jefferson, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress, declaring the 13 colonies free and independent of Great Britain. There were 56 signers from the 13 colonies.
We continue to celebrate July 4 as a legal holiday but like many national holidays we have lost sight of the significance and real meaning of it all. As a nation, we had become free of the rule of others over our land and had fought for the right to be self-governing. Our freedoms are precious and worth laying down our lives to keep; but, today these freedoms are so lightly considered and yet they are demanded without any willing sacrifice on our part or acknowledging from Whom they really come. The freedom to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness has become so confused and changed into the right or freedom to do whatever we want, whenever we want regardless of who may have to suffer for us to do so. We have moved from declaring ourselves to being One Nation under God to be a nation denying the existence of God.
A quote by President Ronald Reagan at a prayer breakfast in August of 1984 in Dallas, Texas: "If we ever forget that we're One Nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
We have changed from where we recognize these freedoms can only come as we acknowledge our Creator God and continue to willingly come under His rule and authority. We have stretched our independence to even demanding the right to be free from the Lord God Almighty. Foolish is the man who says there is no God! Bumper sticker seen on an atheist's car; "No God!" Maybe that will be his heart's cry as he falls on his face at the end of life and he discovers he was wrong?
We pride ourselves in being independent to the point of fault. Instead, we need to humbly come before the Lord as a little child recognizing our total dependence upon Him for our every breath. I like these verses that indicate our dependence upon one another and upon God. I Corinthians 11:11-12 (New Living Translation) '11But among the Lord's people, women are not independent of men, and men are not independent of women. 12For although the first woman came from man, every other man was born from a woman and everything comes from God."
Galatians 5:1 (New International Version) "1It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery."
So my thought for today is that when we celebrate the 4th of July on Sunday that we truly would recognize and honor God Who is the only One who gives us true freedom and independence. Through the death of Jesus we have obtained freedom from the law of sin and death. We have escaped a destiny of hell and given the freedom to enjoy God now and forever more. These freedoms can be claimed as we willingly submit our stubborn ride and independence and come under the rule and government of God's Holy Spirit daily in our lives.
May you be greatly blessed as you celebrate with family gatherings and community gatherings and community functions remembering and appreciating the value of living in the United States of American with all of our freedoms. all of us are free to believe; free to practice a faith or not. May our great nation be blessed as we the people of God return to honoring the name of the Lord who has given us this freedom of choices and independence from the rule of all others.
Happy 4th of July and please do believe in and receive the gift of freedom that only God can give to you through the acknowledging of His Son Jesus Christ!