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  1. Thank you for reminding us of the amazing heroes and all the people who have sacrificed, are currently sacrificing and those who will sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy. May God bless each of those families and please remind us to pray for them even when it is not a holiday.

  2. Every morning, I pray first then open The Holy Bible “at random”. It is amazing that God often speaks exactly what we need to spiritually hear.

    Directly before I opened His Word this morning, I remember thinking that perhaps I should later look up verses in the index that are related to “freedom” since this is the 4th of July. I didn’t have to. I opened The Holy Bible “at random” to Galatians 5:1.

    Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
    – Galatians 5:1

    In 1776, our nation proclaimed freedom from all other nations. Throughout the following years, we have continued to claim freedom from the bondage within our own nation: freedom from slavery in races owning other races, in men owning women, in the wealthy owning the poor and much more.

    Today, many of us often take this freedom for granted that our ancestors fought for and died for. However, there is a much more costly, precious and intense freedom that separated us from the rampant, unbridled, unrestrained war between humanity and the satanic evil forces of this world.

    “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” – Romans 6:14

    When Jesus Christ died upon The Cross, He paid the price for our sins and set us free from the malicious, malevolent and malignant forces of evil. Jesus Christ paid it all.

    “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
    – John 3:16

    Humanity has longed for freedom since the beginning until the end:

    “I have waited for thy salvation, O Lord.” – Genesis 49:18

    “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” – Revelation 21:4

    For our past, present and eternal freedom from the spiritual restraint, misery and torture of this world, Jesus Christ suffered indescribable, inconceivable and unimaginable pain on The Cross. He freely suffered, died and gave Himself for us.

    Our predisposition to focus exclusively on a single or restricted interpretation of freedom itself should be heightened. Freedom is much more than earthly security, equality and happiness.

    “Jesus paid it all
    All to him I owe
    (Sin had left a crimson stain, he washed it white as snow)
    (He washed it white as snow)”

    And He blessed us with His Amazing Grace and the peace that only He can give.

    “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” -Jesus Christ
    (John 14:27)

  3. Yes, let us not forget those who had served and those who are serving today. It is because of them, we are given this freedom. This freedom that we all take for granted. We are so blessed to live in a country where we are free, free to speak, free to worship, free to be ourselves. I reflect on this today and am so thankful I am an American… Thank you for reminding us of these heroes today.

  4. In Courage,

    I believe many in this country have forgotten what our freedoms have cost. They don’t seem to care about the sacrifices of others. We need to revisit history & remind ourselves just what those brave men & women sacrificed for our freedoms. In the early days they left the home country & went to a new place to make a home & fought for freedom of religion & from taxation without representation. Others went overseas to fight in Europe, S.E. Asia & Middle East. Their families stayed home waiting anxiously to hear from them. They were moved around a lot never staying in one place that long. Many brave young men & women never made it home from battle. Let us never ever forget. Let us never forget that Christ sacrificed His Only son to die a cruel death to free us from the slavery of sin & eternal damnation. Praise God!

    Blessings 🙂

  5. What a beautiful reminder of the freedoms we enjoy each and every day only because of the sacrifices that others make. Especially the one true sacrifice from our Creator that gives us the gift of eternal life with God! Thank you for the reminder!