Archive for the ‘Deliverance’ Category


Monday, January 3rd, 2011

Day 282

“They may have the right to the tree of life
and may go through the gates into the city”
Revelation 22:14

A romantic idealism pervades our culture. Essentially, it is the restoration of our earth and life to a ‘garden of Eden’ or ‘Paradise’ concept. We who know Christ need to be rooted in His truth about both the earth and this life.

Genesis describes a Paradise that was lost.

Genesis tells the story of fallen man who ran from God and hid. He sinned and lost his glory and a relationship with a Friend. We see the Tree of Life that he violated and lost.

Man is attempting to restore what has been lost because there is a great void in their lives. He does this through his own self-strength, but there is no satisfaction or fulfillment. Nothing completes him. Therefore, he wants to change our world so we can restore the earth. The emptiness does not go away.

There is an answer, a victorious plan by our God for those seeking Him. We can be satisfied and fulfilled. Christ has won a decisive victory that makes us more than conquerors. We are not only conquerors, there is a new heaven and earth that God will light and a Paradise restored with the right to come to the Tree of Life (Revelation 21:1; 2:7; 22:2, 14). Restoration begins with coming to Christ and then you are guaranteed an inheritance of all the above.

“Then they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, ‘Come up here.’ And they went up to heaven in a cloud; while their enemies looked on.”
Revelation 11:12


Monday, December 6th, 2010

Day 266

“You have been given fullness in Christ,
Who is the head over every power and authority”
Colossians 2:9-15

You are complete in Him and out of His fullness you receive grace upon grace. You have everything when you have Christ. He is the Source of your blessings, provision, strength and all that you need for this life. And above all, He is a Provider that will never fail.

Christ cancelled and blotted out the charges against you. He took your list of sins and destroyed it on the cross. Then He disarmed the powers and authorities and took away Satan’s power to accuse you of sin. The victorious Christ became the head over every power and authority.

Listen, Saint; Jesus is God and He surpasses all created beings. He adopted you as His sons and daughters and as such share in His high position. He has blessed you in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing. Your enemy has been defeated. He no longer has any power over you. You are free in Christ. Rise up and praise Him and declare His glories.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated
at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
Colossians 3:1-2


Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Day 263

“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord”
2 Chronicles 20:17

A Transjordan coalition of Moabites, Ammonites, and Meunites formed as an invading army against their common enemy Judah. Jehoshaphat, King, was warned about the invasion and his immediate response was fear. Considering the frailty of our human nature, it is not uncommon for fear to be a first response to threatening situations. We all succumb to it. But, Jehoshaphat knew that God had sovereign dominion over everything.

“Do not fear” is based on God’s sovereignty. Jehoshaphat did not muster his armies, but set himself to seek the Lord. He declared God’s sovereignty, proclaimed a fast and prayed, professing his entire dependence upon God. He sought refuge in Him. He also recognized that he could not fight the enemy under his own power. He needed to have God’s strength.

Jehoshaphat teaches us a great lesson; do not look at the circumstances, but look at the Lord. The word declares that even if a mother forgot her child, our Father would not forget or abandon us. He is sovereign and has dominion over everything. We are far more secure by abandoning ourselves to God’s care than to rely upon the arm of the flesh.

“Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and
Mount Seir, who had come against Judah;
and they were defeated”
2 Chronicles 20:22


Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Day 260

“And these three men, firmly tied,
fell into the blazing furnace”
Daniel 3:1-30

It is a well-known story: Shadrach, Mesach and Abednego refused to bow before King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold that he had made. The King also had given an order that anyone not falling down to worship the image would be thrown into a blazing furnace. He was so furious over the three men’s refusal that he ordered the furnace heated seven times hotter than usual. The three were bound with their robes, trousers, turbans and other clothes on and thrown in the furnace by three of the strongest soldiers. The three soldiers were killed when they threw the three men in the furnace because the flames were so hot

Viewing the fierce fire, the King saw four men walking around; unbound and unharmed. He approached the furnace and called them out. The account tells us they were not harmed and “there was no smell of smoke on them.” The King then gave recognition and honor to God, and promoted the three men.

There are many trials and tribulations in life. Note that God intervened only after the flames surrounded them. God did not save them from accusation, sentencing, and being cast into the flames. Christ did not come to Lazarus’ bedside when he was sick. He died and then Christ came and raised him from the dead. In both incidents, there was a greater purpose in the suffering. We seek God’s intervention the minute we enter a crises, but He responds when He responds, which is in His time. In the end, He is there with us and His glory will be seen.

“When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze”
Isaiah 43:2


Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Day 247

“Christ reconciled us to God by dying for us, surely now that we are reconciled we may be perfectly certain of our salvation through His living in us” [vs 10, J.B. Phillips]
Romans 5:6-10

Christ stands at the center of God’s redemptive divine plan. It is through His sacrifice that we live. His death and resurrection has made it possible for us to be cleansed, saved and translated into the kingdom of God to become a child of God.

Jesus Christ, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, our Savior, gave Himself so we may live and enter into an eternal relationship with Him and His Father. He is our Helper and now through Him we receive deliverance from the power and dominion of sin. He has made every provision for us to live in holiness and enjoy a joyful relationship with the Father. We “have been set free from sin and have become slaves of righteousness” (6:18.

There is “much . . . much more;” our sins are forgiven for the past, the present and the future. Paul declared, “…it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” (Galatians 2:20). What more could we ever ask? We have been richly and deeply blessed by a loving Father who freely gave of Himself. True love is the voluntary placing of other lives ahead of one self. It is an action, not an intent or sentiment.

