Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Independence Day Devotional - Life and Liberty - Romans 8:21

Creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. – Romans 8:21

I love the 4th of July. The picnics in the park, the barbecues in backyards, the wearing of red, white, and blue, and the fireworks at night – all of these make July 4th a great day for me. It’s also our wedding anniversary, so sometimes the partying feels like it’s just for me and Evelyn. J
Americans know how to celebrate the wonderful benefits of freedom. I just love seeing the parades, the flags, and the people truly enjoying the whole occasion. There’s nothing quite like it on the entire planet. There’s nothing equal to this wonderful day in the year.
At this festive time of year, I usually remind myself of words that Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1774 before he composed most of the Declaration in 1776. In his ‘Treatises on Virginia,’ he penned these not so well known words: ‘The God who gave us Life….also gave us Liberty.’ Combining faith and freedom together like that is also worth celebrating, so every 4th July, I also give thanks to God for this nation and all its people.
As Christians, we look forward to that glorious Day of Freedom and Liberty when Christ returns. At that time, we will be free of pain and suffering, war and destruction, sickness and disease, as well as poverty and want. Jesus will usher in a New Age on Earth when His Kingdom will be fully established for the rest of eternity. That will be something to truly celebrate. That will be a time to fully experience the liberty from sin that we all yearn, and embrace the freedom of salvation that we all hope to receive.

May God bless you and all your loved ones throughout this festive season of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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