July 2011 – Week 1

Meditation for the Week of July 3, 2011
Freedom Is Never Free
Let’s consider a time 235 years ago. A new document sat awaiting some of the most prominent men in North America. The craftsmanship of Thomas Jefferson had largely withstood the numerous suggestions and complaints of the Continental Congress. All it needed was John Hancock’s “John Hancock” and the signatures of the other delegates. Imagine yourself in the line, ready to grasp quill pen and make your mark. What thoughts are in your mind?… Do you think of the fighting that started over a year ago? Do you worry about pledging your life and your possessions plus your “sacred honor” to the cause of independence from Great Britain? Are you excited? Afraid? Uncertain? Hold those thoughts. The line is long, people are moving slowly, and you have time to wait. While waiting, ponder what might happen to you after you sign this Declaration of Independence….
What did happen to the men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and tortured before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. Another had two sons captured. Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War. They all signed and pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.
God grant you the wisdom to follow just rule and reject the sinful, the ability to pray for those in authority and to thank Him daily for the benefits of stable government and the desire to use the freedom you now have-as a citizen of these United States and especially as a Christian to live out your life in honor of Christ and in service of your neighbor.
Likewise, the Lord gives you courage to use this freedom to proclaim boldly Christ’s rule over all and His forgiveness won for all.
Please remember our troops and their families in prayer this week. Freedom is never free. “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free’” (John 8:31-32).

Our Weekly Prayer: Remembrance for Independence Day Please consider praying this prayer as part of your daily prayers.
Lord of Freedom, we lift our eyes to worship You and Your beautiful creation. Thank You for our freedom to worship You. Father, guide our governmental leaders to take our nation in the way You would have us go. Help them to realize that true prosperity comes only through the application of Christian values. Give them integrity, morality, and the ability to leader people wisely. May the laws they make uphold and protect our right to worship You. Also guard and protect our soldiers and chaplains as they guard and protect our nation’s freedoms here and abroad. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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