Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery
Yesterday, I spent some time listening to one of my favorite songs over and over, Redemption song, by Bob Marley. My favorite line in the song is “emancipate yourself from mental slavery none but ourselves can free our minds”.
I know that a lot of folks find that line “cool” and some even consider it one of your favorite quotes. We feel all empowered when we hear it, and find ourselves saying yes. But I wonder if we really understand what it means to be mentally enslaved? –Do you really get what the line is really saying? Really? It is all up to you! It’s not about the man or someone else it is what you are choosing to do to yourself. It is anytime that we allow society to tell us who we are or aren’t. It is when we allow our culture to spoon feed us their idea of what good enough is. It is anytime we say that we don’t know our purpose, our power or our awesomeness. It is when we are not walking as a child of God with all the benefits of the King.
How do you truly emancipate ourselves from mental slavery? Romans 12: 1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God- what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
We need to take some time each day and truly find out who it is that God says we are. So this summer I will be sharing a scripture each day or a quote each day regarding who you really are. Transforming our minds isn’t enough. You need to accept that you were created for a purpose and act on it. Let’s face it, a lot of individuals choose not to walk in freedom because it takes a lot of hard work. They would rather be consumed by this culture and all its offerings so they have someone to blame when they don’t try. It’s not easy but you are the one that must free your mind by choosing to believe that God created you with purpose and God has a plan for your life. Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, ‘declares the Lord,’ plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”
So today, my prayer for you, is that you have the courage to choose to emancipate yourself from mental slavery and free your mind.