sunday July 5, 2020

07.05.20 Proclaim Liberty – notes
(Leviticus 25:9-10 NKJV)  … on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.  And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family.
In Philadelphia stands the Liberty Bell. On it is inscribed these words:  Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof.’  The ringing of this bell in July of 1776 announced to those waiting in Philadelphia that the Declaration of Independence had been decided upon and signed. The bell proclaimed the reality of these divine words that had been inscribed upon it fifteen years earlier.
(Isaiah 61:1-2 NKJV)  "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD,
What we find inscribed on the Liberty Bell was also inscribed on the heart of Jesus Christ.  Everywhere He went, He demonstrated the Year of Jubilee.  Freedom from slavery, freedom from debt, freedom from sickness. 
1 – Proclaim Liberty to ____________________________________
(Luke 7:22-23 NKJV)  … the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have the gospel preached to them.  And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me."
(2Corinthians 3:17 NKJV)  Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
(Galatians 5:1 NKJV)  Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.
(Romans 6:20, 22 NIV)  When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. …  But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.
2 – Genuine Liberty is found only __________________________________________
(1Peter 2:15-16 NKJV)  For this is the will of God, that by doing good you may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men—   as free, yet not using liberty as a cloak for vice, but as bondservants of God.
A good seed was sown on July 4, 1776 when godly men proclaimed liberty to the captives.  Something good was sown here by God to create these United States. But it did not happen without Offence, Opposition, and Obstruction.
(Mat 13:24-25 NKJV)  Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;  but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.  (Mat 13:26-27 NKJV)  But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared.  So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'  (Mat 13:28-29 NKJV)  He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?'  But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them.  (Mat 13:30 NKJV)  Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn." ' "
Don’t you want to be remembered for your faith, rather than your mistakes? Is it healthy for you to only remember the mistakes you have made and erase everything else? Who is the one that is accusing you constantly? Who is the accuser? Who is the one sowing the tares?
3 – Genuine Liberty comes when God _____________________________
(Exodus 2:24 NKJV)  Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage.  So God heard their groaning, and God remembered His covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.
Do the mistakes of godless, prayerless men negate the covenant made by our Founders with Almighty God? If God remembered His covenant with Abraham hundreds of years after the fact and moved because of that covenant, God will also remember His covenant made with the founders, with Washington and Jefferson and Adams and the millions who have followed after them.  The effectual fervent prayer of the righteous man avails much!  
John Adams called these United States, ‘The Great Experiment.’  But he also said this ‘Great Experiment’ only works under the Lordship of Christ, This great experiment doesn’t work for atheists; it doesn’t work for pleasure-seekers; it will not work for socialists; This great experiment does work when you surrender to the LORD of lords and acknowledge His place in the history of nations.
(Romans 13:12-14 NKJV)  Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.