We All Need Deliverance

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Next Steps

We All Need Deliverance

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shone. You have multiplied the nation; you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as they are glad when they divide the spoil . . . For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:2–3, 6

Everybody needs deliverance from something. Everybody. The world needs deliverance; we see it every day.

The cry from first century Palestine echoes “Oh come oh come Emmanuel, and ransom captive Israel.”

The cry for deliverance in the past is a cry for deliverance in the present:

– Oh come oh come Emmanuel and rescue captive Bellevue,

– Oh come oh come Emmanuel and rescue captive Redmond

– Oh come oh come Emmanuel and rescue captive Creekside

The world needs deliverance, but so do you. And so do I.

– Oh come oh come Emmanuel and rescue captive me, ransom us. Ransom us from the many things we need to be delivered from.

  • Fear? (job, marriage, kids, money)
  • Anger? (things don’t go your way, get angry).
  • Bitterness? (The past controlling the present and blocking the road to the future)
  • Disordered desires? (lust, greed, discontent).

What do you need to be delivered from? Advent hope is hope of deliverance, then and now. Pray, and seek: Oh come oh come Emmanuel and rescue me, deliver me —- and he will.

Peace, hope and love

Doug


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