The Emancipation Proclamation

… was signed on this date in 1862 by Abraham Lincoln. September 22, 1862 set in motion a series of events that would eventually change the condition of those who had formerly been slaves effective January 1, 1863.

The circumstances of those four million human beings didn’t change overnight. In fact it would be more than two and half years before the freedom that Lincoln declared would become a reality for most slaves. And in truth, even after the Civil War at least some slaves continued to live in virtual slavery for many years, unable to take advantage of the freedom that had been so long in coming.

Are you like those slaves? Are you still living in slavery? Paul tells us in Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

You’ve been freed from the yoke of slavery. Christ Jesus has made His own emancipation proclamation over you as a follower of His. Colossians 2:6 tells us “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation.”

Are you following this? God has declared that you’re free. You’re free from accusation, free from being a slave to sin and death, free from the slavery of religious leaders who lay upon you heavy burdens of duty and responsibility; a long list of do’s and don’ts if you’re to consider yourself a Christian.

Yet many of you are continuing to live as slaves to this very day. You labor under the pronouncements of homeschool “gurus” who would put upon you a long list of do’s and don’ts if you’re going to be successful. You live as slaves to the enemy’s accusations that you’re not doing enough or that you’re not doing it right.

Even though Abraham Lincoln made an announcement which would change the condition of the slaves on this day 147 years ago, the circumstances of those slaves didn’t change for a long time. Likewise, you’ve been declared free in Christ yet you continue to live as slaves despite the Lord’s gracious proclamation.

If He doesn’t condemn you then who else can? Only yourself. Only that inner monologue that constantly criticizes and relentlessly blames you for every failure, every slip-up and every blunder.

Talk with your children today about the Emancipation Proclamation and the way in which it changed America for the better. Talk with them about a president who ended his proclamation with these words: “I invoke the considerate judgment of mankind, and the gracious favor of Almighty God.”

Lincoln asked for God’s favor over this important document. Show your children Lincoln’s own handwriting as you read the powerful words of his proclamation: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/featured_documents/emancipation_proclamation/

And finally, begin to walk in the freedom that was purchased for you at such great price. Say “no” to that inner voice of accusation and embrace the end to your own slavery. Ask for the gracious favor of Almighty God as you begin to walk in the truth and the reality of who you are in Christ.

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    Lisa S. said,

    Always great stuff, Steve. Thank you. :o)


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