Leave the cloak of doubt hanging on the nail
It is important for each of us to acknowledge our need for true deliverance in our lives. Yes, we love God and we are making attempts to please him; however, part of pleasing him is confessing our faults and, yes, our sin before the Lord.
To be delivered is to transition from a place of bondage to a place of freedom in Christ. It is my prayer that this year, in this new season, that the believers will receive a spiritual revival prefaced by a change of heart and mind.
I am letting the change begin with me: I must let go of those strongholds in my life that hold me in bondage. For years I have struggled with issues of rejection and abandonment, fear, loneliness and the need for acceptance. I did things in my past in a quest to find people or things to make me feel accepted and special, it was only until I accepted Christ and was filled with his Spirit that I began to understand that God was the only one capable of filling those voids in my life. It has taken years of soul searching, processing, prayer and worship, study of the scripture and revelation from God to get me to a place of contentment.
Yes, getting “Saved or Born-Again” is the most important decision we will ever make in this lifetime because it ensures eternal security in the presence of God. However, even after we are saved we still must understand that deliverance must take place or we will never enjoy the power of the cross or Jesus resurrection from the death.
His plan is to nail all of what we feel to the cross.
Deliverance will never occur until the believer understands the power of “principalities” mentioned in Ephesians 6:12. Satan uses territorial domain (principalities) in our minds to convince us to feel all of the unstable, unbalanced, unhealthy emotions that we endure. He seduces us into believing lies about ourselves and others, much like how he seduced Adam and Eve in the garden. He used the three tools mention in 1 John 2:16 — “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.”
Satan knows our desire is to please the lust of our flesh and our eyes and knows that ultimately at the core of many of our struggles is pride. Deliverance will occur when we reject Satan and be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
We must begin to let the mind of Christ become our mind and accept what God says about us despite what Satan or the world says. Jesus accepted the light in which God saw him. Even though the world, his enemies, and Satan, insisted that Jesus was a blasphemous counterfeit, he chose to believe the report of his father, who declared that Jesus was his Son in whom he was well pleased.
I admonish each reader to reject what Satan, the world, your enemies and negative people have to say about you and believe what God says. Be set free from the bonds that will only disable your destiny. You have the freedom in Christ to overcome and be more than a conqueror.
Deliverance begins to manifest when we make a conscious decision to walk in faith believing that we are what God says we are. He calls us an heir of God and a joint heir of Christ: we are royalty because of the blood that Jesus shed for us. Let’s walk in purpose this year.
The Bible teaches us that God is Jehovah-Jireh, the God of provision. That means that all of our needs have been provided for us by an all-knowing God. Even in the Garden of Eden, we find that everything Adam and Eve needed was already provided for them. So allow God to deliver you from the fear of lack and poverty.
We have been released from the power of bondage, depression, rejection, loneliness, discouragement, poverty, lack, hopelessness, hatred, resentment — all manner of hurt and pain that has consumed us. I changed my mind and have decided to be delivered. Let us celebrate with others and pray for and forgive our haters. Let’s be saved and delivered!