Posts Tagged ‘slavery’

  

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭36‬ NIV)

Discovered just off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa is the first known slave ship that sank with its human cargo of slaves aboard. Setting sail from Mozambique in December 1794, the Sao Jose began its four-month journey to deliver 400–500 slaves to sugar plantation owners in Maranhao, Brazil. Pressed against one another, the slaves were shackled in the hold almost constantly during the trip.

Twenty-four days into its voyage, the vessel ran into a severe storm. The captain, crew, and about half of the slaves survived. It was a valiant effort to save the slaves lives, but some 200 still perished. And those that were freshly saved? Within two days, the rescued slaves were resold to another party. 

Some days it feels like our newfound peace and freedom from Sunday is gone by midweek. But what Jesus performs in your life is enough, regardless of how you “feel”, if you walk in His ways! Stay free from the slaveries of a fallen life by doing right! You are loved! 

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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John‬ ‭8‬:‭36‬ NIV)

Discovered just off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, the Sao Jose-Paquete de Africa is the first known slave ship that sank with its human cargo of slaves aboard. Setting sail from Mozambique in December 1794, the Sao Jose began its four-month journey to deliver 400–500 slaves to sugar plantation owners in Maranhao, Brazil. Pressed against one another, the slaves were shackled in the hold almost constantly during the trip.

Twenty-four days into its voyage, the vessel ran into a severe storm. The captain, crew, and about half of the slaves survived. It was a valiant effort to save the slaves lives, but some 200 still perished. And those that were freshly saved? Within two days, the rescued slaves were resold to another party. 

Some days it feels like our newfound peace and freedom from Sunday is gone by midweek. But what Jesus performs in your life is enough, regardless of how you “feel”, if you walk in His ways! Stay free from the slaveries of a fallen life by doing right! You are loved! 

This letter is from Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:1 NLT)

Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year, according to a 2005 report from the U.S. State Department. Though America ranks around 130th out of roughly 164 nations, it still affects the one person involved: the modern slave. Their goal would be to find freedom again.

It would stand to reason, then, that the politically-correct crowd would hate the biblical use in this verse, where God’s people refer to themselves as slaves or servants of God. Our idea is not one of hostage-taking or exploitation, but the realization that we were bought with a price (Jesus’ sacrifice) and understand that life is better when lived according to God’s plan and not our own (submission). No hate, no violence, no exploitation, just a beautiful relationship with the Creator of our life!

Slavery in the world needs to end. No one deserves to live like that. Take a moment today to pray for those held in bondage, that God would keep raising up liberators. Then ask God to help you be ok with being submitted to His plan. Ours leads to heartache, but His always leads to a better life! You are truly loved today!

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