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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The Spirit of the LORD

“Now the LORD is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the LORD is, there is freedom.”
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

            This verse used to appear on the front page of our capital city’s newspaper. It always intrigued me how these words applied to the newspaper.

            When we give our hearts to Jesus and ask Him to guide our lives, we accept His Spirit into our hearts to help us as we travel through this thing called life. This Spirit is the third person of the trinity—the Holy Spirit.

            Now, the passage tells us that when the Spirit of God is present we experience freedom. Have you ever wondered what kind of freedom we have in our 21st Century world?

            In the United States, we have the freedoms pertaining to:

             Freedoms, Petitions, Assembly
             Right to bear arms
             Quartering of soldiers
              Search and arrest
              Rights in criminal cases
               Right to a fair trial
               Rights in civil cases
               Bail, fines, punishment
               Rights retained by the People
                States' rights (1)

The above list is THE list of the first ten amendments to our Constitution. We are facing times when these basic freedoms are at stake of being lost to the people.Even with our civic freedoms slowly eroding, we still have freedom in Christ. 

            Thomas Jefferson stated in the Declaration of Independence that; “All men are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights, among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
            On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech to an audience at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania dedicating the cemetery there. “It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.” (2)

1. http://www.ushistory.org/documents/amendments.htm (accessed July 20, 2016)
2.         Hppt://www.d.umn.edu~rmaclin/Gettysburg-address.html (accessed July 8, 2016)

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