As we celebrate Independence Day weekend in the land of the free and the brave, let’s pause to thank those who have given and are giving their lives so that we can be free. There is a huge price to pay for freedom as we know but sometimes forget.

Jesus paid the ultimate price for our freedom two thousand years ago. At that time, people thought he was coming as a king to set them free from Roman rule, but in reality, He came to set us free from ourselves.

Old ways of thinking are what keep us in spiritual bondage. Our negative thoughts hold us captive. How we think of ourselves determines how we act in life and the choices we make, doesn’t it?

Here are a few examples of what I’m talking about. Do you see yourself as accepted by others or do you have to do or be something to be accepted or loved? Do you see yourself as attractive or ugly? Rich or poor? Smart or stupid?

Here are some more things to think about. Do you see yourself as free to make your own choices or is something or someone in the back of your head telling you what to do all the time? Do you realize you have the ability to do and to be whatever you desire to become in life? What is it that is holding you back? Perhaps a bad childhood, negative thought patterns, or a lack of confidence?

As we celebrate freedom and independence, make a choice to be truly free in your own life. Let Jesus show you the reality of who you really are and remember “He who the Son sets free is free indeed.”

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