God’s Spirit of Freedom

July 7, 2016

Everyone experiences times when life becomes tough. Physical illness, emotional instability, the death of a loved one, financial troubles, and other life’s terms are typical human circumstances. No one can avoid the problems created by Adam and Eve’s great fall from God’s grace.

Are you experiencing problems today?

I understand how to suffer the pains of trials. It isn’t easy applying faith in troublesome times. In my times of tribulations, I have to remind myself to keep my focus on Christ and devote myself to God’s word. When I stay willing to rely on Christ during the storms of life, then God shows me His Spirit of Freedom. Waiting on God’s grace is worth it because the peace from receiving His compassion is astonishing.

The Greatest Freedom

The biggest freedom known to humanity is God. God’s love for humans is remarkable! Our Father wants to give us eternal life, free from too much sin and full of spiritual life. Every time we follow Christ we are liberated (redeemed) from sin and become worthy to glorify God.

Don’t give up in times of distress because Christ will free you from your woes and bless you with God’s grace. Remember, on the other side of tribulations is Christ’s peace where serenity is abundant. God always frees the faithful.

The Apostle Paul shows us the value of God’s freedom:

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

Have you found God’s Spirit of Freedom?

A Troubled Celebration

Today, the United States of America celebrates its independence from Great Britain. Two hundred forty years ago they ratified their Declaration of Independence. They paid a heavy price (war) to break free from English rule. This wasn’t easy and took many human casualties to win against their mighty opponent. Their relentless pursuit of freedom secured the victory.

I’m grateful to live in the United States of America. My entire life this country has allowed me to make personal choices with little government interference. I know other countries don’t rule the same way, and this shows me how fortunate I am to live in a nation with good intentions. Even though the USA has problems, it still attracts people to its borders.

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I try to avoid discussing what’s wrong with our nation, but many of my family and friends ask me my views. So, I took this opportunity to share them with you.

The founding fathers of the USA incorporated a set of Christian standards as the way to rule their citizens. Their faith in God helped shape the way this country conducted themselves. They wanted to show their citizens a new and improved government where expressing spiritual beliefs matter.

It’s sad but over time the U.S. moved away from acknowledging God to a nation anchored in secularism. This subtle shift started when they overtook the Native Americans (Indians) and stripped them their freedom. Civil war, capitalism, mistreatment of citizens (African Americans) and liberalism give evidence to the spiritual decline it shows, and a nation centered in ungodliness.

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In Biblical times we see how God treated nations who reject His rule. The  Old Testament gives excellent examples of God’s justice. Many ancient empires came into contact with God’s wrath. Egypt, Assyria, Babylonia and Persia couldn’t defeat God and experienced His mighty power (Psalm 9:17). And now the U.S.A. is showing God the same rejection.

God’s enemy is cunning and uses leaders to help separate people from Christ. Unbelievers are blinded to the devil ways because they live in spiritual darkness and believe government can solve cultural problems. Their deception keeps them from knowing God. This outlook is shallow since it blocks them from understanding Christ solves humanity’s problems.

The United States has forgotten their roots. Abortion (murder), same-sex marriages and transgender behavior are accepted and glorified. Racial hatred, incarceration of innocent people and poverty continue to make national headlines reminding us the ungodliness this nation has become. These are the facts and no matter how much someone denies them the truth stays the same. No country can change without God.

Don’t misunderstand me. God uses this nation to do well, and I’m grateful to notice the kind acts it shows. But my salvation isn’t contingent on governments. I must stand firm on my faith and live according to Christ’s will or face spiritual death. This means sharing my faith and help spread the Gospel. Every time I live in God’s purpose, the rewards are remarkable. Christ is amazing!

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