Every year, Americans across the nation, celebrate the freedom of our land. The Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is mostly commemorated outside with a variety of festive events including barbecues, picnics, family reunions and parades. Inside events often include memorial speeches, ceremonies and other public happenings. Then there is the spectacular display of fireworks that brings to a close a Big Bang of a day!
My husband and my annual tradition on this day is to eat and visit with family and friends, then eat some more, including yummy desserts! After that we then “Ooooo” and “Ahhh” as we strain our necks looking upward at the sky filled with various shapes and designs of multicolor dots spreading out lights of big multiple star lights. We also jump in excitement at the loud booming sounds of the fireworks as each one is launched, squealing with glee like little kids describing what each firework looks like with all the light dots spreading out and fading across the sky… Oh wait a minute, maybe I am just describing myself.
Needless to say, on this day, there is no doubt that there is a whole lot of celebrating going on!
This federally approved holiday started with the separation of the 13 colonies from Great Britain in July of 1776. Thus Independence Day was a day symbolizing freedom from the bondage of Britain rule. One interesting fact from this historical time frame is a letter that John Adams (one of the Committee of Five who explained the purpose of the holiday) wrote to his wife Abigail after this day was declared. It reads, in part.
“…day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.”
God was and is acknowledged as the One to Whom we are to commemorate for this earthy event. Symbolizing spiritual freedom clearly noting with yellow highlighter that God is the true One that delivers us out of bondage and into His glorious light of liberty (I Peter 2:9).
What does Independence Day mean to you?
Independence Day always reminds me of my spiritual freedom in Christ. When God, in Genesis 3, promises to liberate his people, there were several places in which that takes place. One: when God sent Moses to literally free the Israel people from slavery of the Egyptians (Exodus chapters 5-10). This successfully took place in Exodus when God, using Pharaoh, allowed the Israelites to be let go into the long journey and trek into the wilderness to the promise land. The colonists prior to July 4, were under bondage to one nation and set free to establish their own, much like the Israelites.
The second place of spiritual liberty this day reminds me of, is when the New Testament covenant is fulfilled in Christ shed blood on the cross. God made a promise to Abraham. He swore by Himself because there was no one greater to swear by. The promise was reconciliation offered to all nations from the seed of Abraham to us living in 2012 and beyond. Restoration of a fallen mankind back to Creator God and liberty from bondage of our old sinful nature to complete eternal freedom for those who receive Christ as Lord.
So in a third-grade class sort of way… tell the class, what does Independence Day means to you — I just got up in front of class (all of you) to do just that. It is pretty cut and dried.
There is the spiritual freedom that comes from accepting Christ as Lord. This indeed is a true Day of Independence. One that lasts for eternity.
In what ways are you bound up? Chained and imprisoned; yearning for complete liberty from bondage? Is it struggling with a hideous secret that would leave you shunned forever in the eyes of your family and friends? Is it unforgiveness of a situation and circumstance that boxed you in the corner by making choices of overflowing regrets?
Or maybe a hopelessness that grows from loneliness, wanting closeness with other humans but never finding it.
Well there is wonderful great news of freedom for you. Much like the promised and signed covenant that these United States made in the Declaration of Independence, God has signed a covenant promise with you, sealed it by the blood of Christ and written your name in a permanent tattoo on His hand. All you need to do is ask and receive.
Let us with fervent passion seek our liberty in the spirit realm of Christ that lasts for eternity.
Our seeking goes as far as us yielding and receiving the wonderful liberty of reconciliation, God’s plan from the beginning of time.
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About the author
Simone Lake is a pastor’s wife, Bible teacher, author and conference speaker (both in the U.S. and internationally). Founder of Deep Roots in Christ Ministries (based on Jer. 17:7-8), she teaches spiritual discipline courses, writes devotional articles, is a short-term missionary, prayer coordinator and chaplain.
She graduated from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary with a Master’s degree in Theological Studies (MTS). Simone serves in various areas at Church on Randall Place as well as her associational and state church denomination. Simone and her husband, Pastor John Lake, enjoy outdoor activities such as kayaking, hiking the Grand Canyon, mountain bike riding and walking their Border collie, Scout.
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