July 4th is a day of much celebration in ‘MERICA. Fireworks (and yes, now I am singing Katy Perry…don’t hate), boat rides on the lake, grilling with family and friends, swimming, and lots of watermelon. July 4th is a ton of fun, and all in celebration of the freedoms we are privileged to enjoy every day here in America. Yet day to day, moment to moment, most human beings live in bondage. We are enslaved to addiction, fear, depression, materialism, emptiness, and we are void of real LIFE. How does one truly LIVE free?
From our earliest moments we wrestle with this immense void in our soul. We begin the aimless search for something, anything of substance, to fill this abstract void that sucks us inward like a black hole. It seems like it will consume us with each gasping breath, so we run from it, or are we running to it? We don’t know which way is up, or what direction to turn. We try to escape it, yet we can’t look away from it. Piercing through the darkness trying to figure out exactly what it is, and why we can’t ignore it away. No matter what we try to fill it with, this hole seems to always draw us into another exploration for some unknown purpose. Honestly, we don’t want it to disappear. This pulling, it somehow promises hope, a hope unseen.
…eternity in the human heart… I have come to believe this is that undefinable suction cup of the soul. The human heart longs for more because we are created for more than this mortal life that surrounds us. God has planted this eternal truth about our eternal purpose in the unconscious knowing of our beings. Every single person ever created is constantly being drawn by God toward Jesus.
It is with Jesus alone the true LIFE of FREEDOM begins. How does one LIVE FREE?
Jesus came to erase sin, shame, and condemnation from our eternal destiny.
I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.
All we must do is believe that Jesus came to die for our sins to be forgiven, and we have eternal life. Believe in Jesus’ forgiveness, forgive yourself, and start reflecting this unconditional forgiveness in your relationships.
What God has forgiven, He forgets.
Where is another God like you,
who pardons the guilt of the remnant,
overlooking the sins of his special people?
You will not stay angry with your people forever,
because you delight in showing unfailing love.
It is so easy to get sucked into our past, never allowing ourselves to move beyond our worst moments of yesterday. When God forgives, He not only forgets, He also makes all things new!
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
The only way we can forgive and forget is to focus on what lies ahead. Do not become enslaved by the impossibility of perfection, rather focus on what we are becoming in Jesus.
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,
but I focus on this one thing:
Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God,
through Christ Jesus, is calling us.