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Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery;
None but ourselves can free our mind.

-Bob Marley, “Redemption Song” 

Enslaved people have a similar experience throughout the world.  Oddly enough, enslaved Africans shared a similar experience to the enslaved Hebrews of Egypt.  Those who were shackled and chained in the Mississippi Delta and along the Mason-Dixon Line identified with the children of Joseph and his brothers in Goshen.  Then, much like the Hebrews who followed Moses out of Egypt, the slaves who had cried out to the Lord through their tears and sorrow songs were still attached to the practices of slavery even after the Emancipation Proclamation going into effect.  Do you remember hearing about those stiff-necked Hebrews who pressured Moses about dragging them out to the desert to die? Yes, some freed Hebrews actually desired to return back to the very kingdom where they had lived under the lash of Pharoah’s overseers.  They wanted what they knew and were used to rather than the Promised Land that had been promised to their ancestors by the great I AM.  Much like Moses’ appeal to God’s people to turn back to God and trust Him to be their supplier, their strength and their sustenance in the wilderness, Bob Marley appeals to the enlightened to “emancipate” themselves from mental slavery and shake themselves free of its grip on their lives.  Don’t let yourself become enslaved.  Free yourself.  Sray free from the snares of mental slavery and focus on God’s calling and plan for you in your life.  Escape from the wickedness that seeks to keep you oppressed and “down” on yourself to the point of depression.

Oppressed people cannot remain oppressed forever. – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


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