Sunday, July 5, 2015

Glorious Liberty

Bobservations Column
by Pastor Bob Lawrenz
    On this July 4th Holiday weekend, there will be an endless stream of platitudes about our Nation’s freedoms, and remembrances of great victories in the past. From the American War of Independence, to World War II, there is no mistaking the battles won, and the battles lost, all bringing ultimate victory over tyranny of all sorts, from all over the world. Liberty and freedoms came at a high cost in human lives, and continue to do so. 

    But evil and cruel leaders existed long before the United States won her wars. And there is one battle that has gone on since the Garden of Eden. A cruel and jealous ruler wanted to raise himself up to the level of God, and that battle cannot be won, but Satan continues to try to recruit as many as he can. 

    Satan’s lies will never cease. His fiery realm means death for all the souls he wins. The wars that our nation has fought pale in comparison. Even the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have rebuilt and are among the most vibrant cities of the Far East

    However, Satan’s kingdom is eternal; there will be no rebuilding, and there will be no vibrant life for those who are duped by his lies and enticements. The familiar picture on the front depicts a victory on a faraway island, and it came at a high cost: many died trying to win the battle of Iwo Jima, and even in victory, the battle raged on. Some of the men raising that U.S. Flag never made it home. The battle continued in spite of our victorious flag raising.

    Because the war with Satan is a spiritual battle, God sent His only begotten Son to enter the fray, and to win our battle for us, paying with His life. In victory, Jesus rose from the dead and lives on at the right hand of the Father. So while we have victory in Jesus Christ, we know that Satan’s battle rages on, deceiving and tempting every new generation. And, 0ur own battles will not cease until the Lord calls us home. They will continue because we live out our lives in enemy territory. There are pockets of peace and joy here and there, but none can compare with the Glory that lies ahead in God’s Holy presence.

“Because (we ourselves) also shall be delivered from the bondage of

corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God” - Romans 8:21

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