In Paul’s letter to the church at Corinth, he gave explained how born-again believers in Jesus Christ could experience the joy of being free. He said in whatever situation the Corinthians found themselves in, they could experience being free no matter what.
The Freedom message is for us today.
While under house arrest, Paul wrote four epistles.* In them he detailed how we could live with freedom in our hearts and minds, letting go of what we couldn’t control and no matter what was going on in the world around us.
Here are just a few samples the ring true in these times:
- He encouraged us to stand in our faith no matter our situation or circumstance (Ephesians 6:13).
- He reminded us that no matter what, God would finish the work He started in each of us (Phil 1:6)
- He said we could have joy in the circumstances (Phil 1:12-26)
- He told us we could make it through anything in God’s strength (Phil 4:13)
Jesus died and rose again to make us free from this world, and its’ trappings, not dependent on the politicians or the ever-changing culture rules of the day (1 Corinthians 7). We can rise above wherever we are today to higher ground. God shows us a freedom that can never be taken away.
This July 4th, remember that our freedom—as daughters of the living King—is not dependent on our political leaders or any other person or worldly entity. Our freedom comes from Christ Himself.
Magnify the Lord, not the present-day conditions, the violent, loud voices telling you what to think and believe, and find joy in the knowledge that whom He set free is free indeed (John 8:36).
*The four epistles: Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon.
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