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Today is a federal holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, by the first Continental Congress. Most of us associate the 4th of July with fireworks, food, family, friends, and sooner or later: freedom.
 
While the dictionary says freedom is “the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint,” I’d have to disagree. That sounds like anarchy, everyone “free” to do whatever they want, anytime. That sounds dangerous. Why? Because our hearts are deceitful (Jer. 17:9). Our tongues are a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:8). Do we really want all of that unleashed without hindrance or restraint?
 
A healthier view of freedom comes from Scripture. “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17). Freedom to know God’s love and grace in Jesus Christ. Yet this freedom is not a license for lawlessness. Peter encouraged us to “live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God” (1 Peter 2:16). And Paul said, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (Gal. 5:1).
 
If the Son sets us free (and He has), we are free indeed (John 8:36). Father, help us to understand the healthy freedom we have in Christ and truly live like we’re free indeed.

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You Keep Him in Perfect Peace

Many of us long for days of peace and rest. This world around us is groaning and we know evil days are ahead. Sometimes we forget that we can still have peace and rest here. Not the peace and rest from the world’s perspective, but from a heavenly perspective.

Isaiah 26:3-4

3 You keep him in perfect peace

    whose mind is stayed on you,

    because he trusts in you.

4 Trust in the Lord forever,

    for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.

 

John 16:33

33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” 

It is so important for us to surrender our life, our ways, our desires to the Lord. As hard as that is, He tells us that when our mind and trust is put in/on Jesus Christ, we can have true peace and rest. This isn’t easy because we want control of the outcome, we want control over our desires and we often doubt God’s ability to handle the obstacles before us. The Lord has often reminded me that if I knew all the details that He knows, I would want the exact outcome and answer He gave me. That often gives me a huge sigh of relief.

I have experienced His peace and rest in some of the loneliest and darkest seasons of my life. He carried me and comforted me. Then there are seasons of life that seem easy and yet the smallest thing can cause me to fret. The answer to our peace is always Jesus Christ. No matter the season you are in, trust in His sovereignty, His power, His wisdom and His infinite love for you. Believer, He ALWAYS knows what is best for you and He is preparing you for your eternal home with Him. Find rest and comfort in the One who made you and knows you better than you know yourself. Don’t trust your feelings, your circumstances or this world system…trust the Truth that He has given you clearly in His word.  

Additional scripture references: Philippians 4:6-7, Matthew 11:28-29

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