Preparations are underway around our country to celebrate Independence Day. Chances are if you’re not on the road to a vacation, you have something in the fridge to grill next week. There is always plenty of excitement around any day you celebrate with fireworks, but did you know that this July Fourth marks the 241st anniversary of the Declaration of Independence? Let us be intentional not to take our freedom for granted.

We live in the land of the free, and the home of the brave. We have freedom to do what we want to do and say what we want to say.  We have so many freedoms in America. People long to come to America because we live in freedom. So, what freedom is it that you most look forward to celebrating this Fourth of July?

Reading Ephesians 6, we should be convicted of the urgency to know God well in the present and be as completely prepared as possible for whatever may come in the future. In Ephesians 6:10-17, followers of Christ are commanded to put on the full armor of God. Here are just a couple of the verses from this portion of the scripture, 11“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.”

Our battle is oftentimes an unseen one. Let us not be unaware that we too are caught up in it. We are in a battle for precious souls. Be prepared; 13 “Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm . . . .17 and take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”

This fourth of July I will give thanks for all of the sweat and sacrifice that makes, creates, and sustains these United States of America. And I will be celebrating my freedom to worship the One and Only, True Living God. I will be celebrating my freedom to teach my children the ways of the Lord. I will be celebrating the freedom to read, study, meditate, and memorize the Scripture. And be sure that I will be celebrating the freedom to help my children do the same.

Why? I do not want to take today’s freedom for granted because though they are protected, the future is not guaranteed. There could come a day where we no longer live in the freedom that we enjoy today. God willing, the day will never come where we do not have the freedom to worship and study God’s Word. It is vital that we know God’s Word! Treasure it this Independence Day.

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