Do you know who to turn to? Do you know who you can trust? Do you realize there is hope? Do you realize there is someone who even when you don’t think you can do it yourself, you can trust? You don’t have to go it alone! You don’t have to be strong enough to do it alone!
Will you pray for the sick? Will you pray in Jesus’ name so that it has power?
Will you pray for the poor? Will you pray in Jesus’ name so that it has power?
Will you come together with others to pray for we know that when 2 or more are together, He is there?
Will you share what God has done in and through your life? Will you share with others the testimonies of all God has done in and through your life? Will today be a day of breakthrough for you and for those God brings into your life?
What do you think of when you think of the word deliver? What about deliverer?
Deliver is defined as…
And deliverer is defined as…
Ever considered the times where God is described as the deliverer? Ever considered how many times God delivered His people? Ever considered the deliverance provided by and through Jesus?
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.21 He began by saying to them, “Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
–from Luke 4
9For they themselves report what kind of welcome you gave us, and how you turned away from idols to serve the living and true God 10and to await His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead — Jesus our deliverer from the coming wrath. –from 1 Thessalonians 1
and another example…
So they arrived at the other side of the lake, in the region of the Gerasenes. 2 When Jesus climbed out of the boat, a man possessed by an evil spirit came out from the tombs to meet him. 3 This man lived in the burial caves and could no longer be restrained, even with a chain.4 Whenever he was put into chains and shackles—as he often was—he snapped the chains from his wrists and smashed the shackles. No one was strong enough to subdue him. 5 Day and night he wandered among the burial caves and in the hills, howling and cutting himself with sharp stones.
6 When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. 7 With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” 8 For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.”
9 Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”
And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.” 10 Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place.
11 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby. 12 “Send us into those pigs,” the spirits begged. “Let us enter them.”
13 So Jesus gave them permission. The evil spirits came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd of about 2,000 pigs plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned in the water.
14 The herdsmen fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. People rushed out to see what had happened. 15 A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been possessed by the legion of demons. He was sitting there fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid.16 Then those who had seen what happened told the others about the demon-possessed man and the pigs. 17 And the crowd began pleading with Jesus to go away and leave them alone.
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon possessed begged to go with him. 19 But Jesus said, “No, go home to your family, and tell them everything the Lord has done for you and how merciful he has been.” 20 So the man started off to visit the Ten Towns of that region and began to proclaim the great things Jesus had done for him; and everyone was amazed at what he told them.
–from Mark 5
Jesus Always Delivers — Day 125: Bible In One Year 2017
1. Trust God to deliver you … Psalm 56:1-13
We will face attacks in this life – in this world we will have troubles – we need to turn that around and put our trust in God – take hope because Jesus has overcome the world! Fear Not, just believe! Trust in God!
2. Testify about the Saviour … John 4:27-42
Have you testified to what Jesus has done in and through your life? This blog is part of my way to share my story with others. I shared my story with people at work and even spoke to the power of forgiveness through Jesus and was even able to share it more broadly. I have posts about calling, about trusting, about obedience, and about forgiveness along with many other testimonies of what God has done in and through my life.
3. Thank God for leaders who deliver … Judges 2:6-3:31
Today’s devotional shares the following examples of a recurring pattern found in Judges…
‘Another generation grew up, who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel… they forsook the Lord… they followed and worshipped various gods of the peoples around them’ (2:10,12).
God’s response was to allow disaster, so that they might turn back to him: ‘The Lord handed them over… He sold them to their enemies’ (v.14).
This understandably left the people ‘in great distress’ (v.15).
When they got into trouble they cried out to the Lord and he raised up judges ‘who saved them’ (v.16). The word translated ‘judge’ (shophet) has a wide meaning in Hebrew. It can also mean ‘deliverer’ – anyone who brings about justice, or sets things right.
The first of these deliverers is Othniel. ‘The Spirit of the Lord came upon him’ (3:10). Othniel was anointed by the Spirit of God, and it was this anointing that enabled him to deliver the people and establish forty years of peace (v.11).
Once again though, the people slipped into disobedience and disaster (vv.12–14), and cried out to God for a deliverer (v.15).
God delivered the people in a fascinating, if rather unpleasant, way (v.21). Ehud must have been an extremely courageous and brave man to walk right into enemy territory alone, with a sword hidden on him. It was a crazy thing to do – but for the fact that God was with him. And it was remarkably successful. Once again, the land had peace. This time for eighty years (v.30).
God sometimes uses people who are not part of the people of God to deliver his people. Shamgar may have been a Canaanite (see 5:6). He was a powerful man: he ‘struck down six hundred Philistines with an ox-goad. He too saved Israel’ (3:31).
These leaders only brought temporary peace, ‘as long as the judge lived’ (2:18).
All this only foreshadows, in rather a murky and inadequate way, the great work of Jesus, the Saviour of the world. Jesus is the great deliverer. Through his death and resurrection, he has delivered us. He is your saviour. The Holy Spirit now lives within you (Romans 8:9). He gives you power and wisdom so that you too can make a difference with your life.
–from Day 125: Bible In One Year 2017