Hello! How are you? I hope all is well since I have last spoken with you. Life has way of continuing on no matter what goes on in one’s life. What’s the saying? “Life happens while you’re making plans”. Many people in many countries make plans but do not necessarily have the freedom to carry out their plans or wishes because they simply are not allowed.
Tomorrow is July 4th-our Independence Day in the United States. American citizens will celebrate and honor their freedoms by attending barbecues, parades, togetherness with family, friends and, by the end of the day-fireworks. The Declaration of Independence was written specifically for the CITIZENS of the United States…not for the “guests” that stay in our country. The men who wrote the Declaration were all God fearing, God honoring men. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
These men held the Bible, and its’ principles as the highest Authority to govern a nation and the future of that nation. These men prayed separately and corporately as they sought the counsel of God to write our Declaration of Independence. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.” (Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776).
These visionary men knew that this nation could not survive without God governing it. “So I will keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts” (Psalm 119:44-45). As long as the Unites States continue to acknowledge their Creator in their lives, laws and government, it will be a Blessed and Free Nation under God. “So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free”. (John 8:31-32) One might say “what truth?” The truth that because of God and His Son Jesus, we have freedom-in various ways in our lives and in this country. These truths are also the promise of God to His children and to His Creation; and He cannot deny Himself. “For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bonds laves of God” (1 Peter 2:15-16). “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36). The freedom God offers us exceeds the physical and crosses directly into the spiritual. “But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life” (Romans 6:17-18, 22).
“For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Romans 8:19-21).
As you Walk Every Day With Grace, I wish you a sobering reflection into our Country’s history and that you will see God in your celebration of our Freedom.
The Star Spangled Banner Lyrics
By Francis Scott Key 1814
Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early lighT What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream: ‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more! Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave. From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven rescued land. Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation. Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.” And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave. O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
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