It’s amazing that we are already 13 days into the new year! How is your new year so far? I have to admit, that it’s been a battle for me. Even before the year was out, I realized that I needed to make some changes and this time they had to be lasting changes. God was dealing with me about complete transformation.
Often when we have struggle with the same “issues” (sin, habits, hobbies, etc.) that are not pleasing to God or that are detrimental to our spiritual growth, we think that we cannot change for good. But we have to believe that it’s possible to make permanent changes.
If you are someone with an addiction, whether you are addicted to food, drugs, pornography etc, there has to come a point where you first, want a permanent change, second, believe you can change and third, make a change.
I am glad I am a Christian because the world will say therapy is the way and even though I do believe that has it’s place, I still believe in deliverance. Deliverance in the sense of the power of God coming down and setting us free from that which binds us.
I have a few things that I am zeroing in on in prayer and I see the difference. But we have to focus prayer and spend time with God in order to get the desired result. You can’t just breathe out a short prayer for deliverance. You have to put in the effort asking God to set you free.
We don’t see or hear too much about deliverance today. What we see a lot of (in the Body of Christ) is people succumbing to sin, getting caught and ending up in a scandal. But before that happens, trust me God tried to get that persons attention.
Recently, it was revealed that Pastor Zachariah Timms, died from a drug over dose from both heroin and cocaine. He had always been candid about his use of drugs in his earlier years and he had a testimony of deliverance, but it seems that he went back to what God had delivered him from.
I remember watching him on Christian TV one day and thinking that he was on drugs and telling one of my brothers and him discerning the same thing. We will never know all of the details, but this story leads me to my next point, which is that deliverance must be maintained. And your changes might need to be radical. How extreme are you willing to go to maintain your deliverance? Once you go through your deliverance, you have to have safeguards in place to stay delivered. This means a lifestyle change.
I hope you are getting my point. This year is NOT business as usual. God is calling His people to change because if we don’t some of those issues have the ability to take us out of this world prematurely.
Let’s break it down. Gluttony can kill you by bringing on diabetes and high blood pressure. Smoking can bring about lung cancer. Pornography use can lead you into illicit and dangerous situations and we all know what drugs can do!
Examine yourself TODAY. Ask God to help you to be free from any and everything that can cause you to stumble. And don’t wait. Today is your day of salvation (deliverance).
And when you fall, get back up again and envision the day when that bondage you are in will be a thing of the past!
Living Bible (TLB)
12 Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.