John 8:32 “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Today, July 4th, 2018, marks the 242nd celebration of the United States of America gaining its independence from British monarchy. the republic established in those early years has set us on course to be the longest surviving independent republic in history. But I am thinking of another, more important, independence day.
June 18th, 1990. My day of independence.
I found the Lord Jesus Christ as worthy of my faith and trust for salvation from sin.
That day, I found hope like no other. I found peace and joy. I found security that released me from the fear of my future after death. I found acceptance into a royal family. Most of all, I found what true love, what real love is all about.
I have explored the depths of that love and found no limit. I soared to its heights and found no ceiling. I could spend all of eternity trying to find the limits of the love of God and I would never reach a boundary.
I have been set free because my Savior took the punishment and penalty of sin. He made the payment and packaged it as a gift to be received freely.
For thirty-one years, I knew what it was like to be in bondage, a slave to sin. I obeyed my flesh, my passions, my emotions; I chose my will my way. I wasn’t happy; far from it. I was guilt-ridden, ashamed and finding failure more than success. I fought depression, anger and addictions. The chains that held me were heavy and weighing me down continually.
That day I trusted Jesus Christ as my Savior, I remember a woman asking me what had happened and I said, “I got saved!” It felt as if the weight of the world was lifted from my shoulders. That emptiness inside was now filled. That hole in my heart had a shape – a shape that only Jesus Christ could fill.
Today, for those in America, we have much to celebrate. We still have the freedom to worship openly, in public without persecution. We can witness and evangelize in our cities and states. I can read, memorize, meditate, preach and proclaim the Word of God in my home, on the street corner, in my church or to the person on their doorstep.
It may be soon that we will lose that priviledge. Knowing that we have it is one thing. Exercising it to keep and maintain it is another. All throughout history, nations that took their freedom for granted and did nothing to sustain it soon lost it all.
I have and will continue to thank my God for the freedoms I have been born into here in America. I know that some reading today do not have such luxury. Daily Manna has been read in over 20 countries and is growing in its readership. Though you may live far from America, we can share a common independence in Christ Jesus.
Let us pray for one another, and one day, that same independence will bring us all together into His presence.