The Walk To Deliverance
When the children of Israel were set free from their slavery in Egypt, it was by God’s supernatural, sovereign intervention - He split the Red Sea in half so an estimated one million people could walk through on dry land to safety. God’s people were taken out of slavery and released into freedom, where they were embarking on a journey to their Promised Land, a land flowing with milk and honey. I want to tell you today that we, too, have a “Promised Land,” but we have to be free to pursue it! Notice that God’s people had to walk through the Red Sea to get to safety. There is a walk we must take to get to freedom as well. It requires our will and a little effort. Let me talk to you about deliverance.
Passover was the season and backdrop of the occasion. God’s people were delivered from slavery after the Passover. This season is significant because God does things in times and seasons. Death had “passed over” God’s people because they had the blood of the lamb on their door to protect them. Afterwards, Gods people were released from slavery and sent on a journey to the Promised Land. This is a “real-life” illustration of deliverance. God wants to release you into freedom, so you can go on an exciting journey to your Promised Land! We all want to go on an exciting adventure.
In life, things have a way of settling in on us and we can become in bondage to them. This is called a stronghold. Other times, addictions to sin are present that are unable to be broken by willpower alone because demonic forces have entered in. When this happens, we need deliverance to break the yoke of anything in life that we have settled on or settled for, so we can move towards our Promised Land!
A stronghold is a cyclical pattern of thinking that generates harmful behaviors. Our behavior reveals what exists on the inside. Unhealthy coping methods start off as things like eating for comfort, drinking to numb ourselves, etc. Over time, these negative coping methods become mental strongholds. Over more time, they can turn to addictions, which is when demonic forces have become involved in holding a person in bondage to that person, place or thing. God wants to deliver us so that these mental strongholds or demonic addictions can be broken off of us!
God can smash the yoke of strongholds and addiction, release you into freedom and send you on an adventure for Him! Then we are free to pursue our Promised Land! So, I ask you, where are you going today? Are you on your way….. or are you stuck?
While we are contemplating, I want to share 5 simple steps to getting and keeping our victory. These are not the be-all and end-all. Counseling, laying on of hands and involvement with a deliverance ministry at a Bible-based, spirit-filled church is necessary. I want to share with you 5 steps to approaching God for deliverance:
- Acknowledge and renounce.
Acknowledge what is really going on to God. Speak truth to God and ourselves.
Renounce anything that has had control over you.
Overcome bitterness and gain freedom by releasing others from their sins.
Forgiveness is for you, not them!
Submit to God and His way of doing things.
Every good and perfect gift is from Him!
- Take responsibility.
Take responsibility of your own actions to gain full freedom. Never give anyone or anything the credit for what you do, except God!
Disown sinful influences that come from associations. Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:30, “If your right arm causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it far from you!”
This month, I will be talking to you about the season of Passover and God’s sovereign, powerful deliverance. It is God’s desire to see His people set free from strongholds and addictions, so they can move into destiny! God sees you not from your current condition, but from your future state! Be victorious and never give up battling that affliction or condition! It is only temporary and we are believing for you to outlast and overcome every evil thing, so that nothing would have any power over you! Remember that God has given you the victory and it is already finished. Walk in your faith today, beloved. Until next time!
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