The Fourth of July, Independence Day is upon us and with it brings barbecues, picnics, fireworks and the joy of spending time with family and friends. It is also good that we have some extra time over the holiday to be grateful for our, “freedom”, and realize the precious cost for our, “liberty”.
As we enjoy our festivities, know that there are military people all around the world protecting our precious freedom so we may enjoy the liberty to have these family gatherings in peace. Many of the founding fathers of this country came to escape religious persecution. One of my ancestors, Captain John Mears, a fighting Quaker, was one of these individuals. He was wounded during the Revolutionary War. It seems that we are still fighting wars on a regular basis. We have lost way too many precious children, husbands and wives over the years because of these constant struggles. But there is also another struggle people face and this is the inner war; this is the war between the spirit and the flesh, many people are suffering needlessly, simply because of a lack of knowledge. I am not speaking of a lack of, “book”, knowledge, for many people have an abundance of, book knowledge, scientific, literary, mathematical knowledge but still fall victim to life because they have no spiritual knowledge. Some individuals as we mentioned in other blog entries simply find anything spiritual as, “foolishness”, to them because they live only according to the senses. That is, a person can just keep responding to life, instead of taking a grasp on the helm via spiritual knowledge, the law of liberty, then controlling their course. Glory to God!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised. To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
That is Jesus reading from the book of the prophet Esaias, in Nazareth, where it says, Jesus had been brought up. When Jesus read this in the synagogue he then closed the book saying, “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
Later on in the book of John, Jesus speaks of this spiritual knowledge.
If ye continue in my word, then, are ye my disciple indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man; how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house fore ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
So, if we can continue in the word, which I discussed in previous blog entries, is filled with spiritual power, not just words on a page, then we are free indeed! Glory to God this is powerful knowledge which can literally change your life! Until next time, enjoy your freedom, and be safe!