Deliverance- Anthony Iovino- Devotional Study

Posted: May 5, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies

DELIVERANCE

 

ANTHONY IOVINO

DECEMBER 2006

“Hell itself, is but evil fully delivered”  – Charles Spurgeon

“THE LORD REDEEMS HIS SERVANTS; NO ONE WILL BE CONDEMNED WHO TAKES REFUGE IN HIM”- PSALM 34:22

 

Have you been delivered?  When you here the word delivered what comes to your mind?  You may ask yourself what do I need to be delivered from?  I pray that this devotional will give you some understanding of just what it means to be delivered and just how faithful our Lord’s Word is when it says, “No one will be condemned who takes refuge in him”.

 

As I searched the scriptures looking for examples of deliverance I came across a wonderful word in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 (Hannah’s Prayer).  Hannah prayed this prayer after dedicating her son Samuel to the Lord:

“My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.  My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.  There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  (1 Samuel 2:1-2).

If you look back at 1 Samuel chapter one, you will see that Hannah had much that troubled her.  Her husband, Elkanah had another wife named Peninnah who bore him children.  Hannah was not able to conceive a child and therefore Peninnah provoked her and irritated her because of this.  Hannah remained faithful to the Lord and poured out her heart and soul to him.  The Lord was faithful to Hannah and her many years of prayer and she gave birth to a son, Samuel.  Hannah remembered that she was delivered by her God and she dedicated her son Samuel to the Lord and the Lord used Samuel in mighty ways.  Samuel would become the last and greatest Judge of Israel and the first great prophet after Moses—the man who would usher in the kings.  Hannah’s prayer is much like Mary’s Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) and Zechariah’s song (Luke 1:67-79).  Hannah was delivered from a place of disgrace to a position of honor and strength.  Peninnah’s taunts were silenced.  Emptiness, misery and shame are gone:  In their place is life, joy, and honor.  Do you see the picture here?  Hannah pours out her heart and soul to God for Him to bless her with a child.  I can see her tears falling from her eyes and landing on the temple floor.  What does Hannah do after God gives her a son?  She dedicates him to the Lord and gives him back to God.  Not when he is old enough to serve in the temple, but as soon as he is weaned (about 3 years old).  Samuel would live in the temple under the care of the priests and others that served at the temple.  Hannah not only kept her promise to God, but gave up her son at a very early age.  This woman realized she was delivered and praised God for it.

Obadiah 1:17:

 

“But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy, and the house of Jacob will possess its inheritance”.

The Prophet Obadiah (name means –servant of God), predicts thatEdomwill be destroyed because of all the torment they have caused God’s chosen people. Edomrelied on it’s “impregnable” mountain strongholds to launch their raids.  The Edomites thought they were invincible.  How many nations today rely on themselves and think of themselves as impregnable?  How many individuals today are walking around relying on their own strength to deliver them and refuse to submit to or recognize God?  This destruction Obadiah speaks about will ultimately befall on all nations that set themselves up against God.  God will deliver his people and He will rule all the kingdoms of the earth.  There will be judgment on God’s enemies, blessings on God’s people.

Psalm 3:7-8 :

 

“Arise, O Lord!  Delver me, O my God!  Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked.  From the Lord comes deliverance.  May your blessing be on your people”.

 

-David’s prayer as he fled from his son Absalom.

-David was sure the Lord would hear his prayer and deliver him from his enemies.  This confidence is an example to all of God’s people.  David intercedes for all God’s people.

Look at David’s confidence in action.  Who is he asking for deliverance?  It is the Lord.  This is all he needs, nothing else will do.  If God acts, all the teeth of David’s enemies would be broken and there jaws would be useless against him.  When the Lord acts, our enemies are totally and utterly destroyed.  Salvation is from God- first to last ( V.8).

Psalm 37:7 :

 

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance”.

 

-David confesses his sins and he places his trust in the Lord for forgiveness.  David is secure and confident that the Lord will protect him and deliver him in any circumstance.

-Life is secure only with God.

-Even in the midst of all our troubles we should rest in the Lord and wait patiently for His timing is always right.  We may not be able to see this while we are suffering or experiencing uncertainty in our lives.  However, those who make the Lord their hiding place will be victorious in the end, for His blessings will always conquer evil.  All the successes of the wicked are defeated by the love of God.  Deliverance is assured by trusting in Him.

Psalm 33:17 :

 

“A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save”.

 

The psalmist states here that to trust in anything other than God for deliverance is useless.  It does not matter how large your army is or any great earthly power you possess, or your status level or how physically strong you are, (see v.16).  You are only delivered by the sovereign power of the Lord.

