"Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence" (Ps. 91:3 KJV).
God delivers you in different ways from different types of danger. And that deliverance can be based upon what type of person you are and what the type of situation it is. It can also depend upon what type of faith you are operating in, or lack there of.
Sometimes the way God delivers you out of a situation is to quickly remove you from it. That is the context of Psalm 91:3. The word deliver here means to snatch away. It means to pluck; to rescue. God will remove you from a situation of danger when you are dedicated to Him.
I don't know if you have ever been in a situation where the spirit of God said to leave now. But if you ever encounter such an ordeal, don't think about it. Don't question it. Just leave. Immediately obey. Get yourself out of there as fast as you can. You can think about it later. That snatching away is usually to save your life.
God loves you and He is in the business of saving your life. As you meditate on today's text, make it your confession of faith. Say, "The Lord snatches me away from danger and I am obedient to His leading."
Scripture References: Job 5:19-27
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free. - John 8:32
Self-confidence is dangerous even to the most devout Christian. We are in danger of forgetting that we are nothing, and that Jesus Christ is our all in all. This very day children of godly parents need to be on their guard against the sin of these ancient Jews. How is it that they imagined themselves to be “free,” whilst at the same time Roman soldiers occupied and their city.
Both these errors are common enough. Many people boast more of their “blood” than of anything else. It truly is a great privilege to have good ancestry -- it is good capital (like money in the bank) with which to start in life -- but beyond a certain point it does not count. The first question may be, “Who is your father?” Parents may lead a child to Christ in infancy, but when the child is old enough for moral accountability they must accept Christ by a personal faith. Nothing else really lends itself for salvation. We must enter Christ's kingdom as individuals. Abraham had some descendants who were far enough away from his virtue, and whom he would scarcely wish to recognize as his children. Sadly, many godly parents today have worthless son and daughters.
Then the illusion of freedom, while one is really in chains, is not altogether rare. Many people living in sin imagine they are the only free people there are. They have thrown off the restraints of religion and of law, and they think they are free, while they regard those who follow Christ as slaves. Sin plays strange tricks with men. Insane people sometimes imagine themselves to be great people. The devil often puts similar notions into the heads of his deluded followers. None are free but those who take upon themselves to walk as Christ walked.
Apply This To Your Life Today... Have you deluded yourself? Are you living a life of compromise and merely pretending to be free?
Today I had a vision of an ocean seine with rough water. The Lord said to me, "Do you see the rough surface of that water? That is because there is turmoil under the surface. The same is true with people who are rough around the edges and are easily triggered to things such as pain, anger, hurt, etc."
Have you ever seen somebody who is tense, where it is easy to get on their nerves? Do they always seem irritable? Does this describe how you feel? Have you ever wondered why a person is like that? It is certainly not part of God's design for us, for His Word is clear that we are given a sound clear mind:
2 Timothy 1:7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind."
Turmoil in one's system is usually caused by emotional buildup (things in the past that were never let go of) or unclean spirits. If something is bothering us, we need to make the choice to release our concerns to the Lord. Whether it be bitterness, fear, hurt feelings, emotional damage, feelings of rejection or abandonment, those feelings are devastating to our spiritual health and must be released from our systems. God's Word clearly tells us to cast our cares upon Him, for He cares for us:
1 Peter 5:7, "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
God wants us to release our emotional buildup, hurt feelings, etc. and give those things to Him. Why did God tell us to do this? Because He knew the devastating effects that such negative buildup can have on our systems. If we don't fail to follow God's command, and allow an emotional buildup in our systems, we then make ourselves available for spirits of anger, hate, bitterness, rejection, etc. Once that happens, those spirits can lay under the surface, and continually remind us of why we are hurt or angry. It's like a record playing in your mind over and over again, continually escalating you to higher levels of bondage and turmoil. If this has happened, the first step is to release the negative buildup to the Lord, stop listening to all the reasons as to why you are upset, etc., and if the problem seems to linger... seek deliverance from those spirits!
It is not normal for our rivers to be rough from turmoil that has been brewing under our surfaces!
The deadly side of hurt feelings
Hurt feelings are a sign of an underlying struggle with forgiving those who have hurt us. What you may not know is that unforgiveness can send a person to grave if they die without resolving those issues in their life. The Bible makes it clear that if we are going to be unforgiving, we not only become spiritually defiled (Hebrews ) and turned over to tormenting evil spirits (see Matthew -35), but our unforgiveness actually blocks God's forgiveness towards us concerning our own sins:
Matthew 6:15, "But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses."
That means if you are an unforgiving or bitter person, then you are not clean to stand before God. You're sins are still hanging over your head, if you fail to release others for what they have done to you.
About your Sozo Appointment: Thank you for your interest in receiving Sozo ministry through Women of Destiny. Sozo is a process of inner healing and deliverance, which is done by a team of 2-3 people, and lasts up to 3 hours. It is done by volunteer lay people, and is not a counseling session or time of prophecy or intercession. It is an individual appointment, not for couples or families together, and spouses or family members should not plan to be present during the appointment.
Sozo is a Greek term that means, “saved, healed and delivered”. Our goal is to help you hear and sense God, to get to any root problems, such as internalized lies and vows that are keeping you from experiencing the fullness of God’s love and presence in your life. Every sozo we do is unique and one-of-a-kind, because each of you is on a unique journey with Him unlike anyone else!
In a sozo, we do not need or want to hear your whole story. Our goal is to connect you with God and facilitate helping you hear God for yourself; where He wants to lead and do to bring healing about. He is incredibly creative and will treat you as your own unique person as He reveals the truth He wants you to understand.
Inner healing refers to the focus on seeking to remove the root problem, and replacing lies with truth, and deliverance refers to removing any demonic attachment that was allowed in because of the root problem. We do not speak to demons, or focus on them during a sozo. If deliverance takes place it is generally quiet and as a consequence of you, the sozoee, renouncing lies or vows and hence removing the permission that was unknowingly given to demonic entities.
We will treat you with honor and confidentiality. We also want you to know that we rarely get very surprised, so if you think what you have gone through would be too shocking or bizarre, that probably is not the case!
Regarding scheduling your appointment: When you are contacted regarding your sozo appointment, there will be two attempts made to contact you. If we do not hear back from you after the second attempt, we will assume you are no longer interested in receiving sozo ministry from us. We’ve had to initiate this policy due to the long waiting list. If you were unable to respond due to unforeseen circumstances, please get back to us as soon as possible and we will make every effort to schedule you as soon as possible.