Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Seeking and finding Deliverance!
Read Exodus 15 (click here)
Approaching the theme of deliverance I can't help but think of the example of Moses and The Israelites. After centuries of being enslaved in bondage, thousands of former slaves see The Lord work in marvelous ways to deliver them. From witnessing plagues to the most utter wonder of walking through a path of a raised Sea for hours as God holds back their enemies. In the end they witness the utter destruction of their enemies at the path of nature's and God's wrath. A powerful army at that! Can you imagine what that would look like to you after having been enslaved your entire life?!
As a result the Israelites began a sacred holiday called The Passover which commemorated the intervention of God to protect His chosen people during a time of retribution on Pharoah and his government who refused to deliver His people. The ultimate victory was The Lord's in that through this His people were indeed delivered!
This example shows how powerful God is and YES! He can deliver even in this present age. It comes down to our faith. How much faith do we have that He can deliever us to a happier more fulfilled place?
Faith is not just a belief in God but instead it's a belief that ALL things are possible with God! (Matthew 19:26)
It is not by our strength we can achieve deliverance but only through the will of God. (Ephesians 1:11)God already has a plan mapped out for us but first we need to seek out what that map is for our lives and trust Him to lead us to it.
Even if it is seemingly impossible. Which is where I am at right now in my own walk. Remember God made us and meant for us to fulfill His destiny for us!
To work towards your walk to deliverance several things must be kept in mind and done.
#1 Acknowledge what is holding you back from achieving then RENOUNCE it.
Whether it's a thought pattern i.e. I am not good enough, I am unable to get this job because I don't have a degree, my husband (or wife) is an unbeliever and will not listen nor shows an interest in God. (Fill in yours)
A popular phrase is if God can take you to it, He'll get you through it!
If it's God's will for you to have this job, this career, have the dream home, have the harmonious relationship, etc..you will have that job, that home, that peace.
Because Jehovah Jireh is Jehovah Jireh! (God will provide!)
I am for sure now at this point in my own walk seeking a full deliverance as I am pretty good at using those tired lame excuses myself. But bottom line...if it's God's will don't be surprised if it materializes out of thin air. So RENOUNCE them voices!
#2 FORGIVE! Yes!! Too many times feelings we hold towards others are what holds us back from moving forward. Forgiveness is a commandment for a reason people. It's to help YOU move forward as how often do you think that person simmers on the event that is holding you back or events? Release. Let Go. Move forward.
#3. Submit to God's will.
Our will gets us no where often than not. God knows what He is doing whereas we stumble about sometimes making mistake after mistake. Who knows what's best for us better than who created us?
#4. Be Responsible and Own it!
If you have done things that have either hurt yourself or others then bottom line you need to take responsibility for it.
Be responsible to God for it and then to who you have hurt.
There's true liberation in owning up. As God teaches us to walk blameless with our fellow man (Philippians 2:15 Psalms 15: 2-5)He tells us that for a reason.
Nothing tears more at peace than to have something weighing on your conscience and to have problems arise with someone. Be clear with God and be clear with yourself and others! Release it! Let Go!
#5 Terminate what causes you to backslide!
Matthew 5:30 says "And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell."
Only we can gauge what causes us to look away from our path with God and ultimate deliverance. But whatever it is we need to just utterly get it away from us and quick as the longer we hold onto something that's holding us back..the stronger the hold will be.
I am walking my path to deliverance as we speak and my hope is others will also learn to walk this same path. As nothing is more important or holds more importance than our relationship with God and fulfilling His purposes in our lives.
Mat God speak to you today and show you the path to finding deliverance. If He has shown you this path give praise as like the Israelites of old a marvelous power has been manifested in your life!
Let today be the start!
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