Hot dogs sizzling on the grill. Flags waving in the breeze. Fireworks lighting up the night sky.
This week, homes all across the United States will be immersed in the sights, sounds, and smells of the red, white, and blue. On July 4, 1776, the United States declared their independence from the British Empire and adopted the Declaration of Independence, and the celebration of our independence has evolved into today’s festivities. But because liberty is an ideal every person desires, this celebration week is not reserved for only Americans. We can all celebrate freedom!
Second Corinthians 3:17 says, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.” If you are saved, this spirit of liberty—the Holy Spirit—lives in you. Andrew says in his teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit:
“When you get born again is when you get changed on the inside, but when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit is when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and begins to release this life … through you.”
This life that he’s talking about is the new life you received at salvation. The Holy Spirit helps release it.
Your “Independence Day” was the day you were born again and set free. Romans 8:2 says, “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” You have been empowered to live independently of sin and death and to share that freedom with others.
Every Christian is a walking “land of liberty.” With your independence comes a newfound authority. When Jesus won the war over your heart, you received rights and privileges. You now have the God-given authority to release the spirit of liberty everywhere you go.
According to Joshua 1:3, “every place that the sole of your foot shall tread” is given to you.
“The truth is, when you receive the baptism of the Holy Spirit, you now have the same power that’s in heaven, living on the inside of you. And if you will believe and receive, you can release this supernatural power ….”
As Americans celebrate their independence this Fourth of July, we can all rejoice in the liberty we have in Christ. Learn more about the freedom living in you with Andrew’s teaching The Present-Day Ministry of the Holy Spirit. It’s available through the ministry’s online store, both individually and in the Holy Spirit Package.
Happy Independence Day!
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