January : New Years Day
May : Memorial Day
June : Flag Day
July : Independence Day
September : Labor Day
November : Veteran's Day
There are many holidays in America that are celebrations of Freedom, but are you really free? The Bible says that we are slaves... slaves to sin. (Romans 6:15-22) What is sin? Sin is violating GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s lawÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the Ten Commandments. (1 John 3:4) Need proof you are a slave to sin? The Bible says, "You shall not lie." How many times have you told lies in your life? How about stealing? Have you ever taken GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s name in vain? Have you ever looked with lust (sexual desire) at anyone you were not married to? The Bible says "Whosoever looks upon a woman to lust after her has committed adultery already with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28) How many times have you been guilty of looking with lust? If you are guilty of these then you are a slave to sin. God tells us that all liars, drunks, the sexually immoral, thieves, etc. will end up in the lake of fire... eternal hell. (Revelation 21:8, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬Â¦all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Romans 3:23)
A few verses before that we also find these condemning words: Ã¢â‚¬Å“There is none righteous, no, not oneÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ There is none who seeks after GodÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ There is none who does good, no, not one.Ã¢â‚¬Å“ In fact, the Bible says that God will justly judge you when you die (Hebrews 9:27) and none who are unholy will enter heaven. We have to be holy to go to heaven.
There is hope! God lowered himself and became a man, in the person of Jesus Christ. He never sinned, and lived a perfect life that no other man could do. Then He shed His blood and died on the cross, paying the penalty for sin. After three days he rose from the dead, defeating death. So do as the Bible says, repent and have faith in Jesus Christ. Stop living a lifestyle of sinÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ turn from your sin and start living for God. Deny yourself and take up your cross daily and follow Him. (Luke 9:23) Humble yourself. Realize you are created to glorify God. True freedom is only found in Jesus Christ.