Posts Tagged ‘deliverance’

“This one comes out only by prayer and fasting…”  (Mark 9:29)

When Jesus cast out the demon — the demon His disciples couldn’t cast out — He said the above words.  But He didn’t actually stop to pray and fast at the scene of the deliverance.  That is because His life was FILLED with prayer, as well as regularly denying Himself various temporarily-satisfying things like food, as He chose to set ABIDING with His Father as His #1 priority.

“I have food to eat that you know nothing about.”  (John 4:32)

It was this abiding that released the power in that moment of deliverance.  And He was saying that we can walk in this same authority if we live the same way.

“He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit;”  (John 15:5)

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I hear many messages and conversations dealing with the topic of brokenness.  In this millennium especially, the concept of brokenness has been a very hot topic.  But rather than something that is passing or temporary, it seems that brokenness is something that (according to some teachers and congregations) is part of our unchangeable DNA — something that we just need to own up to and live with.  You may on rare occasion hear a message about God’s ability to heal and deliver, but by their actions, interactions, and most frequent messages and conversations, they prove what they truly believe — that we are all broken and wounded and we just need to get used to it — sort of like a bunch of sick, elderly people sitting around a nursing home, glorying (in a perverse way) in their maladies and problems.

It is good to be honest about our brokenness — but there is no inherent virtue or value in being broken.  The goal and clear promise of God is that if we believe in Him, that we will actually get better!

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness.  Through these He has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.  For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;  and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.  For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:3-8)

So…where do we go from here.  Well, we begin by taking God at His word, and not settling for ANYTHING less.  And we enter a season where we begin to crawl out of our “Pseudo-Christian fatalism” and ask God for the reality of His Word to be a reality in our own lives.

“You do not have, because you do not ask God.”  (James 4:2)

“And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:11-12)

GO FOR IT!!!

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