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Who Likes Serfdom?

Post  Fenny West on Sun 28 Sep 2008, 11:18 pm



We all like freedom
Who likes confinement?
Who likes serfdom?
No one likes containment.
But unbridled freedom is anarchy.
And slavery to sin is imprisonment.

Whom I serve is my master,
No matter what I say.
Whom or what I worship is my God,
Irrespective of my profession or belief.

Containment can save me from myself.
Preserve me for good, posterity
Unveil me to me, my weakness, limitation
Turn me around for good.

Following the wrong crowd,
Can corrupt, make me worse
Rob me of the glory to come.
To see the sunshine,
I must not be proud;
not seek to quickly get out
but learn the lesson
that will bring a blessing
So that the prison births
a gain, not a loss.




Moses thought he knew it all
Till he was confined and humbled.
Jonah thought he could teach God
a lesson or two, before whalemobile
brought him down to earth.

Nebuchadnezar was too big for his
boots and so was booted out of the
palace into the bush for some lessons.
He grew feathers and acknowledged
he was not the Lord of Lords.

Paul arrested and imprisoned others at will,
thinking he was serving God,
until he was arrested and turned into
a prisoner of Christ. He cherished
this prison for his own good.
For in this prison he was free
to write 13 best sellers of all time.

The imprisonment of the disciples
demonstrated the power of God
on a new dimension following
their miraculous release.

Paul and Silas took praise to a new
level when they sang in prison,
causing the Most High to rock
the prison with 'earthquake' to set them free.
Their tenacity, perseverance,
generosity and loyalty spoke volumes
to the prison-warden who would
have killed himself if they had fled.
Their witness turned his life
and that of his family around.
Salvation came to that household.

Peter’s miraculous release was
a testament that angels were on
assignment and iron gates can
open of their own accord if the
Master says so. It also demonstrated
that intercession works and that
God has the final say in our
confinement- not the adversary.

The imprisonment of John–the-Baptist
teaches us to believe regardless of
our personal circumstances.
We may face martyrdom but Jesus is still Lord.

The imprisonment of Joseph in
spite of his innocence, integrity,
loyalty, accountability, morality
and humility demonstrated that
the path to greatness is littered
with sufferings which shape our character.

We are not always ready for the
place foreordained for us and we
need pruning in preparation to
take our rightful seat to give
glory to our Maker. Such pruning
will bring pain but that pain will
also deliver a gain in the end.
Prison can bring a palace if we persevere.

The imprisonment of John-the beloved,
was an opportunity for fulfillment
of ministry, revelation upon revelation
which has enriched the Body of Christ.

Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress,
an acclaimed best seller,
next to the bible,
was born out of incarceration.
Think about it!

Are you in prison-
Physical or spiritual?
Are you confined-
Mental or financial?
Are you contained?
Psychological or relational?

If so think, don’t stink.
Don’t waste your sorrows.
Use well your time as you serve
the time for the ‘crime’.

Remember you can be free
And yet in prison be.
Better to have the freedom of freedoms
Than to have a freedom
That is bondage to Satan and sin.

Prison brings home to me life’s realities;
That there are higher powers.
I am not Lord of the manor.
I cannot abuse my freedom.
I cannot trample others,
Serve myself, but society.


Whom the Son sets free is free indeed. (John 8:32)

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Re: Who Likes Serfdom?

Post  Waqar Daniel on Mon 29 Sep 2008, 5:38 pm

Fenny wrote:Following the wrong crowd,
Can corrupt, make me worse
Rob me of the glory to come.
To see the sunshine,
I must not be proud;
not seek to quickly get out
but learn the lesson
that will bring a blessing
So that the prison births
a gain, not a loss.

What a wonderful poem and I loved it very much, I remember a verse from the Bible that says the same thing;

Do not follow the crowd in doing the wrong (Exodus 23:2)

Thank you and God bless you and your family

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Thank you very much

Post  Fenny West on Mon 29 Sep 2008, 8:43 pm

Thanks for your encouragement,Waqar

God bless you and yours richly



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