Written By: Rhonda Sue Page
Happy Birthday America!!!
Later this evening, I’ll light you some candles………roman style.
But for now, please watch this amazing video of me singing you the happy birthday song:
Sorry……apparently I needed to have paid for the rights to that little privilege. Why is it the good stuff is never free?
Oh, they’ll tell you it is…….but it’s not. There is a price (or sacrifice made) for anything worth having. Viv’s blog on Wed reminded me that our country’s freedom is one of those worthwhile things.
Freedom is pretty important to God as well. Check it out:
For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1
Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 1 Peter 2:16
For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. Galatians 5:13
And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17
And, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness. Romans 6:18
Those are just a few of the verses that speak to the importance of being free.
But free to do what exactly?
I’m sure the answers to that are as varied as the choices you had at the fireworks stand this week. Did you get the “buy one get 11 free special”?
Truth is, Jesus didn’t lay down his life for cheap thrills……..The kind of freedom He died for us to have is the freedom to do the hard stuff with grace.
We aren’t free to sin…….we are free to not have to.
Free to choose. God goes to great lengths to protect our right to choose to serve Him or self. There is proof of Himself in abundance for those who want to believe. There are doorways of doubt for those who just want a way out.
Free to love. We can love the unlovely because we’ve been given love to give away. It’s a choice, not a feeling. It’s powerful.
Free to be made whole. If you are someone whose ever suffered from an addiction, you will readily understand the value of such freedom. It is precious. To have the power to walk away from something or someone that used to have great power over you is priceless treasure.
Free to hope. When you begin to trust God that your future with Him is secure. The enemy can’t hold you with insecurity.
Free to worship. We can always choose words that glorify God. He has promised to put a new song within us. Praising God is something our spirits crave to do.
Free to give. Maybe you don’t “feel” like you have a whole lot of anything of value. But be willing to open your hand to the Holy Spirit with what you do have. He will do amazing things.
Consider all the freedoms you have. Can you think of others?
As you celebrate this day, offer thanks to the One who made them possible.
Send a roman candle His way…….I plan to.