Bless the Lord , O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord , O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalms 103:1-5 NKJV
Father God I come before you today and do bless your name! I am grateful to be called your BELOVED, the apple of your eye and victorious!
Thank you for always fixing the fight-because I am on your team I win! Thank you God for enabling me to be MORE than an overcomer and Your grace being sufficient for me.
God I believe that you are with me and nothing can separate me from your Love. Thank you for your word that I can stand on, rest in and rely on! You are a Good Good Father!
Father I declare today that my mind is renewed and any old mindsets that go contrary to your Word
I Thank you God for Freedom!
'It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. ' Galatians 5:1 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/GAL.5.1
'So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. ' John 8:36 https://www.bible.com/bible/111/JHN.8.36
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Bible Reading: Psalm 82:1-8
Rise up, O God, and judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you. Psalm 82:8
IT MAY BE the middle of summer, but it’s time for a quiz. Don’t panic! We’ll make it a multiple choice quiz. There’s only one question—and it’s really easy:
1. Today is July 4. If you live in the United States, what are you celebrating?
a. A day to wear all the red, white, and blue you want without anyone saying you look silly
b. A day of parades, picnics, and pyrotechnics (OK, OK, fireworks!)
c. A day of national pride
d. A day to remember where the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness really came from—God
OK, time’s up. What’s your answer?
While none of those answers is wrong, the last answer reminds us of something we too often forget. While the government may honor our basic rights as human beings, it doesn’t grant us those rights. God does.
The very basis of the idea of personal rights is the fact that there is a God and he is the one who by his nature defines what is right and wrong. Your rights to live, to be free, and to be treated with respect are not gifts from any government or court; they are gifts from the righteous God, the one from whom all moral judgments—including human rights—are derived. That’s true not only for Americans but for all people everywhere.
So in between all those firecrackers and noisemakers, take a few moments to honor God, who has given you rights that no government can give and no government can take away.
REFLECT: Many documents all over the world have been based on the Declaration of Independence, which refers to our “inalienable rights” of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Inalienable means those rights can’t be rightfully canceled or surrendered. Have you ever thanked God for your life? Have you ever thanked him for your freedom or for the other rights you enjoy?
PRAY: “Lord, thank you for the rights you have given me. Thank you for my life and freedom.”
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