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  • Betty A. Burnett

The Statue of Liberty Ain't Got Nothing on Me!

Free at Last, Thank God Almighty, Free at Last!

This is the conclusion of my messages pertaining to  “African American History Month” 

Some people don’t like to read or know what happened to millions of African Americans, but the truth is, that is the only way anyone can experience true freedom. And this is why. So many people accepted thinking because it happened to their descendants, it does not affect them. Well, that is another lie from the devil.

It’s the same with deeply embedded roots; if a person does face, confront, and deal with the root that has been there most of their life, they will never experience true freedom. They may say they are free, but that’s only words. People can quote scriptures, but that does not mean a thing if they don’t understand the scriptures. Some people really do not understand what true freedom is.

Also, many people do not experience true freedom for certain reasons. Whatever happened could have been so damaging that to think about is makes one feel it is too bad to deal with it. Then they go through life covering a scar with a band-aid to hide the ugly scar. In reality, a band-aid does not solve the problem. Many of us, including me, went most of our lives with skeletons that should have come out of the closet.

We should never be a slave to our past; Satan has put enough on us already. Am I saying you should broadcast it? Of course not. However, each of us has experienced an ugly past, and God allowed it to happen for a reason. We grow through pain and suffering, and it is to draw us closer to God, and that is what it takes to mature.

When we are strengthened in our walk, the Lord has people He wants us to minister to so they can be delivered and set free, and it encourages them to know someone else has been through some hard times. Some of you may be like I once was. When I was going through my valleys, it was as though I was the only one going through.

There are various ways that born-again believers can be in bondage. Being in bondage to people can enslave us - it’s called debt bondage. Example: The Word of God says this: Owe no man any thing, but to love one another (Romans 13:8a). The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant [slave]to the lender (Proverbs 22:7).

Years ago, I was over my head in debt, ended up with bad credit; now that was bondage. The creditors were after me and I was worried crazy. Thank the Lord that I am free.

But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness (Romans 6:17-18).

I am no longer a slave to the world’s way, praise the Lord, “Hallelujah” I’m free. Thank God Almighty, I am free! (John 8:32-36)

~ Betty A. Burnett ~

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