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Deliverance

40 Days of Promises Day Eleven

The promises of God include deliverance.

Now, before you ask, “What kind of deliverance?” and begin writing down all the scriptures you know about Christians and demons… allow me to ask a question or two.

Question number one: does it matter what the method is labeled if it brings freedom to someone?

Question number two: to those who always want to treat Old Testament promises differently than ones found in the New Testament, is God less compassionate, less powerful, or any less Almighty now? Isn’t He the Unchangeable One?

No, it doesn’t matter. No, He hasn’t changed.

And yes, He is the Deliverer.

What can He, will He, deliver you from? Everything from A to Z.

Alcohol
Bigotry
Critical spirit
Demons
Egotism
Fear
Greed
Homosexuality
Insecurity
Jealousy
Kookiness
Lying
Malevolence
Nastiness
Ostentation
Pornography
Queasiness
Religiosity
Selfishness
Trouble
Unbelief
Violent spirit
Worry
X Rated thoughts
Yoke of addictions
Zany beliefs

Of course, this list isn’t by any means all inclusive. After all, He is “…able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think…”(Ephesians 3:20 ESV).

Meditate on the scriptures below and watch God reveal to your heart what you need, and what He can do.

“Jonathan said to the young man who carried his armor, “Come, let us go over to the garrison of these uncircumcised. It may be that the Lord will work for us, for nothing can hinder the Lord from saving by many or by few.” (1 Samuel 14:6 ESV)

“Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you down and cut off your head. And I will give the dead bodies of the host of the Philistines this day to the birds of the air and to the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the Lord saves not with sword and spear. For the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hand.” (1 Samuel 17:45-47 ESV)

“You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance.” (Psalm 32:7 ESV)

“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life. He will return the evil to my enemies; in your faithfulness put an end to them.” (Psalm 54:4-5 ESV)

“Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wondrous works to the children of man! For he shatters the doors of bronze and cuts in two the bars of iron.” (Psalm 107:15-16 ESV)

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…” (Luke 4:18 ESV)

“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son…” (Colossians 1:13 ESV)

Jesus. Our Deliverer.

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Too Good To Be True?

40 Days of Promises

Day 10

There’s just something about the promises of God that are both exhilarating and discouraging. 

Surprised at my choice of words? 

Well, have you ever said this: “That sounds too good to be true”? 

Then you should know what I mean.

At times, the promises of God SEEM too good to be true; but they ARE TRUE. You see, if not for God, there would be no promise.

But God is God and He’s GOOD and TRUE. 

His promises are for whoever will listen to Him and do things His way. Obedience to God brings those things from the impossible, too good to be true realm into the realm of possibility and experience.

See what I mean as you read and meditate on the following scriptures:

“And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.

“The Lord will cause your enemies who rise against you to be defeated before you. They shall come out against you one way and flee before you seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing on you in your barns and in all that you undertake. And he will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you. The Lord will establish you as a people holy to himself, as he has sworn to you, if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in his ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they shall be afraid of you. And the Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your livestock and in the fruit of your ground, within the land that the Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands. And you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow. And the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you shall only go up and not down, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you today, being careful to do them, and if you do not turn aside from any of the words that I command you today, to the right hand or to the left, to go after other gods to serve them.” Deuteronomy 28:1-14 ESV

Blessed! Highly favored, protected, secure, and even pampered. 

“Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” (Psalm 34:9-10 ESV)

No lack. NO lack. Lack NO GOOD THING.

And these promises are NOT too good to be true.

“The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

“As it is written, “He has distributed freely, he has given to the poor; his righteousness endures forever.”

“He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness.” (2 Corinthians 9:6-10 ESV)

Look at the promises again. Notice the part we have to play in seeing the abounding grace of God revealed in our lives.  Whoever sows, reaps; sow more, reap more.

Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God…and everything you need will be provided for you.” Matt. 6:33 (paraphrased)

Once again, the words of Jesus seem too good to believe, to fathom, to comprehend. 

But they are true. They are true for you, for me; for anyone who seeks first God’s kingdom. 

God’s promise of provision. True and good!

Believe it.

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Day Eight

40 Days of Promises

Peace

Peace, God’s peace, isn’t necessarily an absence of trouble or turmoil. It is a calm assurance that, even though we may be surrounded by chaos, all is well.

Because God is God.

Let yourself meditate on these scriptures, over and over; allow the Spirit of Peace an opportunity to cleanse your soul from the poisonous cares of the world.

