Saturday, July 10, 2010

Free Indeed

And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed
John 8:32,36
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; 
Isaiah 61:1

Harriet Tubman was a black slave during the 1800’s. One day while working at the far end of the field, a Quaker woman slowed down her buggy and told Harriet if she ever needed help, she would be a true friend. Years later, after the Master of the plantation died, Harriet felt God telling her it was time to go. She’d heard a rumor that she was going to be sold the next day. Late that night Harriet slipped out into the darkness and began to run. Her father had told her, “If there’s no moon shining, feel for the moss on the trees, moss always grows on the north side.” Following her father’s instructions, Harriet made her way to the state of Pennsylvania were she was, “free.” Harriet was helped by the “Underground Railroad” which was not a railroad at all but a chain of people wanting to help those in slavery to be set free. Harriet made 19 trips back into dangerous situations to help free over 300 people from slavery. During this very difficult time in her life and in the lives of her family, a $40,000 reward was posted for her capture. She knew God was in charge and she continued to help all those she could until she died at the age of 93. In these many years of turmoil in her life, she was called, “Lady Moses” because of all the people she lead out of slavery.
Slaves were brought to America not by choice but by force. They were made to live in conditions beyond human comprehension and compelled by strong-arming them to work seemingly endless hours. (There were some slaves that were treated as family members but they were not the majority.) Food, clothing, and shelter were scarce, while beatings, verbal abuse and sexual assaults loomed over them continuously. They wanted to be free from their despair but most who tried were caught and punished severely, or even hanged. Life for the black slave was unbearable.
We know that there is One who came to set the captives free, to give life eternal, His name is Jesus. He came that we might have life, a life abundant and free. We need no longer live in bondage, despair, or in the depths of sin because He is our Way, our Truth, and our Life. He makes us free. 
Being enslaved to another human is unthinkable but being a slave to our own sin is damning. Life without Christ is meaningless and ends in eternal death. Jesus has come to set the captives free and in Him we are free indeed.  Have you truly repented of your sins? Have you the freedom Christ speaks about in John 8:32 and 36? My dear friend, if you do not know Christ as the Way, the Truth, and the Life, I invite you to acknowledge your sin before an Almighty God, repent of your sin before Him, and accept His free gift of grace, eternal salvation.
If you know Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, but you have experienced bondage again  in your life, Christ is still the answer to your oppression and slavery. Experiencing repentance in our lives to the bondage of sin is crucial. To repent means to burn your house and salt your fields. Hebrew farmers knew that if they burned their houses and salted their fields they would have nothing to return to. True repentance is having nothing to return to.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

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 (oppressed), Luke 4:18

Thought: May you know the gift of truly being free and realize that repentance, true repentance, is having nothing to return to.

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