My God Indeed! One of the greatest songs ever written! It’s amazing what a song can do for that which is within us, consider what songs touch your soul, God help us all.
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death by Patrick Henry
It got me to thinking.
You know we can be in bondage to so many things in our lives, Let us pray the Lord Jesus help us to always choose liberty over bondage in all things. Help us Lord to free ourselves from those things we can and assist us in those that are beyond our direct control.
Some Key Scriptures in the Bible containing the word “Liberty”
And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts.
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
This is the word that came unto Jeremiah from the Lord, after that the king Zedekiah had made a covenant with all the people which were at Jerusalem, to proclaim liberty unto them;
And ye were now turned, and had done right in my sight, in proclaiming liberty every man to his neighbour; and ye had made a covenant before me in the house which is called by my name: 16 But ye turned and polluted my name, and caused every man his servant, and every man his handmaid, whom he had set at liberty at their pleasure, to return, and brought them into subjection, to be unto you for servants and for handmaids. 17
Therefore thus saith the Lord; Ye have not hearkened unto me, in proclaiming liberty, every one to his brother, and every man to his neighbour: behold, I proclaim a liberty for you, saith the Lord, to the sword, to the pestilence, and to the famine; and I will make you to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
1 Corinthians 8:9
But take heed lest by any means this liberty of yours become a stumblingblock to them that are weak.
1 Corinthians 10:29
Conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other: for why is my liberty judged of another man’s conscience?
2 Corinthians 3:17
Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage:
Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty.
1 Peter 2:16
As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.
2 Peter 2:19
While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.
I wonder if perhaps too many of us have chosen bondage over liberty in various things or ways in our lives, if perhaps that could have something to do with our loss of liberty as a nation?
Men are qualified for civil liberty in exact proportion to their disposition to put moral chains upon their own appetites…in proportion as they are more disposed to listen to the counsels of the wise and good, in preference to the flattery of knaves. Society cannot exist, unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters. ~ Edmund Burke
Suppose a nation in some distant Region should take the Bible for their only law Book, and every member should regulate his conduct by the precepts there exhibited! Every member would be obliged in conscience, to temperance, frugality, and industry, to justice, kindness, and charity towards his fellow men, and to piety, love and reverence toward Almighty God. What a Eutopia, what a Paradise would this region be. ~ John Adams
These are the times that try men’s souls; The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, In this crisis, Shrink from the service of his country; But he that stands it now, Deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; Yet we have this consolation with us: That the harder the conflict, The more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, We esteem too lightly; ‘Tis darkness only that gives everything its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price on its goods. And it would be strange indeed, If so celestial an article as Freedom Should not be highly rated. ~ Thomas Paine
As I often say, God help us all! Help US to understand, gain a knowledge of and have the wisdom to change those things we aught and to gain that liberty passed down to us from our forefathers, that we now are in such need of.
Help us Lord to be true to thy precepts and to have thy wisdom to continue that mission which America was born for and for which God smiled on US so greatly, this nation we call the Land of the Free!