The Power of Praise in Deliverance from Affliction
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Facebook Post, 26 July 2019
It seems people are so inundated with affliction and church dogma that just "do not work," they never stop asking about deliverance from their problems.
In plain sight, we find Ps. 107, which, looking forward to Jesus' cross and Pentecost, said it all. Completely uncomplicated, thanksgiving and praise, (in combination with Scriptural, New Covenant obedience to Jesus,) cure a myriad of maladies. It is easy to praise God when all is well. But actually, praise is sacrifice unto Him. Sacrifice calls for offering even that which is dear and difficult, (Lu. 14:27.) So, it is especially acceptable to God to praise Him in affliction. Ps. 107 teaches that we must praise Him when in trouble, uncertainty, distress, danger, and everything else. [Forget the prosperity lie that believers must be happy, healthy and superrich all the time! Biblical reality is as follows.]
There is great spiritual power in prayer and praise. We do not have to feel like praying and praising God. As everything else, it is a decision to live a lifestyle of prayer, thanksgiving, and praise. We cannot praise Him for the trouble but despite the trouble, for God Alone delivers us from it all! As a result, when Paul and the other apostles were incarcerated, tortured, etcetera, they did not call for ‘supermen deliverers,’ but obeyed Scripture to start praising God. (And I am not underestimating the powerful, true gifts and callings of the Holy Spirit in the body of Christ.) The result was that God mightily delivered them even from that physical affliction. Acts 16:25-34, “At midnight Paul and Silas prayed and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed."
Psalm 107 begins with the assurance that it is never God’s will for His people to remain in emotional and spiritual bondage, although we still live physically in this fallen world until Jesus comes to take us home, and are, therefore, subject to disasters on emotional and physical levels. Nevertheless, let us “give thanks to the Lord for His great works of deliverance. For His mercy endures forever. Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, whom He has delivered [past tense] from the hand of the enemy…” This deliverance was completely fulfilled in our New Covenant Jesus. Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:13-14, “In Him we have [present tense,] redemption through His blood, [which is only by] the forgiveness of our sins by His grace [and not by church acts, so-called deliverance ministers, or our own goodness.]”
Ps. 107 proclaimed this New Covenant work of Jesus by stating, “When the Israelites, [our examples of how God deals with all his children through the ages on a Moral level, 1 Cor. 10:11 Kjv.,] were hungry and thirsty, and their souls fainted in them, they cried to the Lord and He delivered them out of their distress and He led them forth by the right way. Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men! [And through the ages, when believers were] in darkness and the shadow of death… and there was none to help, they cried out to the Lord and He broke their chains in pieces. Oh, that men would give thanks [praise] to the Lord... And when they drew near to the gates of death, [they cried to the Lord and praised Him IN their affliction,] and He sent them His WORD and healed them… [In all afflictions,] let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving and declare His works with rejoicing… When souls melt because of trouble… and are at wits end… He calms the storm and guides them to His safe haven… Whoever is wise will observe these things. And they will understand the loving kindness of the Lord.”
I cannot emphasize this enough. The Old, ousted nation of Israel lived during the Old, ousted Testament or covenant that pertained to them as a physical nation in a literal land, (Heb. 8:13.) Yet, they also knew that their enemies had absolutely no hold on them, for “God has [past tense] called them OUT of the house of bondage [in Egypt]” to serve Him in spirit and in truth above all else in this world, (Ex. 20:1-6; Jn. 4:21-24.) Because everything under Jesus’ New Covenant is spiritual, (Kingdom, High Priest, temple, priesthood, heavenly ‘homeland,’) 1 Pt. 2:9-10 declares that all sincere disciples of Jesus “were called OUT of [the kingdom of] darkness INTO His marvelous light,” (Col. 1:13-14.) Salvation, redemption and blessing, which Jesus paid for on Golgotha by fulfilling the Old Testament Law in totality, (Mt. 5:17,) is therefore a spiritual place or position inside Jesus’ New Testament/Covenant Kingdom where all true believers in Christ, (being reborn from personal faith in Him,) must constantly live, (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-5; 1 Jn. 2:27.)
As a result, there is no such thing as a ‘deliverance ministry.’ They operate in utter violation of God’s Old and New Covenant Truth and teach Jesus’ blood-bought believers lies about so-called ‘bondage and curses,’ instead of giving them God’s Scriptural Truth, (Jesus Himself,) Who stated, “You will know the Truth – and the Truth will set you free!”
First, we were fully delivered from the enemy and his kingdom of darkness at the moment we sincerely accepted Jesus and was born again INTO His Kingdom of light, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Col. 1:13-14.) Second, we must constantly “transform” or renew our minds or thoughts and beliefs by studying and obeying the Real Truth of Scripture, (Rom. 12:1-2.) The Truth of Scripture is Jesus Christ Himself. Anyone who teaches false doctrines, robs us of Jesus, The Truth, our salvation, redemption and blessing in Him. Scripture demands that we must flee from false teachers to Jesus and His real Truth, His entire, holy Word, understood from a New Testament perspective, (1 Cor. 10:11.)
Ž Read the book, illustrative of this study: What Meddling Parents can do to Adult Children