Which word would you use, deliverance or rescue? Though used in similar contexts, they are not exactly the same. One is rescued from a burning building, a shipwreck, or some other life threatening predicament. But deliverance is reserved for those situations that involve relentless oppression or possession. Deliverance describes the release from a powerful entity or ism that exercises authority over the whole being.
In the spiritual realm, there are a number of entities and isms that tirelessly place their bids for your soul. Among them: the world, the flesh, and the devil are in hot pursuit of your eternal being. The world, or perhaps I should say, “the world’s system,” seeks to pack you into its mold, conforming you to its moral image which has been shaped by thousands of years of spiritual and moral neglect. The flesh can be aptly described as a myriad of appetites and desires, each tainted by unbridled, selfish lusts. And then there is the devil who the Bible describes as, “a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: (1Peter 5:8).”
To be rescued from the enemy’s immediate attack would be welcomed, but what God offers is so much better. His provision is for complete, eternal DELIVERANCE from all that separates you from Him. To make this treasure we call “salvation” yours, simply place your trust in His Son, Jesus Christ. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12).”
An often neglected point in proclaiming this good news is that God’s deliverance begins the moment you believe. By faith, you can break the bonds of the world, the flesh and the devil, and be immediately restored to favor with your Creator God. Perhaps you haven’t considered what it means to be in fellowship with the God who provides the very air you breathe, who commands the winds and waves, and holds the stars in their respective places. I call Him my Father, NOW!