will the all the deliverers please stand
History as painted for us certain individuals, who by right are called, deliverers.
These deliverers may have rescued a person, a group of people, a city or a nation from some impending harm.
But what I would like to tell you today is that we are all deliverers; we have each been designed to rescue or to save someone so that God may be glorified. That’s why the Bible tells us that “a brother is born for adversity” (Prov.17:17).
I am impressed by the swift action of nation of Chile and the extent at which they have gone to recover 33 miners. They have dug diligently for ten weeks and had made three openings to reach the miners and bring deliverance to them. They miners had been trapped at a depth of half a mile below the ground.
For those who are spiritually inclined, this incident uniquely resembles the operation of Christ in his rescue of fallen man.
Christ was 33 years old when his physical ministry on earth was completed. The ten weeks signified the order of God, the number of testing and trials for the miners and the responsibility that is now placed on their lives since they have been delivered from a place of bondage or the pit of obscurity.
It is an amazing thing, for in the pit the miners had all the gold in reach but all that wealth and still lost. It took the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, all three in one, to make three holes into the pit, one of the these holes being the way of salvation.
Some nations may have looked at the cost of the operation and because of partiality and prejudices decided against digging.
But not Chile for they showed a united effort and kept digging.
They realized that within the earth was some a set of miners called earthen vessels and that were worth the dig.
In 2Corinthians 4:7 Paul says, “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
God blessed them for there efforts and the miners were saved. Now Chile can celebrate household salvation.
God was saying that I saw their persistence and how they are going against all odds presented by the enemy; it reminds me of how my Son and how he came to the earth for man’s redemption.
One of the Chilean miners that were saved said, "I think I had extraordinary luck. I was with God and with the devil. And I reached out for God,"
Esther saves the Jews from Haman
We look at the book of Esther in the Old Testament Bible and how God had prepared Esther as his means of deliverance for a household salvation from a hostile environment while the Jews had been exiled to Persia.
Because she was obedient to God, in obedience to her uncle Mordecai, she is given a place in the bible and the Jewish people celebrate this occasion yearly with the Feast of Purim.
What is a Deliverer?
a. Is one who as been awakened from his own care, and from the blindfold of the enemy to answer the call that has been placed upon his life.
b. Is raised up to rescue and to save a people who have been under pressure by agents of hostility that was devised by the enemy to keep a people in bondage, a people that is pressed in by a “rock mountain”.
c. Is targeted by the enemy which comes in the form of; distress, torment, suffering, grief, sorrow and pain.
d. Has a message that seeks exposure, (Jeremiah.20:9, The prophet said that he would not make mention of him nor speak anymore of his name…like fire shut up in his bones).
God desires to Affect Change
The overtaxing situations and conditions of the enemy upon a people will cause God to awaken the spirit of the deliverer in an individual, to affect change.
How does that come about?
This awakening of the spirit man comes when the individual hears and receives the word of God.
And after that individual has been through the born-again experience, God will in his own time reveal to him that which he has appointed, to bring him to an expected end and thereby delivering them from the great harm that confronts the people who are crying out to God for deliverance.
If it is needed, God will allow a deliverer to go through the wilderness to make him understand that,
· The victory in deliverance of His people is not gained according to the strength of the individual’s own personality but according to the strength of the living God.
That’s why some times as a deliverer, God will take you down an Ezekiel road; a road of visions and dreams and near death experiences so that you will have no doubt as to who is in control.
Furthermore, God doesn’t only paint a picture but he allows the picture to have life as is shown in the Book of Ezekiel chapter 37 where God commands Ezekiel to speak to the dried bones and make them to live again.
God is showing the deliverer that regardless of how impossible the situation appears that it is possible with God.
Therefore the Holy Spirit desires that a deliverer will exhibit;
Harriet Tubman – A Deliverer 1780-1862
Every American student has heard of the “Underground Railroad”.
The Underground Railroad consisted of a network of people who assisted fugitive slaves escape to the North and to Canada. It consisted of many people but predominantly black because blacks were aware of the local efforts to aid fugitives. The Underground Railroad moved 100,000 slaves from1810 to 1850. One such deliverer was Harriet Tubman.
History states that Harriet Tubman,
a) Made 19 trips into the South
b) Escorted over 300 slaves to freedom
c) Was a monument to courage and determination that continues to stand out in American history
d) Always expressed confidence that God would aid her efforts
e) Threatened to shoot any of her charges who thought to turn back
Harriet Tubman was a salvation to those who were privileged to be delivered from what had been living hell to a place of refuge to the north called Canada.
the symbolism of the American slave going to the north to Canada during the time of the underground railroad and the Jews who were slaves in Egypt going to the north to the land of Canaan. North symbolizes prosperity.
Emancipation vs. Salvation
God is raising up a people that doesn’t only want to effect emancipation but to glorify God in their salvation.
