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Let The Redeemed Of The Lord Say So Psalm 107:2

Posted by Job on May 18, 2007

Ps 107:2 Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy;

Now “redeem” is one of those many Bible verses that has lost the power of its meaning in its current context. Today, “redeeming” something means exchanging it for something, as in “redeeming a coupon.” Or among Christians, it is one of the many religious terms that we assign meanings to using “context clues.” Some take it to mean a change in behavior or character for the positive, or going back and writing past wrongs. But I am here to tell you today, the word “redeem” meant to the writers of the Bible “to buy someone from slavery.” So, when a slave is redeemed he is free, and owes that freedom to his slave price being paid by his redeemer.

Now being a black man living in the American deep south, the heart of the old Confederacy and the over 200 years of slavery that preceded it, and still being surrounded by many references to “plantation” or “Gone With The Wind”, virtually everything being named after some Civil War hero, and the people still flying their Confederate battle flags and wearing the insignia (whom I do not begrudge or otherwise hold anything against), slavery has a real meaning to me, and causes a visceral reaction. Slaves were treated in the most abhorrant inhuman fashion; existing in and around death, pain, torture, and constant fear. A large percentage were literally worked to death by the age of thirty – five, with a great percentage of the rest succumbing to disease and malnutrition. Moreover, they could not go as they pleased or do as they wished, and everything that they created or produced was the property of their owner. A great many historians assert that slaveowners assumed credit for the inventions of their slaves, denying them not only the financial rewards but a legacy; a place in history. Indeed, this practice of robbing slaves of their achievements made it possible to claim that blacks were inherently intellectually inferior and therefore unworthy of educating (please remember that Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory not only promoted this, but gleefully anticipated the day when the black race would be extinct).

And that, people, describes what the sinner is not only to sin, but to Satan, “the enemy” given in Psalm 107:2. If you are in this state of utter depravity, you are a slave. Satan comes only to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10) , so he treats you in a most shameful manner, which leads to your spiritual death and destruction. And despite your best efforts, everything that you do and produce will be owned by sin and Satan, making it harmful and evil to yourself and all others. And the worst part is that you cannot leave. Of your own power and strength, you cannot escape the grip of sin and Satan that not only seeks to destroy you, but use your every word and action to destroy others, including those you love.

Now if you are still owned by sin and Satan, I urge you to quickly change that condition by following this salvation plan: (http://healthelandgeneraldocuments.wordpress.com/2007/04/13/the-three-step-salvation-plan/). Otherwise, if you have been bought with a price (I Corinthians 7:23, I Corinthians 6:20) then you should let people know! You should tell the world about it with your actions AND your words! You should preach the gospel!

If you have truly been set free, then you should be filled with joy over how you have passed from your slave state of having an evil master that wants to destroy you to having a loving Creator Elohim who will give you life and life more abundantly (John 10:10) from now until eternity. You should be filled with joy over how you have gone from being forced to give Satan everything without even knowing it so that he can use it for evil to giving God what you will out of a free choice so that He can use it for good (Romans 8:28, II Timothy 1:9) for everyone who is righteous. And your works for God will never be stolen from you or credited to someone else, but instead such spiritual treasures will be laid up for you in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20), where instead of being called a “savage” whose lifetime brutal subjugation was justified as some sort of favor, God will call you His faithful servant and say to you “well done” (Matthew 25:21). And yes, you have freedom of movement; to choose to serve and obey God fully – to love Him by keeping His Commandments – or to fall short of the mark (John 14:15). See, unlike Satan and his demons, God will NEVER deprive you of your free will. Even after you choose salvation through Jesus Christ, you still have to choose right from wrong; obedience from disobedience. Why? Because God loves you so much that He wants you to experience the even greater victory that comes from overcoming the world and your own nature; to do what Adam refused! Again, if you have truly experienced these things in your heart and life, you should tell everyone you meet out of gratitude for what God did for you as an act of praising Him, and also as a way of letting people that are still captive know that they can be set free also.

