Deliverance

“Yet if you devote your heart to him and stretch out your hands to him, if you put away the sin that is in your hand and allow no evil to dwell in your tent, then, free of fault, you will lift up your face; you will stand firm and without fear. You will surely forget your trouble, recalling it only as waters gone by. Life will be brighter than noonday, and darkness will become like morning. You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety. You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor” (Job 11:13-19 KJV).

Some me people are living in a cloud of sin that blocks their progress.  I have experienced that due to habits and ideals that I had developed from my teenage years.  Even though I was raised in a Christian home, I went off track and it took certain situations to realize my error and come back to God.  We all have times where a light bulb goes on in our heads and we realize that we don’t like where we are, are you at that point?  What is holding you back from growth?  Sometimes we get thrown off of our original path due to wrong judgement calls, wrong relationship ties, habits, etc.  Even though we get thrown off we need to remember that there is a Savior named Jesus who came down from Heaven to save and heal us spiritually, emotionally and physically. He will reroute you and put you back on your correct path and KEEP you there if you submit to His will.   Your deliverence is not just for you, it’s meant to be a testimony.  When you get it together make sure to bring others with you; show them what you have found.

This past weekend I went hiking with a friend.  We were pretty high up in the mountain when we realized that we had taken a wrong turn.  We could see our correct path below, but we could not figure out how to get down to it.  As we were searching for an alternate route back to our path we noticed two other people lost and searching for a way to return to their path also.  My friend remembered that she had downloaded a hiking app which tracks your route, so instead of us walking away from our new lost friends we said hey let’s all go together and get to the main road.  Long story short we were able to make it to the right path and help them out of the wilderness.  We were able to use our resources to pull ourselves and others out of a potentially dangerous situation.

This is how we need to be in our everyday lives.  Don’t hide the resources that you have that is helping you or has helped you in the past to reach your Godly path.  God will put you in someone’s path who will need deliverance from bad habits and will be in need of what you have, so miss that opportunity to give a God glory with your testimony.

Prayer is powerful. In the Bible the Apostle Paul talks about praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17 KJV). That is truly important for a person’s success in everyday life. I had to commit my way to Him, so that I would see what destiny He had in store for me. I had to align myself with His will, so that way when I make plans they line up with Him. If I was totally out of touch with what He was about I could not move forward. I would continue circling the same mountain, watching my life pass, unfulfilled, and hopeless. God showed me that I would not reach where He wanted me to go if sexual immorality continued to be present in my life. At first when you are faced with a decision to make you make excuses and drag your feet, I could no longer do that, I had to change. Sometimes we are the hindrance to our own prayers coming to fruition, we are not willing to change inwardly in order to see the change outwardly.
Prayer of deliverance. When you pray this type of prayer you are taking the enemy’s authority away (Satan) in your life and walking in your authority as a child of God (born again believer of Jesus). When you come to God with this prayer ask for forgiveness and repent, this puts you back into good relationship with Him. Satan can no longer legally attack you because you are not walking and living in sin. To start you first acknowledge what Christ has done for you on the cross. Know and speak out loud that these habits have been nailed to the cross with Christ and now you are a new creature by the power of Christ’s death and resurrection. Also when you are speaking your heart needs to be contrite and totally surrendered to the will of God. You should now be committed to living a glorifying life unto God. After you have acknowledged what Christ has done on the cross, acknowledge that those sins/habits that you have done are nailed to the cross also and since Christ is raised from the dead you are resurrected as a new creature also and those things no longer have dominion over you, you have dominion over it. You are no longer controlled by your senses and you are no longer a slave to sin. Speak that you have power and dominion over that habit you have and that it is under your feet in Jesus’ name. Make sure to ask the Holy Spirit to fill those spots that those habits/sins left with what is pleasing to Him and praise Him for freedom in Him. After this prayer the enemy will try to attack your deliverance and make you doubt it, but be confident and speak the word of God; stay prayerful and read your Bible daily (Read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5, 1 Corinthians 2:16, 2 Corinthians 5:17, Romans 6:3-14). Now that I have gone through so many twists and turns in my short life, I can see the hand of God clearer. I am not perfect and there is so much more that needs to be learned. I encourage you to dig in deeper to find your message. Ask God to lead and comfort you using these great scriptures and more.  Deuteronomy 28 has great promises for us to speak over our lives daily and meditate on.  Be blessed.

What’s Your Plan

Proverbs 16:9 MSG
[9] We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.

Proverbs 16:9 NLT
[9] We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

Proverbs 16:9 KJV
[9] A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

What is your plan?  Do you even have a plan?  Is it a good plan?  Where did your plan come from?  Were you under stress when you made your plan?  What were the circumstances surrounding it?  Is it a plan B or C?

There are so many different ways plans are born.  Make sure your plans come after you have prayed and sought God’s wisdom; those are the plans He supports.

