Daniel 6:22; Job 5:19; II Timothy 4:18
What a traumatic situation. Being faithful to God has put Daniel into a very dangerous situation. A question could be asked here, what can I do to avoid such a predicament. Looking at the alternatives, I see problems. If I simply ignore God that does not make God go away. If I were to aline myself with paganism, I have a blind belief in a lie and will suffer the results of my decision. If I stand with God against all odds, I have protection and deliverance by God. God gives his angels watch, care, protection and deliverance from circumstances if it is God’s will. A very striking statement is; “ . . . innocency was found in me. Who of us can say this truthfully? Then comes the reassurance to the king “ . . . also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt.” This was said to a pagan king. The angel shut the lions’ mouths.
Job tells us of many deliverance’s and that no evil will touch us. Paul said to Timothy; “And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. II Tim. 4:18 KJB
How can anyone deny the deliverance of God through His Son who died to set us free. He died because of His love for the Father and the lost. That is true deliverance.
FEBRUARY 14 – DELIVERANCE
II Samuel 22: 18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
What would be considered our strong enemy? What hinders us from serving the Lord?
That would be our strong enemy. The Lord is ready to deliver you from your strong enemy. Enemies hinder and pursue us. Enemies cause us not serve the Lord. Many are hindered in their service because Satan the enemy has put an obstacle in their path.
One enemy is lack of knowledge. We should have a sincere desire to study to show ourselves approved unto God. A lack of knowledge (as my father would say) sticks out like a sore thumb. I have witnessed some that are very mature Christians and yet have witnessed some that have attended Church for many years that could not present the scripture to show someone how to be saved.
Another enemy is pre-occupation with the world. We schedule God out of our week. People so involved in other activities, they have no time for God or the Church. Schedule a revival and ask the Church members to clear their calendar to attend and some never show up because the world is more appealing than being revived or see souls saved.
Another enemy is our lifestyle. The King James Bible calls our lifestyle, conversation. This is very appropriate usage because we converse to others what we truly are and what is most important to us. We communicate to a lost and dying world that the world is more important than their lost soul.
Money can be an enemy. Family can be an enemy. Anything that separates us from service is an enemy.
God can deliver us from our strongest enemy.
JANUARY 7 – DELIVERANCE
Exodus 3:7-9 – This passage demonstrates three of the attributes of God. I have seen, I have heard, I am come down. These are terms that we understand. They are not theologically cloaked with mystery. They are not confusing in English gymnastics. They are plain and open to any one diligent enough to read with an open mind and heart.
“I have seen…” The Lord is ever present in our life. His presence makes Him aware of our situation. He knows our joys and what we are joyful about. Let do a little aside here. If we have joy in hurting or destroying a person with our speech, that is the wrong joy and God sees it as sin. If we joy in hitting the tavern after work with friends and spending our paycheck on strong drink, thereby depriving our family of funds to live, that is sin on two areas and God hates sin. If we have joy in fishing on the Lord’s day or any other activity that keeps us out of the house of God, that is sin. These are wrong joys. I say we are to have “joy in the Lord.” Where there is sorrow or pain or loss or affliction, God sees. God is moved by our situation. It reminds me of Mary and Martha at the death of Lazarus. Jesus wept. “If you had been here…” Jesus knew he would bring Lazarus back to life, yet He was moved by the sorrow of the sisters, and the death of one He loved. It served a purpose.
“… and have heard… “ Sometimes that is what we need, some one to hear our misery, our sorrow, our hurts and our pains. There are those today that simply need an ear that will hear and not pass judgment or give advice. Is there not comfort in knowing that God hears our call and plea. What a movement could happen if our churches would ever learn that patient, persistent, pleading would move God. God wants us to call upon Him. I believe that if Churches would plead persistently with God that lost souls would be save and He would hear and move us to go out and witness. God answers persistent pleading prayer and uses us to answer that prayer. He would put a desire in our heart. He hears us.
“… I am come down to deliver … “ What a relief that not only does God see and hear, but He will also come down and deliver. God has a desire that we live an abundant life. Not as the world sees abundance in money, power and prestige, but in a life that honors and glorifies God and has great joy in the peace and comfort brought about by a loving savior. He can deliver us from bad habits, from strife, and from conflict. He can deliver us from anger and malice and back biting. The greatest deliverance is from the penalty of eternal death because of the rejection of His Son. There no deliverance here on eath as important as God gives through Jesus Christ, our deliverer. He has seen our captivity to sin. He has heard our cry of repentance and confession. He has sent His only Son down to deliver us from the chains and slavery of sin. He has delivered us from eternal separation from God. He has given us freedom and life and an eternal abode in His presence. What a marvelous, gracious, wonderful Savior I have who sees, hears and delivers.