Sunday Service Sermons
Living in Freedom
Interesting title for the times in which we find ourselves.
We have to be careful as we think about life in freedom and the birthday of our country.
I think those of us who are here today are the ones who know that the real life and real freedom is found in God through Christ.
I miss the banner that was up when I came here that stated: Free in Christ is Free Indeed.
When my accuser was trying to convince members that I was abusing my freedom as pastor someone removed that banner.
It is a statement of truth.
The only real freedom is found in God through Christ.
Just as the only real life is found in God through Christ.
Since the Fall in the Garden humans are born dead.
People try to find life in many different ways.
But the only true life is found in God.
An Amen would be appropriate here.
The United States was an experiment in Freedom.
In Self-Government, of the people by the people.
In order for this to work the citizens must exercise self-discipline and self-government.
Governing self in order to life in freedom and peace with the other citizens.
Remember that the founders of this country wondered how long it would last.
And they knew it would last only as long as the citizens were responsible.
We have turned from ourselves to our Government.
And look what is happening.
Our system of Government is being challenged.
And that challenge is not being met very effectively.
What is the answer?
The answer is each person living under God.
And that is not the norm now.
It will be very interesting to see how it woks itself out in the days/years to come.
Do know that for the Anti-Christ to take control of the world what we are seeing must happen.
In order for a leader to take control with the platform of Peace and Safety there must be no Peace and Safety.
Kingdoms of this world come and go.
The Kingdom of God is forever.
The day might be coming when claiming to be a member of the Kingdom of God is not as comfortable as it has been for many years.
The dead in Christ must rise, and I am afraid that our churches are full of those who are dead in Christ.
What can we do?
Get so close to God that you cannot but claim Him as your Lord and Savior.
I am doing this by following a daily devotional that has readings and Scriptures for all day.
Not just a few minutes in the morning.
You need to find your way to being so close to God that you must proclaim Him.
Or you will be swept away from God in fear of what might happen to you.
Scripture calls this: Standing firm in the Word.
And The Word is much more than the printed Scripture.
In the beginning was The Word and it was God and it was with God and it came into the world as God’s Son.
The Word is the great I AM.
It is God in word and deed.
It is the presence of God within and among us.
It is life.
Scripture for today: “ Stand fast . . . In liberty wherein Christ has made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage . . . You have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.” Gal. 5: 1 and 13.
Full lesson is: Galatians 5: 1-3, 13-16.
When this country was founded the founders: “held these truths to be self-evident, that all people are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
All people want freedom.
Where do we seek it?
How do we exercise it?
People who want freedom for themselves seek it through force.
This is usually at the expense of someone else.
They believe that might makes right.
Force can never bring freedom.
Every action has a reaction so once at the top you have to protect it from those who seek to take it from you.
For they that live by the sword will perish with the sword. Matt. 26:52
You are only number one until someone takes that place from you, and they will.
Those under this force will have a strong yearning for real freedom.
As William Peen stated: “Those who use force can never be right.”
Civilized society cannot exist without the quest for rules or laws for ordering society.
Our Declaration of Independence and U. S. Constitution, with its Bill of Rights, are the most celebrated expressions of its achievement.
These documents state that: “the laws of Nature and Nature’s God, entitle” people to the equality to which all people are created; that government’s purpose is to secure human rights; that government derives its just or lawful powers from the consent of the governed; that public officialdom, which is insensitive to human rights and humane laws is a threat to freedom, and that lovers of freedom through law look to the Supreme Judge of the world for rectitude of intentions, rely on the protection of divine providence and pledge to each other Lives, Fortune and sacred Honor.
Knowing that to much power is dangerous our Constitution divided Government into three branches.
The Legislature to make laws, the executive to administer them and the judiciary to interpret them.
The Bill of rights rests on the premise that some rights are beyond the reach of government’s power.
The philosophy of freedom though law is that right makes might, that is, right laws are a beneficent force, essential to civil tranquility, domestic peace, and social harmony.
And we are seeing today just how right these ideas are.
For law provides freedom, though limited.
Law marks the boundaries within which one can operate freely but beyond which one cannot go.
In a well functioning society of law and order all laws are obeyed, not just the ones we like.
Just as with the law of God, we are bound to the whole law.
One of the problems is that law is just as good as the people behind it.
Law is no better than those who make, execute, and interpret it, supported by people who have confidence both in the laws and in public officials.
Our system of government rests on the view that God implanted a law in nature and that government’s laws are to be consistent with it.
Essential good laws, applied equally to all and administered even-handedly, are to order society, law cannot give people the full freedom for which they yearn.
Our prayer for our country should include: “God mend thine every flaw, confirm thy soul in self-control, thy liberty in law”, as prayed by Katharine Lee Bates.
True freedom rests in and with God.
Freedom is available to anyone who believes in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
We find this in the letter to the Galatians.
God’s grace, which leads one to believe in Jesus Christ, frees one from law’s tyranny and liberates the spirit so that one can voluntarily accomplish only what law cannot achieve because of compulsion.
Spiritual freedom can exist even when human law constricts.
Paul says that his freedom, even while in prison, comes from God.
“I have leaned, in whatsoever state I am in, to be content.”
This sentiment was stated the best by Madam Guyon while in prison.
“My cage confines me round, abroad I cannot fly; but though my wing is closely bound, my heart’s at liberty.
My prison walls cannot control the flight, the freedom of the soul.
Stone walls do not a prison make, not iron bars a cage:
Minds innocent and quiet take these for a hermitage; when I am free within my heart and in my soul am free.
Angels alone that soar above, enjoy such liberty”.
Love is the companion of faith.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear. 1 John 4:18
Where there is no fear, there is freedom.
Love fulfills what the law at its best can only aim at.
Law and officials are a terror to evil works, not to good works. Rom, 13:3
The best law is” Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
If the Son of Man makes us free, we are free indeed. And from that time on , we are never the same.
For like our Master, we then minister as servants to others.
If you want freedom, seek it where it can be found.
Not in force, however strong.
Not in law, however good.
But in faith.
Which expresses itself in love.
Love for God and your fellow person.