Reference Helps

by Glenda Lesher

As the 235th anniversary of the birth of the United States of America approaches, it is amazing to think that we are the oldest democracy in the world, even though we are one of the youngest nations.  Though the constitution of the United States was not adopted until 1787, we consider 1776 as the birth date of freedom for the thirteen colonies.   The great experiment of freedom from the tyranny of kings had begun and in came a representative government by the people and for the people.  As awesome as that is, that freedom was not achieved without the shedding of blood and more blood has been spilled to maintain it.  Comprised now of 50 states with vast geographical distances and cultural differences, we remain united under one flag.

Though we are thankful for the freedoms we enjoy as a nation, Jesus invites us to an even greater freedom– individual freedom from the tyranny of Satan’s rule over our lives.  It took blood to free us from the bondage of sin…not the blood of war but the blood of love freely given– Jesus’ blood on the cross and it was for all people in all nations.  “For God so loves the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  Jesus’ one time sacrifice satisfied the debt for all our sins for all time for those that believe.   Having been justified by faith, we have peace with God (Romans 5:1).

When I think about the difference in me before Christ and after I came to Him in repentance and faith, it hardly seems like the same person.  Having been a slave to sin, the effect of those chains being lifted from me was immediate and exhilarating.  Some people have a quiet acceptance of faith and that’s okay, but for me, it was dramatic and joyful.  Love washed over me and I was cleansed.  I became a new creature – the old things had passed away; new things had come (2 Corinthians 5:17).

I thank God for salvation and for the freedom to be what He called me to be.  I also thank God for living in a country in which those freedoms can be exercised without penalty or persecution.  May it always be so.


Taking it One-to-One:

  • What are your responsibilities as a citizen of Heaven and a citizen of the U.S.A. ?  How can they work together for the common good?
  • Are you free in Christ to reach your God-given potential?
  • Have you thanked Jesus today for paying your sin debt?
  • If you are still in bondage to something, what must you do to break those chains?