By Deborah Anderson
As I ponder the meaning of freedom, I think of the many facets it possesses (freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press). I notice too how it always shares the same, common denominator…everyone wants to be free.
This month, those of us in the United States of America will celebrate the Fourth of July as a symbol of freedom. I thank God for the men and women of both my nation and other countries, who have fought and given their lives for this cause. There aren’t enough words to express the gratitude felt for what all of you have done. That being said, "I salute you."
I’m also grateful for the warriors who don’t always get honorable mention, yet fight for the cause of freedom every day. They don’t fight against flesh and blood as most soldiers do. They fight spiritually, against principalities, powers, against the rulers of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12 KJV)
I recently had the privilege to meet two such warriors. Contributing authors, Janet Eckles and Janis Hutchinson, had to fight spiritually to survive, in both of their lives.
Janet found great opportunity and freedom as a young girl when her parents made sacrifices to move their family from Bolivia to the United States. It was difficult, but God made a way for all of them during their transition.
Janis, on the other hand, found freedom when she managed to escape from a cult. What she suffered is inconceivable, but God delivered her through those torturous times, and carried her to where she is today.
Janet and Janis, share two completely different stories, yet both share the same theme…freedom. Their stories, and their lives, testify of God’s greatness. I pray you are inspired as you read what these women have shared from the depths of their hearts.
Do you need a touch of freedom today just as Janet and Janis? Do you need God’s guidance for a move in your life? Do you need deliverance from a cult? Do you need to be set free from alcohol, drug addiction, or any other type of bondage?
If so, there is hope.
No matter what situation you’re in, I know someone who can help you just as He helped these two, lovely ladies. He is no respecter of persons. He doesn’t care how much money you have, what you look like, or where you come from. He cares about you.
His name is Jesus.
Jesus Christ is the greatest testimony of all, given to us by the Father. He gave His life at Calvary for our freedom—freedom from sin. This is the most important freedom we have.
Jesus also gave His life for our salvation, which gives us eternal life if we believe on Him. Eternal life frees us from the sting of death. The military can’t fight for this cause on our behalf, nor can we, as individuals, get it for ourselves. The only way to have true freedom is through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Jesus paid the price for our freedom like no other.
"If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:36 KJV)
All we have to do to obtain the true freedom I speak of; is to receive God’s gift (Jesus Christ), into our hearts, and believe.
This freedom is available to you. Won’t you receive Him, today?
Deborah Anderson is a Christian Freelance Writer from Illinois. Married 24 years, she considers life with her husband one of her greatest accomplishments. Her 86-year-old mother, five cats, and a white dove also share their home. Deborah’s work has been published in Cross Times, Sisters in the Lord Magazine, FaithWriters’ Books and the FaithWriters’ Magazine. Deborah loves the Lord and diligently seeks His guidance in all things. She says without Him, she would be nothing. You can write to Deborah through the Letters page of this magazine.
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