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Liberty or Death!

March 23, 2015

Today’s Word
Bits of Information & Inspiration

Today in History

The American colonies were in an uproar in the spring of 1775. The British crown seemed to be depriving the colonists of their English rights; the governor of the Virginia colony had even dissolved the legislature because of its constant discussions about the King’s actions against them. The assembly met anyway — in St. John’s Church, Richmond, Virginia.

During a speech before the second Virginia Convention, Patrick Henry responds to the increasingly oppressive British rule over the American colonies by declaring, “I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”

Prior to that famous statement, he electrified the assembly by saying that if he kept back his opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, he would consider himself guilty of treason to his country and “disloyalty toward the majesty of heaven, which I revere above all earthly kings.” Then, like the prophet Isaiah centuries before, Patrick warned of those who cried, “Peace, peace” when there was no peace. Insisting that war with Britain was inevitable, he called on Virginia to arm its militia. He rallied his countrymen to trust the God of Hosts and use all the means that the God of nature had placed in their power:

“Three millions of people, armed in the holy cause of liberty, and in such a country as that we possess, are invincible by any force which our enemy can send us. Besides, we shall not fight our battles alone. There is a just God who presides over the destinies of nations, and who will raise up friends to fight our battles for us.”

Inspirational Words

“Our faith should be our steering wheel, not our spare tire.”
– C. L. Wheeler

Today’s Word

Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior.
Colossians 1:21 (NIV)

Thoughts on the Word

So many people reject God because of the things they do not want to give up for him. They may couch it in an intellectual argument, but quite often they do not want to surrender their will to God because it will mean giving up something they love that is in conflict with the character of God. Many evangelists know that intellectual arguments seldom will win this kind of person to the truth. Instead, they must come to know Jesus and his sacrificial love for them before they are able to realize that God’s demand for holiness in them is because he is their ally, not their enemy.

Prayer for Today

Holy and almighty God, I praise you for your love and holiness. Thank you for demonstrating both by sending Jesus to save me. I regret the times that I saw your desire for holiness to be too demanding or harsh. I thank you for loving me enough to not only save me in Jesus, but also to call me to a holy life under your protection and care. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

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