Freedom Gained From Slavery –

 Ephesians 4:24 put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.

When a person is saved they are truly in the likeness of God and inhabited with the Holy Spirit. The person is free from the penalty of the wrath of God for their sin and free from the power of the dominion of sin.

The USA is currently in period with a wave of men being accused of sexual sins and receiving enormous financial and social penalties. Most have been men with power over women in the work place. This is a high class case of sex trafficking–using power for sex or to share with others for financial rewards. Sex trafficking at all levels is a major problem in the USA, world and Jacksonville. This includes the media that degrade women in their movies, TV, advertisements and the pornography industry. Below is a similar story in Philippi about 49 AD.

Acts 16:16-19..16 It happened that as we were going to the place of prayer, a slave-girl having a spirit of divination met us, who was bringing her masters much profit by fortune-telling. 17 Following after Paul and us, she kept crying out, saying, “These men are bond-servants of the Most High God, who are proclaiming to you the way of salvation.” 18 She continued doing this for many days. But Paul was greatly annoyed, and turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her!” And it came out at that very moment.

The slave-girl was used by her owners to sell her powers of predicting the future. She was very profitable. She recognized that Paul was a servant of God who was proclaiming the way of salvation. This continued for many days. Paul became annoyed probably because he did not want the people of Philippi to interpret her announcement based on their religious beliefs. So Paul said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her! And it came out at that very moment”.

She gained her freedom from the evil spirit immediately.

How does the situation that the slave girl faced compare to human trafficking? What can we do to deliver those who have been enslaved by human traffickers?

Henry Luke 1/25/2018

For how to have peace with God click here, how to have peace of God click here, and how to disciple/teach others as described in 2 Timothy 2:2 click here.

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