FREEDOM, A CHALLENGE
FREEDOM, A CHALLENGE
Life, in itself, comes with many challenges, but even more so when God is not part of your life.
“There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 (NKJV)
I met Jesus when I was 16 years old. I had an encounter with Him, I learned to pray and understood that without Him it´s impossible to live. However, I turned away and made wrong decisions because I was a slave to fear.
Fear binds you, stops you, and leaves you without strength. But one day I received a hug, the hug of the Father. This experience set me free from fear and the blood of Jesus wrote a new story for me.
Harriet Tubman was born in 1820 and continues to be an inspiration for women around the world today, she is an example of determination in the face of many obstacles. She was against slavery and a defender of the rights of the vulnerable. Harriet was a woman who had faith in God and taught others to fight for freedom.
We can affirm that freedom is the most amazing gift someone can receive. In my case, when I accepted the sacrifice of Jesus at the cross, I accepted the gift of freedom. I no longer felt fear or anguish, I understood that I can live a life of freedom without any kind of slavery. Before Jesus, I was a slave to fear and sin but when He visited me, He set me free.
To live far from Jesus is to live in slavery. Most people don´t realize they are enslaved. They might be enslaved by other people, by a vice or religion, without knowing it. There are thousands of ways to live in slavery.
Who better to value freedom than someone who was born into salvery. This is the case of the woman of influence we will be learning from today, Harriet Tubman. She was born in Maryland, daughter of two slaves who she refused to accept the same destiny. She escaped in 1849 and was able to make it up north. However, she was not satisfied with her freedom, so she dedicated her life to help free around 300 slaves. To do so, she had to take 19 long trip to and from the south. She kept going back time after time. She rescued her 70 year old parents, her siblings, and other family members. Though a reward was being offered to the person who would turn her in, she kept going. She led dozens of people to freedom, as they faced dangers while traveling secretly during night. Her nickname was Moses.
Harriet Tubman´s amazing inner strength was God. She heard His voice while leading the slaves north, she went where God led her. The abolotionist Thomas Garret expressed, ¨I never met with any person, of any color, who had more confidence in the voice of God¨.
The life of Harriet Tubman serves as inspiration to make the decision to help bring others out of slavery, to be brave to serve others. The challenge for today is to meditate on how to be a hero for other women. You become a hero when you turn your weakness into strength, courage, strategy, and passion through prayer.
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