And there is another, bigger reason why you should say so if you have been redeemed. Again, buying someone from slavery is not done for free, and slaves are not cheap even in the natural realm where people eventually die! So how much more the cost in the spiritual realm where one exists forever! That is why the price of your redemption could not be mere trinkets of gold or silver. It could not be parcels of land, or the political decree of some state or king. It could not be the lives given through blood sacrifices of sheep or oxen. And it could not even be the the life of another human being! Why? Because all of those things are temporary. They will pass away. Remember, it is not your earthly body that was a slave to sin and Satan, though it certainly was used in service to sin and Satan.  Were that the case, when your earthly body dies, your captivity is over; you are free! When you think about it, that really isn’t such a bad deal. Live fast, have a good time, die young, who cares? Even if you comport yourself in the most immoral, evil, and grotesque of fashions, there is no real punishment, right? Some would consider living a moral, restricted lifestyle the greatest punishment imaginable. So, for such a person, “the wages of sin being death” (Romans 6:23); they can handle that paycheck when it comes due.

Alas, but the debt is not natural that ends with life on earth, but it is a spiritual one that lasts forever, paid with eternal torment in unquenchable flame (Matthew 3:12Luke 3:17)! So what was the price of your eternal redemption? Eternity! It was God Himself temporarily giving up His place in Heaven, eternity, to come to earth as a sinless man wrapped in temporary flesh, be nailed to a rugged cross, and experience death, even if only for a time. Only the earthly death of God, who is actually an eternal spirit (John 4:24) but was manifested in the flesh (John 1:14) for the purpose of our redemption alone, had a price high enough to buy us from slavery to sin and Satan and to set us free.

So if you have any concept of what it is like to be in eternity, away from the pain, misery, injustice, death, and sin that rules the earth, and leave it even for a time, then how can you not say what God did for you? If you have any concept of what it is like to take leave of your place on the right hand of the Father, to give up the privilege of being God in Heaven, to become a mere man, how can you not say what God did for you? And if you have any concept of what it was like for God to take on the sins of everyone who ever lived and ever will live and experience death, which only exists because sin came into the world, though He never sinned and could not sin, how can you not say what God did for you? And if you have any concept of what you gained when God overcame death and rose again, giving you the power to resist your natural desire to sin and reject God, how can you not say what God did for you?

People who are called by the Name of the One True Almighty God, if you had any idea of what your God did for you, then you would say so! And I dare propose that if you are not saying so, then it is almost certainly because it has not been fully worked in you. (Either that, or you are suffering from some sort of satanic oppression, and we are here to help you overcome that at healtheland@lpemail.com!) After all, many are called but few are chosen (Matthew 22:14)! Ponder upon the true meaning of that verse, and let it be the inspiration for you to start spreading the gospel today!


Father God in the Name of Jesus Christ, may those that have been bought by the Savior’s Blood from their sins and set free into righteousness and the Kingdom of Heaven by your power cast aside all doubt, fear, false doctrines, cultural attitudes, laws, and satanic oppressions to begin preaching the gospel to all men today!


The demon that works in this area is fear, making people afraid to preach the gospel because of the opposition and persecution that they know will result. Procrastination, complacency, and laziness also play roles.  Worldliness is also a factor, preventing people from realizing and appreciating what God has truly done for them, and that means ungratefulness as well. Seflishness and hard – heartedness causes people to regard only their own fates and not care about others; pridebitterness and hate actually causes people to WANT others to perish rather than be saved. False doctrine and false teaching hinders the speaking of the gospel as well. Low self – esteem and self – condemnation causes Christians to think that they are unqualified and unworthy to preach the gospel. And a great many other evil spirits such as greed, materialism/mammon, false burden, vain works/religiosity, fear of God, fear of hell, etc. keeps Christians so busy that they do not have time to be effective at sharing the gospel, and indeed from even thinking much about it. None of these evil spirits are any excuse for not regularly sharing the gospel not only with the unsaved but as a tool to encourage other Christians, so please the Basic Spiritual Warfare guide in order to oppose these spirits within yourself and the Body of Christ!


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Testimony Time II

Posted by Job on May 4, 2007

I was discussing with my coworkers what the goal of a parent should be in raising children. Many things were given about the various things that a parent should want his or her child to be and how to guide the child towards those directions, but there seemed to be a general agreement in the area of “raise your child to be a good person.” Now that presented two problems to me. First, having been raised in the church, I knew that being a truly good person was unattainable, because no one is good but God, and also insufficient for entry into heaven. Second, I knew that I most certainly was not a good person. I was a liar, accuser, and a gossip. I was quick to lose my temper and hurl profanities and racial slurs. I was dishonest in my financial affairs, my marriage was failing, my health was declining, my child was being neglected, and all of those things were someone else’s fault. I would make and break promises and often procrastinate. Projects that I would start would have to be finished by others who often would have to correct my shoddy work. In addition, I had a problem with compulsive masturbation that began after I took a comprehensive sex education course in my public school, was addicted to pornography, would constantly leer at women, and was tormented by violent, vulgar, and sexual thoughts that would trouble me all night long.

