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Summary: Independance Day, 2008

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There is freedom to be celebrated!

2 Corinthians 3:16-18

- This past weekend many celebrated their freedom on the lake, at friends’ houses, or simply at home relaxing and taking the day off.

- This morning, let’s examine TRUE freedom not given by a country – but by a God that loves you more than words could ever express.

- Freedom from God is freedom from ALL sin!

v17 - Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Point 1 – Celebrate!

- God has given us an incredible gift, left to us by His Son, so that we would be FREE

-- God’s freedom had a price; but it is now offered free to all who would receive

- Paul understood this freedom because he experienced the delivery in Acts 9

- From the moment he has that vision of the Lord, he was liberated and free, forever

-- Are you free? Have you been released?

- When Jesus gave us the Spirit, he gave us power – he made us different from the world

- God expects us to be different because we were bought with a price; His Son

- When we live our life, we ought to live like we are free!

-- No more are we to act like a slave to the world; we have been set apart ...

Point 2 – Freedom Exemplified

- Martin Luther King expressed freedom through his I Have a Dream Speech

- He spoke of a freedom that one day would come to all who live in this nation

- In other nations of the world freedom is not free; it doesn’t exist in other places

- Yet, as a believer – YOU can be free wherever you are! Do you know that?

- Are you living like you are free or are you being brought under bondage by sin?

- The freedom Paul speaks of is yours when you have Jesus

-- Do you have Him? Are you happy about it?

-- Are you declaring this to others?

v18 - And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

Point 3 – Are you glowing in God’s presence?

- In v16, there is a reference to Moses having to wear a veil; let’s look at why

- Turn to Exodus 34:29-35 (Read) – This veil was worn because …

- Note the removal when not in God’s presence; because he was honest with God

- He was transparent and transformed before a holy and righteous God

- Paul refers to this very same happening

-- There should be glory on our faces!!

-- There must be something different about you!

- When we are free; we are happy - When we are free; we rejoice

Conclusion

- How is your freedom level today? How are you showing your freedom?

- Many placed flags about their homes this weekend, wore patriotic colors; even enjoyed some great weather here in central Alabama

- But, when it comes to celebrating God’s glory and freedom – are we quiet/reserved?

- Friday night the bible study that met discussed getting out; we discussed showing what we believe to a world that so desperately needs Jesus Christ

- Would you be willing? Could we show that freedom’s glow today? (Singers)

- Could we demonstrate the freedom we have so freely as we declare that we are proud to be Americans?

- There is freedom in the Spirit ... We are free indeed!

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