July 4 is one of my favorite days out of the entire year and while it is another day, it’s a day when we, as Americans, remember the freedoms that we have but more importantly, why we have those freedoms. Regardless of where you stand politically and how you feel about certain battles and wars that we have fought, America is the greatest country in the history of the world and the only beacon of hope left for humanity.

While Americans celebrate Independence Day on this date, Christians all across the world celebrate and honor the freedoms and independence from this worldly system with our relationship with the Lord, Jesus Christ. Despite what may hold us back whether it’s an addiction to some type of substance or a personal battle that consumes us, all we have to do is give it to Christ. Scripture tells us “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord [is], there [is] liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).

As children of God, we are servants of His and one responsibility that we have is spreading the word of God. The word of God offers us freedom and liberty from any bondage that this world may entangle us with. Yes, there is much beauty and wonders to be seen in this world but if we spend too much time gazing at the things of this world then Satan will use this time as an opportunity to take us away from God, permanently, and something that I have learned about Satan is that he distracts and confuses people before he kills them.

While the threats of Satan are real and Christians are able to succumb to them if we do not stay close with Christ, the good news is that there is real victory in Christ and scripture informs us that we were made to be free: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1). There are many foreign and domestic enemies that attack America but America will never be defeated from any foe from the outside, only internally, and the same is true with our Christian life.

That is, no enemy will be able to eternally defeat us as God has already won the battle and our salvation is taken care of: ” Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:12). Worry and weariness and anxiousness are all real emotions that tend to wear down the physical body and none of us are exempt from feeling them as life will get us down but we will find victory if we stay close with Christ: “But thanks [be] to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage”

–Galatians 5:1

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Written by Billy Ray Parrish


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