For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober.

But slavery, in its various forms of physical and mental torment, has been a part of U.S. history from the beginnings of our country to the present day.

convict leasing programs allowed companies to work prisoners until they could no longer stand on their feet.

http://www.nationofchange.org/four-eras-slavery-benefit-corporations-1397485725

Therefore it comes as no surprise that most of the major corporations that were founded by Western European and American merchants prior to roughly 100 years ago, benefited directly from slavery.

http://atlantablackstar.com/2013/08/26/17-major-companies-never-knew-benefited-slavery/

Americans tend to think that only the South or only slave traders and slave owners benefited from slavery.

https://abagond.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/the-incomplete-list-of-us-companies-and-universities-that-benefited-from-black-slavery/

The system of controls, rules, regulations, corporations, and professions that we live under is about as far from personal freedom and responsibility as possible.

http://henrylindner.net/Writings/Slave.html

You are toiling away, day after day, ‘making the content’ that drives the enormous valuations of Twitter and Facebook and Instagram and eBay and pretty much all of them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/michael-rosenblum/the-digital-slave-that-wo_b_3222785.html

Beginning in the “Mad Men” era and continuing into the early Internet age, TV networks and magazine publishers sold ad space by persuading advertisers that their audiences included demographic groups likely to buy particular products.

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/02/magazine/who-do-online-advertisers-think-you-are.html?_r=0

Today, we prefer to believe that there is no submissive void. “Choice” is ubiquitous. Phones are “platforms” that launch every half-thought. There is Google from outer space if you need it. Caressed like rosary beads, the precious devices are borne headsdown, relentlessly monitored and prioritised. Their dominant theme is the self. Me. My needs. Riefenstahl’s submissive void is today’s digital slavery.

http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/politics/2013/03/new-propaganda-liberal-new-slavery-digital

Economic Slavery does not simply take place when one is on the brink of survival, starving to death. It exist at ANY point when one individual use their “advantages” to control and enslave another.

https://equalmoneyworld.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/economic-slavery-survival-of-the-richest/

“Wake Up”

[Intro:]
You spend your life in a dream that you can’t escape
Cause you live your life in a coma, you’re never awake
If you’d open your eyes then maybe you’d see what’s at stake
You’re sleeping, you’re sleeping

[Verse 1:]
You make a lot of money and you live in a mansion
And pretty much got everything that you could ever imagine
But you feel like even though you got everything in the world
You got nothing
So what you do then is you start going backwards
You runnin’ in a direction
And you lookin’ for something that isn’t real
And all you know is that you just gotta have it
What you’re doin’ is sleepin’
And thinking that you’re awake and you’re not
And the problem is that you don’t know what you’re after
So you put everything that you have into what you do
Hoping that one day maybe you don’t have to feel like you’re empty
But as you get older a lot of weight on your shoulders is getting heavy
Then you look back and you start to regret things
You only get one life
And every time you lookin’ at yours
You feel like everything you have is a waste!
And the problem and the reason you could never fill a hole in your life
Is because you were never awake

[Hook:]
You spend your life in a dream that you can’t escape
Cause you live your life in a coma, you’re never awake
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up!
Wake up, wake up, wake up, wake up!

[Verse 2:]
You wake up in the morning
But you feel like you never got up and go to work
And you feelin’ like you ain’t got a purpose
And you tryna get motivated but everything you do turns into a mess
Like you ain’t nothing but worthless
And, yo, you look around
A lot of these other people you lookin’ at
To you, you describe as perfect
So you point a finger at God and tell him to do his job
And fix ya’ life up cause nothin’ is workin’!
And you will try to hide and make it seem like it’s nothin’
But really you feel like everything is crashin’ around you
And you develop a problem in trustin’ in other people
Which later became an issue that will mentally pound you!
You only get one life
But every time you lookin’ at yours you feel like you ever see are mistakes
And the problem and the reason you could never move forward in life
Is because you were never awake
Wake up

[Hook]

God first, others second, self last.
The second purpose is to reveal seven different types of individuals/churches throughout history and instruct them in God’s truth.
Paul knew the choices he had to make to continually free himself from this war and walk humbly so that Christ’s Life might show forth. Listen to how he expresses it: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, [so] that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” (2 Corinthians 4:8-10)

 

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