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What Is Deliverance

Deliverance is the supernatural transference of God’s people from a place of oppression to a place of freedom. It can happen to a person individually by a move of the Holy Spirit, or deliverance can occur for Gods people corporately all at once. When the children of Israel were set free from their slavery in Egypt, it was by God’s sovereign intervention. They were snatched out of a place of oppression and sent to a place of great freedom. Through Moses, God proclaimed to His people that He was going to set them free, and then He did. Have you ever been given a promise from God?

The Bible says God’s people were so overwhelmed in their hearts from the slavery and their suffering that they could not even believe freedom would ever happen. I have been in that dark place, and I’m sure you have, too. Sometimes we are so downtrodden from the weight of our circumstances that we cannot imagine things will ever be any different. This is how the people of Israel were in their captivity. Their position of slavery was not just being in a state of servitude – the Egyptians feared them. The Bible says that the Egyptians saw that the Israelites grew in numbers the more they were oppressed. Sometimes the oppression you experience is because someone is afraid of you. So the Egyptians oppressed God’s people fiercely. They intended to keep God’s people under the tight fist of slavery forever.

When an evil master fears their servants will escape or overpower them, they employ every tactic of the “iron fist” that they can think of. This is the world slavery situation you could ever imagine. The people of God were not just slaves…they were hated and feared.

We can’t even begin to imagine the glory of the victory God has for us on the other side of the trial we are in. If we continue to trust God, do things His way and believe His Word, we will press through to the other side. Victory through trials is amazing, but deliverance is more than that.

Deliverance is when God sovereignly reaches down and cuts the cords that bind us to our oppressors. Whether it be a harsh master, a besetting sin, a fiery trial…deliverance involves the hand of God severing the power of that thing over you. He supernaturally takes you from a place of oppression to a place of breakthrough, by severing things in the spirit realm. Deliverance is by grace, a sovereign act of God..deliverance is a miracle!

God split the Red Sea in half so His people could walk through on dry land to safety, and He shut the gates for the enemy. God severed the cords binding His people to the Egyptians permanently.

God’s people were taken out of slavery and sent on a journey – a journey to the Promised Land. You have a “Promised Land.” The beginning of your journey starts with deliverance!

God begins the journey by calling you to Himself, and you have to answer Him. When He sends you on a journey to the Promised Land after delivering you, there will be ground to cover and battles to fight.

Notice that God’s people had to walkthrough the Red Sea to get to safety. Then they had to take the long way to the Promised Land, because God knew they were not immediately ready for battle. There is a walk you must go on to get to freedom. You must walk out your battles, walk out your struggles with sin, walk out your trials of fire! God does not allow you to encounter any battle you are not ready for! If He led you to it, He will lead you through it. If you fell into it and repented, He will lead you out of that too. There is always a way of escape!

This month, deliverance is on God’s mind and we are seeking Him for it. What does God want to pull you out of? Deliverance is the supernatural transference of God’s people from a place of oppression to a place of freedom. What areas of your life does God have His finger on that He has a place of freedom for you today?

If every believer in the body of Christ was free in their spirit, soul, and body, how powerful would the body of Christ on earth be? We are called to go from glory to glory in Christ! What bonds do you need God to sever? This month, we are crying out to God to set us free from every bond that holds, every stronghold that restrains us from walking in freedom, knowing His truth, and every sin that so easily sets us back from His destiny here on earth! Let God hear your cry as the people of Israel did for deliverance! We are believing for Him to make a way for you where there is no way! You will walk through the sea on dry land! God bless you!

 

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The Washing of Regeneration

A comical irony exists among the hostile world and Christians: As the world mocks at the idea of Christ’s blood washing away sins, the world struggles to remove the stain of sin through means that actually make it worse. For example, consider the way most try to make up for sin. The natural reaction to cover up bad is to do good. “I know I’ve done wrong,” as we’ve heard it said, “but I continue to do my best. I do good. And I know that in the end, when I meet God, He will understand and let me off the hook.”

 

Doing good to cover up bad doesn’t free the unbeliever from sin. It makes it worse. It gives them the freedom to think that nothing is actually wrong, that they should continue living as they do without the fear that someday they must give an account.

Although not regarding their eternal state but just the practical reaction to sin, believers have a similar struggle. When you sin how often do you try to cover it in some way? Some of us like to not think about our sin, so we shove it under the rug by thinking that we really haven’t done anything wrong. Or we like to be a little more involved in our community or church, pushing back a troubled mind by engaging in ministerial activities. A favorite of mine is to think about other sins in comparison to this one, reassuring myself by thinking that it could be a lot worse.

