For they themselves report concerning us the kind of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.
1 Thessalonians 1: 9-10
I love to read about great missionaries. I am always challenged to read how they faithfully served in difficult or terrifying situations. They obeyed even when the outcome was uncertain or dangerous.
Missionary Gladys Aylward trekked across China during WWII with over 100 orphans in tow. This 12-day journey was no small feat. Yet, she knew that she was the only hope for this abandoned group and they would never make it to safety without her. She was their deliverer to a safe land. She made it to the Yellow River and celebrated at the sight of a solider with a boat. Ah, she could rest as their feet hit the ground in Sian. This is a beautiful example of servanthood. She put herself in great peril for those orphaned children.
Christ is the perfect deliverer for us. He is our deliverer from sin, death and hell. It is He and He alone who provides our way. As orphaned children, there is nothing we can do or say that delivers us on our own. As well, He quickly adopts us into His Kindgom to become His children and even heirs with Christ.
The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
Psalms 18:2 gives us a great visual picture of this Deliverer:
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Sin crouches at the door even when I am feeling good and satisfied with my life, when things are going well and when I am having fun. With one blow, however, I am down on the floor with a sin that brings me to guilt and defeat, not sure how to get up and move on. Certainly I choose to sin, but the guilt hangs around like unwanted ants at a picnic. Here's the good news, though: Christ is my deliverer from both sin and guilt. It is through Him alone!
What sin does your heart have a hold on that Jesus can deliver you from? Prayerfully ask God to show you one sin that you are harboring in your heart. Then keep an open mind and watch for what God will show you.
Whenever I have done this, God always proves faithful as He shows me sin I need deliverance from and has already provided the deliverance through Jesus. Tell a friend and ask them to pray with you for deliverance. Take physical steps to change habits, thought patterns or choices. Sometimes, I even write down specifics of what I need to do physically to change from my sin. Then pray and pray some more. Confess your sin and your feelings of guilt before the Lord. Then trust in Jesus the Deliverer to deliver you from that sin.
Remember . . .
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.