National Holiday. Fireworks. Cookouts. Summer Heat. Day Off. What words do you use to describe the 4th of July? The upcoming holiday is a time to practice our faith, celebrate our nation’s freedom, and enjoy time with family and friends. The hour is at hand for God’s people to cry out to Him and stand in the spiritual gap for our country.
How can you and I honor God and make a lasting difference in our nation?
Stay aware of our nation’s history.
It’s inspiring to read our nation’s history. Many of our founding fathers were believers in Jesus Christ and students of God’s Word. James Madison declared, “We have staked the future of all our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government; upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.” Samuel Adams said, “We have this day restored the Sovereign to whom alone men ought to be obedient. He reigns in heaven and…from the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come.” May we never forget our nation’s deep roots in the Christian faith!
Pray for all people in high positions.
God’s people are called to pray. One mandate is to pray for those in authority. In 1 Tim. 2:1-2, Paul stated, “First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way.” It’s imperative to pray for our political leaders who know Christ and for those who don’t. Our nation is desperate for leaders that love Jesus and practice their faith with courage and gentleness. On the other hand, let’s talk to the Lord about leaders who don’t know Him, asking the Holy Spirit to lead them to repentance. Proverbs 29:2 teaches, “When the righteous increase, the people rejoice, but when the wicked rule, the people groan.” May you and I never forget that God moves when His people pray!
Strive to live life on mission.
Our God is at work in our day. You and I are saved by grace through faith (Eph. 2:8). Following our spiritual redemption, God left us here to serve and live life on mission. In Eph. 2:10, Paul said, “For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” I appeal for us to live for Christ in our homes, schools, workplaces, neighborhoods, church, and community. God desires to use you and me to push back spiritual darkness and lostness. As you and I live life on mission, we can (by the power of the Holy Spirit) even love people who disagree with our faith, theology, and walk. May you and I never minimize the difference our lives can make for God’s glory!
Thank God for military personnel and first responders.
I applaud and respect the many brave men and women who have served and are serving our country and the many men and women who respond to 911 calls with courage and dedication. Thank you for protecting our freedoms; thank you for keeping our nation and community safe; and thank you for your personal sacrifice. As you put on the uniform each day, please know that you’re prayed for and realize that you’re making a difference. “God, thank you for these brave men and women!”
Commit to say something if you see something.
In a day of evil, hatred, and terrorism, it’s imperative that you and I stay alert and vigilant. If we see an individual (or group) acting suspicious or strange, a prudent reaction is to notify the appropriate authorities. The matter may turn out to be nothing. If so, thank God. However, our alertness and response could be an action that saves many lives.
I’m aware that many of us plan to be away this coming weekend. Therefore, I’d like to remind you that you can stay connected to Bradfordville and watch the live stream of Sunday’s worship gathering. It begins at 10:30 am at bradfordville.org. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend and July 4th!
Celebrating Our Freedom,