There is a difference in the two words;
1. Emancipation (n.) “The act of setting free from the power of another, from slavery, subjection, dependence, or controlling influence; also, the state of being thus set free; liberation; as, the emancipation of slaves; the emancipation of minors; the emancipation of a person from prejudices; the emancipation of the mind from superstition; the emancipation of a nation from tyranny or subjection. (Emancipation is like a house swept clean but nothing to fill it so anyone will come in and make it worse than it had been).”
2. Salvation (n) from Hebrew word Je-shu-ah means something saved, that is, (abstractly) deliverance; hence aid, victory, prosperity:—deliverance, health, helping, salvation, save, saving (health), welfare.
In Salvation the Lord will fill your house with good things; with the promises of God and so there is always provision.
Salvation never leaves you empty.
When Israel had just come into the land of Canaan God allowed the manna to be their mainstay until they reaped their first harvest of corn.
But emancipation will liberate you but as you walk through the front door to your newly found freedom, emancipation knew that you would be back so it left the back door opened because it had given you no promises; no mule and 10 acres.
Examples of Deliverers
1. When Israel cried out, God sent Moses with a word.
2. Judges 3:15 says, “when the children of Israel cried out to the LORD, the LORD raised up a deliverer for them: Ehud the son of Gera, the Benjamite, a left-handed man”.
3. Judges 3:9, Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother. 10The Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he judged Israel.
4. Jesus, the Son of God
We go to Genesis and we see that because Eve was deceived into sin that man was in need of a second “Adam” to rescue and to bring reconciliation between man and God.
God is allowing the Eve’s of today to give birth out of the womb of God, for there is a people crying out for deliverance; for someone to show them the way of salvation. The earth groans for the manifestation of the sons of God.
Now the Jews expected Jesus to be a great national deliverer,
a. Where all the dead would be raised;
b. The enemies of the Jews would be destroyed
c. They themselves would be advanced to great national dignity and honor and
d. That the judgment would take place
They were disappointed and became hostile to the Son of God.
But that was all in God’s plan of redemption for mankind.
The enemy was unknowingly promoting God’s plan.
Now that Jesus has been glorified and ascended to the Fathers right hand he has given to each one of us spiritual assignments as deliverers in the salvation of His house so that when we come to our final destination we can present to God the fruit of our labor.
Those who fail to heed the call of God will be standing in heaven empty handed.
Others will be like the unjust steward who buried the coin that God had given him.
But others will stand before God with gain, some 30, 60 and 100 fold.
What positions will you occupy?
In the sight of God we are all deliverers of some kind because those who are saved or born again have the spirit of the Deliverer upon their lives.
Sinning is merely a false hobby which if not forgiven, has fatal results but being a deliverer is a call of God.
So in a family, both parents serve as deliverers to their children.
We might not be called Martin Luther King who marched through Selma, through Birmingham Alabama and jailed for no reason. We may not have had the privilege of saying the words, “I have been up to the top of the mountain, and I have seen the other side”.
We may not be Harriet Tubman, who was kicked and beaten, even to suffering a concussion but God has placed in her a gift for the purpose furthering his kingdom.
We might not be Esther who went into the king’s presence uninvited, knowing that the consequence of such an action was death but she had a responsibility to her God and people.
In Esther 4:12-14 says “When Esther’s words were reported to Mordecai, he sent back this answer:
“Do not think that because you are in the King’s house you alone of all the Jews will escape.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish.
And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?
You see some of us profess to be saved but we are silent about our salvation.
But God says that if we don’t tell them, if we refuse to take on our responsibilities as deliverers then he will find someone else but woe be unto the disobedient.
The True Deliverer
The deliverer knows that his gift is to glorify God and that gift will only be unlocked when you testify to the goodness of the Lord Jesus who is the True deliverer.
He is the one that un-locks the gifts because he is the Gift of God.
When you are in need of money you go to a bank and not to a poor man.
When you need apples you go to an apple tree and so on and so forth.
When your car need repair you go to a mechanic.
God told us in Genesis that every thing is made after its own kind therefore, the Lord Jesus, which is the Father’s Gift to men, releases the gifts.
Your talent is usually what you exhibit in the world but your gifts and anointing need a release from God. They need to be unlocked by the gift of salvation.
Else-wise your sin will have you meandering such as in the days of Israel in the wilderness until death came and takes their lives (Rom. 6:23).
And the same thing that happened to the unjust steward will happen to you – the Lord delivered him to the tormentors.
Do I really need a savior?
Don’t make the foolish mistake and say, “I will be better by myself” because no one has ever achieved to such a standard since the beginning of the world (Rom. 7:19-24).
What can you do to stop the collision that faces you?
a. You must accept the salvation of the Lord Jesus which is free (Ep.2:8, 9)
b. You must repent (Matt. 3:2)
c. You must believe in God and his power of forgiveness (Acts 16:30, 31)
d. You must confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus
e. You must believe that God hath raised him from the dead (Rom. 10:9)