There’s a major soul-comforting difference between our guilt and that of unbelievers: The redeemed person has been justified of all sins and has been washed through regeneration.

“. . . he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit. . . .” (Titus 3:5 ESV)

 

Renewed and Restored

Two reasons allow the Christian to rest in God when they struggle with sin. First, the believer needs to remember that the Holy Spirit has renewed their old nature when they became a Christian to the extent that they are completely new creations. The washing of regeneration was an act of the Holy Spirit that freed us from sin’s enslavement.

Since we have been changed into new creations in Christ through the washing of regeneration, we can have true tranquility in the moments that our guilt tries to condemn us. We are not like unbelievers who are still dominated by the old nature. We are completely free people who now live in the light of God’s grace.

Second, it’s important to remember that we are being restored back into the image of God. Another role of the Holy Spirit is to make us look like Jesus. We are being created in true righteousness and true holiness (Eph. 4:24). When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, mankind was condemned and therefore fell from their original state of righteousness and holiness (Rom. 5:12-21).

Sin has affected every person so that now everyone has been defaced from the complete, perfect image of God. The Holy Spirit is restoring this image. He is changing us from one degree of glory to another (2 Cor. 3:18). So when we sin, we can take comfort in that our inner man is still being renewed day by day (2 Cor. 4:16).


Applying Truth

Now that we are renewed and are being restored back into the image of God—an image that’s perfected in Jesus—we are fit for every good work. Paul mentions good works twice in Titus 3. Titus is to remind this congregation of believers “to be ready for every good deed” (v. 1). This is especially significant when one recalls the context of these 1st c. believers.

The domination of Rome and their fascination with multiple gods would have made it very difficult for Christians “to be ready for every good deed.” Paul understood this. He was gospel-driven, a characteristic that helps fight the fallen culture around us. Paul encouraged them with the gospel. When God’s goodness and kindness appeared for mankind, He saved believers by His unconditional mercy through the washing of regeneration (vv. 4-5). This new identification makes the person fit to carry out every good deed for the glory of God. A glory that they are privileged to share in (Rom. 8:17).

When you face the problem of sin and the guilt that follows, take comfort in the washing of regeneration. You have been washed by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is restoring your fallen image into the image of Jesus, a beauty unimaginable for the human mind. It’s ironic that we worry so much about our outward fading beauty when the Holy Spirit is creating us into a heavenly image that will never again deteriorate. What can wash away our sins? What can make us whole again?

 

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Heirs To Eternal Life

If you’ve fallen like me, then you have found yourselves in a dream world where money is no problem and many respect your upscale economic status. If you’re like me, then you didn’t come from a wealthy family nor do you presently live according to the rich of this age. Perhaps, like mine, your parents or grandparents didn’t leave you any inheritance—and never will. You’ve had friends who have been blessed with a generous inheritance, but you can only sit from time to time and dream how it would feel to be a beneficiary of remarkable wealth.

 

For the believer in Christ, I think there is more to our desire to inherit than our love for money. Although our American money-hungry empire influences our fantasy world to dream about a better place where only money can take us, our fascination has something right: we were made to be heirs. A believer who has been redeemed by the blood of Christ is now an heir in the body of Christ.


And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life. (Titus 3:7 NET)


Heirs of a Priceless Inheritance

Paul reminds us what it means to be an heir. An heir is someone who receives something as a gift due to a relationship with the giver. I want to briefly point out two things before we move on to talk about where we were before we became heirs. First, when Paul says we are heirs he means that right now we have a special inheritance. An heir is someone a Christian is, and, although they will receive their payment in full hereafter, the inheritance is a guarantee (Eph. 1:14). No one will or can strip them of their eternal inheritance (Rom. 8:38-39).

Second, we are made heirs of an inheritance that can’t be measured or valued by human intelligence. Gold is currently worth 1,600 an ounce. If you have seen the TV series Gold Rush, then you would understand that in order to dig up an ounce of gold you have to dig, literally, tons of dirt. As sparse as it may be, we are still able to stamp a price on gold and therefore how much one should value it. It’s impossible to explain the worth and value of our eternal inheritance in Christ. We receive God! God is the inheritance of every redeemed person in Christ Jesus. For what is eternal life than to know and love God forever (John 17:3)?


