Deliverance

liberty-statue-198887_640Psalm 54:7: For he has delivered me from every trouble, and my eye has looked in triumph on my enemies.

There is no need for deliverance when we are not in danger. But life is fraught with dangers, but God offers us help. We don’t have to fight the battle of life alone. The book of psalms said: oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men; he had broken the gates of brass and cut the bars of iron asunder (Psalm 107:15-16).

When a strong man keeps his good, they are safe but when a stronger-than-he comes, and strips him of his armour, those in his bondage can be freed, rescued from his captivity (Luke 11:14-26). Satan had humanity bound in chains to sin. But Jesus, ‘strong (1Corinthians 1:25)’ on the cross, takes away the chain of sin and we are free to walk in righteousness.

Paul spoke about being interested in doing the right things but that the power to carry them out was not in him (Romans 7-8). The demand (law) of God was good but he found another demand in body parts, causing him to be in bondage to sin. The law of his mind (the focus he set for himself) if focused on the right things: doing the right thing, going to the right place, saying the right words, but carrying it out was another. The intention he has is not the impression he makes.

He exclaimed: who will deliver me from the negative operation of the body that leads him to death? He found the answer, the deliverance, in Jesus. He found freedom, victory in Jesus. There was conflict in him between the law of God and the law working in him, but in Christ he gets to die to the law of his body and be alive to Christ. By being in Christ, alive in the Spirit, the law of the Spirit of life starts operating in our body, our body will not be taken over by sin, but by life, the life responsible for the resurrection of Jesus.

At the end, he proclaimed that there is victory in the name of Jesus. There is life after death; there is a change from weakness to strength. Paul said that the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set him from the law of sin and death. What used to operate in his life was the cycle of sin and death, nut in Christ that cycle was broken. He had his deliverance from sin, but by living this world, but by living in Christ.

James said that process that leads to sin starts from the wrong desires that are allowed to fester and breed sin (James 1:13-16). But that cycle can be broken in Jesus, were the temptation to sin does not have to lead to the act, because it didn’t lead to sin with Jesus, and his life now is in us by the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 4:15-16). There is the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus that breaks that cycle.

A law can be defined as an inviolable principle, a cause attached to a predetermined effect. The law of the Spirit of life causes us to be delivered from the law of sin and death. The law of the Spirit of life has as cause of the Spirit of life, and the end is the life of Jesus, while the law of sin and death starts with sin and ends in death. But in Christ we die to sin (Romans 6). The cycle of sin and death is broken because of the power of the Spirit that Christ puts in us.

The bible goes a step further, saying the man who walks in the Spirit will not fulfil the lust of the flesh, will be free, live as one delivered from a lifestyle of sin and the consequent repercussion of death (Galatians 5:16). The Spirit gives an option, he gives us another life. As new creatures in Christ Jesus (2Corinthians 5:17), we are able to operate by this new law, with the Holy Spirit indwelling us.

The new life is what the reality of the Spirit brings. When Christ rose from the dead in a vicarious sense we were raised with him and now we can begin to walk in newness of life, delivered from the oldness of sin.

Deliverance is about the breaking of chains into freedom. It is about the removal of things that stops needed development, expressing our potential. One prayer line Jesus taught says: deliver me from evil (Matthew 6:13). Evil is all around, God has promised to send his angels to keep up, holding us in their hand lest we dash our feet against a stone (Psalm 91:11-12). Angels are ministering spirits sent to minister for those who will be heirs of salvation (Hebrews 1:14). The law of the Spirit works in us; and there are invincible ministering spirits around us, that is deliverance within and deliverance without.

Though we don’t see the demonic forces assailed against us, we should be confident that greater is he who is with us, more are those who are with us than those who are against us (2Kings 6:17, 1John 5:4).

Deliverance is life when once there was death, speed where once there was stagnancy, righteousness, where once there was sin. The deliverance in offer in Jesus is of the holistic type. He is our maker, he has the grace that will cause us to break forth as kings and priests on the earth (Revelation 1:6), where before we are held in bondage to fear (Hebrews 2:14-15), and are dominated, bowed down.

The devil steals, kills and destroys (John 10:10), but the deliverance by the life of God brings to bear on us, makes us different, protected, enhanced, and untouchable. Repentance is the key to deliverance, it is described by Jesus as the key to experiencing the good of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15). If you repent, you are rejecting you own strength and choosing to lean on God’s strength.

Jesus was poor so that we might be delivered from poverty (2Corinthians 8:9), he experienced physical torment so that we might be free from sickness (1Peter 2:23), he experienced divine judgment so that we might enjoy divine pleasure (John 1:29). He was estranged from God (Mark 15:34) so that we can be embraced by him, thus we embrace the path of wisdom, of life abundance and refreshing experiences.

It is said that times of refreshing will come from the presence of God (Acts 3:19). Deliverance is linked on the work of God, the presence of God. He comes as light to break away the chains of darkness in our minds.

Deliverance is needed by humanity but many are blinded from realising this (2Corinthians 4:4). We can come near to the presence of God to lay hold of his mercy, where you express your need for him, and receive his grace, his enablement. We would be blessed with the light from the presence (Psalm 89:15, Proverbs 16:15), drink from the river of life flowing from beneath His throne (Revelation 22:1, 17), and we will be delivered from darkness and dryness respectively.

Everything about God is deliverance for us in this time. It is about helping us to get to our fullest potential. The church is the place of deliverance, where all the power of heaven is made available for the seekers. The presence of Christ should be enough there to get stop the devil and his operations.

When the demonised see him, the demons in them make a scream and the next thing you know the oppressed is delivered (Mark 1:23-26). He was so effective that his enemy said that he cast out devils by the prince of demons, Beelzebub (Matthew 12:24). Jesus went about doing ‘good’ and delivering those who are oppressed by the devil (Act 10:38). And he is the same, yesterday today and tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).

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