Your Declaration of Independence [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — November 02, 2018
Are you ready for some good news?
You’re free! So declare it!
Today’s Text: “Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith.” (Galatians 3:23–24, ESV)
I originally preached on this text on a Fourth of July weekend and thought about how our founders finally felt the need to declare our independence. Here’s part of the famous document:
“We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved.”
Just as a nation arrives at a point when she must declare her freedom, so must we in our spiritual lives. Even when you know that you are made to be free and you are ready to live in that freedom, there is something essential about declaring it.
It is an announcement of freedom that already exists in Christ. I never recommend announcing something that you don’t believe, but, if you believe it, you can announce it whether you feel it or not.
Perhaps you will want to use your own words - -your own declaration of independence. Or use the words suggested below based on the truths we’ve learning in Galatians:
I’m free. I’m in Christ, I’m not under law.
As such, I’m no longer a guilty prisoner under guard. I’m free.
I’m no longer a foolish child under a guardian. I’m free.
I’m free to live, to love, and to leave a legacy.
I’m free to enjoy God, follow God, obey God, be filled with God.
Because I’m in Christ, I’m fully qualified to receive the promise given to Abraham to be blessed and to be a blessing.
In Christ, I declare I’m free. In Christ, I am blessed, and I am a blessing forever.
When you declare it, you own it. In Christ, you’re free. And that’s the Gospel!