Listen to Him say, “Peace, be still.”

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” (Psalm 4:8 ESV)

“The Lord rules over the floodwaters. The Lord reigns as king forever. The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” (Psalm 29:10-11 NLT)

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary.” (Isaiah 40:31 NLT)

“I will teach all your children, and they will enjoy great peace. You will be secure under a government that is just and fair. Your enemies will stay far away. You will live in peace, and terror will not come near.” (Isaiah 54:13 – 54:14 NLT)

“I am leaving you with a gift – peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27 NLT)

“For he himself is our peace…” (Ephesians 2:14 ESV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 ESV)

Jesus is our peace.

Day Six

40 Days of Promises

Meditate the Word

The Lord gave Joshua everything he needed in order to fulfill all he was called to do. And, basically, it came down to this simple instruction: meditate the Word of God.

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8 ESV)

Meditation, according to the Word of God, is a very personal and powerful thing. For example, to meditate the Word is to ponder it, think about it, mull it over and over in your mind; thinking of different ways to apply what you are reading or hearing.

Joshua’s instructions: speak, mutter, remind yourself over and over all God has told you. Day and night, night and day. Always. That way you will always know what to do, how and when to do it, IF you are to do it.

That bit of information is what would lead to his success and, ultimately, his and Israel’s prosperity.

David knew the meditation principle, as well.

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.” (Psalm 1:1-3 ESV)

Just hanging out with the crowd, even a church crowd, won’t guarantee success in the things of God. Success and prosperity (God’s kind) only come from PURPOSELY doing things God’s way.

“Oh how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day. Your commandment makes me wiser than my enemies…” (Psalm 119:97-98 ESV)

“…Wiser than my enemies…” Wouldn’t that be a great thing to have? More wisdom than our enemies? It’s what Jesus had when He walked this earth as the Son of Man. The devil couldn’t trap or trip Him.

And He was able to secure God’s promises for us.

Jeremiah said basically the same thing:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 ESV)

Always bearing fruit, never fearing the unknown, forever trusting God and experiencing God’s faithful care.

The Word of God is demonstrated through the life of those who take the time to meditate on God and His Word.

What do you meditate on? Your fears and worries? Or do you meditate on the Word of God?

Your choice. God will never leave you nor forsake you; decide to do things His way and watch His Word come to pass right before your eyes.

Day Five

40 Days of PromisesThe Faithful God

“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations…” (Deuteronomy 7:9 ESV)

I love this description of God: the faithful God. He keeps covenant; in other words, He can be depended upon.

Life is full of uncertainties, but the faithful God can always be counted on.

“And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of all their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given all their enemies into their hands. Not one word of all the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; all came to pass.” (Joshua 21:44 – 21:45 ESV)

Even when we are less than perfect (and who isn’t), like Israel in Joshua’s day; God is faithful. He will give us victory over all our enemies if we will only give Him a chance.

Give God a chance? What’s that mean?

It means to trust, to believe, to obediently do our part.

Because He is the faithful God.

“Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all.” (1 Kings 8:56 ESV)

To give God a chance also means to hold fast our confession; to verbalize our faith in our faithful God.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23 ESV)

Yes, the One Who makes the promises IS faithful!

He IS the FAITHFUL GOD.

Day One

40 Days of PromisesFaithful Promises

In a world filled with unkept promises and broken trust, people sometimes find it hard to trust in the faithful God.

But God can be trusted. To Him, a promise is exactly that; a promise. A promise which He will never break.

In fact, for His promise to fail, He would have to fail. And that, dear friend, will never happen.

“Blessed be the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, according to all that he promised. Not one word has failed of all his good promise…” (1 Kings 8:56 ESV)

“According to ALL that He promised…” He promised rest, and rest they received. He promised hope, and they were filled with hope. His promises sustained them in the wilderness and gave them victory in their new land.

“And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” (Joshua 23:14 ESV)

Joshua’s testimony: “I’ve watched and listened to God all my life. Not once has He ever failed me. In fact, you’ve noticed the same thing.”

“God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?” (Numbers 23:19 ESV)

If He said it, He meant it.

“For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.” (2 Corinthians 1:20 NKJV)

If it’s a promise, let your “Amen” join His. Say it with Him, “Let it be so.”

God made the promise, and Jesus did the hard part through His act of obedience; even obedience on the cross.

As we believe and receive His promises, God receives glory.

Imagine the Father’s joy, as He sees His children take Him at His word.

Faithful Promises. God’s good news for Day One.