Slavery did not begin in the 1800s. It did not begin in Exodus 1, nor did it end as the children of Israel’s feet touched dry land at the end of Exodus 14. Our freedom wasn’t stolen from us by the Enemy. We handed our faith and freedom to the Enemy in Genesis 3 when we chose to believe him over what God had said. (more…)
In America we have many freedoms. Freedom of speech, the press, the right to bear arms, and the freedom of religion. While on my journey around the world with the World Race, it became clear to me that not everyone is as fortunate. In many countries, the law determines what religion you are to practice. As in America, if a law is broken, you are punished.
For some Hindus or Buddhists, converting to Christianity would mean being exiled from their family. In a country where radical Islam has religious rule, converting could mean death. For us here in America, it may look like being bullied at school or our job.
In America, we talk a lot about the freedoms we enjoy, many of which our constitution guarantees. These freedoms are part of what makes this country unique and perhaps explains its longevity. But in our secular progressive society, freedom has morphed into the idea that we’re free to do anything, even if it violates longstanding moral codes or blatantly breaks laws. Absolute anything, especially truth, is no longer embraced. (more…)
When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose work I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me? (Psalm 57:3-4)
Did you know that there are over 20,000 species of butterflies and moths? They all begin their existence on this earth as a worm-like creature that crawls along the ground seeking the substance that will sustain its life. This lowly worm has long been used as an example of life lessons, in part because species in this group will at some point demonstrate what is called a “complete metamorphosis.” Have you ever experienced or known someone who had a complete transformation?
Once my life was lived in bondage and fear, bound to circumstances I had no control over, or so I thought. The fear was physical, mentally draining and all-consuming. In my early adulthood, I was trapped in abuse and turmoil. Not knowing where to turn for help, being naïve and immature paralyzed my ability to think clearly and find solutions.
The caterpillar clings to earth and plants for survival. I clung to lies, to ignorance of the truth, hoping someone, or a change in circumstance, an elusive miracle would suddenly banish my fears and break my chains. The decision to marry at age sixteen to escape the dysfunction of living in a home with an alcoholic father created a situation that spiraled into heartbreak and divorce. Even though I was a Christian, I suffered from a lack of knowledge and understanding .
The force of nature, designed by the hand of God, propels the caterpillar to a point of change. It seeks a place to build a cocoon that encases its body. The creature becomes immobile. In the dark, quiet stillness there is a natural surrender to nature that results in the transformation. When the dormant time is over, the new creature begins to move, to struggle and work free. The miracle has taken place but it is this final struggle that the wings are open to fly.
There came a time when I surrendered my fears to the Lord. I spent time in study and prayer with a precious mentor. I sought godly counsel. Most of all, I spent time alone with God in prayer. My life lay dormant during that time. God taught me that when I am weak, He is strong. The circumstances in my life did not change, the turmoil was still present, but I began to change. God is the Master of transformation. The struggle was not easy but I learned to break free and fly with His help.
Be anxious for nothing, but in all things through prayer and petition, with Thanksgiving, make your request known to God. And the peace that passes all understanding will keep your heart and minds through Christ Jesus .Philippians 4:6-7
True freedom comes from Jesus Christ our Lord.
Do you need a transformation in your life today? What do you think of the journey of the butterfly?
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This month in America we celebrate the independence of America, and the many freedoms we enjoy as Americans. It’s cliche, but true freedom is never free. Many men and women have died to create and to protect the rights of American citizens.
God gives you freedom too. You have the freedom to believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior or choose to follow your way.