Monday, July 4, 2011

The Declaration of Dependence

    The liberty affirmed in America's Declaration of Independence and Constitution grants believers the political freedom to openly and without fear of censure join the Apostle Paul in his declaration of dependence...
    "We are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh" (Philippians 3:3).
    God created us, He sustains us, He redeemed us (if we have believed), and He enables all true devotion to Himself (Psalm 100:3; 25:5; Hebrews 1:3; Philippians 4:19).  Trusting Him with all our hearts therefore paves the only safe and sane path upon which to navigate the course of our lives, and the course of this moment.  Declaring our dependence both within our hearts and in the confession of Christ brings true liberty, the liberty of choosing which master we will serve (Joshua 24:15).  Every human being worships and serves somebody or something.  Believers in the Lord Jesus kneel before the only Lord to whom servitude brings freedom and the assurance of perpetual peace of heart and well being of spirit.  "If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).
     Americans do well to be grateful for the Declaration of Independence, published 235 years ago today.  Believers do well to be grateful for the Scriptures' declaration of dependence, published nearly 2,000 years ago after having been written with our Savior's blood.  We live as citizens of a free nation because of the former.  We live as sons and daughters of God because of the latter.  Doubly blessed, we enjoy for a lifetime the political liberty of our nation, and for a lifetime and eternity the spiritual liberty of our Master, the Lord Jesus.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty."
(II Corinthians 3:17)
"I will walk at liberty, for I seek Thy precepts."
(Psalm 119:45)

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