Rev. Ric Schumacher
July 4th, 5th, 6th& 7th!
It is interesting to note that Independence Day falls on July 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th. This is not a trick statement that is contingent upon the international dateline or a break in the time -space continuum; it is a fact. So what's the catch? Independence Day falls on a different day in different locations. In the United States, we celebrate Independence Day on July 4th and the Cape Verde Islands 350 miles off the west coast of Africa and Venezuela celebrate their Independence Day on July 5th. The Comoros Islands and Malawi celebrate their independence on July 6th. July 7th is Independence Day in the Solomon Islands. All of these countries have something in common; each country, with its own document, had to declare its independence.
People resist any sense of bondage to or control by an outside power. The countries listed above all declared their independence from the colonial powers of Great Britain, France or Spain. Events that have taken place on a nation and international scale form the macrocosmic model for what is always taking place in individuals which can be seen as the microcosmic level. Individuals, all to often, find themselves in bondage to an outside power and as can be expected, the individual resists such bondage. What then can an individual do? The answer is so simple that it is easily missed. First one must choose liberty over bondage and second one must declare one's freedom from bondage. The first is a mental and emotional activity and the second is a physical act that comes in response to the choice to be free.
If you want to be free from some situation or condition that seems to be the source of bondage the first step is to acknowledge the desire for freedom, and second is to declare your freedom from bondage. The first step is easy; the second may require a little work. The writer of the Biblical book of Job recognized the spiritual power of the declaration or decree when he wrote, "Thou shalt decree a thing and it shall be done unto you." Job 22:28. Maybe the most interesting and often hid den thing about this statement is the fact that it says a thing, not a good thing or a bad thing, not a white thing or a black thing, not a pleasurable thing or a painful thing, or not a freeing thing or a binding thing. The hidden thing is that this power of the decree works both ways. Energy that is used to communicate that an individual is in bondage to something is not wasted. It actually strengthens and anchors the binding situation or condition. Freedom, true spiritual freedom is the result of redirecting your energy, your personal power.
The use of the phrase "personal power" is better understood as personal, private, instant access to the presence and power of God. It is this energy that the Apostle Paul called, "Christ in you, the hope of glory." Bondage is always maintained by some fear in the mind and heart of the individual in bondage. When the fear is dissolved, the bondage ends. In Truth, it really does not matter what the situation or condition that represents individual bondage is. What does matter is the redirection of this energy. Consider this declaration of freedom written in the late 1800s by Dr. H. Emilie Cady: "There is nothing in all the universe for me to fear, for greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world." Consider using this thought as a basis for your personal prayer and meditation times. Remember it is not enough to choose freedom over bondage; you must declare it. Now is the time to declare and decree freedom. Consider using this statement also: "I Am Free with the Freedom of Spirit." Now your prayer looks like this: "There is Nothing in All the Universe for Me to Fear, for Greater is He that is in Me than he that is in the World and I Am Free with the Freedom of Spirit."
Independence Day in not only July 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th; it is everyday when we declare it.
Remember You are a Magnificent Expression of the Infinite Spirit of God!