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LAND OF THE FREE
What Still Holds You Captive?
Parades, family picnics, barbeques during the day, and colorful fireworks lighting up a darkened sky, Americans yearly celebrate "Independence Day", commonly known as "The 4th of July".
I learned as a child to memorize the "Declaration of Independence" and how important it was that our country separate itself from the oppressive control of the "mother country."
"It (Independence Day) ought to be commemorated... ," wrote John Adams, our second president, in a letter to his wife, Abigail, "... as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty."
We try to hold fast to our freedoms today. But are we really "free"? The prophet Isaiah predicted the coming of the One who would truly set us free.
Our own bondage need not be with yokes and chains. It may be just as simple as allowing our thoughts to rule us. The enemy of our soul works in our mind, creating lies, placing doubts and unfounded blame, forging unforgiveness into our hearts and pressing us deeper into captivity led by the wiley one.
"Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom." (2 Corinthians 3:17)
Then you can shout out your own hallelujahs! Praise the Lord and set off rockets! Light up your "sparklers" and barbeque fires! Have yourself a burger! You are free!