Free at Last

About 44 years ago Martin Luther King, Jr., in his famous Lincoln memorial speech, spoke those timeless words, “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God Almighty, we are free at last.”  That speech, though short, still resonates in the hearts of many Americans today.  But truly the thought of freedom has been the focal point of Americans since we
became a nation by finally winning our independence from Great Britain (officially in 1783 with the Treaty of Paris).  For generations we have celebrated that independence on the anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence (by the second continental congress) on July 4, 1776.

We love our freedom, don’t we?  Surely no one would want to be a slave to the dominion of oppression.  But did you know that is exactly what many people choose to do spiritually?  Sin enslaves. Jesus said, “…whoever commits sin is a slave of sin” (Jn. 8:34).  Romans 6:16 says, “Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?”

You have a choice, friends (just as Cain had a choice -Gen 4:7). Jesus has the solution: “…If you abide in My word, you are my disciples indeed.  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (Jn. 8:31-32).  Wouldn’t you like to be “free at last”?

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