Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Gal 5:1
Next Thursday we Americans will celebrate Independence Day. Most countries on this planet have a similar day, a national holiday in which they celebrate their independence as well. For them it is usually the day in history when they won a significant battle, were liberated from tyrannical oppressor, or held their first free election. In France for example, July 14 commemorates the storming of Bastille, a prison in Paris, which initiated the French Revolution in 1789. For us, the fourth of July reminds us of the day that brave delegates of the young Continental Congress met and adopted the Declaration of Independence-a document that formally stated the colonies' justification to be free from British rule. Of course that resolution didn't settle well with the Brits, they resisted and two wars had to be fought to settle the matter. The difference is this; most other countries celebrate the day their independence was won, we celebrate the day ours was declared. For there to be a victory, there must first be a declaration made to state a cause. This is also true for individuals as well. Whenever we make a declaration for our freedom, regardless of what that is, know that it will not come without a fight. Freedom never comes easy. The one who holds another in bondage never lets go without a struggle. Whether your struggle is against an addiction, a besetting sin, an illness, or any other thing that holds you captive know that there is victory in Christ. Start with a declaration; declare what it is you desire regardless of how impossible the situation looks. Believe for victory and know that the battle is no longer yours but the Lords.
"Don't be afraid or distressed by this great horde; for the battle is not yours, but God's." 2Ch 20:15b
Pastor Frank Dodson