On June 19, 1865 news reached Galveston Texas that slavery had been abolished in the United States. This news reaches them two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. This news was met with jubilation and excitement, that no longer were they subjected to the brutal horrors of slavery. Today America pauses to recognize that day and to celebrate the freedom of Blacks in the nation from slavery. Yes, there is still a long way to go, but we have come so far and we will not turn back. We also have freedom in Christ from the yoke of sin that so easily causes us to bound, and we become slaves to sin. The Scripture reminds us to, stand fast therefore in the liberty where Christ has made us free, and be no entangled again with the yoke of bondage. I encourage you today to be firm in your freedom in Christ. Christ died for you to be free from sin, and you should do all you can to stay free. Do not go back to the things that had you bound. Do not go back to those things that caused you to walk contrary to Christ but stay free in Christ. Your freedom in Christ causes you to blessed and free from the sting of sin. I am grateful for my freedom in Christ, and I am determined to stay free in Him and never go back to the entanglement of sin. Since I am celebrating my freedom in Christ I have no doubt, “It’s My Year To Get My Thing From My God!”
Lord thank you for my freedom from sin. Thank you for sending Christ to die for my sin so that I may be free. Allow me never to go back to the yoke of bondage that sin causes. I love you Lord. In Jesus Name Amen.
Rev. Dr. Stephen W. Pogue, Pastor
Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church
Mount Vernon, NY