“Independence Day”

“Independence Day”

July 2, 1776, Thomas Jefferson, consulting with fellow committee members John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and William Livingston, declared in a written statement that the US colonies would be independent of the British Empire. Two days later, July 4, 1776, the statement of Independence and Freedom was officially called and declared, The Declaration of Independence.

Such a mighty statement declaring independence from Great Britain had many challenges. Each of those men who co-signed that Declaration knew they would now officially be enemies of Great Britain, and a price would be on their head.  They were marked men, who would be sought after to be killed.

Further, when news of this Declaration reached Great Britain, many laughed at the thought that these few, poverty stricken, out-manned and out-gunned 13 colonies would have the resolve to prove their independent state of freedom.

For the next 36 years, skirmishes on US soil took place with Great Britain declaring, ”No you won’t be a sovereign nation!” In 1812, the United States took on the greatest naval power in the world. The US Army of 6,700 men faced an experienced army of 240,000 soldiers spread across the globe. It cost the lives of 15,000 men before the US was finally given peace in 1815.

Freedom and Peace have always come at great price! Spiritually, the day you declared yourself free of Satan and sin is the day you entered a battle. Like our beloved, fledging 13 colonies who declared themselves free of the greatest naval power in the world, infant Christians fight an uphill battle to be free and stay free.

However, when we declare ourselves free from sin and choose a new master, Jesus Christ, we battle ourselves, our comrades who want us to stay in the old lifestyle, and the devil who maintains you belong to him. Your old friends will laugh at you and state, “You won’t be able to keep your new commitment!”

Jesus declared, “So if the Son (Jesus) sets you free, you will be free indeed.”  John 8:36. 

It will indeed cost you to be free. In fact, it will create a war inside of you.  At the same time, your decision and commitment to become a person of God will set you free from all the compelling, dark side you lived in.

The citizens of the late 1700’s in the US became convinced that freedom was worth the price. We can be free, and it is worth inviting Jesus to declare you free!

Pastor Stan