I love the Fourth of July -- Hotdogs on the grill, lighting up sparklers, watching the fireworks shoot up in the sky. The big band music makes my heart thump with pride. I’m proud to be an American, where at least I know I’m free --

Yesterday, my family grabbed the folding chairs and blankets, drinks and snacks, and headed to Dogwood Dell in Richmond’s Byrd Park. Commemorating America’s freedom stirs up deep emotions for many of us. As usual, our National Anthem began to play and I began tearing up. My kids are used to it.

Libera is Latin for free. Freedom is a priceless commodity. I wish I could take you with me to some of the countries I’ve visited. In many lands, freedom is only something they read about. Many of us have taken this gift for granted.

While we enjoy the physical liberties provided by our founding fathers, so many aren’t living in the complete spiritual freedom offered by our Heavenly Father.

Are you held captive by your attentions? Being limited by circumstances, past mistakes, fear of failure is to forget that your release has been bought and paid for by Jesus Christ. The enemy wants to keep you prisoner of a war that’s already been won.

2 Chronicles 20:17 says, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Stand firm, hold your position, and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed. Tomorrow go out against them, and the Lord will be with you.” (ESV)

As we celebrate our nation’s freedom this week, let’s rejoice in the assurance we have that the Lord fights our battles. His victory on the cross enables us to triumph over our thoughts. It’s time to live the Libera Life!

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