A Prayer for Deliverance and Freedom

“You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.” Psalm 32:7

Deliverance doesn’t come with an overnight guarantee. We can’t click it or pick it out of a line up, and it doesn’t always look the same for me as it does for you.

The dictionary definition of deliverance is “the act of delivering someone or something: the state of being delivered; especially: liberation, rescue.” We often think of countries that need to be vindicated, people suffering from famine who need food, or others that need to be rescued form afflictions or abuses. And we should most ardently pray and take action to deliver others from oppressive circumstances.

But there is a second part to the definition that struck a chord God has been speaking into my life about distorted thoughts, shame, and boundaries. It reads like this, “something delivered; especially: an opinion or decision (such as the verdict of a jury) expressed publicly.” What if the opinion we hold of ourselves is sometimes the very thing we need to be delivered from? The critical pressing of modern-day life may threaten to distract and strip us of our Christly identity, a past decision may haunt us—even though it happened so long ago that we’re the only one still able to re-play it. An unjust outcome… tarnished reputation… failed attempt… whose perspective are we filtering our throughs through?

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The Roller Skating Unicorn (#jammed daily devo, day 304.)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 304: We need to laugh a little…

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Pslam 55:22

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My little roller skating unicorn tells us everything we need to know about this verse, today. When we seek Christ and walk with Him, we can relax in knowing that God’s got us. He’s not going to allow us to be snatched. The minute we believe in Christ as our Savior, we are sealed as His. The Spirit of God resides in us. It’s good news. Though this life may be serious and scary and waning …we look forward to falling into His arms in the end. Until then …we skate on, as individual as He made us to be …smiling all the way.

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Father, Praise You for this special child, and the way she makes us smile. Thank You for her fiery spirit and fierce love. Bless her all the days of her life, Lord, and protect her …keep her safe …and guard her heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Skating,

Megs

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The Roller Skating Unicorn (#jammed daily devo, day 304.)

October #jammed: Free Grace.

Day 304: We need to laugh a little…

“Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” Pslam 55:22

day 304

My little roller skating unicorn tells us everything we need to know about this verse, today. When we seek Christ and walk with Him, we can relax in knowing that God’s got us. He’s not going to allow us to be snatched. The minute we believe in Christ as our Savior, we are sealed as His. The Spirit of God resides in us. It’s good news. Though this life may be serious and scary and waning …we look forward to falling into His arms in the end. Until then …we skate on, as individual as He made us to be …smiling all the way.

#jammed click to tweet jun:jul:aug

Father, Praise You for this special child, and the way she makes us smile. Thank You for her fiery spirit and fierce love. Bless her all the days of her life, Lord, and protect her …keep her safe …and guard her heart. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Skating,

Megs

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The Independant (#jammed daily devo, day 185)

July #jammed: Grace serves.

Day 185: Free by default.

So he was despised and forsaken by men,
    this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend.” Isaiah 53:3 (VOICE)July 4

Independence can become an obsession if we believe we’re entitled to it. As the world gets bigger and bigger, and our reach to communicate across it get’s smaller and smaller, the freedom to reach out is easier than ever to grasp.

independent- not subject to control by others. Merriam-Webster

For those lucky enough to live in parts of the world where they are not controlled by others, there sure are a lot of us trying to control others. This human reflex for control confuses what it means to be free.

God, who created everything and everyone, is in control, but He’s not a controlling God. If He was, we’d all be robots, and there’d be no debate over His existence.

Today’s verse was written by the prophet Isaiah. He’s describing Jesus.

There was nothing beautiful or majestic about his appearance,
    nothing to attract us to him.
 He was despised and rejected—
    a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief.
We turned our backs on him and looked the other way.
    He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:2b-3

There are over thirty-five New Testament references reflected back to Isaiah, Chapter 53.  Jesus truly is the Word. The more I study it, the more I see Him in every verse. And if I don’t see Him, I start to search …knowing He’s there.

The Way, The Truth, and the Life. Our Independence. Our Freedom.

Jesus (thinking of John the Baptist): Elijah does come first to restore all things. They have it right. But there is something else written in the Scriptures about the Son of Man: He will have to suffer and be rejected. Mark 9:12

We are often under the assumption that because God is not controlling, that God is not in control. Our country of residence does not make us any more soul-free than those that are living under oppressive rule. Jesus bought our freedom on the cross. Grace aims to free everyone …leaving no one behind.

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Father, Praise You for Freedom. Thank You for assuring us that no matter where in the world we reside, You are bigger that borders and stronger than governments. Forgive us for getting it backwards, and strengthen us to operate respectfully in this world and with respect to our democracies, but not to place them on higher ground than Your Word. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Get the conversation started by commenting below, and let’s encourage one another as we face life in 2017 armed with grace! 

#greatgrace17

Happy Freedom-chasing,

Megs

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