July 1, 2017 | View PDF
Happy 4th of July! Also known as Independence Day or July 4th, it has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941. However, the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 18th century and the American Revolution. On July 2nd, 1776, the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence and two days later delegates from the 13 colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, a historic document drafted by Thomas Jefferson. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.
"So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed." John 8:36
Can you imagine the glorious joy and peace the soldiers of the American Revolution must have felt. After all, they were far from their homes and loved ones, suffered extreme cold and sicknesses, and fought for our freedom. You know when they finally realized they had been granted freedom shouts of joy, dancing, singing, laughing, talking, praying, and crying must have erupted.
Just like when you give everything to Jesus and choose to follow Him. When you take up your cross daily and die to yourself in order to live for Jesus, He breaks the chains that held you. Then, you will experience the true freedom only found in Jesus.
Sometimes we can come to Jesus for our salvation but still hold on to areas in our lives that we are not willing to let go of. Those areas are not worth holding on to! Whether it be bitterness, jealousy, control, lust, lying, cheating, or whatever, let go of it.
God's heart is a heart of love. He so much wants to see those chains broken from you. Don't be a prisoner to the lie, but be set free by the truth! “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 3:32