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Peggie Matthews

The cross is a symbol of freedom

A verse from John 8 says, "If the son (Jesus) makes you free, you shall be free indeed." I can hear our nation saying, "Let freedom ring, let freedom ring!" When I think of real freedom, I meditate on the cross, because to me, the cross stands for freedom.

When Jesus placed his life on the cross for us, his actions were saying, "Let freedom ring for all people." God is no respecter of persons. I am so glad that he loves us all the same and that he never changes. He is always the same righteous God.

As our nation celebrates Independence Day, may we also celebrate freedom through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved. Praise the Lord! This lets us know that salvation and freedom are available to everyone. All we have to do is believe God's powerful word and follow the instructions. God not only sets people free through the plan of salvation but he also liberates people from everything that may hold them captive. It does not matter to him what the problem is. He only wants us to be free for his glory and honor.

I know personally that God does set people free because he unlocked a door to release me from a torment of fear that held me captive from my childhood into my adulthood and early years of marriage. When I received a clear understanding of God's perfect, endless love for me, which casts out fear and destroys it, I rejoiced greatly. I realized that God's love for me protects me from the enemy's hand through the shed blood of Jesus Christ every day. The chains of fear that held me captive broke and fell away. Jesus set me free. My feet have jumped for joy and my mouth has sung and shouted his praise ever since that day.

He delivered me and he will do the same thing for you. I encourage you to take the scripture that applies to your situation and quote it, memorize it and think about it daily. Use the Scripture as your defense weapon.

Eventually, you will defeat your giant with God's word, which the Apostle Paul also called the "sword of the spirit." Just as God caused the shepherd boy David to conquer his giant, Goliath, and just has God has helped me personally, he will also give you victory through his word. Why? Because he is so faithful.

Peggie Matthews, an associate minister at Calvary Assembly of God Church, is one of several local ministers writing religion columns for THE DAILY. For more information, call Melanie Smith at 340-2468 on Tuesdays or Wednesdays.

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