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Our God is a God of deliverance.

Posted by appolus on February 22, 2022

Persecutions, afflictions, which came unto me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured: but out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution. (2Ti 3:11-12)

Paul says that out of all his persecutions the Lord delivered him. Amen. Yet, before you wholeheartedly agree with me with your own modern day amen to these deliverances, you must ask Paul to remove his shirt. You see, Paul’s notion of deliverance and the modern evangelical notion of deliverance are two entirely different things. It is even more different than the Charismatic view of deliverance. Yet essentially the Evangelical and the Charismatic view are the same. In their view there are no scars. Deliverance does not, for them, come in the midst of suffering or persecution, rather it comes by avoiding them altogether.

Paul and Silas were delivered in the dungeon, not from the stocks but from the darkness of hopelessness. They sang out in the midnight hour, they rejoiced that they were found worthy to suffer for Jesus as did the disciples. And in this they elevated themselves above the storm, they were delivered from the storm in the very midst of it. Victory comes not by avoiding storms or avoiding persecution or suffering, for all who would live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. Victory comes in the presence of our enemies. Deliverance comes when the fire does not consume us. Deliverance comes when we can cry out with Stephen ” hold not this charge against them.” Deliverance comes when you can say”forgive them Father for they know not what they do.”

When Paul was beheaded had he been abandoned? No, he was delivered. When the saints were burned at the stake had they been abandoned? No, we could hear their deliverance in the spiritual songs that they sang in the midst of the flames. Paul says this “what persecutions I endured, but out of them all the Lord delivered me.” We do not like that word endure or the notion that the deliverance comes after endurance. Saints, we who live Godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution and we are called to endure, to overcome, it is to those who do that all the promises are made which include deliverance. Endure today brothers and sisters like good soldiers and glorify God in the midst of your suffering and great will be your deliverance.

 

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