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Freedom… Freedom…
Freedom…

the paid price

By Marlice Young-Dugas

 

Sometimes in life, things happen to us that are totally outside our control. It would be so wonderful if families were perfect in a world where only light existed and we did not have to deal with the evil works of darkness.

How I wish that was my story.

My story isn’t perfect, far from it. But what I love most about my story—and all of our stories—is that God the Father obtained the copyrights before time began. He is the owner of the original script and has total creative control with permission to edit and rewrite any time He deems necessary.

That is exactly what He did for me, and I discovered freedom from my traumatic history of sexual abuse was indeed possible.

Did you know that roughly 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been sexually abused, raped, or molested?In these days that we live in now, the news is inundated with reports of violence and sexual assault.

However, there is still the Good News that reminds us of the price that was paid for FREEDOM. We cannot be afraid to take steps towards being free. We must accept the biblical truth written in Psalms 119:45 that states: “I will walk with you in complete freedom, for I seek to follow your every command.” NIV

Freedom is possible. In the midst of the darkness that surrounds us in this fallen world, allowing the Father’s light to shine through us diminishes the powers of darkness. Liberating our minds from the impact of the violence, emotional abuse and sexual violation we suffered, is not only possible, it is essential.

I believe the worst thing we can do is to live pretentiously in denial as if it did not happen. Abuse creates shame and shame creates silence. The shame of the abuse was never ours to carry. It was not my fault, and it was not your fault.

Freedom from shame was purchased by the BLOOD of Jesus. God wants us to be FREE. The more we share our stories, the stronger we become. There IS freedom in telling the truth. We all know we overcome by the words of our testimony, but I am also reminded of Revelation 12:11. When we open our mouths refusing to be muted, we release the power, anointing, and authority to overcome past wounds and traumas.

Remember, freedom is a choice and freedom is possible. WE are the ones who decide how OUR story ends.

Prophetically speaking, the time is NOW for us to unite and come together, to be beacon lights eradicating the principalities and rulers of darkness, which seek to destroy upcoming generations. We, the Body of Christ, have a responsibility to assist those being assaulted by the demonic forces of sexual trauma.

It is necessary to educate congregations and create healing groups designated specifically for sexual trauma. Support is a vital part of the healing process. Safe environments are extremely important and the Church is called to be a house of refuge.

Take into account, The LORD is so close, in fact, that he took on flesh and lived among us, being sent to “bind up the brokenhearted…proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness the prisoners…to comfort all who mourn…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair”(Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18). NIV

Freedom. What an awesome price paid for ALL. There is no better time than this present moment to embrace freedom, walk in freedom, live in freedom and proclaim freedom.

Let no one talk you out of what has already been purchased for you. Sexual assault has no power over the Father’s redemption plan of salvation that sets all who believe, FREE.  Declare it: bound no more, prisoner no more, shackled no more…I AM FREE!!

Speak with someone who is trained to help, and be free today!

MarliceYoung-Dugas is a Prophetic voice in the kingdom of God. Chosen and called by God though a supernatural encounter, she has been appointed and anointed to awaken and inspire the dreams of God in the hearts of His people. Born out of her own experience, She helps those who have been sexually abused through her ministry called DO TELL. For more information contact her at 337-349-9190.

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