As a church we journey through the Bible together with joint reading plans.
These reading plans are often the focus for our Sunday service, small groups and Children’s and Youth ministries.
‘Deliver us from evil’
Talk of deliverance in the church either never happens or is hidden away in the back rooms, taking place between a few so called ‘experts’. This was never how it was supposed to be. David in the Psalms (32:7) says ‘You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance’. Jesus, when asked by the disciples how to pray, includes in his model prayer the phrase ‘lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.’
The apostle Paul tells us in Colossians 1:13 that God ‘has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son’… this is great news! We have been delivered, rescued, from the dominion of darkness, and we now live in the kingdom of God…we need to learn to really live from that place, fully free from who we once were.
The reality is that there are occasions when this involves a bit of a battle. The world, the flesh and the devil (demonic forces and power) are all the time seeking to hold us back, tie us up in knots, and rob us of our inheritance as children of God.
This means there are times when we all need deliverance – because we are all subject to these powers that seek to oppress us and hold us back. Sometimes we quickly overcome them, while at other times, because of our acceptance and agreement, they can oppress (not possess!) our minds, hearts and bodies, getting a real foothold in our lives
As we read through the Gospel of Mark and Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, we are also going to be looking at this theme of deliverance Sunday by Sunday. The aim is that, as we consider, read and meditate upon theWord of God, we might enter into the fullness of the life that Christ promises to those who follow Him, and be better equipped to resist any attempts to oppress and stifle what God wants to do in and through us.
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