Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, August 19th, 2015
Deliverance (Part 10)
By Way Of Jesus
He will send them a Savior and a Mighty One, and He will deliver them.
Isaiah 19:20 (NKJV)
Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to Whom be glory forever and ever.
Galatians 1:3-5 (NKJV)
He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in Whom we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins.
Colossians 1:13-14 (NKJV)
Q #1: What thanks can we give to Jesus, our Great Deliverer? Q #2: How can we adequately describe what He did for us? The message of The Cross is foolishness to outsiders. I've been there and heard that; it was like a foreign language.

A #1: We can love Him first and foremost. We can study His Words daily. We can obey His Commandments. We can be about His business. We can all pick up our crosses. We can follow His Commission.

We can patterns our works from His. We can walk in humility. We can give Him every glory. We can love our hateful neighbors. We can help and serve all people. Because a thank You without proof is just like a tree without fruit.

A #2: We can share our transformations. We can reveal our weaknesses and show how His strength changed our lives. Here's one way I describe His help:

Joy, even to the most successful people, is short-lived. It's conditional, depending on their circumstances. So they work hard, work out, achieve, purchase, party and smile. But fundamentally, they feel empty without their stuff. When the pressure's on or the lights go off, joy is missing.

Joy, to believers in Jesus Christ, is foundational. It's a Rock-solid structure that stands through devastation. Christians suffer as much or more than anyone on earth. They can fully relate to the pain of other people. But underneath it is light, hope and faith in their future.

By way of Jesus, the joy of deliverance awaits.

'Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your Back' (Isaiah 38:17).

To Be Continued...

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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