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The 4th of July is approaching quickly and it gets me all emotional thinking about Independence Day. I love the red, white, and blue decorations, the American flag fruit pizza, my kids decked out in Stars and Stripes, and I absolutely love the fireworks!
The day is usually filled with patriotic themed meals, smoky grilled burgers covered in cheese, swimming until your skin is pruny, and loud laughter with cousins and friends.
That is all so great, but what really gets me is those patriotic songs during the fireworks reminding us of the freedom that was won, and has been defended over and over again by bloodshed and victory.
Celebrating our freedom as a country is a wonderful honor and privilege. I am so grateful for the men and women who have fought and died for our freedoms. But before them, there was One who died to redeem all mankind.
Will you join me this week as we reflect and show gratitude for true freedom, our freedom in Christ?
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Fourth of July Devotion
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”Galatians 5:1
What if after the Revolutionary War was won by the patriots, Americans just went back to living under British rule?
Now take a little leap with me to think of bloodshed for our freedom in light of our innocent Savior giving His life for us on the cross. He did that so we could have true freedom, but we went back to our slavery to sin over and over again because we didn’t know how to walk in freedom.
Today and this whole week, let’s remember the reason Christ set us free. We are no longer bound to our sin, but we are free to walk in Christ’s freedom to live for His glory.
Stand firm and walk in that freedom today.
What is entangling you today and where do you need to remember to walk in Christ’s freedom?
“So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’”John 8:31-32
Back when our oldest boys were younger, they used to get in some serious fights, and then lie about what happened. We would sit them in their timeouts and tell them that the truth would set them free, and whenever they were ready they could tell us the truth. This would result in them being set free from timeout.
I don’t know that this actually fits the theology of this verse, and I am not even sure this is good parenting, but when kids are yelling and screaming and blaming one another, you do what you have to do.
We were hoping that this approach would cause them to tell the truth quickly, and then they would be set free to move onto the next part of their day.
As you could probably guess, however, from time to time one of the boys would hold on to his truth and just sit there claiming absolute innocence. We would say things like, “You are holding the keys to your freedom, you just need to say the truth and it will set you free!”
How many of us know what Jesus has to offer us, and still sit in our sin? We want to have the benefit of Jesus without letting go of our own way.
The truth of this verse is that it doesn’t have anything to do with what we can do. If we desire true freedom, we need to take time to abide in His word, know the truth, walk in it, and we will be set free. Sounds like a promise to hold onto!
What are you holding onto today that is keeping you from walking in freedom?
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”2 Corinthians 3:17
Travel back in time with me to Vacation Bible School. Think of those days marching around singing about, “Father Abraham,” and “Victory in Jesus.”
I can’t think of a better way to describe walking in freedom than to talk about a group of kids singing to Jesus. They are free to move, celebrate, and dance. They express themselves by doing whatever is on their hearts in that moment.
That is what we are invited to do in the Spirit every day.
The Lord has set us free to rejoice in Him. He set us free to praise Him and give him our everything. I’m not saying you have to dance and shout, but if you feel like you should, then do it!
Think about a time when you felt the most free in your life. What were you doing and how can you bring that into your walk with Jesus?
Step, dance, pray, jump, leap, or walk in the Spirit of the Lord, and you will find freedom!
What is a step you can take today to be set free in the Spirit, and walk towards that freedom?
“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
As an adoptive parent, raising kids who have come from hard places has been quite a journey. We love the roller coaster ride we are on, but if you’ve ever been on a roller coaster, there are some portions of track that feel more overwhelming than others.
These times are hard mostly because of the way our journey started.
Some of our kids have struggled with food insecurity. They can be so concerned with making sure they get enough food and have plans for the next time that they will eat, that it causes them to steal food right out of their own pantry. They’re afraid if they don’t solve their hunger, no one else will.
Just like our kids, many of us struggle with fear.
The outcomes may look more socially acceptable, but they’re still based on insecurity. Fear can make us do things that we wouldn’t normally do. We can become a slave to our worry and get trapped in unhealthy cycles just to claim some self-preservation.
There are days when we have had to stand a few of our kids in front of the pantry and say, “All of that is available. You just have to ask.” As a result, our kids have found freedom in not having to provide the way out for themselves.
We can stop the cycle when we give it over to Him, and get the help that we need. Jesus has the way out, and we can lean into His freedom.
What do you need to lay down in your life that is causing you to be a slave to today? Call a friend, mentor, or pastor and ask them to pray with you or help you find accountability so you can move forward in freedom.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Luke 4:18-19
As I am writing this devotional, we are preparing our oldest child to head off to Army basic training. His ship date is just around the corner and I cannot believe that it is coming so quickly.
However, to my son it is coming at just the right time.
This boy has been a soldier his entire life. He is a strong believer in justice, and has always wanted the good guys to win. He knows with his whole heart that he is defending liberty. I have no doubt that he will be an incredible soldier, and will give everything he has to the cause.
As his mom, I love when he gives everything he has to whatever he is doing. I pray that he isn’t just proclaiming liberty for liberty’s sake. My husband and I pray that he walks in the words of Luke 4:18-19 and sets his heart on proclaiming liberty in Christ.
We pray that the good news is deep in his heart, and that the spirit of the Lord anoints Him in all of his ways so that he can share this freedom and liberty with the poor, oppressed, blind, and captive souls.
That is my prayer for each of us today. That we will be anointed by the Spirit to walk in the liberty that comes from the Lord’s favor.
May we be soldiers in the Lord’s army, defending those on the fringes, and changing the lives around us, as the Spirit changes ours.
Our life story can change someone else’s path to freedom! Who can you share your story of freedom with today?
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