No Longer Captives – But Free

Many years ago, the Lord began to speak to me about the difference between servanthood verses servitude – the difference between following after Christ and being bound to the things of the past.

One night the Lord gave me a dream in which I was being held captive by someone in a foreign land who spoke a language I did not understand. My captor held in his hand a piece of paper with something written on it that he had held against me. Because it was written in a foreign tongue I did not understand (see Isaiah 28:11) I could not defend myself and he seemed to be very frustrated and angry with me for my lack of response. What was written on the paper seemed to give him the power to detain me, so I could not leave.

At the top of this same piece of paper was a sickle emblem. This represented a place of servitude I was being placed under, or I was being held captive to the things of the past. But it turns out, I did have a choice! For from the right side of us both, in walked a mediator in the form of a man, Who was Jesus, the living Christ.

Jesus did however understand the man’s language and the words written on the paper, but He also had complete power and authority over them. After speaking a few words to the man holding the piece of paper; Jesus did not beckon to me or even look in my direction, but quietly turned and walked away in the same direction from which He had come.

When Jesus spoke to the situation on the paper that the man had been holding, the man seemed very annoyed that he could no longer detain me, but could do nothing about it. I suddenly realized at that moment that I was now free to go but that it was my choice whether or not to follow Jesus. I quickly decided to hurry after Jesus!

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Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for sending Your Son Jesus to die on the cross for my sins. I am sorry for the sins I have committed and I ask You to forgive me. I now turn away from all the things that I know to be wrong and I receive Your Holy Spirit and Your gift of eternal life. Thank You for this free gift of Salvation and eternal life. Help me to come to know and experience Your love for me more and more, and to now share the love You have given me with others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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What next: Once we have started our relationship with Christ – it is important that we continue to grow in our understanding of Him, and experience His love for us on a regular basis. God does this for us as we read the Bible, which I encourage you to do on a regular basis, asking the Holy Spirit to help you understand it and make it “come alive” to you in a very personal way. May I encourage you to do this every day, and to actively pursue those things that God reveals to you. We also need to be spending time with other like-minded Christians on a regular basis, who are also growing in their relationship with God. We gain encouragement from being with other growing believers. Ask God to lead you to a Bible-believing church (or Bible-believing Christian group) that will encourage your relationship with Christ and help to meet your needs. Ask Him, and trust that He will guide you to the place of fellowship that is right for you.

May God both work in you and through you, those things that He desires, as you continue to submit your life to Him each day.