A great many of these things I managed to keep hidden from my wife and from others, but I was still being destroyed, not only by my problems but by the stress of having to conceal them and the fear of being caught and exposed. An even bigger cause of stress and fear was that my behavior gave me no pleasure or comfort at all. I would do these things and only feel fear, guilt, shame, and self – hate afterwards, yet I could not stop no matter how hard I tried. I considered suicide as a means of escape, thinking that my wife and child would be better off without me, but I knew from my religious upbringing that were I to die in my condition, I would spend an eternity in the lake of fire, and to me that was the most fearful and stressful thing of all.

One night I saw my son, still practically a baby, imitate my bad behavior. Right then I imagined him growing up to become just like me, and knew that it would be entirely my fault! Instead of raising my son to “be a good person”, I was the primary bad influence in his life! I ran into the bathroom and cried, telling God that I did not love my son, my wife, myself, or even Him and had never given or experienced love in my entire life, and asked Him to put love in my heart; to teach me how to give, receive, and show love. Then I heard a small voice that said “Keep my commandments.” That was it, those three simple words. I recognized them as the words of Jesus Christ and that they were true, but instead of comforting me and appearing to be the answer to my problems, it struck me as a curse, a death sentence. I had been trying to keep God’s commandments all my life and failing, with each failure worse and worse and removing me further and further from the presence of God. How could God ask me to do the impossible like that? I asked my wife about it, and she said “It is impossible for a man to do, but with God all things are possible.” So even though I knew that I could not do it, I decided to try. Obeying that small still voice that I heard was my only hope.

I did not go to church, because I had attended them all my life and they had never given me the answer. Instead I started studying my Bible and watching Christian television, trying to learn the secrets of doing the impossible. I found some answers, but I just could not break through or get over the barrier because I could not stop doing bad things. Finally, I saw this man on television tell me what I had never heard in a lifetime of going to church and doing religious things. This man said that Jesus Christ, when He died on the cross, took care of all of the bad things that I had ever done and would ever do, and that I didn’t have to worry about the things that I had done or that I might do. He also said that there was nothing that I could ever do to add to what Jesus Christ had already done; that Jesus Christ had finished it once and for all.

Now that was different from what I had learned in church. Some of the churches that I had been to told me that if I did something wrong, I would have to start all over again, and if I went too far, did too much, or died at the wrong time I would be separated from God forever. The other never dealt with the topic at all, but instead talked about family values, political issues, and how to gain wealth and receive miracles. But this man’s message: it was entirely different from anything I had heard! It seemed too good to be true! I asked my wife if it was true, and she told me that it was what she had been trying to tell me ever since we had first met. So I believed.

Immediately, the huge weight of fear, stress, and shame that was like a boulder sitting on my chest lifted, and I felt peace and hope instead. I was able to tell my wife the truth about the things that I was doing and ask her forgiveness, which she gave. Over time my speech changed: I no longer gossip, curse, rail against white people or Jews, or lie to cover up my behavior. My health problems are gone, the family finances are under control, and my wife, son, and I were healed of illnesses. My wife and I are so close that we are extensions of each other. I spend more time with my son, the behavioral problems that he was developing are reversed, and God even answered his prayer for a baby sister, born just a few days ago. And yes, I now sleep at night.

It has not been easy. I still have desires to go back to my old ways, and have suffered relapses. I am still not a good person and will never be. But God is good, and by believing on what Jesus Christ did, the God that is good is in me. I keep the commandments of God by believing on the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and because of that I will be with God forever. Now I run an Internet outreach effort, among other things, that sends messages advertising the grace and forgiveness that is available to them through Jesus Christ on some of the very same Internet pornography sites that I once frequented, and I received my first statement from someone accepting and believing what Jesus Christ did for them through that ministry just a few days ago. So yes, God is good, and if you believe on Jesus Christ, the good God will live in you. So, if God saved and changed me, He can do the same for you. Follow this link and see how.

Job King Atlanta, Georgia, USA

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