Saturday, July 28, 2012

Barriers and Deliverance

     "We found one particularly horrible jail in the bush [in Uganda] that had warehoused more than a dozen kids behind an old wooden door for years. A couple of amazing guys from Pepperdine Law School came over and prepared those cases for trial. Those cases were heard, and when the last kid was dropped off at home after their trial, I had that old wooden door ripped off of its hinges. It now stands in the corner of my office. It's a reminder to me that God searches for us, no matter what dark place we're in or what door we're behind. He hears our impossible, audacious prayers for ourselves and others. And He delights in forgiving us and then answering those prayers by letting us return home to Him. It reminds me that when we take Jesus up on His promises, He doesn't just stand in our lives knocking. He rips our small view of Him and what He can make possible right off the hinges."
                                      [Bob Goff, Love Does, 181-182]

"Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
for his steadfast love endures forever! let the redeemed of the LORD say so,
whom he has redeemed from trouble
and gathered in from the lands,
from the east and from the west,
from the north and from the south."

"Some sat in darkness and in the shadow
of death,
prisoners in affliction and in irons,
for they had rebelled against the words of God,
and spurned the counsel of the Most High.
So he bowed their hearts down with hard labor;
they fell down, with none to help.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
and burst their bonds apart.
Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love,
for his wonderous works to the
children of men!
For he shatters the doors of bronze
and cuts in two the bars of iron."
~Psalm 107:1-3, 10-16

    When we pray for deliverance, there is no bond so strong he cannot release us from it; there is no door too large that he cannot remove it from his way. Not even the grave can hold those he has redeemed!

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