Blessed! Precious Is Our Freedom

The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners.
Psalm 146:7b

Have you ever thought of the river of blood that has preserved our freedoms? As it relates to America, more than 4,000 soldiers died during the American Revolution. More than 2,000 perished in the War of 1812. Approximately 116,000 gave their lives during World War I. The Second World War claimed more than 405,000 U.S. military deaths. More than 54,000 American servicemen died in Korea, and 90,000 died in Vietnam. Another 8,000-plus have given their lives in the Persian Gulf Wars and the War on Terror. Add to that the 498,332 known military deaths during the Civil War, and it’s believed the total number of Americans killed in all U.S. Wars exceeds 1.1 million.

Recommended Reading: Psalm 146

How precious is our freedom!

And how precious is the spiritual and eternal freedom gained for us by the death of the one Man, Christ Jesus. If our political freedom means so much to us, how much greater is the freedom of heart bestowed by Christ that leads to eternity!

We must always cultivate a heart of deepest gratitude for our freedoms and for those who died on our behalf. We must always remember the Savior who died on Calvary’s cross who made us “free indeed” (John 8:36).

My chains fell off, my heart was free, I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Charles Wesley, in the hymn “And Can It Be”

Read-Thru-the-Bible: John 9 – 12

True Religion

Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble, and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.
James 1:27

Recommended Reading
1 Peter 2:11-12

Last summer, former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow spent time ministering to children in an orphanage in the Philippines. It was a personal mission for Tim because he was born in the Philippines to missionary parents, and the orphanage had been started by his father, Bob Tebow.

Critics may blast Tim Tebow for his vocal faith, but it’s hard for them to criticize him when his Christianity goes to work caring for orphans in the Philippines.

Following Christ isn’t a popular path in today’s culture, and the world is quick to criticize us for being vocal or for our slightest faults or failures. But the world falls silent as we care for orphans, visit widows, feed the poor, rebuild communities after disasters, promote literacy, and provide clean drinking water for impoverished villages. Peter wrote, “Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us” (1 Peter 2:12, NIV).

Our authenticity as a follower of Christ is often judged more by our actions than our words.

The greatest thing a man can do for his Heavenly Father is to be kind to His other children.
Henry Drummond

John 7 8

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