When God delivers you from a sinful lifestyle, drug addiction, alcohol, suicide, sickness, and more, there is always evidence of His deliverance.
If we say God delivered us, there should be a visible manifestation in our life. Where is the proof of deliverance if we remain in bondage and continue to struggle? When it is God’s will to deliver us, a lack of submission to God’s Word and His will can hinder our liberation.
The evidence of physical healing was immediately apparent for the woman with the issue of blood (Matthew 9:20-22). Mary Magdalene, possessed by seven devils, was delivered from her oppression, and the evidence was healing for her mind and a lifetime commitment to Jesus (Luke 8:2, KJV).
The woman that broke the alabaster box of ointment and poured it on Jesus’ feet was a sinner before Jesus forgave her. She walked away from that encounter, free from sin. Freedom was the evidence of her deliverance (Matthew 26:6-13, KJV). True deliverance has evidence; true deliverance sets you free!
When Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead, the evidence was his resurrection (John 11:1, KJV).
In response to “great faith,” Jesus healed the centurion’s servant from afar. Others verified that the servant was made whole on the same day (Luke 7:2-10, KJV).
When Jesus healed the leper in Matthew 8:3, his leprosy was immediately cleansed and verified by the priest “for a testimony unto them.”
The evidence of deliverance for the blind man in Mark 10:46-52 was that He “immediately received his sight and followed Jesus in the way.”
- Daniel from the lion’s den (Daniel 6:20-22);
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego from the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:10-30);
- Paul from a life of persecuting Christians (Acts 9:3-22);
- Moses and the Israelites from bondage (Exodus 8:1);
- David from the jealousy of Saul (Samuel 24:1-22);
- Elizabeth from barrenness. (Luke1:5-25);
- A man possessed by evil spirits. (Matthew 8:28-30);
- Humanity from eternal judgment (John 3:16-17).
Before I came to God, I was very guarded. I wouldn’t let anyone get close to me, which caused me not to have any friends. I was very lonely. It was something that I struggled with tremendously, and I asked the Lord to help me open up, so I could make friends and not feel so insecure or awkward. I was freed from my trust issues when I gave my life to God. I have many wonderful friends today!
For there is not a word in my tongue, But, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether (Psalm 139:4, KJV).
We can fool ourselves and others into thinking that God has delivered us when, in reality, we still struggle. We aren’t walking in the victory Jesus has already given us.
Sometimes we need to have that uncomfortable, raw, and open conversation with God. For my deliverance to have evidence, I had to get alone with God and say, “Lord, I struggle with insecurity. I am guarded because I’ve been hurt. I have difficulty trusting people because I think they will hurt me.”
O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off (Psalm 139:1-2, KJV).
Out of that honest conversation, God delivered me! I felt God lift the weight off my shoulders and restore me. I can now trust people, even though I know I may get hurt sometimes.
Being honest with God isn’t always easy because it makes you feel exposed. The truth is God knows everything, and we can’t hide anything from Him.
“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: If I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, And thy right hand shall hold me” (Psalm 139:7-1, KJV).
If we confess to God and submit to His process, I believe God can deliver us from any struggle!
Beautiful devotional! Really something I needed today, Thank you!