July 4, 1776, the day our independence from an oppressive ruling country was declared. The people of the newly founded country were free to make their own rules, laws and decisions. What a time to celebrate!
Do you celebrate the day you declared yourself free from the oppressive nature of your worldly desires? When you ask Jesus to forgive you and strive to follow Him, you are free from things that society says are important. Things like looks, wealth, job status, etc.
In Jesus you are free from the bondage of:
Self-condemnation – you can stop telling yourself you are not good enough.
Self-judgement – you don’t have to be perfect to be okay.
Self-ridicule – you can make mistakes without beating yourself up.
Instead of living by these deceptive thoughts you are free to:
Find who you were truly meant to be.
Like yourself, even with your quirky habits.
Love others because you accept yourself.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
As a new creation in Christ, you no longer have to live up to:
As a new creation, the Holy Spirit is with you to help you live according to God’s will. In that freedom, we find peace.
Do you show your gratitude for the freedom Christ has given you to live in abundant peace? Today, think of all the soldiers who have died for your freedom on earth, but don’t forget to light a sparkler for Jesus who truly set you free.