From Rags to Riches

Of course, all this begs the question, how did we become heirs? Don’t let the above heading fool you. Our rags to riches story is drastically different than the traditional one. In fact, the metaphor is different. Let’s say in our story rags means a sinful condition and riches means eternal life.

Once upon a time . . . .

“we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another” (Titus 3:3 NET). We were hopeless misfits, set out on a path of thievery and destruction. Before Christ, the story is told of the young man or woman who lived a life of crime, violating the King’s commandments and orders. Thou shall not was mistakenly conceived for thou shall not only if . . . .

The average slum-dog perceived that their condition was purely sociological. Sin was rather a social disorder that one committed when the living conditions necessitated such an act. And evil was construed and twisted, believed to be a prevailing hoax placed upon the lower class and less fortunate because life was hard. Which made crime (sin) the natural thing to do.

Sadly, and at their expense, they were mistaken. The hard-knocks were to blame for their own actions. Although Ma and Pa left them defenseless at a young age, their malice behavior exploded from the inside, showing that their condition was an internal heart issue. They were left without hope (Eph. 2:12).

(And then, suddenly, the plot thickened . . . .) A compassionate-driven King appeared. God’s goodness and lovingkindness for mankind showered down from Heaven in human form, resting in a manger. You see, the King had a similar story to these ruffians so it made it easier for Him to empathize with them (Heb. 2:17).

However, this King had one enemy to defeat in order to ransom these lost orphans. He did. He won the battle. King Jesus of Nazareth was the inscription written on the victory flag at the battle field (John 19:19). King Jesus had redeemed the sinful condition (rags) of everyone who bears His name and has given them the inheritance of eternal life (riches).

God’s redeemed people are heirs who have hope in eternal life. Some of us will never receive wealth or riches while laboring through this life. Whether or not we do, it would be wise to live a life that labors for eternity. For we have an eternal inheritance.

 

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Christ Our Passover

Technology moves faster than light. Our technological advances continue to provide medical breakthrough that surpasses the preceding generation’s line of intelligence and ability. We have come so far in medical expertise that most Americans live under the notion that doctors, not God, are the true physicians of the soul. Our obsession to receive all answers of life from “the experts” drives our sense of security. We blindly ride on the assumption that this life is so far from death we have no need to trouble ourselves with God. To drive home the unfortunate conclusion: for many Americans, technology moves faster than God.

 

Jesus, not technology, is the true Physician of the soul. Only Jesus can diagnose and cure the eternal disease common to every person. Jesus offers organic produce that you can’t find at Whole Foods or Vitamin Cottage.


Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.(John 6:54-55 ESV)


The Lamb of God and Bread of Life

Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper on the night of the Passover (Luke 22:7; Matt. 26:17; Mark 14:12). On the night of the Passover God’s people were to take an unblemished lamb and sacrifice it. They were also to bake unleavened bread. The blood of the lamb was to be smeared on the doorposts of their homes as a sign that they believed the words God had spoken to Moses. They were to eat both the lamb and the bread.

The parallels are wonderfully obvious. Paul says that Christ is our Passover (1 Cor. 5:7), while the other inspired writers explain. Peter writes about Jesus as the unblemished and spotless lamb (1 Pet. 1:19). The writer of Hebrews passionately tells of Christ giving His own blood in order to obtain an eternal redemption for God’s people (Heb. 9:12). And John records the bread of life discourse, stating that Jesus is the bread of life who provides Himself to eternally nourish His people (John 6:48). We will now take a closer look at John’s emphasis.

When Jesus says He’s the bread of life, He means that He will give Himself by death on the cross so that the world will have life. “. . . and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh” (6:51). Bread is symbolic for His flesh, but the meaning of Him giving His flesh goes even deeper when He declares that we should feed on Him. So when Jesus says we are to “eat his flesh and drink his blood,” He tells us that we are to believe in Him, be satisfied with only Him, and go to Him for everything.

Just as we eat bread so that we are physically nourished, we feed on Christ so that we are eternally and spiritually nourished. The latter is, of course, more important. The lesson is clear: By believing in Christ we receive life through His death. Or we could say: By feeding on Christ we eternally feed and nourish our souls.


Applying Truth

Two important results follow when we feed on Christ—that is, when we go to Him for what our souls need. First, we receive eternal life (6:54). Assuming you know why eternal life is needed, let’s look at it from another angle. I will show you this angle by way of definition: Eternal life means that we have the joy of knowing God in this life (17:3). Simple logic grabs the reigns here. If we have the joy of knowing God in this life, then we should do everything we can on a daily basis to know and love this God.

