DOMINION or FREEDOM? one or the other!

 

No dominion

After a strong emancipation movement among blacks, slavery was abolished in Jamaica in 1838, to take effect from 1st August. On the evening of the last day of July a large company of former slaves gathered for a solemn yet joyous occasion.

A large mahogany coffin had been constructed. All evening, the soon-to-be emancipated slaves placed, with much ceremony, all the symbols of their enslavement in the coffin – chains, leg irons, whips, padlocks etc.

celebration

A few minutes before midnight the filled coffin was lowered into the prepared hole, and at midnight they all threw dirt in to fill the hole, singing praises to God for their liberty.  It was a night of thankfulness and celebration.

They possibly went back to that spot to celebrate their freedom, but NEVER did they try to resurrect those symbols of their enslavement. NEVER did they yearn for the former life!  NEVER did they regret their new freedom or try to merge the two lives.  Their former life as slaves was GONE – COMPLETELY GONENEVER to enslave them again.

Christ paid the penalty to deliver US from our SLAVERY to SIN
Sin shall not have dominion over you
– Romans 6:14

Crucified with Christ

If we are “crucified with Christ” Romans 6:6. Galatians 2:20 our old sinful nature no longer has dominion over us. We are free from slavery to sin. We have a new spiritual nature which is guided by the Holy Spirit. We have God’s power within us to enable us to resist temptation.
Unlike those Jamaican slaves, we tend to return to the burial plot and dig up the elements of our sinful nature and allow them to again ensnare us.

We need to bury our old sinful nature just as those Jamaican slaves buried their tangible evidences of slavedom – with joyfulness and thankfulness and NO DESIRE whatsoever to be connected with them again in the future. Our old sinful nature should be dead and buried: never to be raised again.

To Thee, thou dying Lamb, I all things owe:
All that I have and am; and all I know.
All that I have is now no longer mine,
And I am not mine own: Lord, I am Thine!

Take Thou my love, and consecrate it;
Burn out the dross and make it all Thine own!
Save me from self  and all of earth’s ambitions
Until self has dies, and THOU dost reign alone!
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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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5 Responses to DOMINION or FREEDOM? one or the other!

  1. Rob Barkman says:

    The freedom Christ has given to us is something that I overlook much of the time. That is one of the great reasons why, like you, my flesh has a tendency to get the best of me from time to time (I say that to my shame).

    I’ve found one of the greatest motivations for serving Christ is remembering what He has done for me… His death meant my life, His bearing my sins meant my freedom from those sins…. when I think of these things my fleshly man weakens and my new man is strengthened.

    Thanks for a great reminder of what to be thankful for over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Like

  2. pbus1 says:

    Praise God I am free! He whom the SON sets free, is free indeed! We have been redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb! I enjoyed the post. God bless you!

    Like

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