This week we celebrate as a nation the independence that we so cherish. Yes, we have many problems within our nation, but it is not until you travel abroad that you truly appreciate the freedom and blessing that we have in our country. However, due to the sin of man (Romans 3:10- 18), and our rebellion against the moral government of The Almighty (Job 24:13), our nation is crumbling from within. You see, when a nation withdraws from the true and Living God, its moral basis, which is the byproduct of that faith, begins to wither the very fiber of society (Isaiah 1:20). We are reeling under the consequences of self rule (Judges 21:25) instead of experiencing the blessings from seeking the kingdom of God (Matthew 6:25-33; Romans 14:17).

Liberty and the 4th of July have become synonymous terms. But how free are we? According to the Scriptures, freedom can only be granted to those who by grace embrace the Lordship of Jesus Christ (Galatians 5:1) and follow His will (John 8:31,32). Biblical liberty is not when my will overrules the will of God (2 Peter 2:19), but when God’s will rules me. Jesus taught us to pray, not my will, but “Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10). Through faith in The Lord Jesus Christ, you and I can enjoy liberty on a level that is far greater and deeper than anything we can ever imagine (Romans 5:1).

Yes, we are blessed in our nation with so many “perks” and creature comforts, but none of those things can improve the morality of society, or satisfy the deepest need and longing in our hearts. Only when my sin is taken away through faith in The Lamb of God (John 1:29) can I experience true liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17,18).

Do not settle for a synthetic freedom today, my friend; call upon the Name of The Lord Jesus and be set free from the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2). “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness,” and everything else will fall into place (Matthew 6:33). Grace and truth are ingredients of true liberty, and they are offered to you and me today in The Person of Jesus Christ (John 1:14,17). Look to Jesus Christ (Isaiah 45:21, 22), Who died for the ungodly, for those without strength (Romans 5:6). Look to Jesus Christ in faith and receive a freedom that is not of this world (Romans 6:23).