Freedom is defined as: “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint”, or “the state of not being imprisoned or enslaved”
An example of freedom is someone being released from prison.
Over two hundred years ago we started celebrating July 4th every year. We celebrate our freedom and refer to it as Independence Day. Every years we fly the red white & blue, have parades, carnivals, food, music and lest us not forget the fireworks.
The top patriotic song would be Kate Smith’s God Bless America while Tennessee Ernie Ford has the oldest with This Is My Country. The number 1 patriotic movie goes to Saving Private Ryan released in 1998.
According to a military website, the following is the starting of our annual tradition:
On July 4, 1776, the thirteen colonies claimed their independence from England, an event which eventually led to the formation of the United States. Each year on July 4th, also known as Independence Day, Americans celebrate this historic event.
Conflict between the colonies and England was already a year old when the colonies convened a Continental Congress in Philadelphia in the summer of 1776. In a June 7 session in the Pennsylvania State House (later Independence Hall), Richard Henry Lee of Virginia presented a resolution with the famous words: “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.”
On July 1, 1776, the Continental Congress reconvened, and on the following day, the Lee Resolution for independence was adopted by 12 of the 13 colonies, New York not voting. Discussions of Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence resulted in some minor changes, but the spirit of the document was unchanged. The process of revision continued through all of July 3 and into the late afternoon of July 4, when the Declaration was officially adopted.
Freedom a wonderful thing isn’t it? But at what cost? How many lives did we lose to gain our independence and defending our freedom and independence?
On the other hand, one man died on the cross and paid the ultimate price for our sins and won the freedom for us to go to heaven. As a friend pointed out recently in a motivational speech about Independence Day:
Ephesians 3:12 John 3:16-17
Let us look at the many ways that our Gracious Savior has freed us:
I. Free from Slavery
The Lord has freed our ancestors free from slavery.
Galatians 5:1-26 Galatians 5:13-14 Exodus 6:2-7 1 Corinthians 6:12
One of the biggest stories of freedom from slavery would be when the Lord helped Moses lead the people out of Egypt to freedom. Exodus 11:4 -14:31
II. Free from Sin
Several examples the bible shows us from being set free of sin. When referring to freedom, this is the biggest freedom of all.
Romans 6:18 John 8:31-36 Romans 6:7
We see from the bible the story of Noah and the Ark how God removed sin from the earth. Genesis 6:11 – 9:17
III. Free from Bondage and Distress
Romans 8:21 Psalm 118:5
IV. God ‘s Direction
Galatians 5:13 2 Corinthians 3:17 1 Peter 2:16 Romans 6:22 2 Timothy 1:7 Romans 8:1-4 Psalm 23:1-6 1 Corinthians 9:19 Galatians 5:16 Romans 8:20-21 Romans 8:2 Galatians :25 1 Corinthians 3:17 Galatians 5:25 Jeremiah 33:3 2 Peter 2:9 John 14:6 Ephesians 2:8 James 1:25 Galatians 2:4 John 8:32 John 8:36 Isaiah 61:1
Now in closing, we have two choices the way I see it. Once a year we can have barbeques, flag waving parades, powerful fireworks displays celebrating our freedom and maybe giving thanks to those that sacrificed to give us that freedom. Or we can celebrate everyday for Christ that gave us the greatest freedom of all and Jesus was the only one that sacrificed to give it to us.
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