It’s that time of year where soon we’ll be hearing the thunderous booming sounds of firecrackers and our night skylines will illuminate with beautiful colors as we celebrate the gift of freedom.
The 4th of July, a time where we celebrate our liberty that was certainly not free, but paid for with a high price of those who laid down their lives in service. I’m beyond grateful to be living in these United States of America where I can FREELY worship my God, FREELY speak my opinion and FREELY pen this article
As I think about the gift of freedom, I consider the famous phrase found in the Pledge of Allegiance, “With liberty and justice for all.”We are living in a dispensation of time where Biblical truths are being challenged and as Christians our faith is under fire. As believers we have a responsibility to uphold the Biblical principles that are the foundation of our faith.
Turn on the TV and within moments you will see graphic images of the persecution of our brothers and sisters in the faith around the globe. Right here in our own nation Christians were shot during a Bible study! Do we stand by and do nothing because it’s not in our “backyard” or our church?
As I think about the freedom we have in the U.S. I also realize that this gift of liberty cannot be taken for granted. While the famous line previously quoted exemplified our United States, we
have a commitment to stand for justice for ALL. As Christians, we are united by the belief in Jesus Christ thus making us family. Families stick together and bear one another’s burdens.
It is not okay to ignore injustice just because it’s not happening directly to us. So then, what CAN we do?
1) We can PRAY!
The Bible says the prayers of the righteous availeth MUCH. We have been given the gift of direct access to our Heavenly Father in prayer. Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons we have! Oftentimes we don’t value the gift of prayer until we are the ones in need of it. So as you pray, consider how you would lift your voice if it were your family under attack. Pray in faith and not from a place of fear. Our God is in control and He requires that we partner with Him in FAITH!
2) We can walk in love
With so much drama surrounding us and critical circumstances facing us daily, we are enticed to engage in conflict and political arguments. Let’s be wise in our conversation and do our battle on our knees. I believe we can do more good with love and respect than we will ever do in DEMANDING that our ways be understood. There is a time to be silent and there is a time to speak up. When the time comes for you to use your voice, do so with the boldness of Christ and not of your own agenda of just hearing yourself. The world will know that we belong to Him by how we LOVE. Love does not mean being passive; love knows how to respond with wisdom and understanding. Love also knows when and how to take action! Our goal is not to just be heard but speak truth while leading souls to Christ.
3) We can stay focused
With so much going on, we can easily become overwhelmed and lose focus. Keeping our eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, we maintain our focus on Christ and do whatever He calls on us to do. The joy of the Lord is our strength, so we greet each day with the expectation that God is going to give us exactly what we need to be victorious in our day and give us the wisdom and insight to helping others along with the way.
Never take for granted the freedom we’ve been given. Never be afraid to take a stand against injustice. We are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus and Greater is He on the inside of us than He that is in the world. We are ambassadors for the Kingdom God. Ladies, we have a great work to do and we are more than able!
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