Deliverance - Weekly Devotional
This week's focus: Deliverance
Difficulties and suffering can make us want to give up and throw ourselves a pity party. If we can’t find a way out of our trial and there’s no relief in sight, we may conclude that God really doesn’t deliver His people as He promised. At such times, the problem is not with the Lord but with our understanding of His deliverance.
Paul wrote his epistle to the Philippians while he was chained and guarded in a Roman jail. But he wasn’t feeling sorry for himself. Throughout this letter, he was able to look beyond his circumstances and rejoice in Christ. Although he wasn’t being delivered out of prison, countless people were being saved. All the guards heard the gospel, and Paul’s example gave fellow believers the courage to proclaim Christ without fear.
When your affliction is lasting longer than you want, ask, What fruit is God producing in my life? and How is He working in other people’s lives through this situation? You can trust the Lord, no matter how He chooses to deliver you.
"Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear."
- Lord, today I lay aside the spirit of heaviness and raise my voice in praise of You. You are my strength and my Redeemer. Open my eyes to the provision You have given me. May Your name be lifted throughout the earth and may Your people arise.
- On this Presidents’ Day, we pray for the President to heed the words that Dwight Eisenhower hand-wrote and prayed before giving his Inaugural address in 1953: “Almighty God, as we stand here, at this moment, my associates in the Executive Branch of government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who hold to differing political beliefs, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and for Thy glory. Amen.”
We want to see God honored in America, and we pray for an unprecedented spiritual awakening.
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