Tomorrow is August 1.
Here in Jamaica it will be a holiday : Emancipation Day
This historical day dates back to 1834 when all slaves in British colonies were emancipated but it was a case of freedom with conditions. These conditions included work without pay in exchange for lodging, food, clothing, medical attendance and grounds on which they could grow their own provisions. They could chose to work outside for an additional wage to buy their freedom.
Around this time of year, you will hear our famous Jamaican reggae artiste, Bob Marley “Redemption Song” playing on almost every household radio throughout the nation. “Redemption Song” includes the lyrics : “ Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery…None but ourselves can free our minds”
Bob’s song speaks to redemption, freedom and total emancipation.
Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.
What are you spiritually bonded to that’s preventing you from experiencing total emancipation? Are you are trying to experience freedom with your own conditions? “Yes, God has freed me but I’m still going to hold on to what this person said about me or I’m still going to remember how I failed at this and that” or just simply complain about every past experience.
Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.
John 8: 34-36 says:
“Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave of sin. A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son is part of the family forever. So if the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
Who the Son sets free is free indeed! Why? Because you are a child of God! Are you viewing yourself as a child or as a slave?
Is your mindset in the grave or seeking life?
You need to declare a change in mindset today. Mental slavery is a choice. God doesn’t want us in bondage. Jesus Christ did not go all the way to Calvary for us to remain in bondage day after day.
I wonder how many times after the ex- slaves became free they looked over their shoulder to see if their former masters were watching. They experience a huge lifestyle change, yet so many of them still could not live freely.
The brain, (though all organs need each other to function as a team), is the most important. When someone is declared brain dead, it means their whole body has shut down. Everything will eventually stop working. You have to be attached to a cord to keep everything else going. The individual can no longer move, think,speak ,hear, feel, see or hear. The mind as we know it has completely stopped. This is what mental slavery does to us. We are unable to see how far we have come because we think we need the cord of the past to keep reminding us of every sin, every hurt, every pain, every setback while Jesus is stretching His hand out and reaching for us. How can we move into freedom if that cord keeps reeling us back in and plugged into the socket of our past? We cannot experience peace and joy if we aren’t willing to heal and move forward.
So many of us are trapped in our past experiences. We have allowed our past thoughts, mistakes, experiences and actions to define our future. Our past can’t go with us as we walk into our destiny. Remember the Israelites could not walk into the Promise Land because they could not leave their old mindsets and behaviours behind. It took them 40 years to be free.
Does your mindset have you so trapped that you’re unable to be free?
Steps to freedom:
1.Repent and ask God for forgiveness.
( 1 John 1:9 — “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”)
2.Read and meditate on God’s word daily, it’s how God speaks to us.
( Joshua 1:8 — “Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.”)
3.Pray always, it’s how we stay connected verbally to God. Prayer is also an act of surrender knowing God is in control of changing the way we think or see things. We must pray asking Him to change us from the inside -out.
( 1 Thessalonians 5:17 — “Never stop praying.”
4.Know the truth in the word and practice it. When we learn something we must apply it. We now must walk by faith and apply it. Jesus has already set us free from the bondage of sin and death.
( Proverbs 18:21 — “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”)
6.Share your testimonies.
(Revelation 12:11 — “And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.”)
Philippians 4:8-9 says:
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.”
Declare today that the chains will and have been broken through Jesus Christ. I pray that you all experience — Redemption. Freedom. Total Emancipation.
God alone is our Redeemer, He alone can free us and emanicipate us from mental slavery.
Trust in Him.
lots of love,
The Graced Citizen ❤️