Tuesday, January 27, 2015

What Slaves Don't Know

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” John 8:32.

Looking back over my life I can identify things that held power over me…community image… pursuit of being a perfect mother…other people’s approval…secret spending.  I’m not proud of these masters but thankfully God is relentless in liberating His children.  In all of the above, they had one thing in common…I was unaware that I was a slave to them. 

Priscilla Shirer, author of Breathe, wrote:  Harriet Tubman, the great emancipator of thousands of slaves in America, is quoted as saying, ‘I freed thousands of slaves.  I could have freed thousands more, if they had known they were slaves.’  Powerful words coming from a woman who understood her own reality of needing liberation from someone or something
We all have God-given blessings in our lives that on any given day can morph into something that has the power to incarcerate us, withholding the key to freedom.  Our society is notorious for offering freedom for everyone in anything they wish, when in reality this ‘freedom’ locks down our spirit and hides the key.  We’re not sure how we ended up peering through steel bars watching the world pass before us.  But we don’t have to continue to stay locked up in spirit for Truth was born into our world to show us a better way.  Truth climbed up on that cross to liberate us once and for all.  Truth drew His final breath only to be raised by the power of God.  Truth holds the key that lovingly meets our eyes through the steel bars and opens the door to our self-made prisons.  And when we trust to follow Him through those doors we experience freedom and victory in Christ.  When we know Truth is when we will triumph over our earthly masters.

May we all ask God to reveal our places of captivity, trust Him for the process and walk in Truth.  ‘Recognition is the prerequisite of liberation.’ Breathe, p. 9.

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