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Independence From the Oppressor

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Newly found freedom

Our nation’s founding fathers approved the wording of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. This declaration gave the people of this newly formed country a freedom they had not experienced before.

Though it took many years for it to become a holiday that is readily celebrated, it has always been a pivotal time in our nation’s history. It was much more than a declaration. It is a celebration of independence, religious freedom, and freedom from tyranny and oppression.

What are you doing with your freedom?

Are you declaring the freedom God has given you in your life? The Lord says that the greatest kind of freedom possible belongs to His children.

As a woman, a wife, a mom, and a grandmotherI’m grateful we are free. I’m thankful to be able to pray openly with my family, to read the Bible without fear of any reprisals whatsoever, to take a stand for my faith or witness to others, and pray for those who lack these freedoms.

A freedom only Jesus can deliver

Jesus came so we could experience freedom. Not political freedom, or even the personal freedoms we enjoy, but freedom from sin. Whatever the situation and circumstances people of the world suffer–we are free in Christ. Rejoice! Celebrate and walk in this truth every single day!

The Truth Will Set You Free

Jesus Himself is the truth and no one comes to the Father except through Him (John 14:6). Our true freedom begins with Him. To experience true liberation and freedom, we must seek Christ and get to know Him through His word.

The oppressor, Satan, often tempts people into sin. That sin can lead to bondage: addictions, unforgiveness, fear, and many others. We know that the wages of sin is death.

We can slip off those chains that confine us by repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.

Boundaries are Blessings

Those who lived during medieval times were fully aware of the freedom that fortified walls gave them. These walls weren’t constructed to confine those who lived within them.

Instead, it kept their enemy out, giving those within the freedom to go about their daily lives without fear of attack. Our nation’s constitution which came more than ten years after the Declaration of Independence, delivered similar freedoms, through boundaries, to the people of America.

When we view God’s Word, His laws and commandments, through His eyes then we can see the freedom within them. They free us from bondage and promise blessings in return for obedience. They aren’t meant to hinder us. They protect us. They give us pure freedom to experience the life He intended for us.

RESPOND:

Lord, I want other people to experience Your freedom through Christ. Show me who I can minister to. Please help me be prepared, and give me the words to speak. Amen.

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RENEWING RESOURCES:

The Bare Bones Bible Handbook by Jim George—Grow in your knowledge of the Bible so you can better answer others’ questions with this helpful Bible study tool 

REFLECT:

Study God’s Word and seek to view it through HIs eyes. Learn more about the boundaries that give you freedom in Christ.

REMEMBER:

When we view God’s Word, His laws and commandments, through His eyes then we can see the freedom within them. They free us from bondage and promise blessings in return for obedience. They aren’t meant to hinder us. They protect us. They give us pure freedom to experience the life He intended for us.

Jim and Elizabeth George

Jim and Elizabeth George are bestselling authors and national speakers dedicated to helping people live a life after God’s own heart. Together, they have written over 150 books with more than 14 million copies sold around the world. For over 35 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth and Jim have helped countless men and women:

  • Simplify life by focusing on God’s priorities.
  • Appreciate God’s Word and apply it to everyday situations.
  • Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God’s loving eyes.
  • Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
  • Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
  • Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Learn more about Jim and Elizabeth George here.


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