Happy Independence Day!
Two hundred forty-one years ago the men and women of the original British colonies had struggled under the burden of English tyranny to their breaking point. Instead of allowing their spirits to be broken and whining about it any longer, they bravely published their Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. And they fought hard for the freedom we take for granted today.
Our country was born. Our identities were changed. We’re not British colonists. We are citizens of the republic of the United States of America.
We have a similar choice to make individually. Will we live subject to the enslavement of this world? Accept the bondage of sin and the consequential death of our human nature; that which we are born in to? Or will we choose to give this sin burden up to Him and turn away from that old self?
We know that our old self [our human nature without the Holy Spirit] was nailed to the cross with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with so that we would no longer be slaves to sin. Romans 6:6 (Amplied version)
Our old self, our sin, was nailed to the cross with Jesus, the physical incarnate of the one true God. He was fully God and fully man. He was completely innocent, but died a sinner’s death – our death, the consequence of our sin. Has your old self died with Him. Do you know what it means to truly be free?
For the person who has died [with Christ] has been freed from [the power of] sin. Romans 6:7
As Jesus rose from death after the third day, the person who gives up his old self and accepts the freedom of Christ is made new. You are no longer subject to this world. God takes you and makes you His own. You have been chosen, are delighted over, and you are gifted with a purpose. You are given a new name even: little Christ, or Christian.
Now since you have been set free to God, you have your benefit, resulting in sanctification [being made holy and set apart for God’s purpose], and the outcome [of this] is eternal life. Romans 6:22
I pray for your eyes to be open to God’s purpose for you as Paul did for the Ephesians:
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may grant you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation that gives you a deep and personal and intimate insight into the true knowledge of Him. And I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, flooded by the light of the Holy Spirit, so that you will know and cherish the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints (God’s people), and so that you will begin to know what the immeasurable and unlimited and surpassing greatness of His active, spiritual power is in us who believe. Amen. (adapted from Ephesians 1:17-19)
Happy freedom, dear sisters and brothers of God!