Good day everyone!
I am excited to see another fourth of July! I hope you guys and gals are having a great day and enjoying the good food, I know I am!
Anywho, I had the opportunity to read a fourth of July article recently and thought I would share with you. the article was written by author, Charles T. Robinson Jr., take a look.
On this day many will invest time with family. Some will grill and play games. Others will watch fireworks and enjoy it’s tapestry
of colors. Few however will celebrate the true meaning of July 4th. For our country, July 4th marks the day of independence from Britain which set forth the founding of this country. How privileged are we to have a day to celebrate freedom that so many people around the world dream of. We are celebrating a time when a group of people decided to cut ties with oppression and bondage, and strive for liberation and freedom.
We all have a spiritual Independence Day. A day when we decided to cut ties with the bondages of worldly living and the oppression of the flesh. We became liberated from sin and free in the spirit. Men fought and shed blood for freedom in this nation. They died to unite this country. Similar to this there is a fight in the spirit. Blood was shed on a cross and a man died for our freedom. Some of you may remember the day you accepted Christ. What if we got into the habit of celebrating that day as our true Independence Day. Physical bondage is grotesque, but spiritual bondage is eternal damnation. Don’t forget the day that means the most. The day you decided to stand up and fight. The day you determined you had enough of bondage and oppression. The day YOU signed your spiritual Declaration of Independence. Enjoy your Independence Day. God bless.
“For freedom Christ has set us free, stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
Charles T. Robinson Jr.
On June 19th via Facebook I wrote: When I start getting comfortable, He (God) comes in to shake my world up. Graciously He reminds me, if you think this was all that I had to give you, you were mistaken. “Eyes haven’t seen, ears haven’t heard, neither has your mind fathomed what I have prepared for you.” This status stemmed from the shaking (the changes) that was quickly taking place in my life.
In April I received a phone call that a family member had cancer. In the month of May I was told that she was being hospitalized; that shook my faith. My job was becoming more demanding; this shook my balance. In the midst of it all, I was asked to help teach about Transformation at Bible Study for the month of May, and while at church someone broke into my home and stole personal possessions; that shook my peace and security. While life was shaking, fear, intimidation, anger, resentment, doubt—they all tried to seep in to corrode my foundation. As a baseball player, though, I continued to stand at the plate and hit everything that flew at me. My ears were attentive to the Coach (God) and my eyes on the prize (the purpose.)
In hindsight, though, I learned so much through the vibrations. In every way, I was comfortable where I was and had allowed relationships to die when He wanted to give life. I was content at my apartment, when the ultimate goal (a year and a half prior to moving in) was for me to purchase a home. I was focused so much on my job that Unwrapped International and The Truth about Ugly Women became stale. Here I was, smack dab in the month of May and had forgotten about the promises of God. What He told me was STILL true if I only trusted in Him and put forth an effort, but I lost focus on what He had prepared for ME.
If your life has been shaken or is being shaken up right now, ask yourself, what’s the underlying meaning? Have you been settling in your relationships? Have you given up on life, your dream home or college education? What about your dream to become a business owner? God wants to remind you that He still has a plan for your life. Remember, the shaking has purpose.