“Military strength among the Orientals lay much in horses and scythed chariots, but the psalmist calls them a lie, a deceitful confidence. Surely the knight upon his gallant steed may be safe, either by valour or by flight? Not so, his horse shall bear him into danger or crush him with its fall”.  ( Charles Spurgeon- Treasury of David)

“Thus the strongest defences are less than nothing when most needed. God only is to be trusted and adored. Sennacherib with all his calvary is not a match for one angel of the Lord, Pharaoh’s horses and chariots found it vain to pursue the Lord’s anointed, and so shall all the leaguered might of earth and hell find themselves utterly defeated when they rise against the Lord and his chosen”.  (Charles Spurgeon- Treasury of David)

Verse 17. An horse. If the strength of horses be of God, or be his gift Job 39:19, then trust not in the strength of horses: use the strength of horses, but do not trust the strength of horses. If you trust the strength which God hath given to horses, you make them your god. How often doth God forbid trusting in the strength of horses, as knowing that we are apt to trust in anything that is strong, though but a beast. An horse is a vain thing for safety: neither shall he deliver any by his great strength. As if God had said, you think a horse can save you, but know he is a vain thing. And when the psalmist saith, “A horse is a vain thing, “he doth not mean it of a weak horse, but of a horse of the greatest strength imaginable; such a horse is a vain thing to save a man, neither can he deliver any by his strength; and therefore the Lord, when he promised great deliverances to his people, lest they should expect it by the strength of horses, saith Ho 1:7, “I will save them by the Lord their God, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen; “as if he had told them, do not look after creature strength to be saved by; a horse will be a vain thing to save you, and I can save you effectually without horses, and I will. Joseph Caryl.

Like Hannah, many of us are often faced with difficult circumstances or times when we feel abandoned by God.  Whatever it is we go through, how we react or handle the situation will say much about us.  Hannah continued to be provoked and harassed by Peninnah for not being able to have a child.  But it is how she handled the situation that sets her apart.  Even though Hannah wept and did not eat (1 Samuel 1:8), she directed all her strength to the Lord.  Hannah turned what troubled her and gave it over to God.  This faith and devotion to God should be an example to you and I.  How often do we try to handle every trying situation on our own or in our own strength?  We need to be like Hannah and cry out to God and pour out our requests to Him.  Do not be afraid to shed tears for the Lord.  How beautiful are tears shed while we are calling upon God.  When Eli the priest thought she had been drinking, Hannah states that she was pouring out her heart to the Lord, (1 Samuel 1:15).   Scripture says, “…Elkanah lay with his wife , and the Lord remembered her”.  (1 Samuel 1:19).  How great are these words?  …”the Lord remembered her”.  Friends, the Lord remembers us also when we pray to Him in faith and trust that His way for us is the best way.

Whether the Lord delivers His people on a national level or delivers someone on an individual level, the important thing to remember is that it is the Lord who delivers.  Nothing else will do.  Our wealth, fame and fortune will not deliver, no earthly ruler will deliver, and we certainly cannot deliver ourselves.  Look at the scriptures mentioned in this devotional.  Trust in the Lord is the main point.  So going back to the opening question….What do you need to be delivered from?

 

If you are reading this and you have not trusted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior you need to be delivered from sin and death and into the open arms of Christ.  You need to put everything else on hold and with all your heart and soul, cry out to God.  Tell God you know you are a sinner and you are sorry for your sins.  Tell Him you believe that Jesus died for your sins and rose from the dead to prove who He was.  Place your faith and trust in Him.  Ask god to come into your heart and life and change you.  If you prayed this prayer, you have been delivered!  Our God keeps His word.  Look at these wonderful words from our Lord in (John 17:20-26):

Jesus Prays for All Believers

 

Jn 17:20 “My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message,

Jn 17:21 that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.

Jn 17:22 I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one:

Jn 17:23 I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.

Jn 17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, and to see my glory, the glory you have given me because you loved me before the creation of the world.

Jn 17:25 “Righteous Father, though the world does not know you, I know you, and they know that you have sent me.

Jn 17:26 I have made you known to them, and will continue to make you known in order that the love you have for me may be in them and that I myself may be in them.”

Dear friends, this is deliverance.  It is only through faith and trust in Jesus that your heart and soul can be truly free.  You are not who you were before.  You are a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).

 

If you already know Jesus as your savior, then I pray this devotional will strengthen your daily walk with the Lord and give you the strength to stand in any and all circumstances.

Sources used for this devotional-

NIV Study Bible

Zondervan Handbook to the Bible

Charles Spurgeon’s- Treasury of David

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