Y’all, I am SO thankful that I serve a God of deliverance.
The other day, I was listening to No Longer Slaves by Bethel, and as I listened to the words of this song that I’ve had on replay for a while now, the word deliverance stood out to me. If you’ve never heard this song, GO listen to it (I’ve linked it to the bottom of this post so go hit the play button). The first words of this beautiful song are as follows:
You unravel me with a melody, You surround me with a song, Of deliverance from my enemies, Till all my fears have gone.
There is so much power and so much truth in these words, but even greater power is found in the One who is our Deliverer. And since the word deliverance stood out to me above all the other words, I decided to open up the Word of God to learn more about His deliverance.
2 Samuel 22:2 says that, “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
So what does God deliver us from? Well, let’s take a step back and define what it means to deliver. To deliver is to set free. After reading this definition, all the pieces began to fit together because I know that my God has set me free from SO many things. And every follower of Christ can say the same.
After studying the Word, I found four main things that God delivers us from.
In Psalm 34:4, David says, “I sought the LORD, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.” Y’all, I want you to know that God has the power to cast out ungodly fear. His perfect love has the power to cast out fear. If you struggle with fear on a regular basis, ask God to deliver you from fear. Ask Him to wash away your fear with His peace that surpasses all understanding.
In Psalms 34:17 we find that,“The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” GOD DELIVERS US FROM ALL OUR TROUBLES. This doesn’t mean that everything will work out well or that everything will work out how you want it to, but Romans 8:28 tells us that all things work together for our good. God is working all things together for your eternal good.
Colossians 1:13-14 states, “For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” Our sins were nailed to the cross and all who choose to believe in Jesus are delivered from the dominion of darkness. We are delivered from the enemy and the evil that surrounds him. Praise God!
John 8:36 says that, “if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” And those in Christ have been set free! Numerous times throughout the New Testament, because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, we see that Christ followers are set free from their old self. Paul says that He was crucified with Christ and no longer lives, but that Christ lives in Him! (Galatians 2:20). The Church in Ephesus was taught to put off the old self with it’s deceitful desires (Ephesians 4:22-24). In Christ, we are made new, we are made whole, we are made pure. We are delivered from our old selves.
I don’t know about you, but after reading these Truths and realizing just how awesome God’s deliverance is has made me oh so thankful to serve such a great God. I pray that, by the power of God’s Spirit, you will throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles so that you may run with perseverance the race marked out for you. God offers deliverance. Ask Him for it if you haven’t yet. Embrace the deliverance of the LORD today.
This post will have a part 2 because I also really want to share with you some of the reasons that God chooses to deliver us from darkness. So stay tuned!