Thursday, November 1, 2012
5 Ways to Be Delivered From Evil
Matthew 6:13 Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
God will deliver you in the day of trouble.
1. Deliver means to pull off.
Have you ever broken up a fight? Had to pull two kids apart? God is going to pull that attacker off of you. That situation that was fighting you God is going to deliver you from.
2. Deliver means to equip for the fight.
Police request new equipment because it makes their job easier. I get some new equipment in my possession when I ask for deliverance. His word, His peace, His Spirit, His power, etc. Without asking I will be ill-equipped.
3. Deliver means to strengthen.
Asking God through prayer builds spiritual, emotional, mental muscle. I wasn’t that strong and I needed a spiritual trainer. Like spinach to Popeye, prayer is to a Christ follower. Things that would have crippled me 5 years ago now I have the strength to go through.
4. Deliver means to make fat.
If you ever had to be in the hospital for three or four days, or if you had the flu, you lose weight. You look in the mirror and you look gaunt, eyes droop, no energy, skin and bones. During trouble my soul gets sickly, weak, starts wheezing. Prayer is the rehab, the recovery. It is chicken soup and antibiotics for my soul. God delivers me by making me well. By giving me the much needed rest.
5. Deliver means to prepare.
I can deliver a speech when I am prepared. I can deliver a song after MUCH preparation. A women delivers a baby her body has prepared over 9 months. Life came at me, trouble came at me, but I had prayed and God delivered me, He prepared me. So I was ready. He made me ready. I was delivered at just the right time.
God will do the same for you as you call on him in the day of trouble.