God Bless America … Let Freedom Reign!

Freedom wall in Murrieta, California

Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD,
the people whom He has chosen as His heritage! Psalm 33:12

The United States of America was bought with the blood of our colonial soldiers and the protection of God Almighty, and it is preserved by the blood of our American men and women soldiers and the prayers of Christians. Freedom is hard won.

Thank you to our military members, veterans, and their families for the sacrifices that they have made, both apparent and those that are unspoken.

Thank you to our Father in heaven. Oh, LORD, You promised that if Your people who are called by Your name will humble ourselves, pray and seek Your face, and turn from our wicked ways, You will hear, forgive, and heal our land. LORD, hear, forgive, and heal our land; return America to You.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
2 Corinthians 3:17

Let freedom reign!

 

Let Freedom Reign in America

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My Prayer

Jesus, You preached and set the captives free. Holy Spirit, You set us on the right path of liberty. Father, in You, we live, and move and have our being in freedom and truth. We need an awakening in America, Lord. Holy Spirit breathe on America and fill us with a burning desire to return to Jesus with an urgency. Make America great in Your eyes. We want to please You. Lord, quicken Your people to remember Your words: “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” We call upon You Lord, heal our land, for Your name’s sake. Amen

Shout Liberty in America!

Liberty Bell

Tradition says that on July 8, 1776, the Liberty Bell rang from the tower of Independence Hall, drawing Philadelphians to hear the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

In 1751, the Pennsylvania Assembly ordered the Bell to mark the 50th anniversary of William Penn’s 1701 Charter of Privileges that gave religious liberties and political self-government to the people of Pennsylvania.

The Bell’s inscription is from Leviticus 25:10: “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof.”

God commanded the Israelites to proclaim a Jubilee Year every 50 years. This verse instructs the Israelites to return to the property of their ancestors. At the beginning of the Jubilee Year, debts were wiped clean, and slaves were freed. The year marked a new beginning in the Promised Land, a new beginning free of debt, free of bondage. It was also a year that was holy and of rest. The people were free to eat what the land yielded spontaneously.

The Jubilee Year was an Old Testament look at the freedom that Jesus provides to those who trust in Him. He wipes away the debt they owe for their sins, death, and frees them from their bondage to this world. They are now free to rest in His saving work because Jesus paid for their sins.

In the 1800s, the Bell reached iconic status as the “Liberty Bell” and was used as the symbol for the abolitionist movement. In 1959, Dr. Martin Luther King participated in a wreath laying at the Liberty Bell.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty 2 Corinthians 3:17

As we celebrate America’s Independence today, may we reflect on the message that the Liberty Bell sends–Liberty to worship as we please, Liberty to self-govern, Liberty from slavery.

My prayer:

Father of Liberty, thank You for Your redeeming love, a love that provides for a new beginning through Jesus. Thank you that we live in a land of liberty founded upon Your principles. Father, we repent of our sins, and we ask for Your forgiveness. May Your people humble ourselves, repent, and call upon Your name. Heal America, Father. Restore Your land.

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Celebrate your freedom by thanking a vet, soldier, military family member

7-4-14 Each year, our community decorates golf carts, motorcycles, and an old fire truck. Gleeful residents parade through the streets celebrating Independence Day.  Tonight, there will be barbecues and fireworks.

Our nation’s founders declared their independence to govern themselves and worship as they pleased. Before the declaration of freedom, they engaged in war. Lives were saved and lost.

America is still engaged in battles. Freedom costs dearly … lives, limbs, sanity.

Please take a moment to celebrate your freedom and thank a veteran, a soldier, a military family member for the sacrifices they have made for America’s freedom.

My prayer for America

My Father who frees His children, thank You for the freedom that America enjoys. Thank You for the brave men and women who have given their lives, limbs, and sometimes sanity to preserve this great land. Thank You for their families. Bless America’s veterans and military families with Your grace, peace, and joy. Pour out opportunities and prosperity upon them to overflowing. Father, we have sinned.  We have turned from You. Forgive us. Heal our land. Turn America back to You. In You is our freedom. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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 How do you celebrate Independence Day?

Freedom rings this Independence Day

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For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12

For freedom to worship their God, they came to America.

For freedom to speak their mind, they came to America.

For freedom to travel unhindered, they came to America.

For freedom to earn a living, they came to America.

For freedom, they fought in wars.

For freedom, they guard our country and our allies.

For freedom, they sacrifice their limbs, their futures, their lives.

For freedom, they pray, they serve, they sacrifice.

O beautiful America, O beautiful Americans who love freedom!

God bless America’s men and women who have served it well and are serving it heroically.

My prayer for America:

Lord of Hosts, bless America’s men and women who serve in the military, those who have served, and their families. Pour out Your peace that passes understanding upon them. Fill them to overflowing with the Holy Spirit. Heal their wounds and bless them all the days of their lives. O Lord, turn America’s heart toward You, and bless our nation.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Honoring those who paid the ultimate for our freedom

Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, about how Americans might celebrate Independence Day, which he thought would be celebrated on July 2, the day the Declaration of Independence resolution making was determined by Congress, rather than the 4th, the day the form of the Declaration of Independence was agreed to.

The second day of July, 1776, will be the most memorable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forevermore.  You will think me transported with enthusiasm, but I am not. I am well aware of the toil and blood and treasure that it will cost us to maintain this Declaration and support and defend these States. Yet, through all the gloom, I can see the rays of ravishing light and glory. I can see that the end is more than worth all the means. And that posterity will triumph in that day’s transaction, even although we should rue it, which I trust in God we shall not.

Indeed, to maintain this Declaration of Independence, our patriots have given their limbs, their health, their families, their friends, and their lives. The cost of freedom is high–it costs everything.

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 2 Corinthians 3:17

Our nation was founded upon the principles of Christianity, and God has truly blessed America.

Please join me in thanking veterans, soldiers and their families for their sacrifices for our freedom, and please pray for them.

My prayer for you:

May you understand the depth of freedom that you enjoy in America and the freedom you can know in Jesus. May America humble itself before Almighty God, repent from turning from God, and return to the God who blessed this nation.

God Bless America!