Independence Day or Dependence Day?

As the nation of the United States of America, we will be celebrating our freedom this weekend. Our freedom spans a time period of nearly 240 years. On July 4, 1776, the thirteen united States of America unanimously declared their independence from England. The Declaration of Independence is the founding document of the American political tradition and has become a cherished symbol of liberty and freedom for our nation. Although this document declares our independence from England, it is also our document of dependence upon God. Out of love for God and country, the founders of our nation were willing to fight for, live for, and die for the foundational truths upon which our nation is based. The forefathers of our nation depended upon their Heavenly Father for their personal lives and the livelihood of this new nation. We as citizens of the United States of America must follow their example if we are to continue to be a successful independent yet dependent nation.

One way our nation celebrates Independence Day is through displays of fireworks. The explosions of sight and sound remind us of the battles fought for the freedom of our nation. I also want us to experience a spiritual outburst of Living Light within our minds during this holiday because true and ultimate freedom is found only in Jesus Christ, the Son of God. May the brilliance of faith fireworks burst forth in our minds as we meditate upon the promises of freedom available for us when we live dependently upon the Lord. May faith be our firecrackers and scriptures be our sparklers.

My Reader, let me help you begin an early celebration of independence and dependence through the following images and scriptures. May these powerful verses explode with new meaning for you both historically and spiritually.

fireworks-5For freedom Christ has set us free;
Galatians 5:1

fireworks-1So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
John 8:36

fireworks-3Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is,
there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17

fireworks-8But now you are free from the power of sin and have become slaves of God.
Now you do those things that lead to holiness and result in eternal life.
Romans 6:22 NLT

fireworks-10For you were called to freedom, brothers.
Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh,
but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13

fireworks-7Live as people who are free,
not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
Honor everyone.  Love the brotherhood.
  Fear God.  Honor the emperor.
1 Peter 2:16-17

fireworks-9I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts.
Psalm 119:45

Joyfully,
Cheryl
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