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Freebird? Not.

There was a lady we once pastored who made some bad decisions, wasn't doing too well spiritually, but desperately wanted everyone to believe that things were fine. She told people, "I'm free as a bird!" and, "It feels so good to be free!!!" She spoke of her freedom so much it led one to question the sincerity of her claims not to mention the fruit of her life didn't line up with her words.

We didn't have facebook back then but I'm sure if we did her status would have been about how "free" her life had become. The only thing was, she was anything BUT free!! She was one of the most bound up women I've ever known. Perhaps all the talk of freedom was just wishful thinking on her part. It was almost as if her boastful claims of freedom were attempts to talk herself into being free.

Today we celebrate our nation's freedom. Our family is blessed to spend it in Washington DC, enjoying the show and fireworks you see on TV live. We've done it before and it's very meaningful. I am very glad we live in a country where we have the POTENTIAL to be free. You see, I say potential because although we have the opportunity to be free both as a nation and as people because of what Jesus did on the cross, many have not made the choice to truly be free. They remain captive to so many things ~ the enemy's lies and snares, the spirit of religion, hurts of the past, familiar sin, fear, unforgiveness, jealousy, greed, materialism, self absorption and much more.

Many soldiers gave their lives so America could be the land of the free. Jesus gave His life so we could be free. Are we truly free or just playing the part?

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