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Wednesday, July 4, 2012

July 4: Something for Nothing


NOTE TO SELF: Nothing is free. NOTHING! There is a cost to anything that claims to be free, including our freedom—especially our freedom! Many people today are still fighting for your freedom and not receiving the respect and dignity they deserve. Families lose their fathers or mothers, their brothers or sisters, their husbands or wives, for you to remain free.

We have many great privileges in our country, more so than any other country in the world, and we tend to forget that it wasn’t always that way. We were once under a tyrannical government ruling of Britain. Our forefathers came here seeking freedom, but when Britain tried to force their laws, their religion, and their taxes on them, they fought—and thousands lost their lives—so that you and I could be free today! They had our future in mind. They were thinking of us when they wrote the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.

I get a bit disturbed when I hear people claim that our salvation is a free gift, too. The gift may be free for us, but it came at a very high cost, much like our freedom in America. Christ died for YOUR sins while He had none. An innocent Man carried your burdens, your disease, your pain, your heartache, and your sin, and He nailed it to the cross so you could be free from it all one day. Christ had our future in mind. He was thinking of us on the cross that day.

Freedom comes at a cost. Nothing is free. It’s stupid to try to get something for nothing!

PRAYER: Lord God, we lift up every service man and woman who serves our great country so we may live free. We know that our freedom comes as very high cost. And for those who have lost their lives for us, we lift up their families to You and ask You to bless them and reward them for their family’s member’s bravery and courage to do what is right. We also thank You for our freedom from sin and eternal damnation, because Your Son paid the ultimate price for the saving of our souls. We are forever grateful. Amen.

JOURNAL: What kind of freedom do you experience thanks to Christ’s dying on the cross? What kind of chains were you released from? Drugs? Abuse? What freedoms do you tend to take for granted?

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