How great is our God? I have been pondering liberty for a couple of days. I’ve had several verses on my mind:
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. (Psalms 119:45) Learning the precepts of God gives liberty.
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17) Dwelling in the Spirit ensures liberty. Not reliant upon what is happening around us.
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. (Galatians 5:1) We can live in liberty when we are not entangled with sin, which is what causes bondage.
Liberty is a gift of God. The Constitution of the United States is a gift of God too, a beautifully written document that states the source of American liberties: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men 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. Liberty, given by our Creator. Given by God.
Most older Americans have enjoyed benefits of liberty throughout their lives because of battles fought before their lives began. I took freedom and liberty for granted even thought I knew there was a price paid for it. At an early age I first heard, “freedom isn’t free.”
As respect for God and His principles weakened, so has our liberty. This week is pivotal to the future of our republic. The degree of crisis cannot be overstated, but this day has been taking shape for some time.
Neglect of defending Biblical principles or neglect to personal adherence to these values can be blamed more so than upon a political movement. Consider the following:
- America’s failure to protect the rights of the unborn, despite knowing that God knew them when He formed them. Life is precious.
- Americans have so taken Christian liberty for granted that we neglect faithfulness to our local churches, knowing Christ died for the church. The level of love Christ felt for the church tells me that it matters to Him that we love the church too. If you have not noticed, recent lockdowns have the church’s liberties under complete assault. Our churches should be full to show the government we will not give them up. Our churches should be full to show God we love what He loves.
- Complacency when things are wrong or corrupt. God dealt swiftly and firmly with corruption to prevent it from infiltrating His people and becoming accepted. Under the guise of love, we looked the other way and now the pollution is on every side. We cannot avoid it; we are surrounded with it. The first line of battle is to fight for our homes by the power of God, Who ordained them.
- Our 117th Congress was opened by a congressman preacher. He ended his disgraceful prayer with “Amen and Awomen.” When our liberty is gone, consider this. This is how Congress began in 2021. They have much planned for our future. But, God – in His mercy and power.
Our American liberty is more closely linked to our spiritual liberty that most recognize. Look at this passage, words spoken to Israel. I believe much of this applies to us today:
But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me. So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways! I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries. Psalms 81:11-14.
Once again, God explains that He would fight for Israel. Israel and America often find themselves in similar situations because we are hated for our God, and also because we are unfaithful to our God, like Israel.
We can enjoy personal liberty that can be a beacon to those around us. Think of The Statue of Liberty as she stands still in New York Harbor. Part of the inscription of a plaque at her base: “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Ladies, we can be a real and a live “Lady Liberty.” By aiming to remain free of entanglements of sin, we can have the radiance that comes from true liberty, and peace and really … isn’t peace what most people are really seeking, even if they don’t know it or believe it is possible. Without liberty, there can be no peace. A woman of liberty is an example of a believer. Be thou that example.
Religious matters are to be separated from the jurisdiction of the state, not because they are beneath the interests of the state but, quite to the contrary, because they are too high and holy and thus are beyond the competence of the state. Isaac Backus (Baptist preacher during the American Revolution.)
And as I promised, some crumpets to chew on with today’s liber-tea.
Several of you have asked about my “stocking hanger.” I purchased this several years ago when my original one, a coatrack, became insufficient, not enough hooks. Yes. Necessity is the mother of invention. I do not have a fireplace, and stockings have become a fun tradition in our home. Think coatrack. I don’t recall where I got this one, but the fleur-de-lis on the top as well as many hooks on a spiraling pole made it a perfect choice for a stocking pole.
This French-inspired rack won’t work for everyone. My son-in-law, Zachary made the one on the right, basically a ladder principle – only better – he screwed hooks on, making it a durable stocking hanger and suited to more rustic decor.
Final tidbit for today is a bit of family news. India’s surgery is scheduled for the 6th. She and her family arrived in Pennsylvania today. Pray that the details of the trip will be blessed and that a healthier child will return south very soon. (Covid test tomorrow.)
My healing is pretty miraculous. It is less than 5 weeks ago since I fractured several bones in my ankle. Saw my orthopedist today and he was a little amazed with the extent of healing and range of motion. Off my cane and most all restrictions. He did roll his eyes when I asked about low-heeled boots. OK OK… few more weeks. Praising God for I know this healing was miraculous and thanking you for praying. I am excited about this.
Lois’ family spent the first couple of weeks with me after my fall, and they are back. Just before Christmas they had a major plumbing issue in their home. It is being repiped. Drywall repairs now and painting. Because of their family allergies I get to have them back with me for several more days. They are well; boys playing outdoors now compliments of a lovely Winter day.