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Lessons - Monthly Archives: July 2010

Be Brave. Live Free.

July 9th, 2010

The 4th of July is more than the birth of a new nation, it was the birth of a new blessing for the world. God in his providence chose America to be the blessing for the world. God made us free. If we are to ever be secure or happy, we must be free.

God created us in His image, giving us certain responsibilities (Gen 1:26-30):

• Dominion and sovereignty.

• Produce offspring.

• Populate earth.

• Prevail over nature.

However, freedom doesn’t mean that there are no restrictions. God commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree of knowledge (Gen 2:16-17). The result of their disobedience is (Gen 3:16-19):

• Pain in production of offspring.

• Corruption in the populous.

• Rebellion of creation over humanities dominion.

• Death.

“The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time: the hand of force may destroy, but it cannot disjoin them.” — Thomas Jefferson

Security and freedom are mutually exclusive. Security makes us slaves. Those who want liberty and security want something that never was and never will be.

Jesus gave humanity freedom. We can choose to follow Him or not. In general, people want someone to provide for them. They don’t want freedom, but a “nanny-state.” People want a powerful person who can think for us and direct our lives, give us purpose and be our conscience. The difficulty comes in day to day living. While we want to be free — we want security more. God made us free. He intended us to live freely (not independent of Him).

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve either liberty or safety.” — Benjamin Franklin

THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

Our founding fathers motto was “Live free or die.” The Declaration of Independence was actually written by Thomas Jefferson and edited by four others who were on a committee with him (John Adams, Ben Franklin, Robert Livingston, and Roger Sherman.)

On July 1, 1776, they presented it to Congress. Nine colonies were in favor of it, two said “no”, one was split down the middle, and one abstained. On July 2, 1776, twelve out of thirteen colonies voted to break from England. On July 3-4, 1776, the language of the document was amended. On July 4, 1776, the language of the Declaration of Independence was officially adopted and signed by John Hancock (President of Congress) and Charles Thompson (Secretary). These brave men knew that what they were doing was serious but they wanted to be free. Many were abused, mistreated, or their families were mistreated. For some it meant death. It was no game to them.

“And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.” — Declaration of Independence

What do you value most? Freedom or security?

“Great nations rise and fall. The people go from bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to fear; from fear to dependence; and from dependence back to bondage.” — Henning W. Prentis Jr.

Mottos of the Declaration:

• Join or die.

• Give me liberty or give me death!

• Live free or die.

• Don’t tread on me.

Verses on Spiritual Freedom:

• John 8:36; 2 Corinthians 3:17; Galatians 5:1

Derrick Jeter’s Motto:

• Be Brave. Live Free. (see www.derrickjeter.com)

“Happiness is the fruit of freedom and the fruit of freedom is valor.” – Pericles

God made us free. May we be image bearers who represent the message of freedom both spiritually and in society.

(Material is Copyright © 2010 by Derrick G. Jeter. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.)

 

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