On this Fourth of July, what is on your agenda?
Food, family, fellowship, and fireworks...For many people the Fourth of July is a time to celebrate our country’s freedom. The great American picnic will be the main activity scheduled – with hamburgers, hotdogs, baked beans, corn on the cob, watermelon and my favorite, homemade vanilla ice cream. After the picnic people, young and old, will celebrate our freedoms here in the United States of America with fireworks.
As we celebrate the freedom we have here in our country, let’s not forget to teach our children about the freedom God has for every girl and every boy who acknowledges and personally calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ. He is their source of spiritual freedom that will last forever and He is the only One that can provide them with real hope, joy, and peace. Help them know His freedom today.
For He is...
Father: Freedom is found when we have a relationship with our Heavenly Father. “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’” (Romans 8:15)
Redeemer: Freedom is embraced when we know Him as our Redeemer. “Indeed, he who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all – how will he not also, along with Him, freely give us all things? (Romans 8:32)
Everlasting Life: Freedom is experienced when we believe in Him as our Savior. “But now, freed from sin and enslaved to God, you have your benefit leading to sanctification, and the end is eternal life.” (Romans 6:22)
Emmanuel: Freedom is engaged when we acknowledge His presence. “If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.” (Romans 14:8)
Dominant Power: Freedom is enjoyed when we receive His mighty power. “Oh, Lord God; you did indeed make heaven and earth by your mighty power and great strength. Nothing is too hard for you!” (Jeremiah 32:17)
Omnipotent: Freedom is expressed when we cry out to Him the One who knows everything. “I will be secure, for I seek your precepts.” (Psalm 119:45)
Most High King: Freedom is known when we follow the greatest king for He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords. “No, in all these things we have complete victory through Him who loved us! For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor heavenly rulers, nor things that are present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)
God bless those who embrace His F-R-E-E-D-O-M today!
Happy Fourth of July!