Article written by Lloyd Walker
Every 4th of July, we celebrate our Independence Day in the US. How are we celebrating our independence/liberty in Christ? Can we compare our true freedom today? In our current societal shift and change with issues now considered right or what is wrong is being called discrimination. Do we succumb, or do we honor God. Above all, we should honor God’s Word. Our role as Christians is to love, teach the gospel to the unchurched, and pray that God will open the eyes of their heart. We must stand for truth while being sensitive, but still, we must continue to uplift the WORD of God. It is every child of God’s responsibility to evangelize His Word. Remember, we are to occupy until He comes. Occupy is to work = to occupation. We cannot be comfortable just going to church from Sunday to Sunday to worship and think that is all. No, we have a responsibility out of the four walls of the church and that is to spread the gospel of Jesus. Matthew 28:19 and Luke 14:23 which states that we should compel the non-believers to come in. We have a responsibility to ourselves and to Christ to stand for our “Freedom in Christ”. At this time, we should take advantage of our “Freedom” as the day is fast approaching where our “Freedom” to speak Christ, that is God’s word is likely to be prohibited. The Bible is being fulfilled before our very eyes. We are seeing every word being played out. For this reason, let us occupy by taking His Word to every corner of the earth, to our neighbors, friends, and classmates, those we meet as we go shopping, in the Doctor’s office drum up a conversation and spread the Gospel. Our independence in Christ is not for one day, but it is a lifetime relationship with Christ who has truly set us “Free”. We celebrate Christ as we walk daily with him. Today, we celebrate the independence of our country for many reasons. The main reason is that we, at this time, can worship our Creator. We give thanks for this opportunity, because in many parts of the world, freedom to worship is limited or forbidden.
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty where with Christ hath made us free and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
John 8:32 | And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
John 8:36 | If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
1 Corinthians 16:13 | Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.
2 Corinthians 3:17 | Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
Romans 8:15 | For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.