Topic: Deliverance Made Simple [Thursday 24, November 2016]
Read: John 8:31-36 (KJV)
33 They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?
34 Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.
35 And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.
36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
Bible in One Year: Genesis 44-45, Psalms 107:23-32
Deliverance constitutes a serious challenge in many Christian circles.
In my personal experience, I have discovered that demons bow out easily
wherever there is the manifest presence of the Lord. Wherever God is,
there is an aura that is unmistakably evident; that aura is the Glory of
His presence. For most people who have had a definite experience with
God, it is only the glory of God that they could access. Only very few
like Moses could go a little further.
The truth remains that the presence of God wields the same power as the
Personality of God because where God’s presence is, God Himself is.
Several things are possible in His presence, one of which is that idols
and the powers behind them not only bow but also surrender. A classic
example of this is demonstrated in 1 Samuel 5:1-5.
In this account, the nation of Israel fought the Philistines and God
gave them into the hands of their enemies because of their disobedience,
the Ark of the Covenant was captured and taken into the house of Dagon –
the national deity of the Philistines. This Dagon was a huge image, but
it fell down before the Ark of the Covenant which represented the
Presence of God. Initially, the priests of Dagon thought it was a
mistake and put the image back up. But by the following morning, they
were convinced beyond reasonable doubts that their idol was bowing to
the God of gods.
Some Christians are afraid of entering into a shrine to declare the
Gospel of Jesus Christ. It only shows that they do not know what they
have inside of them. If you know who you are carrying, there will be no
need to fear any idol. If you truly carry the Glory of God and you step
into a shrine, they will immediately fish you out and would be
uncomfortable until you leave. If you don’t leave, a lot of things will
go wrong. In a local community where women were forbidden to go out
during a particular idol festival and men were equally harassed, a
brother went to the headquarters of the idol worshipers at the peak of
their festival to preach Jesus to them. These idols worshippers knew
that it could only mean the brother carried a dangerous power for him to
have the boldness to walk into their midst. Are you being threatened
with some idol and you are afraid? If you are truly a child of God, you
should be feared and not the other way round. Are you confronted with a
demon possessed person that needs deliverance? Ask God to increase His
presence in your life today and you will become a threat to demons.
Prayer Point: Father, make me bold enough to preach the gospel even before demons in Jesus’ name.
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