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My Deliverer

Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us…2Corinthians 1:9-10 (NKJV)

I was out in the canyon while traveling to work yesterday morning when I found myself being caught at a set of railroad tracks.  Of course I was initially bummed because I knew I would be detained for about 10-minutes, as this train was moving really slow.  As I sat there I thought to myself, there must be something even in this, so I ask the Lord if there was.   As soon as I made my petition I looked up and saw one of the boxcars going by with the Union Pacific company logo on it, and right below it was the phrase, “We will deliver!”  I immediately smiled, as I knew what I would be writing about today. 

How many times have we heard companies and individuals making claims regarding their ability to deliver, albeit a quality product, greater service, a better deal, or doing a better job in an elected office?  They do this in an attempt to earn our confidence by giving their personal assurance of being able to deliver.  Unfortunately there is far too many times where the claim is not backed up with a result.  When this happens we can find ourselves becoming skeptical and losing our confidence when it comes to placing our faith in others. 

I think the enemy loves when this happens because he knows our skepticism will make its way into our heart and it may even affect our confidence in the promises God has made to us within His Word.  I have spoken with many people who have a hard time believing some of the Scriptures because they find it hard to believe what God is promising to them.  Unfortunately, they will get caught up in doubt and unbelief because they do not take Scripture as absolute truth. 

The way I see it God has already proven Himself in so many ways—for since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so those who doubt are without excuse (cf. Rom. 1:20).   God gave approximately 300 written Messianic prophecies (promises) about the coming Messiah, and He did this hundreds of years before Jesus came to fulfill every one of them—He delivered!

Jesus Christ is God manifest in the flesh, born of a virgin, without sin, and the chosen Messiah who will one day set up his kingdom on earth (Matthew 1:23).  Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).  It is He whom I put my trust in, and He is my deliverer. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today. 

In You, O LORD, I put my trust; Let me never be ashamed; Deliver me in Your righteousness. Psalms 31:1 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2Cor. 1:9-10, what did Paul believe about Jesus with respect to His being able to deliver?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you have absolute confidence in Jesus being able to deliver you with respect to your salvation and in every situation you may face?

APPLICATION: If we have put so great a faith in Jesus to deliver us from spiritual death, let us place this same faith in Him to protect and provide for our every need.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for Your many promises within Your Word.  Thank You for delivering Jesus to deliver us from our spiritual death.  Help us to remember all that we have been given with His death upon the cross when we are tempted to doubt our daily provisions or Your love for us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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