Introduction to the July 4th "Independence Day" message
Discipline, diligence, patience!
Lifestyle, work ethics that produce success and fruitfulness
*Examples from the soldier, the athlete and the farmer.
In considering these necessary work ethics, we find ourselves discussing 3 aspects of our freedom: Freedom in Christ, Dual Citizenship, and Interdependence
1. FREEDOM IN CHRIST
John 8 Jesus’ conversations with the Pharisees questioning who He is, His right to do what he does
The Pharisees had their own interpretation of godliness and God himself
Man without the spirit of God will have many different interpretations the things of God
which are based on culture and error of tradition, dreams, rational thinking based on what they desire to do Rather than the Word of God. Paul instructed Timothy concerning this, saying, “Be instant in season and out of season...."
Another commentary says, Move when God tells you to.
The spirit of deception is invading Christians like never before. Even in the days of Jesus walking here on earth, many were holding fast to the traditions of Abraham that they did not fully understand.
(John 8:30) as he spake these words, many believed on Him.
The Jews who believed, He said, “if you continue in my word, you are my disciples indeed.”
Many will draw nigh with their lips, but their hearts are far from him
(James 2:26) “Faith without works is dead.”
Endurance and action to follow Christ
We must be doers and not hearers only
How do you now that the word is true?
If you will do his word, then you will know
(John 7:17)17”If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.”
The only way to know is to put it to the test.
(James 1:2 ) My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
Only as you do the word will you know for sure
If you don’t speak it and act on it
The truth shall make you free, not set you free.
(John 8: 33) We are of Abraham’s seed and never have been in bondage
Abraham had a relationship with God, a covenant with God.
automatically believed God blessed his faith, his actions. God has no grandchildren
blessings on grandchildren come because of their prayers
you must make a personal commitment to Christ
Abraham’s prayers opened doors
Find this whosoever commits sin..
If the son therefore shall make you free
Hear and be free from sin
Except a man be born again
(2Cor 3) where the spirit of the lord is there is liberty
As many as have not the spirit of Christ are still under the power of darkness
You must be born again
Except you repent, you shall all likewise perish
We are free from poverty and lack , born again, redeemed, released from bondage
The ransom price was paid for us to be free, delivered f rom the power of darkness
(2Cor 3:20) he was made to become sin for us
(Isa 53) wounded for our transgressions
He suffered a sin debt He did not owe
He was without sin, guile or blemish, but he suffered on Calvary
(Romans 6:23) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We have been made free from the penalty and power of sin and sin has no more dominion over us. We are independent from the powers of darkness.
(Col 1:13) 13Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son
We have been made new
(2Cor 5:17) Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
(John 8:36) Whom the Son has made free is free indeed free from sin
He has cast our sin as far as the east is from the west
(Psalm 103) Bless the lord We have the right to be free from sin, sickness and lack
Symptoms may come back, the spirit of poverty may come but He came that we might have life abundantly
Bring ye all the tithe into the storehouse
Pour out blessings that you have not room to receive
Free from the fear of death – He delivered them who all their lifetime were in fear of death
We go from life to life
Free from the power of darkness, sin, the enemy
Free from sin and selfishness
The world says they have freedom to be what they want to be – greed and confusion as they rebel against the authority of God
Gender change is against God’s plan
God made male and female man tries to make his own rules, be his own God
Have a voice and a presence
Gotta be recognized, heard, seen
Its all about me and what I am doing.
But – God says we are free to be what He wants
To deny ourselves, take up the nature and character of Christ
Saul’s Damascus road experience
See pg 8 of 14 notes
Who are you, Lord and what would you have me to do?
(Jeremiah 1:5) 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations
(Ephes 2:8) by grace you are saved…his workmanship ordained unto good works
(Jeremiah 29:11) plans to prosper you and not to harm you
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord
Only when you come to know him are you made free
You never find your place in God or your purpose until you are born again.
As we behold him we are transformed into his image
Be conformed to his purpose
All things are made by God and for God
Only as born again will you know and understand your purpose
After saved, you can walk in His purpose
Freedom in Christ Jesus is to be free indeed
2. Dual Citizenship
Rights and privileges obey the rules
Standard must be set to co exist. there must be order, boundaries
We are citizens of this nation and citizens of the kingdom of God
(1Peter2:9) we are a chosen generation
Out of gross darkness, into his marvelous light
Kings and priests unto our God
Kings' kids, of royal bloodline
Children of God - Jesus is the King of Kings
Priests – bridgebuilders
Take petitions and represent God help people fine pea with God
(Romans 5:1) peace with God by faith in Christ Jesus
No matter your nationality, social economic status
You are special, a chosen generation, a Holy nation
In heaven, all kindreds, tongues co-laborers
Holy and set apart for the master’s use
Sanctified for his purpose
In this world, but not of this world
(Matt. 24 )
Persecution, terrorism and violence against the people of God
Racial tension, religious
Idolize American culture and tradition
A lot are true worshippers, some based on traditions
Ignoring/eliminating foundational issues
Frederick Douglas speech on July 4
The history of our land cannot be ignored
The truth of what has happened
We must trust God to bring the spirit of repentance
If my people will turn …I will heal their land
People of God don’t get caught up
Find here Christian nationalism
Focus on why we, God’s people are here
Focus on living holy and upright, saving souls
Cry aloud and spare not
Thank God we live here and can be a light
Saints of God are holy, set apart
Gathering of God’s people
(1Peter 2"10)_In time past. now have obtained mercy
(Rev. 15, Revelation 12:11 )And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Our blood covenant/authority
Made free and washed from our sin in his own blood
We are made kings and priests unto our God
We have rights and privileges in the spirit realm
Culture and institutions stress freedom of speech, freedom to bear arms, protect and do warfare
Power of ...
Power to speak life
(2Cor. 10:4) (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;
Weapons of our warfare are not carnal, not flesh and blood
We use spiritual weapons, pulling down of strongholds
Power of His name
Ask anything in His name, every knee bows to that name
Pg 13 notes
3.The Spirit of interdependence – dependency on God and on each other – we were created for this!
(Psalm 133) Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments;
God made Adam and saw that it was not good for man to be alone
God made another , the same as Adam.
The power of agreement -depend on others. be a person others can depend on
We are the body of Christ – a need for one another
The eye cannot say I have no need of the others
We are blessed by the gathering together in unity
Be encouraging, supportive, accountable
Galatians 5:13 called into liberty by love for one another
Commitment to God and to one another.
Hear O Israel, the lord thy God is one God
First commandment, to love God and love thy neighbor as thyself
WE cannot willingly give occasion to the flesh
Cannot make excuses for ourselves
Temptation can draw you into sin
Man is drawn away of his own lust and enticed
Avoid the things you know can easily draw you away from God
Feed on the Word of God, build up your spirit
Study, be on guard, watch
By love serve one another
All the law is fulfilled in love
Walk in the spirit and you will not fulfil the lust of the flesh.
(Galatians 5:13-19 esp vs. 16)
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. 15But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. 16This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. 17For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. 18But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. 19Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
Blessings follow when we walk in unity! Be encouraged by our help and support of one another
By the hand of Jesus, we are delivered and washed in His own blood!
We celebrate independence from the devil and we celebrate our liberty in HIm!