I am grateful we live in a country of freedom.  I mean, does anyone ever hope for its opposite?  Coercion, restraint, imprisonment, enslavement, bondage, confinement? I doubt it.  I think there is something inside of us that longs to be free and is thankful when we get to a point where we are.  Just ask a person who risked their life to get to the American soil you’ve always walked on.  We want freedom.  As Americans, we have it!  But some of us reading this, are “American” on the outside, but do not feel free on the inside.  You forget that you live in a country without walls, because there is barb-wired around your life.  Whatever it is, abuse, depression, shame, anger, addiction, anxiety, loneliness, separation from God, the bible tells us: “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is FREEDOM.”  You know something? Jesus gave up his freedom in Heaven so that He could come to Earth, die for you, and give you freedom.  Come to God.  Tell him what has you captive. Let him be your Liberator. And may Independence Day not just be your freedom as an American–but your freedom as a human.


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