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us!”
1 John 3:1


Sunday, November 7th, 2010

Day 244

“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then . . Romans 5:6-10

Our beginning point in understanding God should always start with God, not ourselves. Our entire makeup, culture, history, education, family, religion and experiences only serve to make our perceptions of God hazy. Our earthly mixture gets in the way of beholding the magnificence and glory of God. We need to study what the scriptures tell us about God to fully grasp Him and His awesome presence among us.

We see the greatest demonstration of God’s love in His actions. “While we were yet in weakness, powerless to help ourselves, at the fitting time Christ died for (in behalf of) the ungodly” [vs 6, Amplified]. This is not about our love. It is about His love and how He saw us in our captivity and bondage. He had compassion for us, realizing we were powerless to do anything to help ourselves.

This is the hardest part for us to accept. We have nature that cries out for self-reliance. Even in the midst of our Christian experience, there is a constant tension in us to be independent, self-sufficient, relying on our own strength. The greatest characteristic of Christian maturity is when we realize and live understanding we are powerless and He Himself, for His own reasons, loved and chose us to be in Him.

“No eye looked with pity on you to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you . . . Then I passed by you and saw you, and behold you were at the time for love; so I spread My skirt over you and covered your nakedness. I also swore to you and entered into a covenant with you so that you became Mine, declares the Lord God”
Ezekiel 16:5,8


Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Day 230

“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate, and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land”
Exodus 23:29-30

Our Father is a warrior who drives out our enemies. In taking His people to the new land, He went before them driving the enemies out of their hiding places and delivering them into their hands for defeat. He gave them the strength to overcome these enemies and possess the new land.

When we come to Christ there may be enemies in our soul. We are delivered from many when we become a new creation in Him, but there are others that may linger or be hidden. It is possible that we may not even know or be aware of these enemies. Yet, as the Lord drove them out for His people thousands of years ago, He will drive them out of us.

Although we desire that all troublesome areas of our life be put away and done with, our Father knows in His wisdom when to reveal the enemy. He also knows the time for driving it out of our lives. He also knows, as our good Father, to prepare, train and mature us so that when the enemy is removed we will be filled with His righteousness. In this way, we attain to the fullness of Christ.

“May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified
to me, and I to the world”
Galatians 6:14


Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Day 229

“The Spirit helps us in our weakness”
Romans 8:26-27

We live in an age where getting in-touch with yourself prevails. Delving into our sub-conscience to purge ourselves of disturbing (and unknown) matters is purported to be the way to go. Sadly, this only serves to strengthen the darkness. More unfortunate is the fact that some Christians believe in this or variations of these methods. Rather than turning in on ourselves, where flesh will only find flesh, our Father has made provision for us.

We have a Father who cares about us. He cares about our inner struggles, struggles that we often do not understand. These may be matters concerning our own actions or events in the past, a close member of our family or friend, or our work, and we cannot express ourselves about it in prayer. There can be confusion or feelings of helplessness. Often we do not know how to pray about these situations. What we do need is to know that our Father has made provision.

The Holy Spirit has been given to us and resides in us. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit. He helps us in our weakness by praying for us. He will express what we cannot. He does this according to the will of God. When God searches our heart, the Holy Spirit speaks to Him. What a wonderful provision our Father has made. He knows our infirmities, our weaknesses, and our needs. We have a Divine Helper.

“The Lord is my strength and my shield: my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy
and I will give thanks to Him in song”
Psalm 28:7


Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

Day 228

“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus
has made me free from the law of sin and death”
Romans 8:2


People think they are free. They value personal freedom and fight to maintain these rights. Western culture, in particular, prides itself as an enlightened people where education has solved all our problems. The total sum of all this is deceit. People are not free at all. The opposite is true; they are in bondage.

At one time, we were also in bondage. Moreover, we could cry with Paul, “I know that nothing good lives in me” [Romans 7:18]. In fact, we lived under the law of sin and death. There is no choice when you are under the law. All the good of man is unacceptable to God because it does not honor or bring glory to Him. It is a vain imitation of God’s goodness, all without God.

Our glorious Father, though, made provision for those who would believe in Him. The Lord superseded the law of sin with the Law of the Spirit of Life through the death of His Son Jesus Christ and His resurrection. We, who were condemned, are now free because of the law of the Spirit of life. What an amazing thing! It is not through our own works and self-help, but through the resurrected power of our Savior we are no longer under condemnation and are free.

“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the
Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”
2 Corinthians 3:17


Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Day 194

He hurls arrows of light, taking sure and accurate aim.
The High God roars in the thunder, angry against evil.
Job 36:33

The New Living Translation puts it this way; “He fills his hands with lightening bolts and hurls each at its target. The thunder announces his presence; the storm announces his indignant anger.”

One can never understand the fullness of God’s mercy until they have seen their own wickedness and corruption and realize how patient God has been with them. God’s mercy is so great that He even withholds our seeing the depth of our own depravity.

Our God is passionate about His children. So much so, that He will not permit us to stay in captivity. Another translation of the above verse shows His passion; “And the thunder tells of His anger against sin.” He comes with fire in His eyes to burn away sin in His children. His anger is against our enemies that put us in captivity – “He rescues me from my enemies” [Psalm 18:48], and “The Lord hath sworn by His right hand, and by the arm of His strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies” [Isaiah 62:8].

He comes with fire in His eyes to deliver us, yet to us He comes as the Lamb of God, slain before the foundation of the world, making provision for us in His mercy seat. We are covered by Him that we should be holy and without blame before Him [Ephesians 1:4]. Through His blood we have forgiveness of sin and continuous cleansing. Oh, yes – He is our Lover.

“That we should be saved from our enemies,
and from the hand of all that hate us”
Luke 1:71