Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy Independence Day!! (a rough draft)

What does it mean to have true independence? Yes, we can give the Sunday school answer: "God's blessings which we receive daily." God is our God, but how does this give us independence? God offers to make us free from sin and death, to lift our burdens, and yet calls us to slavery. We cannot be completely free until we are completely bound. But how do we accomplish both?
Rev. 22:17: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.”
We are offered a drink that can not only squelch our thirst but make us live. We will drink and thirst no more, and hunger will be satisfied. Do not bite the hand that feeds you but rather find rest in His arms and abide in His protection where blessings will abound and we will experience true freedom and happiness.
If we bind ourselves to Christ and live in His service, then we will find our burdens being lifted from our shoulders. Through His sacrifice we are able to be free. Walking in His footsteps means being His example, sacrificing ourselves.

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