A high price has been paid for the natural freedom we experience in the U.S. and the spiritual freedom all Christians share. As we celebrate Independence Day next month, I want us to remember all our service men and women who are still in harm’s way, protecting and fighting for freedom. But let’s not forget that Jesus Christ paid a price as well.
Since the fall of Adam, Satan has ruled the spirits of men and women with an iron hand, keeping humanity in his clutches. But Jesus died on the cross of calvary to set mankind free from the bondage of the devil and sin.
It is now up to us to live in the freedom that Jesus purchased for us. Galatians 5:1 (NIV) says, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” Every day should be a celebration of our spiritual freedom.
On the Fourth of July, we celebrate our nation’s natural freedom. Many families spend the day enjoying the outdoors. But a tremendous sacrifice was required for the liberty we enjoy.
The greatness of this nation is determined by what we the people are willing to give. Throughout our history, brave men and women gave their lives for the cause of freedom—on the shores of Normandy, in the waters at Pearl Harbor, and in the sands of the Middle East to name a few. Beginning with the American Revolution through today, over 19 million men and women have died so you and I could live in freedom.
We must not forget those who fought for our independence. And we must continue to honor and respect our veterans and those who still fight for freedom. As you watch fireworks on the Fourth, take time to think about the cost of freedom. And thank God for those who have given so much so you can live free.
And let’s not forget that Jesus’ blood flowed down Golgotha’s Hill more than 2,000 years ago. It is still flowing today, offering spiritual freedom for anyone willing to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
Kenneth W. Hagin
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