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From Dehumanization To Destiny


by Erika Ramsey

To glance into a persons eyes is to glare into their soul. One glance can reveal countless joys… and countless evils. One glance can change your mood, or make you feel a certain way. It can also betray a feeling the possessor is trying desperately to conceal. One glance can convey an endless depth of emotion. One glance can trigger a mountain of lies. It can reveal a lifetime of secrets, hurts and pains. It can also reveal a lifetime of truths, accomplishments, and joys. It can invite and it can push away. One glance can lure, seduce and destroy. Another can comfort, protect and give life. One glance can say “I love you” a thousand times without the lips ever having to part. It can also say “I hate you” and subsequently murder a soul. One glance can captivate a heart and the next can pulverize it.

One glance can determine a destiny. Yours or theirs. One glance from a pimp or trafficker can change a life… but never for good. One glance from a John can shatter a heart… again. One glance fromanother victim can voice a million silenced screams. One glance in a mirror can will the numbness to cloud over for one more day.

A glance can tell you almost anything about a person. People try to hide behind lying eyes, but if one cares to look hard enough, the truth always shines through. To look into the eyes of someone who has been destroyed both body and soul is like nothing anyone has ever experienced. When I look into these girls’ eyes, it is a glance I have never seen. Just one of these hauntingly stoic glances reveals fear, anger, bitterness, hatred, repulsion, loneliness, isolation, depression, distrust, humiliation, self-hatred, lies, insomnia, shame, guilt, deception, desperation… dehumanization.

But I look again and I see innocence, purity, joy, love, trust, freedom, righteousness, holiness, peace, confidence, boldness, forgiveness, deliverance, redemption, restoration… destiny.

What changed between the first glance and the second? After the first… she met You. She met her Jealous Bridegroom. Her Knight in shining armor! She met her Defender, her Deliverer, her Light and Shield. If I don’t tell her – who will? If I don’t pray for her salvation and freedom – who will? It’s not enough that I “hope the world changes” or that I “will my goodness” to these victims. It’s not even enough if I go to a benefit dinner at a hundred bucks a plate for “the ending of modern-day slavery” and throw all my money at them. It’s simply not enough because what does that change? It changes a moment in time. A circumstance. But never the eternal destiny of a soul.

There is One glance that will change everything. One glance with fire behind the Eyes will break the shackles and loose the chains for eternity. It’s the only glance that matters.

THIS is why I’m here. If I don’t partner with Jesus in intercession to see His children freed… then who will? If I don’t wage a war in the heavenlies and shift angels and demons over this issue, NO one will.

Jesus is the only answer to the Cry… I am the answer to the Cry. YOU are the answer to the Cry.

WE are Exodus Cry.