“We rose as the judge entered the room. I could feel my heart pounding. This was the man that would decide my future. He would decide if I stayed in bondage to the father of my child, or if I would get the chance at a new life. A chance at freedom.”Set Free: How a Jiu Jitsu World Champion Found Jesus
I was terrified of putting my trust in a man to decide my future and fate. When I first got caught up in the justice system trying to find protection from the man who was abusing me, I naively believed that justice was blind, that everyone told the truth under oath, and that as a victim I would get justice for what was done to me.
But I had found that the justice system had been corrupted, and that I couldn’t put my trust in a man. Time and again, the justice system let me down. I was relying on a man to give me freedom and a chance at life.
Our constitution states that we were given inalienable rights by our Creator to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And yet my marriage to an abusive man had stolen all those things from me.
I was in a court petitioning a man to restore to me inalienable rights by a Creator. And yet instead of the heart of that Creator, he had a heart of stone, and I was denied those rights. I went home, still in bondage despite my petition.
When the government fails to protect even the most basic human rights, it’s all downhill from there. All that can be expected or hoped for is more injustice and oppression.
It wasn’t long after that I got saved. I discovered that regardless of my external circumstances, Jesus could set me free. Jesus could give me a chance at a new life. A chance at freedom.
As I entered into the pathway of discipleship, I found myself getting free of emotional bondages to my abuser. I got free of the wounds of the trauma. I got free from depression, anxiety, and fear. My external circumstances didn’t change, but my entire identity and personality changed. Jesus began to restore me to who I was created to be.
I discovered that God created me for purpose, that I had a destiny as a daughter of God, and that by surrendering to the power of the Cross, I could get free from every spiritual bondage that kept me from pursuing life, liberty, and happiness.
What I found was that by surrendering to God and His plan for my life, I was given more freedom than I ever thought possible.
My external circumstances haven’t changed, but I’m bursting to overflow with life, liberty, and happiness!!!
Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.”
And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”
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