Happy Independence Day! For many in America the 4th of July is a much-appreciated day off from work to celebrate the Independence and birth of the United States as an independent state. The Fourth of July for me has always been a time filled with good company, good food, and a good time.  As we enjoy […]

Happy Independence Day! 

Happy Independence Day!
For many in America the 4th of July is a much-appreciated day off from work to celebrate the Independence and birth of the United States as an independent state. The Fourth of July for me has always been a time filled with good company, good food, and a good time. 
As we enjoy the barbecue and the beautiful fireworks, it’s hard not to ponder on the awe and wonder of freedom. What exactly does it mean to be independent?  Independence is having the autonomy or liberty to take care of your own needs and to assume responsibility for your decisions while considering both the people around you and your environment. 
Let me describe it to you this way.  Do you remember when you got your first apartment or car? The sheer joy you had when you knew that you would be calling all the shots because you paid the rent or the car note. Nowadays we call it adulting. Independent means not being dependent on another person to take care of your responsibilities.   
The fourth is a great time to rejoice in our natural and physical freedom, but what about our spiritual freedom? It can be hard to be truly free when our spirit is being held hostage by our bad habits and sins.  
Think about it, have you ever found yourself asking these questions?
-Why am I struggling to reach my full potential?
-Why am I not able to accomplish the goals I set for myself?
-Why am I still making the same mistakes, repeatedly?
The reason you are not able to live up to your full potential may point to a heart issue.  If your heart is not right, nothing will ever be right! “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” -Galatians 5:1
Slavery is a condition in which individuals are owned by another, who control where they live and work. Our bad habits have a tendency to enslave us and control our lives, dictating how far we will get in life. We are only as good as our worst bad habit. If you do not break free from your bad habits eventually you will find yourself feeling like, you are chained down, unable to move, just stuck! 
It’s horrible knowing that you have all these wonderful gifts, but they are being held hostage by our bad habits. You do not have to remain stuck as mentioned in Galatians 5:1. Of course, this is often much easier said than done.
Nonetheless what this verse tells me, is that we are in control of our independence; We have the power to make the decision to remain free. Christ already made you free, now you just need to stay free!  
How do you stay free? 
You will need to remove pride, and remain in a position of humility.  Humility is a posture you must have in your heart to keep your independence:
-Instead of holding grudges against someone choose to show love.  Choosing to love means to not to treat a person any different based off the actions they have done to you.  You still make the choice to love them in spite of their actions. 
-Instead of telling someone off seek to understand the other’s persons perspective.  When you seek to understand, you put yourself in a place of the bigger person, you are seeking to keep peace for the betterment of the relationship. When you understand each other you both can grow and learn from the miscommunication that may have occurred. 
-Instead of secretly having joy in your heart, about someone else’s misfortune, demonstrate and show empathy.  You can do this by praying for that person. I am sure you know what it feels like to make a mistake, it is not the best feeling.  Knowing that someone was praying for you, I am sure was reassuring, what not extend the same love.
Christ death on the cross resembles those fireworks that fill the night sky every fourth of July.  It was Christ blood that came cascading down the cross to not only set you free from your bad habits, but from
The past
Your mistakes
Your addictions
Your negative mindset
Your hurt and pain
Your fear, guilt and shame
and your bad habits
 
It was for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then and you do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1.   
Happy Independence Day!

Candi Marsh

CEO & Founder at Purity Guarded
Candi Marsh

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