I Samuel 15 talks about a plan that went wrong.  King Saul was given a plan by the Lord.  He performed part of what God had told him to do but decided to do something else with other aspects of his mission based off of “the voice of the people”.  Saul’s people urged him to take spoils from a conquest when a God specifically told him to destroy everything.  Since Saul did not follow God’s plan the kingdom of Israel was taken away from him and God even went as far as to say that he regretted making him king.  Wow, can you imagine going along, you have this great life, great future ahead and then you step out and do your own thing even though God has told you otherwise?  Since he was disobedient everything was snatched from him.  God was no longer determining Saul’s steps, Saul decided that he wanted to call the shots.  Don’t allow the voice of the people to take you out of God’s plan for you.

Another example of a plan going awry is Exodus with a Moses.  Moses was leading the children of Isreal into the Promised Land based on instructions from God.  In order for the plan to be executed properly it was detrimental that God’s instructions be followed, total obedience was necessary. Self and doubt had no place in this plan or any God designed plans.

On one occasion Moses was supposed to strike a rock and get water from it because the people were thirsty in the wilderness, then on a second occasion he was supposed to speak to it to bring water from it.  Slightly different instruction to get the same result.

First Time

Exodus 17:5 MSG
[5] God said to Moses, “Go on out ahead of the people, taking with you some of the elders of Israel. Take the staff you used to strike the Nile. And go. I’m going to be present before you there on the rock at Horeb. You are to strike the rock. Water will gush out of it and the people will drink.”

Second Time

Numbers 20:7-12 MSG
[7-8] God spoke to Moses: “Take the staff. Assemble the community, you and your brother Aaron. Speak to that rock that’s right in front of them and it will give water. You will bring water out of the rock for them; congregation and cattle will both drink.” [9-10] Moses took the staff away from God ‘s presence, as commanded. He and Aaron rounded up the whole congregation in front of the rock. Moses spoke: “Listen, rebels! Do we have to bring water out of this rock for you?” [11] With that Moses raised his arm and slammed his staff against the rock—once, twice. Water poured out. Congregation and cattle drank. [12] God said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t trust me, didn’t treat me with holy reverence in front of the People of Israel, you two aren’t going to lead this company into the land that I am giving them.”

Since Moses did not trust God’s plan he was not allowed to lead them into the promise.  He was only able to see it from a distance.

It is very imperative to listen to the voice of the Lord and allow His will to be our will so that our plans for ourselves match His.  If our plans match His and we do not get distracted by: the voice of the people, circumstances, self or doubt we will see the promise, God has intended and reach our destiny.

Do not take the idea God gives you and run away from Him with it, like you have everything under control, that’s a negative, you will not be successful that way.  Pay attention to his details, he needs to be in the middle of your plans, otherwise when you get ahead of Him and self/flesh gets involved the idea fails and you are back at square one, wondering how you got no where so quickly.

  • Follow His instruction down to the letter, it’s all in the details (obedience).  
  • Don’t get ahead of Him (be very prayerful, read your bible and be intentional, even writing things down that God has shown you on your journey).  
  • Give Him the controls, He knows best.

When you do these things you can make and execute effective plans for your future and God will go before you and establish them.

Isaiah 52:12 NLT
[12] You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the LORD will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.

Don’t think you have to do anything to please anyone or that you need to rush, give your plans to God.

 

 

Having A Heart Of Celebration

Psalm 34:8-9 NLT
[8] Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him! [9] Fear the LORD, you his godly people, for those who fear him will have all they need.

Psalm 118:1 NLT
[1] Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good! His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 118:5-7 NLT
[5] In my distress I prayed to the LORD, and the LORD answered me and set me free. [6] The LORD is for me, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me? [7] Yes, the LORD is for me; he will help me. I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

God is able to protect you and guide you through the toughest of situations!  His strong arm holds us up and keeps the enemy in check.  He will block every plan the enemy (Satan) has for you and help you to live the victorious life He has designed for you.  Follow His word and and CELEBRATE because you know that God is on your side and nothing can stand against Him.  When you are in the hands of God nothing and no one can snatch you out, you are a child of the Most High God, King of Kings.  Make sure that you have a praise on your lips on your way to your promise.  Your praise (celebration) proceeds your victory.  Even if you don’t feel like it, you must praise.  You are closer than you think, keep moving forward.

 

Examples of praising/celebrating God before the physical manifestation of victory:

Joshua 6:1-27

Joshua 6:16 NLT
[16] The seventh time around, as the priests sounded the long blast on their horns, Joshua commanded the people, “Shout! For the LORD has given you the town!

2 Chronicles 20 King Jehoshaphat surrounded by enemies looking for a way to defeat them

2 Chronicles 20:18 NLT
[18] Then King Jehoshaphat bowed low with his face to the ground. And all the people of Judah and Jerusalem did the same, worshiping the LORD.

Be encouraged and know that God is moving despite what is happening around you.  Focus on the guidance He has given you and CELEBRATE FOR VICTORY IS IN YOUR HAND!!!