Last week, we in America celebrated our political freedom, won by brave patriots over 200 years ago. We certainly are blessed to have freedom. While it seems today our civil freedoms are under attack more and more, we still have freedom. This past weekend, many of us exercised the freedom to worship without having to worry about losing our lives, being arrested or having property confiscated. We should be grateful for the right of freedom of assembly and free speech.
We must remember these are freedoms given to us by a God in Heaven. We must understand there is a more crucial freedom, the spiritual freedom that God gives us. His freedom is ours for the taking, regardless of our external environment, even if we are in jail or in a country where dissenters are tortured, arrested or killed. This freedom, man cannot take away from us, because it is implanted in our spirits through His Spirit.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Some English translations render the word freedom as liberty. I wonder if the early statesman Patrick Henry perhaps had this verse in mind when he said his famous, “Give me liberty or give me death.” There are certainly things worth dying for and when you understand what it is that we have in our nation by way of freedom, not only physically but spiritually. We understand that, there is something worth dying for. That is why men have stood and some fallen in defense of this great land. We have truly been a nation blessed by God, founded on His precepts and moved by His love and filled with His spirit, we have freedom.
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