How blessed we are still to be able in this country to freely join together in worship and fellowship. Many forefathers sacrificed their lives so that we could have this liberty today in this world. Our Lord Jesus, Saviour and Christ, sacrificed His life, too, that we would no longer remain in bondage spiritually but be set free from sin, as well as, our old mindsets and habits that we had before salvation.
We enjoyed a worship and prayer service outdoors this morning and extended our worship time in lieu of Sunday School. Pastor Vic Murdy reminded us that this nation came to be because some sought religious freedom, sailing from their old homelands to new shores. They lived according to their beliefs. Our Revolutionary War began in April of 1775 and ended in 1783 which set us free in theory of taxation without representation. Our Declaration of Independence was first celebrated on July 4, 1776. This new government was based on God’s statutes and commandments.
The Jewish nation was in bondage to Egypt for 470 years. God speaks to Moses in Exodus 13 to sanctify the firstborn unto Him of man and beast. Moses speaks in verse 3 unto the people to “remember this day in which ye came out from Egypt out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the Lord brought you out from this place; there shall no leavened bread be eaten.” All leavening is removed from dwellings. Bitter herbs are eaten to remind one of how things used to be and then sweeter things are added in remembrance of God’s goodness and mercy in ending the bondage. It is good to remember where you used to be. It is humbling and reminds us that God alone set us free from oppression/sin. Don’t return as the dog to its vomit, but rejoice in victory with the One who set you free from the bitterness of the past. The feasts of Passover, of Unleavened Bread and of Booths (Tabernacles) are still to be observed today.
The Jews were set free from bondage of the Egyptians. Our forefathers that left homelands to establish freedom of religion were set free from bondage. We were set free from the bondage of England by the Revolutionary War. When we are born again through salvation, we are set free from the bondage of sin and its oppression. Regardless of what the devil may say (and he may use a man to say it), he does not own you anymore. You belong to God and are His. Galatians 3 makes it clear that we become joint heirs with Christ because we become as of the seed of Abraham, recipients to all that God promised him. He tells us to keep His commandments if we love Him. (John 14:15) Compare yourself with no man, but only strive to be more like Jesus. (James 4).
He, His ways, His statutes and commandments are found within His word and in our fellowship with Him in prayer. The words of Moses in Deuteronomy 32:47 clearly tell us that the words of God were “not a vain thing for you; because it is your life..”
We then enjoyed a picnic lunch of fine food and fellowship. Please feel free to join us next Sunday at l0:00 a.m. for service and all are invited to stay for our meal following service. Pastor Murdy can be reached at 4l7-543-3659. It is the power of God our Creator and His salvation that sets us free. Continuing in our faith and walk with Him shall keep us free. It is by His hand alone and not by works of man lest man should boast (Ephesians 2:8). Whether you chose to believe His word or not does not alter the truths found therein. Try God and His love. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
Have a blessed week.