free from england, free from sin

I love the fourth of July. it has become one of my favorite holidays because my family and a few close friends all travel up to the lake for a week. we have so many people in one house that people are sleeping on couches, mega-beds, and occasionally the floor. during the week we are celebrating, riding the boat, tubing, and eating. eating a lot. my friend Lauren and I always have a fourth of July surprise for our families. we either decorate the house or sometimes make a cake. this has become one of my favorite traditions. at the end of the night we ride out into the middle of the lake and we all sit on the back of the boat with great anticipation for the best surprise of all. fireworks. the most grand celebration that can possibly be presented on a holiday.

fourth of July celebrates the independence of America in 1776. on the fourth of July many people have parties. they bring out the cakes and fireworks, the whole nine yards. we are celebrating something very important to us. we are celebrating freedom. since we celebrate our country’s freedom, shouldn’t we celebrate our own? we were dead and then brought back to life. we were chained down by sin then released through the grace and power of God. THAT IS SOMETHING WORTH CELEBRATING.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the freedom of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.” -2 Corinthians 3:17

according to dictionary.com, freedom is the exemption from external control, interference, and regulation. when we were set free from sin/Satan, we are no longer under the control of the the evil one. he cannot even interfere with our lives anymore. we are completely lacking in restraints.  we gain freedom when we begin an intimate relationship with Jesus. when we accept Jesus we are having an Independence Day of our own. Luke 15:10 talks about heaven rejoicing over just ONE sinner repenting. I believe your personal Independence Day is one that should be one of the happiest days of your life. you have had your eyes opened along with your heart.

if America celebrates freedom from England, Christians should celebrate freedom from sin. becoming set free from baggage and sin is a big deal. certainly something worth celebrating. I am not even sure that fireworks can do the job properly. we have been given a second chance. after receiving Jesus we receive a life worth living. Jesus celebrates just one person coming to know Christ. just like in the story of the prodigal son, when the son comes back to the father he kills the fattened calf and throws a huge party. this is a great representation of what Heaven looks like when someone comes to Christ.

this fourth of July have fun with your families and be safe with the fireworks ;) celebrate your freedom we have in America. we are blessed to live in such a great country. also remember to be thankful for the true freedom we have in Jesus. have a great fourth celebrating freedom in your country and freedom in Jesus!

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