TO THE A&L BIBLE STUDY GROUP: ON DELIVERANCE
GOOD MORNING FRIENDS. WHEN CONSIDERING THE NAME OF JESUS AND HOW JESUS IS VIEWED IN TODAYS WORLD WE MUST CONSIDER OUR ROLES AS AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST. TODAY WE WILL FOCUS ON JESUS’ ROLE IN OUR DELIVERANCE FROM THESE HARD TIMES THAT SEEM TO PREVAIL IN THE WORLD. PLEASE TURN WITH ME TO THE BOOK AND CHAPTER OF ISAIAH 61:1
Isaiah 61:1 “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.” Friends God desires that we are set free! This requires that we trust God in all things. We are never free when we do not trust him, because without a total surrender to God we are still in bondage to another! As Disciples we cannot say that we are hoping that God works it all out while we follow him, we cannot say that we are suggesting through prayer that God will do what we need while we follow him everywhere, we must say that we are trusting God to do what he says he will do while we follow him! This is not always easy so let us focus today on trusting him more! As Disciples of Christ we walk with God seeking to do his will. Sometimes as we travel we are put to extreme tests of our faith and often we feel as though we have been left alone. We pray and wait for God to answer, we are stretched to the limit and pressed on every side only to hear God sometimes say wait or sometimes say nothing at all! Jesus felt this also. He was put under extremely stressful situations; many people left his side and chose not to follow Him anymore. This week we will be looking at God and what he teaches us about deliverance. Deliverance belongs to the Lord and we will focus on why it is important to understand this. Jesus teaches us that it requires trust in God to experience a full deliverance from our troubles!
Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and--*their righteousness is of me*, says the Lord." Are you under the gun? Does it seem that the world is against you because of your stance with Christ? Nothing that comes against a child of God will prevail! Nothing opposed to God's will in your life shall prosper!! Isaiah 55:11 "so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Jesus says, "My word shall accomplish that which I please." His word shall not come back void!!! Suppose that Jesus selected you to receive his word in your life, he has sent his word into you, now based upon what we just read, how likely is it that his word will not succeed in it's purpose that he desires to be accomplished??? Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man that he should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent. Hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?" Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire..." God shall have no part in the lake of fire, save to cast all listed above into it! To say that God cannot or will not perform what he sent his word to do, is to say he is a liar and that he will be cast into the lake of fire with all those that offend! Either he will do it and is righteous or he won't and is a liar! Which one is he??? Does God lie or not? He will do what he has promised! If we truly trust God we know that God does what he says! Genesis 22:1-19 In these verses we see that God tested Abraham and he trusted God during the test and because he trusted God, God provided all that Abraham needed! Hebrews 11:17-19 "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure." He will do what he has promised!!! Genesis 21:1-3 “And the lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the lord did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, and at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac." You see Isaac was a promise from the Lord, yet it came to Abraham & Sarah in their old age and it was a miracle that many would not believe, but Abraham and Sarah trusted God's promise, and received it. James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the lord has promised to them that love him." If you endure the test, the trial, the waiting, and continue in the lord, you shall receive the promises of the Lord.