Happy Tuesday, Overcomers! It’s a great day, right? Well, of course!
I want to talk to you about deliverance. Deliverance, according to the dictionary, is the action of being rescued or set free. Before I get started, I’m going to say that while I am not an expert on the subject, I am going to tell you what I know.
I know several things about deliverance. First, it is the inheritance of the children of God and it completely displays God’s love for us. There is no way that God wants us to live in any type of torment or bondage. Second, it is for the decided. This is true for – I would venture to say – most things in life. Anything you want to be successful in, requires a decision which subsequently leads to discipline and life changes. Finally, it’s a process. I’ll be completely honest, I can’t stand this part. I want it yesterday. I want to accept that deliverance is my inheritance, make a decision to receive it, and POOF! I’m there. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.
For me, the battle has been mostly in my mind. Victim mentality. Low self-esteem. Self-hatred. Negative self-talk. Self-sabotage. Mistakes. Sin. Bondage. Lying. Selfishness. Gossip. Guilt. Shame. Condemnation. Etcetera. Etcetera. Imagine all of these negative things attached to me like leashes. Imagine me walking around with leashes hanging from my arms and legs. At any moment, they will get caught on something and, needless to say, I will fall.
Here’s the thing: the same way there are heavenly angels assigned to us, there are devils and demons assigned to us to stop us from reaching our God-given potential in life. Deliverance (the process) is a changing of the guard. It’s the destruction of the leash(es) that has been attached to us to trip us up and cause us to fall time and time again. The leash of your enemy will give you room to run, walk, and even leap but when you get to a certain point it snatches you back. The deliverance that comes from Jesus is the destruction of the enemy’s leashes (attachments or strongholds) in your life.
Thought for today:
Part of this process is walking out forgiveness of yourself and others. Another part of the process is coming to terms with what you agree with and divorcing, or coming out of agreement with said agreement. For example, the thought may enter my mind, you’re worthless. There’s no point in finishing school to be a teacher. No one will listen to you anyway.
Your prayer/declaration may sound something like this:
Today, I take authority over my thoughts and beliefs. According to the word of the Lord, I am fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139). I was created with purpose. The Father placed this desire in me, so I come out of agreement with the thought that I am worthless and that I don’t have a voice. I declare that I am who God says I am and I can do what He says I can do. I come into agreement with God’s plan and purpose for my life and I call myself AN OVERCOMER! In Jesus’ name, it is so!
He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.