Slave or Free?

Is Israel a slave? Is he a homeborn servant?
    Why then has he become a prey?
The lions have roared against him;
    they have roared loudly.
They have made his land a waste;
    his cities are in ruins, without inhabitant.
Moreover, the men of Memphis and Tahpanhes
    have shaved the crown of your head.

Have you not brought this upon yourself
    by forsaking the Lord your God,
    when he led you in the way?
And now what do you gain by going to Egypt
    to drink the waters of the Nile?
Or what do you gain by going to Assyria
    to drink the waters of the Euphrates?
Your evil will chastise you,
    and your apostasy will reprove you.

Know and see that it is evil and bitter
    for you to forsake the Lord your God;
    the fear of me is not in you,
declares the Lord God of hosts.
For long ago I broke your yoke
    and burst your bonds;
    but you said, ‘I will not serve.’
Yes, on every high hill
    and under every green tree
    you bowed down like a whore.

Jeremiah 2:14-20

Are you compelled to sin? When you wake up in the morning, do you immediately begin submitting to impure thoughts and selfish motives? When you go to sleep at night, are you overcome and tortured by anxiety?

Are you living like a slave?

The Lord had set the Hebrews free from slavery in Egypt hundreds of years earlier. He had performed numerous miracles to accomplish this and then even more to bring them into their Promised Land. Yet they began living like they were still enslaved. Only this time, instead of being in slavery to the Egyptians, they were in bondage to other gods.

For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1

God wants us to be free. He wants us to live an abundant life, free of the yoke of sin and evil, free to enjoy walking with Him in the light.

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Matthew 11:28-30

Are you still walking with the yoke of the world's evil, despair, and chaos on your shoulders?

Take it to the Lord, and lay it down at His feet. Surrender the yoke of oppression.

Then take up His yoke. The yoke of Christ is His presence, which we can carry with us through every moment of every day - no matter what we encounter.

Because that is why Christ set us free - to have the freedom to dwell in His presence and perfect peace.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hello! I'm Faith. I'm a verbal processor who wants to love the Lord and love people with all my heart, soul, mind and strength. I write to think and think to write. I don't drink coffee. I am a dogless dog lover. I enjoy hosting large parties in my home, and I enjoy being alone. Join me in looking to Him and pursuing A Radiant Face.

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