July is not just when my country celebrates it’s birthday; it is also when I celebrate my birthday, the day I chose the freedom offered by Christ. It has been 24 years since I reached out to the God who loved me enough to give His Son in my place to cover all of my sins, foolishness, and stupidity. Jesus filled all of my pits, holes, and crevices with His grace, His love, His healing, and His amazing mercies.
Scripture says, “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
to preach the good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,”(Isaiah 61:1).
As Christ stood in the synagogue in Nazareth and read Isaiah 61:1,2 to the people in the congregation, he was declaring the opportunity for independence from bondage, from sin, from sorrow and grief, from loss and from hopelessness. He told them, “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing” (Luke 4:21). Jesus told them in essence, “I am declaring your freedom– available through me.”
How do you need to declare independence? Is it from regret? Guilt? Sorrow? An addiction? An unspoken sin? What is stopping you? If you cannot do it on your own, ask for help. Talk to someone who can walk with you through the steps of declaring independence. A pastor, a trusted friend, a mentor, a teacher, someone who will help you see you are not alone.
Make today your day of independence.