Second, by feeding on Christ we abide in Him (6:56). Every day we should strive to wake up asking this question: How can I have my joy in life come from Christ? Knowing where we receive our joy and pleasure is a question of what or who we are abiding in. If we are receiving our pleasure and joy from Christ, what we do and think will reveal that. Again, logic is helpful here. If we are consumed and concerned primarily with worldly things, then we are not getting our nourishment from Christ. A good test to take is to think about where most of your spare time is spent.

Christ is the true Physician of the soul who provides Himself to eternally nourish our souls. He is our Passover Lamb and Unleavened Bread. It takes rigorous self-control and extreme self-reliance on the Holy Spirit to live a life that daily feeds on Jesus. Our media-driven world does everything it can to explain away the need and hunger for God.

God is no longer needed in a culture that, by a click of a button, finds all answers to life and death by experts who deny God and His supernatural power. Don’t be duped. Only Jesus offers true food and true drink. Don’t be distracted. Only Jesus offers true pleasure and true joy. Warn your soul as Jim Elliot did: “Be on guard, my soul, of complicating your environment so that you have neither time nor room for growth.” Now, take and eat—and see that the Lord is good (Ps. 34:8).

 

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Passover – The Timing

God’s principles and instructions lay in His Word, the Holy Bible. All the mysteries to heaven and earth are known to God, and He reveals some of them in the Bible. The more we learn about God’s principles and instructions, the more wise we will become, and our lives will transform. What does this have to do with Passover? I’ll tell you.

The way we do things and the way God does things are vastly different. In the Passover, it was the Father’s instructions to His people and their faith in those instructions that spared their children’s lives, freed them from horrible slavery, and showed them miracles that many believers would hear about for centuries to come. It is in honor of these principles of obedience, trust and blessing that Passover is observed. Most importantly, Passover is observed in honor of a Person – Jesus Christ, the Messiah. He is the Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the earth, and the Deliverer of His people from death, hell and the grave!

There are different types of covenants in the Bible, but the one we probably hear the most about is the “New Covenant” – the covenant enacted by the blood of Jesus Christ. Only by receiving His blood, opening the door of your heart to Jesus Christ, inviting Him into your life and making Him the Lord of your life, does the effect of this blood go into action in your life. Once you activate the power of the blood of Jesus Christ by accepting Him, your covenant is in full effect. The lamb sacrificed at Passover, whose blood covered the doorways of those who believed God’s instructions, activated the protection of the families within. Their children did not see death..their slavery was cancelled…Pharoah was forced to let them go free…their neighbors were commanded to give them silver and gold for their journey…Their health was strong, there was not a feeble one among them, despite the terrible conditions they had lived under. The force of the blood covenant went into effect at the Passover! But this was the Old Covenant, and now we have the Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ, knocking at the door of our hearts, asking gently if He can come in. All of these blood covenant benefits are ours, and we don’t have to kill anymore lambs, bulls or goats to keep it. His blood is enough!

Nothing in God’s kingdom happens by chance. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” God is strategic and concise. God’s timing is cyclical. Our sleep cycle refreshes us with rest and gets us ready for being awake. Our weekly cycle marks days of work and days of rest. A woman’s biological cycle determines the timing of procreation. We measure a day by the rotation of the earth. We measure a year by the revolution of the earth’s orbit around the sun. God delivered His people at the Passover for a reason.

Your Appointment

Throughout the year, different cycles of feasts occurred that marked out different and distinct seasons for God’s people. Passover was the first feast of the year and marked a distinct season for God’s people, just like the revolution of the earth brings winter, spring, summer and fall. There is a winter, spring, summer and fall in the spirit realm, too. When you study God’s Word, you begin to see the significance of the feasts, times and seasons. God has a cycle, a timing and a rhythm set for your life personally as well.

The same patterns and curses your forefathers struggled with, the enemy will try to interject into your life and the lives of your children. However, there are “God moments” given to us where God breaks these demonic patterns in our lives forever. When you sense God leading you to confront an issue in your life, don’t miss your appointment! God is going to deliver you by the power of the blood of Jesus Christ.

Passover is about the celebration of God’s protection by the blood of the lamb, which allowed His people to leave slavery, enter freedom, and pursue the abundance found in the Promised Land. Does that sound familiar?

Christ is our Passover. We have eternal life, a destiny, calling and purpose here on earth only by the blood of Jesus Christ, and His blood allows us to enter freedom in order to pursue our Promised Land. May the blood of Jesus Christ break every yoke today!

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