DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By PBS Ministries
We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength. For we have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer we who live, but Christ lives in us; and the Life which we live in the flesh, we live by faith of the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us.
Apostle Paul tells us in 1Timothy 1:12-14: “I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, that he considered me trustworthy, appointing me to his service. 13 Even though I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and a violent man, I was shown mercy because I acted in ignorance and unbelief. 14 The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”
In everything, we are to give God all the praise and thanks. We thank Him when we are up on the mountain and we thank Him when we are down in the valley. For it is by His strength that when we are weak, we are made strong. Our strength comes from God alone. There is nothing we can do successfully without God empowering us to bring it to reality. And so we declare that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
We need strength to fight our Goliath, we need strength to carry us through from day to day and we need strength to climb out of our pit. True deliverance comes only from Christ Jesus. Alcoholics can walk in deliverance today, drug addicts can be set free today, fornicators, adulterers, and idolaters can be set free today because of the Blood of Jesus. You may run for a very long time, but when God calls you to do Kingdom work, He will give you the strength to leave your baggage behind and to get up and follow Him.
Apostle Paul was a blasphemer of the worst kind. He was a persecutor and he breathed out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. But one day, all it takes is one day or one moment, he had an encounter with the living God. On his way to Damascus to take Jesus’ disciples to Jerusalem as prisoners, a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”
When he got up to go into the city to be told what to do by God’s disciple, he realized he was blind and he remained that way for three days. God restored his sight, he was converted and he began preaching that Jesus is the Son of God. God’s grace and mercy was upon Paul because he acted in ignorance and unbelief.
The grace of God can rest on any of us, if we submit ourselves to him. Jesus was crucified for every sinner so we can be delivered from our sins. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. That is the grace of God.
You do not have to wait until you are bowled over to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. The decision is yours to make today. I am sure that Paul did not like his conversion experience. You may not like the experience that the Lord may use to draw you to Himself. The choice is yours to surrender to Jesus and his love and compassion will set you free.
The Christian life goes beyond conversion. It is a daily process where we begin to grow more like Christ. The Holy Spirit that dwells in us will enable us to live a life that pleases God. We become more like Christ by reading the Word of God daily, by meditating on God’s Word day and night and by praying continually.
As believers, God promises that all things will work together for good for those that love the Lord and those who are called according to His purpose. So I encourage us to walk faithfully with God. Leave your past behind and press on in Christ. He will empower us and strengthen us to do His work. He will give us the strength to climb every mountain, strength to fight the enemy and the strength to live daily. Be strong and courageous in the Lord. Amen