This week, with the absence of Pastor Peggy, I am sharing something special with you which I found on Crosswalk.com. Crosswalk.com, as well as IBelieve.com, has been my go-to source for inspiration and encouragement lately. There is always something available to meet the need of the day. I pray that this will be a blessing to you. (Rhea Beaudry)
By definition it is – the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
Freedom is powerful. It is a gift. A treasure.
The most significant, important gifts in life are always worth fighting for. And often, they come with a great price. They are not free. Somewhere along the way, someone paid dearly for the liberties we enjoy so freely today. But often, we forget. It’s easy to take them for granted. We enjoy freedom, but most of us alive today, have always had it. We may not even be fully aware of just how many men and women have paid dearly for the gifts we enjoy today. The price was paid through many long years.
This is a week to remember.
This is a week to be grateful.
This is a week to say thank you. To those who have gone before us. To those who protect and serve our nation today. And most importantly, to our Savior, who paid the ultimate price, so that we can live free. Forever.
Freedom is a precious gift. Thank God for it today…
20 Great Verses and Quotes on Freedom, to Remind Us, It Is Not Free:
“And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36
“For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm…” Galatians 5:1
“Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.” 1 Peter 2:16
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
“For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Galatians 5:13
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.” Isaiah 61:1
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10
“But now you are free from the power of sin. You have become a servant for God. Your life is set apart for God-like living. The end is life that lasts forever.” Romans 6:22
“In the process of gaining our rightful place, we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred. We must forever conduct our struggle on the high plane of dignity and discipline.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Only our individual faith in freedom can keep us free.” Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” Thomas Jefferson
“For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Nelson Mandela
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” Ronald Reagan
“Posterity — you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.” John Quincy Adams
“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” Thomas Jefferson
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Abraham Lincoln
“The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion.” Billy Graham
“Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door of resentment and the handcuffs of hatred. It is a power that breaks the chains of bitterness and the shackles of selfishness.” Corrie ten Boom
We thank you for the freedom you have given to us, and for the price that was paid by Jesus so that we could live free. We remember today. The cost of it all.
Help us to walk in the ways that you lead. We desire to follow your voice, to press in close and hear your heart for our nation.
Father, forgive us for when we have gone our own way, show us the path to a closer walk with you, help us to live every day that you give, with purpose and passion, never forgetting the sacrifice of your Son, on our behalf. Help us to live our lives in a way that brings full honor and glory to you.
Lord, bless those who have given, and continue to give, so sacrificially of their own lives, so that we can continue to enjoy the freedoms in our nation today. Bless their families, protect them and their loved ones, provide for their needs, fill them with your strength and grace. Help us not to take our freedom for granted. May we always remember that the liberties we so freely enjoy, cost others their very lives.
Thank you that in this nation today, we are free to worship. We are free to pray. We are free to read your Word. We are free to speak. We are free to share. For this, we are incredibly grateful. Yet, we understand how quickly these freedoms can be taken away. Give us an increased awareness of the spiritual battle we’re in. Help us to stand strong in you, for you, and for your purposes.
Thank you Lord, that no matter what we face, you hold the final say. Thank you for your presence with us, thank you that you are strong. Thank you that you fight for us, and we are never alone.
In Jesus’ name,
“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people He choose for His inheritance.” Psalm 33:12
Debbie McDaniel is a writer, pastor’s wife, mom to three amazing kids (and a lot of pets). Join her each morning on Fresh Day Ahead’s facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/DebbieWebbMcDaniel, for daily encouragement in living strong, free, hope-filled lives. Find her also at http://twitter.com/debbmcdaniel.