August 2013 Newsletter – Deliverance

DeliveranceExodus 19:4-6 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. 5 Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. 6 And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you shall speak to the children of Israel.” (NKJV)

A repetitive question I have received through the years is; “Do you have a deliverance ministry?” In most cases they want to know if we will lay hands upon them and deliver them from their sexual struggle. Do I believe that God can and still does instantly deliver people from hardships, afflictions and difficulties? Absolutely! Do I believe that God always provides instant deliverance and healing if we have enough faith and say the right words? Absolutely not! We have a tendency to narrow and box in our definition of deliverance as always being instantaneous. There are 2 perspectives I would like to present in this letter concerning the concept of deliverance. The first perspective is God sometimes uses a process to deliver someone. Secondly, sometimes what we believe we need deliverance from differs from what God what wants to deliver or free us from.

Sometimes, God uses a process to deliver someone. The Israelites had been slaves in Egypt for over 400 years. God sent his servant Moses to lead the people from slavery back to the promise land. The people had prayed for years to be delivered from the bondage of slavery and finally their prayers were answered and all their problems were over when they loaded up and headed out of Egypt. If that was true then it would not have taken them over 40 years to get back home. When the Israelites left Egypt, they carried with them the baggage that comes with being a slave for 4 centuries. They carried with them a slave mentality that kept them dependent upon the direction and control of the slave master. They carried the residual effects of living in a cultural that worshiped multiple false gods. They also carried the bitterness that comes with centuries of slavery. Over the next 40 plus years God would lead them through a process of delivering them from this baggage and deliver them into His direction and will for their lives.

In the latter portion of Exodus 15, the Israelites come upon the bitter waters of Marah. Moses is instructed by God to cast a log into the water and it turns the water sweet. God then reveals to His people that He is the God who heals, Jehovah Rapha. The people also carried within themselves a core of bitterness. I have witnessed many people recovering from the effects of sexual and relational sin that carried deep bitterness. This bitterness, at times, was directed toward people from long ago as well as the present that had hurt and disappointed them. They needed to be healed or delivered from their root of bitterness and unforgiveness.

When the people perceived they had been abandoned by Moses and God, they quickly relapsed into their old behavior of idol worship. Many sexual addicts that have not been healed of their fears of abandonment and rejection will often relapse into the fantasy world of sexual sin in order to escape their fears and pains. In Exodus 19:4-6, God instructed Moses to tell the people that He had brought them to Himself and they were special and chosen by Him and they now belonged to Him. To receive this message, the people had to be delivered from their slave mentality in order to place their complete dependency upon Him. Many of the people I have met with through the years struggle with an approval addiction. They become slaves to others’ opinion of themselves and worship at the altar of human validation. They needed to be delivered from this dependency upon man’s opinion and delivered into total dependency upon God and His opinion of them.

In most cases, sexual and relational sin is an external manifestation of something that stems from issues of our heart. Bitterness, unforgiveness, fears, and wounded spirits are issues of our heart condition. Jesus was and is always concerned about our heart condition. Many people who do not allow Him to touch these core issues will often resign themselves to return to their life of sexual sin. Just as the Israelites had to learn to trust God with everything, we too need to trust Jesus to change and heal the issues of our hearts. I was doing a workshop with a man back in 2000 and he was angry with God that He had not delivered him from his sexual addiction. As we talked it became apparent that his heart was deeply wounded from a horrific childhood and the bitterness that he carried from these experiences. He needed God’s healing touch upon those wounds and deliverance from his bitterness. He had struggled for years to gain sobriety but had repeatedly relapsed back into his sexual sin. Once he began to trust God with his wounds and bitterness, he found freedom. He remains sober and free from both his sexual sin and wounds of his past. The process or journey for healing and recovery is not an easy path. Some will not complete the journey and will return to the Egypt of their sin where they are comfortable. If you or someone you know and love is struggling with sexual and relational sin, know that God does still deliver and heal if you will trust Him through the journey. If you would like to begin that journey today, we would be glad to walk with you.

David Jones, Executive Director

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2 Responses to “August 2013 Newsletter – Deliverance”

  1. Danica Baker August 27, 2013 1:54 pm #

    Amen!!!!
    I have been licensed as a deliverance minister and don’t think I have ever heard it put so plainly. Many people come thinking it will be an instant fix and get mad when it isn’t. Others think we are crazy for praying over and over for the same things.
    When I personally learned to look to God for EVERYTHING, my life changed!!!! Don’t get me wrong, my situation was primarily the same, but my perspective changed. Instead of telling God how big my problems and issues are, I tell my problems and issues how big my God is! For I know Whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep “all that which I’ve committed unto Him” against that day!

    God bless you David! Thanks for the support!!! And thanks for continuing to be a conduit thru which God can bring deliverance…….and restoration!!!!!!!

  2. Joe August 27, 2013 2:19 pm #

    What an awesome assessment that was! Man, this needs to be on the news.

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