My Soul Has Been Bought and Paid For...

Overcoming because we are purchased by the Blood of Christ.
It’s one thing to trust Christ when things are relatively equal for us…it’s quite another to trust Him in the midst of inequality and oppression.

In the famous fictional book Uncle Tom's Cabin, the demonic plantation owner threatens to torture Tom if he doesn't beat a sick slave woman. When Tom refuses, Legree reminds Tom he owns him “body and soul.” 

Looking toward heaven Tom says,
“No! no! no! my soul an’t yours...You haven’t bought it,--ye can’t buy it! It’s been bought and paid for, by one that is able to keep it.”(1)
Legree couldn’t beat the heaven out of Tom. In this one area, Tom had the “upper Hand.”

Tom represents real life Christians who persevere in the midst of cruelty, persecution, and oppression because they know they've been purchased by the Blood of Christ. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20). 

Please take a moment to pray for our brothers and sisters who are suffering for their faith.

And whatever difficulties you face today, remember Jesus is the ultimate Master and keeper of your soul.
copyright 2012, Gail Burton Purath
(1) Chapter 33, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe, 1852


I admire African American Christian slaves who trusted Christ in the midst of mistreatment. And I pray that we will speak and act against all vestiges of bigotry left in our land in the Name of Him Who bought us at great price. Gail

For other 1-minute devotions about the faith of enslaved blacks and racial bigotry:
The Freedom of a SlaveThe Freedom of Fogiveness
Flags or People 
300 Uses for the Peanut Clean Stables   
He Overcame Evil
Overcoming because we are purchased by the Blood of Christ.

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