I’m looking forward to celebrating our nation’s birthday this week and the freedom that we enjoy as Americans.

Yes, I’m grateful to be an American, grateful for my heritage. You see, I’ve had the privilege to spend time in many other countries and as much as I have enjoyed those times, I can tell you, there is no place like home.

But, I often have to remind myself that, as a follower of Jesus, my citizenship ultimately isn’t here in the good old state of Georgia in the grand United States; it is in the kingdom of God. And, when I think of that citizenship and the freedom it brings, two verses come to mind.

Psalm 119:45, “And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts” and John 8:31-32, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples in deed. And you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.”

Now, the Hebrew word … “liberty” … means … a wide place … and of course the Greek word … “free” … means … to be set free from bondage.

Both of these are connected to God’s precepts or His word, and it’s interesting that many people believe that God’s word binds us, but in reality it liberates and frees us.

Through His word we are delivered from sin. But, it does more than free us from sin, it guides us, encourages us, comforts us, strengthens us. It is through His word that we can be delivered from misdirection, discouragement, sorrow, weakness and so much more.

So, go and celebrate Independence Day, but remember also your day of independence, the day you came to faith in Christ and were truly set free.


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