I wrote this post about 4 years ago before the last presidential election as I was preparing for a women’s prayer time that I was leading. God began to speak these truths deeply to my heart. He brought it back to my mind this morning so I thought I would repost it today…
I have to confess, I have been overcome with discouragement in how to pray for our country in our present state and the LORD began to open my eyes to several things.
We live in a country that stands for freedom and I am so grateful for it!! But the thought occurred to me “What happens when Freedom is no longer freedom?” Stay with me here…. As I began to pray for our country, I began to see a “Free” nation of captives. We have become a people taken captive by the very freedoms we profess. Let me give you a few examples so you get where I’m going with this:
I lead in women’s ministry and I talk to women all the time. I see their struggles. I see my own struggles. I am talking about the secret inner pain of believers and unbelievers alike.
Let’s take for example the “freedom of choice.” This is a big issue on both sides of the aisle. Some are for it and some are against it. What is so often ignored is the captivity that follows the choice. Yes, women have been given the “Right to Choose.” But who is there for the woman in the years that follow her abortion as she sits alone in darkness? Who is there as she wrestles with the shame, the guilt, and the pain that follow her “choice.” Yes, she was free to choose, but what has that choice brought for her?….. Freedom? I don’t think so. It has brought nothing more than captivity. The chains that bind are not physical chains they are spiritual. They are not visible to the eye. For many women, no one ever sees the chains. They suffer in silence for years. They are in heart wrenching spiritual captivity! Captivity of spirit and soul all under the name of “freedom.” We have lost sight of the bigger picture because we are so busy demanding our “freedoms!”
What about our Freedom of Speech or Expression? Isn’t that what those that defend pornography claim? They have the freedom to express themselves…. We do live in a “free” country after all. I can’t even begin to count the number of families I know personally that have experienced the consequence pornography brings. CAPTIVITY! So many families are bound up as a result of pornography in their homes. Marriages destroyed. Children broken. The guilt and shame that follow are more than we can bear. The destruction is monumental. Many Christian and non-Christian homes alike have fallen apart because of pornography. The road to rebuilding trust for those that choose to reconcile is long. We have the freedom, but we find ourselves in captivity!
What about the financial captivity many are finding themselves in due to our current financial crisis? Have we trusted in our own wealth? Have we trusted in money instead of God? We cannot serve two masters. We must choose. Have we trusted in the expertise of those on Wall Street? Certainly we need money to live in our world, but when it becomes our focus instead of God it can only lead us one place. You guessed it….. captivity!
Freedom that leads to captivity! Freedom is NOT really freedom when the very freedom we profess leads us into captivity. Many of the very freedoms we demand are the very things that lock the chains! When we push our freedom outside of the parameters ordained by God, it is no longer freedom, it is captivity! Freedom does NOT come from demanding our “rights!” True freedom comes from laying them down. Freedom truly comes through the SURRENDER of our rights. Surrender to Jesus Christ.
Jesus said in Luke 4:18
“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed.”
This is a fulfillment of the prophecy spoken by the prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 61.
You see, Christ Jesus came to set the captives free. Only there will we ever experience true freedom and liberty!
I am reminded that no government on this earth can provide us with true freedom. The only freedom that will ever last does not come through constitutions, bills, and laws. Freedom does not come by demanding our rights. It does not come through elected officials. It doesn’t come through the Congress, the Senate or even the President or Supreme Court. It doesn’t come through a political party or Kings or Queens.
True freedom only comes through total Surrender to Jesus! He has freed us that we might serve Him in this earth!
O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains.
“You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.”
God has an agenda on this earth and it is one of Freedom! Freedom for the captives! I have been a captive set free from the chains of darkness! I am here as a testimony of his great love, mercy and compassion. My life’s purpose is that others may know the Freedom that only Christ can give. I am truly his servant. There is no greater privilege than to be a servant of the King of Kings and LORD of lords! I am so thankful to truly be FREE!